p.1 To Make Demands - vessel crews are unhappy on great lakes; meeting at Buffalo to discuss getting higher wages and better terms of employment.
p.3 The schooner Major Ferry went on to Oswego, on Tuesday, to load coal, and did not stop to take a cargo off the steamer Sharples.
The crew of the steamers Keyport and Keywest arrived in port today.
IN MARINE CIRCLES
The honor of being the first boat to come up the Rideau River goes to steambarge Randall, owned by the veteran mariner, Captain Randall. The steambarge arrived in port on Wednesday morning from Smith's Falls and cleared for Oswego to load coal.
The sloop Maggie L. arrived from bay ports, and is unloading grain at Richardsons' elevator.
The schooner Julia B. Merrill arrived from Oswego with coal for Anglin's.
The steamer Port Colborne is loading grain at Fort William for Richardsons' elevator.
The steamer Nevada will clear Thursday morning for Toronto to load package freight for Fort William.
The steamer Hinckley and barge were over to the steamer John Sharples on Tuesday, taking off corn.
Will Take the Grain
A despatch from Duluth, Minn. says: "With not more than 8,000,000 bushels of grain at the head of the lakes, the prospects are that the package freighters will leave very little grain to be moved by the bulk freighters.
One of the reasons why package freighters will take the grain is the lightness of the eastbound package freight movement, early in the season, and the further fact that the big freighters are not in the market yet, owing to the low rate not inducing owners to fit out their boats.
There will probably be a late movement in grain, as much of the grain has not been sold. Eastern millers are holding off until they know something more definite about the way congress will handle the reciprocity measure. With no duty on Canadian grain, they could buy it cheaper than the present price of American grain.
About 30 boats of average size would be needed to move the 8,000,000 bushels so the grain movement does not offer a very promising field to owners of independent boats, especially when the package freighters will cut into the business so heavily.
Among vessel men there is some discussion of the probable amount of ore which will go down the lakes the present season. An unofficial estimate is from 35,000,000 to 40,000,000 tons
Of this amount it is said the boats of the Pittsburg fleet will carry something about 25,000,000 tons, leaving 10,000,000 or 15,000,000 tons to be divided among the independent owners.
Lake Ontario Lower
report from Oswego gives some figures on water levels; asking for bids for dredging at Ogdensburg and Charlotte; in the meantime the government-owned dredge Frontenac will attempt to remove sandbars in Oswego, Little and Big Sodus.
p.8 Another Steamboat Line - Folger interested; to run between Clayton, Kingston and Cape Vincent.