March 15, 1880
The schr. Oriental is offered for sale also, price $4,000.
The St. Catharines Journal says the Welland Canal will open as soon as necessary.
The steamer Alexandra is having false sides put on her. It is calculated they will make her steadier.
The prop Dromedary was sold to Captains Burrows and Cranshaw for $5,000 by the Merchants Bank of Canada.
The prop. California was sold by the Merchants Bank to Capt. S. Crangle for $14,000 - about one third of her cost six years ago.
The props Armenia and Cuba are being fitted out and will be ready for their former route, viz., between Toronto and Ogdensburg.
The prop. Columbia was sold by the same bank to Capt. J.H. Fairgrieve & Co. for $12,000 - less than one third of her cost six years ago.
Mr. A. Robertson, ship-builder, Hamilton, is building a large propeller, 185 feet long, to trade between there and Montreal, or between Port Dalhousie and Ogdensburg.
The Welland Railway is getting up a list of steamers between Toledo and Ogdensburg. They want Capt. Zealand to place the prop. Zealand on this line, which he may do. He has sold the schr. Hercules for $3,000 to parties up west.
Advices from Detroit, Port Huron, Bay City, Cleveland and Buffalo state that numerous Canadian craft are being bought and cut down into barges, and are to be employed in the lumber trade between American ports. If the masts are wholly taken out the craft can engage in the coasting trade.
The Toll Question - Petitions are in circulation in the city for presentation to the Government praying for a partial abatement or abolition of the canal and harbour tolls. The petitions are the outcome of a meeting recently held in the city of St. Catharines.
The Ice Trade - The demand for ice may not be so great as some imagine. Immense quantities from Lake Simcoe have passed over the railways for Milwaukie, Chicago and other points. One man in Guelph is said to have made $1,200 selling ice to the Americans. In Milwaukie dealers in ice have formed an Association and fixed the rates at 30 cents per 100 pounds on $500 or less to saloon keepers, and 25 cents per 100 lbs to butchers and restaurant keepers. To brewers and packers, under contract, the rate is 15 cents per 100 pounds, and to hotels 20 cents per 100 pounds.
Welland Canal Mission - Rev. Mr. Bone to hold meeting.