p.1 City Council - communication from Superintendent of Storm Signal Office - storm signal mast blew down last November.
Wolfe Island Ferry - Ald. Gaskin submitted the petition of John Halliday et al, stating that an effort was being made to secure a lease of the whole north side of the island for ferry purposes, for 21 years; that such would amount to a monopoly injurious to the petitioners, some of whom have had to drive 16 miles to catch the boat; that in consequence of competition the petitioners have had the benefit of a boat which called at Halliday's wharf three times a week; that hoping to have a continuance of this accommodation they oppose the granting of a new lease; and they pray for such action as will, under the circumstances, protect their interests. Referred to the Committee on Wharves and Harbours.
Wharves & Harbours - Ald. Gaskin submitted the report of the Committee on Wharves and Harbour as follows: On the communication of George E. Lumsden, Assistant Secretary, stating that the Corporation of Wolfe Island has applied for the renewal of lease of ferry between that township and the City of Kingston for a term of 21 years from the expiration of the present lease in 1883, your Committee have no objection to have the lease or license to the municipality of the township of Wolfe Island renewed for a period not to extend seven years, and to be confined to the present three miles' limit at Dawson's Bay, and that the Mayor be requested to forward the decision to the Ontario Government. Adopted.
p.3 Good Freights - Messrs. Deville, of Toledo, and Whittaker, of Detroit, are in the city. They are both in the shipping business. Mr. Deville says he thinks there will be no trouble in securing a 7 1/2 cent freight on corn, or 8 cents on wheat at Toledo, during the coming season.
Iron Ore Trade - Mr. James Swift will again have two steam tugs and four ordinary barges engaged in the iron ore trade of the Rideau Canal during the coming season. The ore will be brought here from the Robbins mines and thence transhipped to Astabula and Cleveland.
Kingston Dry Dock - The dry dock in this city has been placed on the same footing as the one at Halifax. The Government will guarantee a low rate of interest for twenty years on the cost of the works. The dock will now probably be finished.
Marine Notes - The schooner Queen of the Lakes is covered with lumber.
The schooner Magdala, tied up at the Yonge street wharf, is riding in open water.
At Toronto a new pine deck has been laid in the steamer Cuba. Other important repairs will be made ere she leaves port.
The season of the Cleveland and Montreal line will begin with one boat a week about May 1st. The boat will run from Cleveland direct to the canal, connecting with the boat from Hamilton. She will take the Canadian channel of the St. Lawrence to Montreal. All the freight room of the entire line is chartered except the deck.
Wind Wafts - The schr. Wood Duck has been dismasted and is being cut up for stove wood. She is wood to the last. Peace to her ashes.