p.2 Survey of the Rapids of the St. Lawrence
We had the pleasure today of an interview with Captain de Raasloff, one of the Engineers engaged in surveying the Rapids, who had been to Quebec on business, and is on his way back to Coteau Landing. It will appear that these gentlemen are determined to ascertain what is practicable, and what is not, and that, with the courage and perseverance for which they are known, they shrink from no danger where useful knowledge of the locality can be obtained by experiment. They have had scows anchored in all, even the most turbulent, parts of the Coteau Rapids, and have not abandoned the most minute mode of surveying until the impossibility of continuing was evident; and we are happy to learn that these very dangerous, but for the object in view, necessary experiments, have resulted in no other losses than some anchors and chains. It was deemed of importance to know whether an available south channel could be found through the Coteau Rapids, and Messrs. Maillefert and Raasloff are now surveying these parts, which will bring them in very near contact with the well-known "Chute Verte," considered one of the most dangerous chutes in the river, and we are, therefore, anxious to learn that this portion has been accomplished without any serious accident. The progress of these interesting operations continues to be very satisfactory, and Capt. de R. has been able to lay a complete map of the Coteau Rapids before the Department of Public Works, and has also had the honor of being presented to his Excellency the Governor General. The Engineers are now preparing for the experimental blastings, by which it is to be practically ascertained whether the same mode of blasting which was most successfully applied at Hell Gate, and has made M. Maillefert so deservedly popular in the States, is equally applicable to the Rapids. The Engineers will, to this effect, divide their party into two, the one under M. Maillefert, for carrying on the blasting operations, and the other under M. Raasloff, for continuing the survey. We are happy also to be informed by Capt. de R. that the Department of Public Works continues to bestow the most lively interest upon these operations, and promises a liberal support whenever wanted. [Montreal Herald]
The steamer Mississippi on her downward trip, on the 24th, from Sandusky to Buffalo, had three fatal cases of cholera on board. They were all firemen, who had got overheated, and drank large quantities of ice water.