p.4 The Dry Dock - Up to a particular point the dry dock scheme was pushed with great vigour, and then the impetuosity of the movement ceased. The fact was established that a dry-dock was an absolute necessity, that the marine interests of the lake demanded it, that Kingston, at the foot of the lake and head of the river navigation, was the proper location for it, and that the government should build and own it. The representations of several deputations prevailed, parliament made an appropriation on account of it, and there the matter stands. Why has not progress been made with the scheme? Why has not a decision been reached in regard to the site of the dock so that excavations could be begun? The money is available; why is it not being applied? The people are becoming curious about the delay. They do not understand the cause of it, and they will be excused if, in the absence of definite information, they draw erroneous conclusions. Long since an engineer was to have arrived and made the final surveys. What has detained him at the capital? Is he, like so many other representatives of official life, spending his holidays abroad? Is he overburdened with labour and unable to discharge the duties incumbent upon him promptly? The public works department must wake up. The season is going fast, and a beginning must be made upon the dock if the suspicion is not to grow that it and the $75,000 appropriated on account of it are to be used as election contingencies. In any case the dock cannot be finished before the next appeal to the people, and so the party boom will not be missed.
The schr. Laura D. cleared for Deseronto with 2,500 bushels of wheat.
The schooner Queen of the Lakes, being rebuilt at Deseronto, will be ready for work on September 1st.
The water in the Rideau never was so low, steamers are experiencing great trouble in navigating it. The water in the river Styx is only four feet four inches deep, and falling. Some barges have been obliged to leave the route. One of the steamers is making preparations to have a yacht and scow connect with it at Washburn, to which place the steamer would run from here, the yacht to run into Kingston.
Arrivals: schr. E.P. Beals, Chicago, 23,250 bushels corn; schr. Julia, Oswego, 206 tons coal; tug Active and two barges, Oswego, coal.