p.2 Royal Mail Line - The Toronto and Montreal mail boats will number four, the Algerian, Capt. Trowell; the Corsican, Capt. Sinclair; the Passport, Capt. Irvine; the Corinthian, Capt. Ada. It has been determined that the boats will not run farther than Toronto, that is, leaving out the Hamilton passage. Extensive repairs and additional comforts will make the boats more convenient than ever before.
-A.W. Stevenson, late steward of Magnet, to join staff of Norseman.
-Capt. Theo. Allen has received the contract for a large covered crane scow, for use in the removal of the shoals. She will be built, we believe, on Anglin's wharf, foot of Barrack Street.
Personal Mention - George Brush, engine builder, of Montreal, died; resident of Kingston from 1836-39.
p.3 Portsmouth Council Proceedings - A meeting of the Portsmouth Council was called at the request of the Reeve on Thursday evening to endeavor to make terms with the Montreal Transportation Co., who wish to get a lease of the harbor priveleges, but as Mr. Gaskin, the representative of the Company, had nothing definite to offer they agreed to await the result of the action of the City Council in a similar matter with the same Company. "There seems," says a Portsmouth man, "to be an erroneous impression with regard to the harbor. The facts are that the long pier (about 200 feet), and fifty feet on each side of it, is the property of the Corporation, by patent from the Crown, and without the privileges connected with this pier the harbor is of little use to any Company."
Almost A New Boat - The Norseman will come out this spring as good as a new vessel. Her hull was rebuilt last season, and now new decks have been put in. In addition to the other improvements, a new boiler is being placed in her. It is intended to burn coal instead of wood. Capt. George Crawford will again command her.