p.2 The Editor, British Whig;
Sir, - In answer to Rideau Canal Boy, permit me to state briefly that I have never laid "great stress" on the "color test," but simply told those concerned how to proceed in order to be ready when the time comes for examination, and I did not mention any person's name in my letter. The question is not, "Can Capt. Donnelly pass the color test?" He has already passed, and for the past month has been trying to assist others to do likewise. I never called attention to any mariner's incompetency, and never heard of the letter signed "Cook" until I saw it in the News. I have never been unlucky enough to sink a vessel on Lake Ontario, or anywhere else, nevertheless better men than I have met with this misfortune. I have never doubted Capt. Dandy's ability, and Capt. D. well knows that I have recommended him highly to a prominent vessel owner this winter. Now, boys in conclusion take the advice of one who has been there. Stop "mud slinging." Do not try to raise dissention, but go to work with a will and do not be ashamed to take good advice even should it come from a younger man. There are none of us perfect, and it may all be needed at the coming examination. In future anything you write of a personal character let it be written above your own name, or otherwise it will not be noticed by,
Yours truly, THOS. DONNELLY.
p.3 Here & There - harbour improvements - F.F. Allen was paid $895.20 for use of scow.
Supply of Fish - Clark & Robbins, of Sackett's Harbor, deal extensively with Kingstonians and ship large quantities of fish from Lake Huron to this place. They have branch establishments at many points, including Buffalo, Toronto, Sackett's Harbor, Cape Vincent, Sault Ste. Marie and Port Arthur. Their most extensive fisheries are on Lake Superior, Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. Good fish were very scarce last season, and on Lake Ontario the fishermen were disappointed in the extent of their "catch."....
Presenting Private Bills - The following private Bills will come before the Ontario Legislature:
To legalize and confirm a by-law of the city of Kingston, exempting property of the Montreal Transportation Company and of the Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Company from municipal and school taxes for a period of 10 years on certain conditions.
Jan. 26, 1884