p.1 Harvesting of Ice (American article - full column)
THE WRECKING LAWS.
Action To Be Taken In Case Of Vessels Stranded In Canadian Waters.
Buffalo, Feb. 25th - The lake carriers' association lately received notice from the secretary of state at Washington that he was looking up the wrecking laws of the United States and Canada, and at his request the association forwarded him all the documents in its possession which bear on the question. It is not expected the question will be settled before navigation opens, so the association has fixed upon a definite policy. In case any vessel owned by a member of the association is stranded in Canadian waters she will be released by American tugs, and if the tugs are fined, the costs will be paid by the association, after which a test case will be made by suit to recover the amount of the fine. From the utterances of certain Canadian papers, and from other sources of information, it appears that there are a good many well informed people on that side of the line who do not believe in keeping up the wrecking regulations, and it is hoped that before the season closes some amicable adjustment of the question may be made.
p.3 Building A Big Pontoon - Mr. R. Davis has building for McCarthy & Co., Prescott, a pontoon to be used to lift steamboats out of the water while their wheels are being repaired or replaced. The structure will be 30' x 13' and have hollow sides and pumps.
They Would Have Better Steamers - A Montreal authority on steamboat travel suggests that it would pay the Richelieu Co. better were they to discontinue running to Toronto and stop at Kingston. By this means they would do away with the need of sleeping berths, and their steamers could be given larger promenade decks, and accommodate 100 to 150 more passengers each trip.
A Rush of Private Bills - the Calvin Co., Garden Island, applying for incorporation as a joint stock company.