p.3 The extensive wharf and other improvements, which have been making for two or three months back in front of the market square, are now nearly completed, and form a great addition to the usefulness and pleasing appearance of that part of the town. A wharf five hundred feet long has been constructed, the bank levelled down to the wharf, and thus a large breadth of ground gained from the river. We suppose that it is intended at some future period when funds admit to carry the wharf still farther into the water, and finish it with squared timber, which will present a much better front than the round timber now employed. When the improved ground is covered with soil and sown with grass seeds, it will soon present a verdant slope where our townspeople may survey the bustling scene on the water and at the Ottawa and Rideau Company's wharves and stores, and may enjoy an agreeable promenade cooled in summer by the breezes from the Lake. To give the finish to this promenade it should be planted with trees and furnished with seats, but the unbroken surface of rock prevents planting; unless we could do as the King of Spain did when he built his palace of the Escurial - blast holes in the rock to receive soil in which to plant trees. But as we have no Mexican and Peruvian mines to meet the expense, we must relinquish the hope of seeing this public ground adorned with noble trees. As it is, a great improvement has been effected, and an extensive piece of ground prepared for public accommodation.
The Quebec, a barge built on the diagonal plan to navigate the Canadian rivers, canals and lakes, conveying goods and produce without transhipment, arrived here in tow of the Rideau and on Saturday was fitted up with triangles and sails to proceed up the lake. We are not skilled in naval architecture, but to our unpractised eye the Quebec seemed to be but ill adapted to encounter the storms and billows of the lakes.
The Hon. John Hamilton, proprietor of the Great Britain, has built a Steam-Boat on the English plan with boilers and engine in the hold, and intended to navigate Lake Ontario during winter. This new boat is called the Traveller, and we are confident that she will remunerate her proprietor and greatly benefit the public. She is meant to ply chiefly between Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara, and we regret that our annual icy barrier will prevent her from extending her trips to Kingston.