p.4 The Murray canal does not promise well if it be true that the contractors of it have, even now, a difficulty in keeping it from filling uup. The Trenton Courier, which cannot be accused of political cussedness, does not think the banks of fine sand will remain exposed to rain and wind without shifting to the bottom of the canal. When some government officials get offended at this section of country the canal will be neglected and it will level up. The loading of the banks with round stone, the present plan of holding the cut open, will do the farmers a lasting good, but will only hasten the filling of the canal, as their weight on the bank of wet sand will cause them to sink in no time. The only successful remedy will be to cut all the oak or elm trees in that section of country into thick plank and drive them down like piles the whole length of the sandy canal. The question is, Was the course suggested by the government engineer followed in the making of the canal? And if not, why? Is it possible that after all the talk of the politicians about the value such a canal would be to the marine interests of the country the work has involved but a waste of all the thousands of dollars it has cost? That would be the inference any one would draw from the statements of the Courier, and it is but a verification of the prophecy of some men at the time the canal was projected.
Recent charters in Chicago for Kingston are: prop. Lincoln, 17,000 bush. corn; schr. Lisgar, 18,000 bush. corn; schr. Glenifer, 20,000 bush. corn.
The steambarge Erin, from near Scammons Cove, Lake Huron, with ties, says she has not seen or heard of the schr. Jessie Scarth since the late gale. She should have loaded at the same place and towed to Chicago with the Erin. Some anxiety is felt for the safety of the vessel's crew, which consisted of eight men.