p.2 (editorial) The late accident to the steamer Kingston is likely to lead to the establishment of a needed precautionary measure - viz:- the stationing of a signal man at the entrance of the rapids to warn steamers and river craft of the entrance of large rafts into the channel. Had the pilot or captain of the Kingston been aware that a raft had so recently entered the rapids, the boat would have been kept waiting in safe water a sufficient length of time to admit the obstruction to pass through. The channel is wide enough to admit a barge and allow a steamer to pass, but a large raft so blocks up the rapid drift-way that it is almost certain destruction either to the raft or the steamer for the latter to follow after the other. The expense of a signal-man would not be great; the saving, as in the case of the Kingston, would have been very great. Besides, the safety of the travelling public demands such a precaution.
Trial Trip of the Steamer Corinthian - The new iron steamer Corinthian made her trial trip on Thursday evening. She left the Canadian Engine Company's wharf shortly after six o'clock, having on board a number of gentlemen connected with the steamboating and forwarding interests of the city, and a large crowd of workmen and others who availed themselves of the free trip. She made the circuit of the harbor, crossed over to Garden Island twice, where she took on board a metallic life-boat, and after having thus tested her engine she went up to Nine Mile Point. On the return from the lighthouse at this point her speed was measured. She accomplished the trip to the wharf in twenty-five minutes, which, estimating the distance at seven miles, gives the Corinthian a speed of little short of seventeen miles an hour. This was done with forty pounds pressure of steam, by a new engine, and with at times a great list to the boat owing to the unequal distribution of the passengers who thronged the upper decks. Taking everything into account, the Corinthian bids fair to be a fast boat. She has been designed by Mr. Ault from the lines of the New Era, but with flaring sides. The iron plates of her hull were shaped and fitted on the Clyde and then put together here by the Engine Company. The engine is altogether of Kingston manufacture. The carved paneling and stained glass work have been done in Montreal. The other carpentry and joiner work has been done in Kingston. Part of the furniture has been made here and part in Toronto. Everything has been bought in the cheapest market, but no expense has been spared to make the vessel a first-class passenger boat. She is intended for the international trade between Cobourg and Charlotte, the port of Rochester. On her trial trip she was destitute of furniture, carpets, lamps and hangings, and many parts of the boat were still wet with fresh paint; but the finishing touches are to be rapidly laid on. She is to make a visit to Toronto, then down to Cobourg, and it is expected she will commence her regular trips on Monday. She will be a credit to this port and to her owners, the Messrs. Gildersleeve. Long may she brave the fickle winds and waves of Ontario.
-str. Magnet took up a large party of French Canadians on their way to Chicago.
p.3 Imports - 8,9; Exports - 8.