p.1 Norcross Is Elected - Montreal, July 31st - At yesterday's meeting of the R. & O., Edmund Bristol, M.P., and W. Grant Morden retired in favor of J.W. Norcross, managing director of the Canada Inter-Lake Line, Toronto, and J.P. Steedman, Hamilton. Norcross is to be general manager of the new merger known as the Canada Transportation Lines, Limited.
IN MARINE CIRCLES.
A.A. Wright, the managing director of the St. Lawrence and Chicago Steam Navigation company, is of the opinion that Montreal, in view of the obvious advantages it has over American ports, could easily get the bulk of the grain trade if the rates for the St. Lawrence route were kept nearly in line with those from New York and Boston.
The saving made by the Canadian route involving all water carriage would be sufficient, even allowing for increased insurance and a higher rate, to divert the traffic from the American route, which requires rail transportation from Buffalo to the ocean ports.
Mr. Wright added that there was urgent need for increased facilities at Montreal for handling grain. American cargoes reach the sea-coast at several points, but all Canadian shipments converge on Montreal.
Movement of Vessels.
Several grain vessels are expected at the elevator of the Montreal Transportation company the latter part of the week. The vessels to discharge are the steamers Fordonian, Calgarian, Westmount and Rosemount.
Edward Spencer, chief engineer on the steamers Ionic and Saronic, has been appointed chief engineer of the steamer Kenora.
The steamer Aberdeen cleared on Wednesday night for Picton to go on the dry dock.
The schooner Acacia, loading feldspar at Richardson's wharf, will likely clear for Charlotte tonight.
The steamers Dunelm and Ames passed down on Wednesday night.
The schooner St. Louis arrived from Charlotte, coal-laden, and is discharging at the wharf of the Montreal Transportation company.
M.T. Co.'s elevator: steamer Jessie Spaulding from Duluth, arrived this afternoon with a cargo of flax seed; steamer Turret Chief, from Fort William, with a cargo of grain; tug Bartlett cleared for Montreal with the barge Quebec, grain-laden.
The steamer Kingston passed down and up on Thursday.
The steamer North King was down and up today.
The steamer Rideau King cleared for Ottawa on Thursday morning.
The steamer Majestic passed up from Montreal.
The steamer Dundurn passed on her way east.
The steamer America had 150 passengers on the moonlight excursion on Wednesday evening.