STEAMERS TIED UP.
A despatch from Smith's Falls says: "Mr. R. Davis, Kingston, government inspector of hulls, was here Wednesday, and tied up the small steamers Aleen, Lee and Stranger, which he found were violating the law by carrying more passengers than their certificates allowed. Other vessel owners have been complaining of this as dangerous to the public and as unfair to themselves, who are carrying out the law. The customs officers in this district have been lax, and the matter was reported to Inspector Davis, who, acting under instructions from the marine department, quietly looked into the matter and found that there was much cause for complaint. One of the boats was running without certificated officers. The inspector's action came like a bomb explosion. The owners of the boats which have been tied up, are liable to a heavy fine. The affair will have a deterrent effect upon other boats along the Rideau which are violating the law."
Inspector Davis, since his appointment as hull inspector, has proved himself one of the most efficient and valuable officials of the marine department. He is determined that vessel owners must abide by the law. His object is to protect the travelling public, in whose interests he is serving, and at the same time keep vessel owners out of trouble.
Booth's wharf: schooner Tradewind from Charlotte with coal.
Crawford's wharf: schooner Annandale from Oswego with coal.
The schooner Metzner arrived from Sodus with coal for the cotton mill.
M.T. company wharf: S.S. Rosemount and consort Minnedosa cleared for Oswego to load coal for Fort William.
Craig's wharf: steamer Niagara from Picton yesterday; steamer Castanet from Alexandria Bay; steamer Wherenow from Thousand Island Park.
Swift's wharf: steamer Toronto down; steamer Caspian from Charlotte; steamer Rideau Queen for Ottawa; steamer Idler from 1,000 Islands; steamer Picton up.
More Flag Trouble - at Oliver's Ferry, Rideau canal, American yacht was flying American flag but not Canadian one.