CONTRADICTING CAPT. GASKIN.
At the last meeting of the City Council for 1882, held on January 8th, the Mayor in his closing address made the following remark, which we clip from his own organ:
"The Dominion Government has agreed to spend the sum of $64,000 for the removal of Point Frederick shoal. During the past year they have spent something like $12,000. Taking into consideration the lateness of the season when they commenced work, they have removed a very large quantity of stone. I trust this work will continue. If so, it will remove a very bad shoal and improve our harbour wonderfully."
For some time we had been on the lookout for Capt. Paul, but it was only today that a Whig reporter met him at the Post Office. The following colloquy occurred:
"Good day, Captain."
"Good day, sir. Pretty cold."
"You're just the person I want to see. Doing anything in connection with the shoals? I suppose you will soon begin drilling?"
"I don't know," replied the Captain, "I am waiting for orders from the Chief Engineer."
"How much was spent last year on the shoals?"
"About $3,500. We have about $9,000 to the good."
"Capt. Gaskin says you spent $12,000." To this the Captain replied that he was mistaken, and the reporter felt that it was a great big mistake.