p.5 Personal Mention - Capt. and Mrs. Matthews, Lakeport, returned home today after a visit with Capt. and Mrs. Shaw, of this city.
Captain Hudson is in command of the steamer New Island Wanderer today and tomorrow. Capt. Allen will be around again by Monday.
Tomorrow J.A. Goodearle will complete his service with the Thousand Island Steamboat company. On Monday he will leave for Hamilton to assume his duties as general manager of the Great Lakes and Ocean Navigation company.
Transportation Pointers - The death of Hon. R. Prefontaine was a blow to the marine interests of Canada, for no minister had taken them so much to heart, save Hon. J.I. Tarte, and none had undertaken improvements so speedily and earnestly.
A few years since, Canada had five steel grain and ore freighters, now she has thirty, while seven are being built in Canadian yards and three have been ordered in the old land.
The past season has been the most prosperous in twenty-five years, judged by returns to owners of boats. A firm with large Kingston interests had cleared 16 per cent dividend, another lake firm had made 22 per cent. But the sacrifice of life of sailors on the lakes, but 45 in 1904, was 215 this year, with heavy losses of boats and property.
The quietest business in Kingston for its volume was that of the Richardson grain firm. They received and transhipped between six million and seven million bushels of grain and no business concern was held in higher confidence over far reaches of Canada for good standing and integrity.