p.3 Our Lighthouses - The report of the Minister of Marine and Fisheries is not intensely interesting but there are some few items worthy of passing note, most important of which is that the expense of the establishment staff during the fiscal year was $852,678.87 while the total sum voted was $913,879.
The new lighthouse and pier at Presqu'Isle Harbour, to which reference was made in the report of last year, has also been completed at a total cost of $2,192.67. Tenders were also invited during the past season for the erection of a dwelling at Knapp or Brown's Point Light Station, Wolfe Island, and the contract was awarded to Mr. John J. McGrath, of Sunbury, for the sum of $765. The work has been lately completed.
Tenders were also invited for the repairing of the breakwater at Nine Mile Point Light Station, near Kingston, and the contract has recently been awarded to Mr. John Waddell, of Kingston, for $415.
By Order in Council of the 23rd March last, Mr. Lewis Hudgins, formerly keeper of Salmon Point Lighthouse, was restored to his position as keeper of that light, in the room of Mr. Peter Huff, at a salary of $300 per annum.
Good Prospects - All of Messrs. Folger Bros. vessels, American bottoms, have been chartered for the season of 1880. The prospects of the grain trade are of the most encouraging character - they were never more cheerful prior to any opening of navigation. In the competition that will prevail, however, the Canadian craft must suffer, so long as certain discriminating tolls are imposed. The Government in every possible way should encourage the vessel trade, and nothing should be allowed to militate against the Canadians.
Vessel Charters - Several schooners in Picton have been chartered and are now loading ice for Cleveland. The schr. J.N. Carter has been chartered to take ice to the same place.