p.2 A meeting of influential gentlemen was called by circular on Friday last, to consider the best means to better the condition of the town. The meeting was not well attended, but those who were present seemed actuated by energy and public spirit. A Committee was formed and the result of their cogitations will be known in due time. The intention is, either separately, or in conjunction with the Marine Railway Company, to erect Steam Mills and Machinery worked by steam, for the purpose of domestic manufactures; and the site proposed, the Railway Yard, is certainly well adapted for the purpose. Every project which will add one soul to the daily lessening population of the town is worthy of the most attentive consideration; and this scheme thereby must be highly approved of; but it should be carried into execution, not by public subscription of money in the shape of stock, but by the pecuniary contributions of those who are to gain continually by the success of the speculation. The public are too often made the cat's paw by which the monkey gets the chestnuts from out the fire. The Kingston Stave Forwarding Co., and the Kingston Marine Railway Company are instances of this assertion. Both these companies are now in a flourishing condition, but where are the original shareholders? Echo answers "where." The following is the list of gentlemen forming the Committee: Messrs. John Macaulay, John A. Macdonald, Colin Miller, H. Gildersleeve, Thomas Kirkpatrick, J.H. Greer, John Counter, G.A. Cummings and James Cull.
LIGHT HOUSE SUPPLIES.
TENDERS will be received at this Office, until Wednesday, the 11th June next, from persons desirous of supplying, for the use of the Light Houses on Lakes Erie and Ontario, 3,500 GALLONS of WINTER PRESSED SPERM OIL, of the very best quality, (a sample of which, not less than a quart, must accompany the tender,) to be delivered in Casks not to exceed 60 gallons, and to be measured out.
The Tenders are to state the price for which the entire, or portion of the above mentioned OIL, will be delivered at Montreal, Kingston, Toronto, or Hamilton, respectively. The delivery of the whole quantity will be required on or before the 10th July, and payment will be made within ten days after the quantity and quality of the oil have been duly received, tested and certified by an Officer connected with the Department.
Tenders, endorsed "Tenders for Light House Supplies," must contain the signatures of two responsible persons, who are willing to become security for the due fulfilment of the contract.
THOMAS A. BEGLEY, Secretary.
Board of Works,
Montreal, May 20th, 1845.