Craig's wharf: steamers Niagara and Waterlily up this morning; Persia up tonight.
Swift's wharf: steamers Hamilton down last night; Toronto down and up today; Rideau King left this morning for Ottawa; Caspian down and up; Spartan due up tonight.
M.T. company wharf: tug Glide up with two light barges; tug Emerson cleared with two light barges for Charlotte; tug Thomson cleared down with four laden barges; S.S. Fairmount arrived from Deseronto and cleared for Fort William with her consort.
BOAT TO LEAVE
Sunday Trips To Be Started Soon.
The Toronto and the Kingston, the two big boats of the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation company, will, it is announced, leave the port of Toronto on Sundays, as well as week days, beginning a week from Sunday next. A daily service will be provided between Toronto and Rochester, the Thousand Islands and Montreal.
Although this new move may meet with some opposition from certain quarters, the company claims that it is perfectly justified in running its boats out of Toronto on Sundays. The contention is that it is just as reasonable for a boat to put out of a port on Sunday as it is for a train to pull out of a station.
"It's purely to accommodate the through passenger and tourist traffic," said Mr. Chefee, the local manager of the R. & O. "Instead of having the Toronto and the Kingston lie over for one day a week in this port, we are going to have them make the regular trips, just the same as a railway system."
"But what about excursion traffic?" was asked.
"Oh, we'll not touch that kind of traffic on Sundays," stated Mr. Chafee, "We intend simply to handle the purely passenger traffic, in order to make better through connections."
The manager was confident that there would be no trouble or difficulty in running the boats.
"Our boats have come into Toronto Bay on Sundays for fifty or sixty years, ever since the line was established," said he. "For the past twelve years our boats have been running regularly on Sundays between Quebec and Montreal, and why not to Toronto?"
The Star asked A.E. O'Meara, solicitor for the Lord's Day Alliance for his opinion.
"The minister of customs holds the key to the situation, and if he decides to have a customs officer on duty on Sundays, in order to let the boats get clearance, I suppose they will run," said he.
"Well, what do you think of their argument that they have equal rights with the railways to carry passengers on Sunday?"
"There seems to be some reason in that, too." said Mr. O'Meara. "If excursion traffic is not carried, there may be no objection. However, it's all news to me, and I don't know yet what may be done."