The Editor, British Whig;
Sir; - I noticed that last night's paper said I had resigned. This is not true. I shall be President Tom Paddon (line unreadable) to law. I shall also suspend all members from voting at the next election who are in arrears. I shall also have $50 per month according to agreement or keep all the books and other property until I am settled with and see that all those who were sailing in "scab" schooners last season toe the mark.
Feb. 29th TOM PADDON, President Seamens' Union.
THE SKIPPERS SCHOOLED.
This morning the examination under the Act of the Dominion Parliament, passed at the last session, "respecting certificates to Masters and Mates of inland and coasting ships," commenced in the Court House. The Board was composed of Capt. Thos. Harbottle, Toronto, (Chairman); Capt. McElhenny, of the Marine and Fisheries Department; Capt. Taylor, Kingston; and Capt. McIlwaine of St. Catharines. The Act of the Dominion Parliament, under which the examinations are being conducted, was passed at the last session and came into force on the 1st of January. Thus no master or mate will be allowed to act as such during the coming season without a certificate. Those who acted in either of these capacities prior to the 1st of January will be granted certificate of service on producing satisfactory evidence as to competency and good conduct, and are only required to pass the color test.
Thirty-two masters and mates were examined up to the time of our going to press for servitude, each one undergoing the color test. They all passed successfully.
Mr. Nicholson, purser of the Hero, applied for a master's papers, but was refused them on the ground that the Act only allows those who had acted as mate for one year to be examined.
Great excitement is manifested among the mariners. They claim that they should be examined for competency on the American chart instead of a British chart, as there was not one out of every ten sailors who sailed the lakes that knew anything about ocean sailing. They had always sailed by an American chart.
Examination At Picton.
The Board have just concluded their labors at Picton, where there were sixty four applications of all grades for certificates. Of these thirty were for Masters and sixteen for Mates on the lakes, seven for Masters and four for Mates on minor waters. Only two passed the competency examinations, Henry Stanton, Picton, and Samuel V. Anderson, Deseronto. Two applicants for competency certificates and three applicants for service certificates failed on colors.
The following received service certificates as Masters for the lakes: Henry Stanton, John Flynn, Picton; Wyatt Welbanks, W.E. Lobb, James M. Hudgin, Milford; John Walters, Picton; Francis McMaster, Deseronto; Wm. H. Hargrove, Cherry Valley; Murray Ackerman, Milford; James Savage, Wellington; Wm. Ostrander, Picton; Paul Clark, Cherry Valley; J.D. Vanalstyne, Picton; Peter F. Hicks, South Bay; Daniel O'Hagan, James Collins, Picton; John Gowan, Joseph W. Bradbeer, Deseronto; David O'Hagan, David Wood, Picton; Peter D. Ostrander, William E. Vanalstyne, Milford; Nathan McCrimmon, Point Traverse; N. Hudgin, South Bay; Hugh McCullough, Wellington; Jno. W. Fegan, Thomas L. Vandusen, Milford; Patrick O'Flynn, Trenton; W.H. Burdick, Picton.
The following received service certificates as mates for the lakes: Ryerson J. Woodcock, Deseronto; Hugh McCormick, Frederick Graves, Hugh Hudgin, Picton; Joseph Beleur, Stirling; Fagan Dulmage, Milford; A.W. Palmateer, Picton; Harvey M. Hart, Rossmore; Philip Harrington, Milford; John O'Hagan, Harvey W. Solves, Picton; Levi C. Collier, Milford; John H. Pringle, Prinyer; Calvin Hicks, German Haskell, Picton; Jacob Hyatt, Beltour.
Here & There - Messrs. Rathbun & Co., Deseronto, have purchased the schr. Agnes Hope from Port Hope parties.
Another Steamer - Capt. Garrett Wilson leased Freemason and will run her between Kingston and Ottawa; Capt. Noonan will be her master.