A vessel firm here has been offered 50 cents a ton on iron ore from Belleville to Fairhaven. It was not taken.
It is now said that vessels have been offered in several places for grain at 2 1/2 cents to Kingston or Oswego, but not accepted.
The ice was strong enough yesterday morning at Deseronto to allow a team of horses to cross the bay with a lumber waggon without breaking through.
The rate of wages for sailors is generally accepted as $1.25 on Lake Ontario. Masters of vessels count this too high with carrying rates as they are expected to be.
The Canadian schooner Manzanilla has been chartered to take 23,000 bush. of corn to Kingston; at a rate said to be better than paid to a Lake Ontario port prior to the opening of navigation for several seasons. It is said she gets 11 cents per bushel. Buffalo rates are said to be better than 7 cents and the impression is that 8 cents will be paid before the straits are open.
Launch Of A Steamer - Capt. Rothwell launched on Thursday, the 6th inst., his steamer Crusoe, which has been rebuilt and lengthened at Fairfield's mill, Bath Road. He first cut the ice outside of her. She went into the water beautifully. It was quite an event on the road, there being a large number of spectators; also the school children had a half holiday in honor of the occasion.
River Light House - The Jack Straw light and beacon, near Gananoque, has been moved a distance of 31 feet north from its previous position to a new pier three feet above its former level. This year it will show a fixed white catoptric light visible ten miles from all points of approach. Mariners may note that they must give the pier a wider berth than formerly, as stone rip-rap makes the water shallow for a distance of fifty feet on the channel side of the lighthouse.
Spring Assizes - Queen vs Nicholson - for alleged rape at Portsmouth on girl, who was cook on schr. Jessie Macdonald.