p.2 Dominion Parliament - discuss opening Welland Canal earlier.
Died - Charles Wilkinson, engineer.
p.3 Canadian Line of Steamers - Chicago & Montreal are to be connected by a new through line. Eight fine steamers of the Merchant's Line (Canadian) will ply from Chicago through to Montreal, and vice-versa, calling at points on the St. Lawrence, the Welland Canal, at Amherstburg, Windsor, Detroit, Sarnia and Milwaukee. The steamers of the company, which are to form this line, were determined upon on Monday last at Montreal, and masters appointed, as was learned yesterday. They are as follows: City of St. Catharines, Captain J. McMaugh; Prussia, Capt. H. Zealand; Lincoln, Capt. J. Duncanson; California, Capt. Crangle; Ocean, Capt. A. McMaugh; Argyle, Capt. H. McLaughlin; Scotia, Capt. J.H. Scott; Europe, Capt. J. Clifford. The other 2 steamers - the Celtic, Capt. J. Vaughan, and the Persian, Capt. W. Cavers - will occupy routes below, and will not come up here. The Inter-Ocean says the line will make connections at Montreal with ocean steamers to and from Europe, and with railroads and steamers for Quebec and the Lower Provinces, and with Montreal, Boston, and Southeastern Railways for Boston and New England States. It is learned that large quantities of upbound freight, principally iron and merchandise, have already been contracted for to come to Chicago.
The Welland Canal - The Oswego Palladium says the Canal will not be open through to Port Colborne before the 5th or 15th of May, but it will be open from Port Dalhousie by way of the feeder to Port Maitland by April 1st or 10th, so that vessels which do not draw more than 7 feet of water may pass through. There is not the slightest doubt that owners of grain vessels that have wintered on Lake Ontario will avail themselves of the opportunity to slip them out of the lower lake trap by way of Port Maitland in light trim. Thus not a ton of coal or railroad iron will be shipped from Oswego, Charlotte, and Ogdensburg until toward the close of May and perhaps not until well along in June.
Wind Wafts - The Oswego lighthouse has been lit; last year it was along about the 1st of April when the light was put in.
The steamer Rothesay, of Toronto, is at Ogdensburg, undergoing repairs. A few days ago the men engaged to do the work struck for higher wages, and the work was blocked.