DOING GREAT DAMAGE.
The Ice Jam Situation at Niagara.
Howard S. Folger received a letter from his brother, B.W. Folger, Jr., manager of the Niagara Navigation company, this morning, in which he states that the ice pack is causing great damage. The letter stated that buildings which one would consider perfectly safe from anything of the kind, were carried away. The ice is packed in a solid mass from the mouth of the river off to Lake Ontario, a distance of twelve miles. The docks at Lewiston and Queenston are buried under forty feet of ice, with no means of any immediate remedy. Mr. Folger stated that the United States engineers have been using dynamite to try and start the ice, but have had very little success.
The schooner Cornelia arrived from Oswego with coal for Fisher's brewery at Portsmouth.
The tug Bartlett arrived from Fairhaven and Oswego, with three coal barges, the Hector for Crawford's, the Lapwing for Booth's, and the Kildonan for Montreal.
The steamer Davidson, loaded with corn from Chicago, is due at Richardsons' elevator tonight or tomorrow.
The ice jam at Sault Ste. Marie is holding up the vessels. Two M.T. Co. boats are tied up there.
The sloop Maggie L. cleared for Belleville to load cement for Dalton Bros.
The steambarge Navajo cleared for Oswego, after unloading a cargo of coal for Crawford's slip.
The tug Jessie Hall, sold to parties at the Soo, left for that port today.
The dredge Ready and scows arrived from Trenton, to go on the government dry dock.
The tug Bartlett cleared for Erie, with two coal barges, the Dunmore and the Melrose.
p.5 The C.P.R. car-ferry Michigan was badly damaged in collision in the Detroit river.
Struck A Shoal And Grounded.
Brockville, April 23rd - Coming down the river the barge Jessie, owned by Capt. Hinckley, of Oswego, N.Y., and loaded with hard coal for Brockville, struck a shoal near Rock Island and grounded. A hole nearly two feet square was forced in the port side near the stern, through which the barge commenced to take water. A tarpaulin and boards were secured and placed over the opening and the pumps set to work. Fortunately the steam barge Hinckley, of the same line happened along and at once went to the assistance of the Jessie. Over one hundred tons were removed to the decks of the Hinckley, sufficient to allow the damaged portion to be above water and also permit of the craft being floated. The Jessie was then towed here and her cargo is now being unloaded. She will be taken to Ogdensburg, N.Y. for repairs. The disabled craft is propelled by an eigtheen horse-power coal oil engine.
News of the World - The tug A.W. Colton displayed no lights on barges it was towing and its captain was fined $1,000 at Toledo.
p.6 Capt. J.A. McDonald and his son, Capt. M.A. McDonald, have been engaged this season by the Canadian Lake Transportation company as pilots.
LOSING GRAIN TRADE.
Toronto, April 22nd - At a meeting of the grain section of the Dominion Marine Association, held at the King Edward hotel yesterday, it was decided to abandon the new clause in the bill of lading limiting the loss to vessels carrying grain to one-half bushel in every one thousand bushels.
Francis King, Kingston, counsel for the association, explained that the agreement had been in force for three months, but when it was entered into the shippers in Montreal and Winnipeg so vigorously opposed it that it was found necessary to secure the cooperation of the Lake Carriers' Association of the United States, and that body agreed that they would only allow the same loss for shortage as the Dominion association for all grain carried from Canadian ports.
It was found that certain American vessels, as well as several Canadian ships, were carrying grain without respect to the agreement, and this so weakened the situation that at the meeting it was decided to revert to the old order of things, and for the present vessels will carry grain according to the best arrangements they can make. The agreement, it has been found, can only be made effective by vessel owners uniting to make it unanimous.
The majority of the vessel owners regret the failure of the experiment, as under the old order of things last year the loss in shortage to Canadian vessel owners amounted to 50,000 bushels. The matter as it now stands is purely speculative, owing to the failure of the Dominion government to devise an effective and efficient weighing system at the several ports.
Another reason that has weight with the Dominion association in abandoning the agreement was that American vessels were coming in as free lances and obtaining the charters and Canadian grain was thus being diverted to Buffalo. The government in fact requested the association to desist from their efforts to carry out the agreement for this very reason. American vessels loading grain at a Canadian port must carry it to an American port, and thus the grain trade was being diverted to United States channels.