p.1 Grain Fleet Afloat - Chicago, April 30th - The greatest grain fleet that ever left Chicago at the opening of navigation began starting last night. It is composed of 96 vessels, and the cargoes aggregate 4,442,000 bushels of grain. The vessel masters trust to warmer weather and westerly winds to clear the ice blockade from the straits by the time they reach the passage.
Schooner Grantham is loading ore for Cleveland at 75 cents f.o.b.
The str. Rideau Belle will leave Swift's wharf on Thursday, May 3rd, at 8 a.m.
Charles Chambers, J. Hurley and Joseph Devan shipped on the schr. Watertown today.
The str. Geneva has reached here from Deseronto. She will run between Gananoque and Clayton this summer.
Capt. LaSalle has resigned the command of the str. R.P. Fitzgerald, and is about to engage in the coal business at Duluth.
Montreal dispatch from Kingston: "The schooner Watertown arrived today with a cargo of grindstones from Chicago."
The Rideau canal will be opened on Wednesday. The str. Rideau Belle will commence her regular trips on Thursday.
The steam barges Anglin and Water Lily come out as good as new this spring. The former has gone to Trenton, where she will be hauled out to complete her repairing.
Captains say that in some places the ice in the lower part of the lake is fifteen feet thick and grounded. The ice on the north end of Pigeon Island is piled so high that it completely shuts out the light.
Billy Black will again skip the yacht Norah, the owner of which is always ready to defend the Fisher Cup from all comers. She has been fitted up in elegant style for Mr. Bell, Q.C., who will do a great deal of cruising this summer. The yacht Iolanthe has had her sides raised seven inches giving better cabin accommodation. Other needed improvements have been made.
This morning Capt. S. Fraser started with the prop. Scotia from the Kingston foundry dock to the Cataraqui bridge. Near the shoal tower, in the harbour, near the ferry wharf, the Scotia ran aground. Her heel fastened on some rocks and fastened her so tight that she could not work off. At 11 o'clock the tug McArthur came to her assistance and released her. When she floated it was found that her rudder had been unshipped.
Arrivals: schrs. W.R. Taylor, Toledo, timber; Mary Lyons and J.G. Layton, Ogdensburg, for Charlotte, light; Abbie L. Andrews, Ogdensburg, for Chicago, stone; Persia, Sandusky, 400 tons coal; str. Geneva, Deseronto, light.
Cleared: schrs. Clara White, lumber, Deseronto; Watertown, stone, Chicago; Huron, light, Oswego.