The gov't tug Shanley called here today.
The str. Chieftain left here this afternoon with 3 barges for Charlotte.
The prop. Niagara, with timber, from Manistee, is at Garden Island.
Arrivals: prop. Lake Michigan, Toledo; str. Algerian, Alexandria Bay.
The steam barge Nile and barge Isis are loading bunchwood at Portsmouth.
The prop. Tecumseh and barge, Collinsby to Serpent River, has passed Port Dalhousie.
The prop. Alma Munro is at Sand Beach, Mich., getting repairs made to her machinery.
The contract for dredging Belleville harbour has been awarded to the Weddell dredging company, of Trenton.
The 18th raft left Garden Island yesterday for Quebec in tow of the tug H.A. Calvin. It comprised 8 drams.
At Port Colborne there were reported the prop. Ionia, Chicago to Kingston, corn; and schr. S. Neelon, Collinsby to Erie, ice.
The prop. Michigan lightened 4,000 bushels corn at the Montreal Transportation company's dock and proceeded to Montreal.
The steam yacht Nightingale, belonging to S. Johnson, Clayton, called this morning with a shooting party on board. She will proceed to Hay Bay.
Clearances: schr. B.W. Folger 117,000 lumber, Oswego; schr. Straubenzie, Charlotte, light; schr. S.H. Dunn, ore, Astabula; str. Corsican, Montreal.
Rideau Canal Improvements - Superintendent Wise, of the Rideau Canal, with Messrs. Taylor and Phillips of the same office, are on an expedition between Brewer's lock and Kingston Mills, engaged on preliminary survey, the ultimate intention of which is to reclaim a large area of at present drowned lands between these points. This drowned land has a length of about twelve miles and an average breadth of 1 1/2 miles, and is believed to be valuable for farming purposes. A cut of nearly three miles extend westerly from Brewer's, and here it is proposed to build a new lock, reducing the water level about nine feet and doing away with one of the present four locks at Kingston Mills.
This is the intimation the Ottawa Free Press gives the public, but the opinion of the experts is that no change will ever occur as the expense would be enormous, and the benefit meagre. "If the farmers had not cut off every stick of timber along the canal," said one of the trip, "they would not now be complaining about the flooding of their property."