p.2 Dashes From Deseronto - The bay is open for several miles and present appearances are in favour of the early opening of navigation. The several vessels which are laid up here are being repainted and repaired.
Owing to the present indications of an early season the str. Beauharnois is not likely to receive a new cabin and upper deck as was anticipated, but with her new hull and engine frame will be quite adequate for the coming season. When she gets her bow decked over and new upper works she will be large, swift and commodious.
The str. Armenia, which was sunk here, has been raised, and will also receive a sufficient amount of repairs to make her a first-class boat in every respect. The accident was caused by the water raising on the ice and filling her through the overflow of the condenser.
p.3 Amount of Shortage - Last year the forwarding companies at this port handled between 7,000,000 and 8,000,000 bushels of grain, and yet the shortages reported did not total 1 in every 1,000 bushels. This small amount can easily be accounted for - loss by dust, etc., from every cargo discharged. There is talk of having Government Inspectors appointed to weigh all the grain to be transhipped here. Fat places for some persons.
Inspection Of Vessels.
Capt. Thomas Taylor has about completed his inspection of the Kingston vessels for the Canadian Underwriters. He was seen today by a Whig reporter and questioned as to the condition of the craft. He said he found them very good. He had not come across any of the "coffins" described by the Chicago Inter-Ocean. He will inspect the vessels along the lake as far as Toronto, after that he will make a tour of the Georgian Bay District.
We understand that Capt. T. Taylor is one of some fifty applicants for the position of Government Marine Inspector. If the Government desire to have a man thoroughly qualified for the position a better officer than Capt. Taylor could not be secured. He is a ship-carpenter, and has been a mariner on the sea and lakes for many years. If the city were to be searched a better man could not be found. He is deserving of the position.
Capt. Dunlop has left to make an inspection of the vessels and barges along the rivers between Kingston and Montreal.
Whats The News? - Jessie H. Breck loading ice at foot of William street for Toledo.
It is rumoured that Captain Thomas Donnelly will not again be commander of the schr. Grantham. He will be employed in a more responsible position.
The rebuilding of the Flower City, at Clayton, is progressing rapidly. She will be 46 feet longer, faster and more comfortable than any boat on the river. The Flower City will be used as an excursion boat.
p.4 District Dashes - Deseronto made port of entry; T.G. Pile to be Collector.
Wolfe Island Canal - the ferry question - Henry Folger's proposal.