PUBLIC WORKS REPORT.
Hon. H.L. Langevin, Minister of Public Works, has issued his annual report by which we learn the extent of the improvements effected in Kingston by his department during the past fiscal year: (part)
At the session of 1882 $12,500 was voted towards the removal of the top of the Point Frederick shoal, Kingston harbour, so as to obtain a depth of 15 feet during low water in Lake Ontario; and during the fiscal year the work was vigorously prosecuted. Owing to the extent of this shoal and the material to be removed being rock in place, at least three years will be required to complete the work. Expenditure during the fiscal year, $6,808.49.
At the session of 1882 $2,000 was voted to continue the dredging at Portsmouth to obtain a depth of 13 feet at low water in Lake Ontario, and during the year the work was carried on. Expenditure, $1,998.50.
At the session of 1882 a re-vote of $2,000 was made towards dredging the shoal obstructing the entrance to Consecon harbour; and during the fiscal year the work has been continued. Expenditure, $1,929.25.
The Canal Department.
The special returns show that the Canal revenue (St. Lawrence) at Kingston was, in tolls, $16,435.95, which, added to a balance due on 1st July, 1882, made a total of $17,759.84. There was deposited with the Receiver-General $17,372.44, leaving a balance due on 30th June, 1883, of $337.40. The revenue on the Rideau Canal and at Kingston Mills was $2,555.84. With the Receiver-General there was deposited $2,075,50; for rents, etc., $325 were paid; and the balance due on 30th June, 1883, was $152.34. W. Burrows' salary as Canal Toll Collector was $591.27, and E. Fahey's salary, as Assistant Collector, $359.37.
Here & There - The frames are up and the rivetters have commenced operations at Clayton on the new steamer in which the Folgers are interested.
Work on the new steamer building at Clayton for the Cape Vincent-Alexandria Bay route is progressing favorably, in another week she will be all in frame.
Personal Mention - James Martin is Captain of the tug Frank Perew, not of the Jessie Hall. Peter McGlade is captain of the latter.
Sale of the Spartan - The steamer Spartan has been bought by the Company for $22,000, and the question will now come up whether the Company gets the $40,000 of insurance that was on the boat or not. If they get the insurance they will, the directors say, make instead of lose money.