p.3 Opening of Canal Navigation - The water will be let into the Lachine Canal today (20th), and the Beauharnois, Cornwall and Williamsburgh Canals will also be opened.
The steamer St. Helen is being prepared for the business of the season, and will be ready to occupy her old route, from Belleville to Montreal, in a few days. Her veteran officer, Capt. Chrysler, is still at the helm of affairs.
Accident - The mate of the George Thurston, timber vessel, had his leg jammed between the ends of two pieces of timber, on Saturday last, whilst loading below Stag Island. He was seen by Dr. Dickie, of St. Clair, who pronounced it a compound fracture of the lower part of the leg. It was well reduced by him, and the unfortunate individual brought up to Sarnia for further treatment. [Sarnia Tribune]
The ferry boat Swift which plied between St. Clair and Mooretown, county of Lambton, C.W., blew up on Thursday last whilst lying at the dock in St. Clair. Fortunately none of the men were on board, and only two strangers, who were blown into the river and received a considerable shock, but were not dangerously wounded. If any of the crew had been standing round the boiler they would have been killed instantly, as the force of the explosion shattered the boat so that she immediately filled and sank. [Sarnia Tribune]
A New Yacht - A huge looking vessel was drawn by six horses through the streets yesterday to the waters of the harbor, and there duly launched. The vessel was a pleasure yacht of about ten tons, designed and built at the village of Newburg, some twenty-four miles back of Kingston, by Mr. R. Osborne, who has obtained a good deal of favorable notoriety for his yacht models - the Golden Arrow, the Prima Donna, and the Belle, having been designed by Mr. Osborne, and proved themselves excellent sailors. The present yacht was built by a company of gentlemen here, and we presume the reason why she was constructed so far from the lake was that the modeller, who is a merchant resident at Newburg, might the better be able to superintend her construction.
Protection of Game & Fish - Club formed to protect game and fish against poaching. W.G. Draper, President.
A True Fish Story - sturgeon 6 feet 5 1/2" long, 120 lbs, caught. [Belleville Chronicle]
p.4 The Ottawa Survey - for canal. [Citizen]