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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Jun 1909

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The cylinder head on the steambarge John Randell blew out early last evening, at Pigeon Point, while she was on the way to Oswego. The vessel whistled for assistance, and luckily the steambarge Navajo, on her way to Oswego, was close at hand, and towed the vessel back to Kingston.

The steamer Alexandria made her regular trip up from Montreal last night, and had considerable freight.

The steamer Algonquin arrived from Fort William with 80,000 bushels of oats and wheat, for Richardsons' elevator.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: tug Bronson up, two light barges, cleared for Montreal with three barges, two grain and one coal; schooner Katie Eccles from Newcastle, 7,500 bushels of barley.

The schooner Maize cleared for Charlotte.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon arrived at Crawford's from Oswego with coal.

The schooner Maxwell arrived from bay ports with grain for Richardson's.

The steamer Missisquoi was here from Rockport Wednesday.

Swift's wharf: steamer City of Montreal up Sunday; steamer Dundurn down Sunday; steamer North King down and up Sunday; steamer Aletha from bay points today.


Discussed By the Water Works Committee.

The leasing of the water works dock to the Donnelly company was the chief matter up for consideration at a meeting of the water works' committee held yesterday afternoon. The chairman, Ald. Craig, presided, and also present were Alds. Hoag, Toye and Hanley, with City Solicitor McIntyre.

A letter was read from the Donnelly company in regard to the matter.

The company stated that in reference to the new lease of the water works' dock, they felt that the price set, $300 per annum, was too high. The firm, since it had been in the wrecking business, had done everything in their power to bring to Kingston for repairs every vessel they had salved, or that needed rebuilding, and mechanics and supply houses had reaped a great deal of benefit from this source. The company found that in the space of eighteen months prior to November 1st last, they had spent for wages and supplies to Kingston men and merchants, the sum of $33,048, and it was their opinion that the firm should receive some consideration for the above, and would, therefore, make this proposition for the new lease:

"We will repair the face of the water works' wharf on the shore side, where the steamer Donnelly is now lying, and will agree to pay $200 per year as rental."

The chairman gave it as his opinion that the matter had been played with long enough, and that it was time that something definite was reached. The wharf, as it stood today, was certainly worth a rental of $300. He had figured out the rental for the past 16 years; had found that it would amount to $2,000 and it would take that amount to make the repairs. He pointed out that there had been no taxes charged. Had the dock been given free, and taxes charged, the city would at least have realized about $150 out of it. He considered that the company had been given property very cheap.

Asked concerning what the company would be liable for, in the way of repairs to the dock, Mr. McIntyre stated that it might be difficult to place the margin, as a reasonable amount could be charged against the weather, and general wear of the dock. There was no doubt, however, but that the company would be compelled to make good a certain amount.

The chairman remarked that the lease was one which might have to enter the courts.

The solicitor said that the city had the power to order the company to vacate the premises.

The chairman said that it was his opinion that the dock could very easily be rented, and as he had hopes of the Welland Canal being widened, he did not think it wise to lease the dock for more than two or three years.

Ald. Hoag did not look upon the company's offer as a reasonable one. He thought that something more reasonable might be arranged, through a conference between the committee and representatives of the company.

After some further discussion, the following resolution moved by Ald. Hoag, was carried:

"The city proposes that a lease be granted to the Donnelly company, for a term of three years, from May 1st, 1909, at an annual rental of $250, payable quarterly, the dock to be repaired by the city, as soon as the water is low, to permit repairs to be made, the company to pay one half of the cost of repairing the dock upon completion of the repairs. This proposal is made without prejudice to the city's rights in case it is not accepted by the company."

p.5 Deseronto, June 11th - ....The steamer Porter came in on Saturday with coal from Erie for the Marlbank Cement Co., and cleared on Tuesday. The schooner Theodore Voges cleared with lumber for Oswego. The steamer Brockville brought in a moonlight excursion from Picton on Wednesday evening....

p.8 No Change at Soo Canal - Sault Ste. Marie, June 12th - Conditions at the Soo canal are about the same as yesterday. Water is still pouring through. Efforts to close the sixth wicket were again fruitless. A bulkhead is now being built around open wickets, but owing to traffic force of the water, progress is slow. It is stated an attempt will be made this afternoon to close the lower auxiliary gates, thus stopping the rush of water.

p.10 Gananoque, June 11th - ....The big freighter Arabian was in port yesterday morning and took on a large consignment of shovels, billed for Fort William.

p.14 Bath, June 10th - ...The steamer Aletha had to wait here for five or six hours, on Wednesday, owing to repairs being made to the boiler....

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Jun 1909