p.3 Toronto Bay is clear of ice and there is considerable activity in shipping circles. Vessel owners are shipping men at Union wages - $1 for Lake Ontario, and $1.25 through the Welland Canal.
Wind Wafts - The prop. Indian, recently purchased by Gilmour & Co., is to be converted into a steam barge, and will tow lumber barges between Trenton and Oswego. She will be commanded by Capt. Alex. Cuthbert.
The schooner Brooklyn which the Armstrong brought up to Kingston last week, has been chartered for the season to carry iron from Marquette to Cleveland at $3,50 per ton.
The steamer Faxton was not lost in Saginaw Bay. She is reported to have been sighted fast in the ice ten miles off Sebring.
Painting - The tender accepted for painting the steamers of the Royal Mail Line lying up at this port was that of W. Robinson & Son. Work will be commenced immediately.
The Welland Canal - Nothwithstanding the protestations of the St. Catharines Journal the Welland Canal will not open as soon as vessels are prepared to go through. A telegram from that place to a Kingstonian says the Canal will not open until the 5th of May, and vessel men consequently wear a disappointed appearance.