p.2 City Council - communication from the City Solicitor, in regard to the "Allen anchor" taken from the old barges near the Tete du Pont barracks, stating the law in regard to salvage, and giving it as his opinion that the Corporation can at any time clear the harbor of any obstructions.
Alderman Cunningham stated that the committee had no report to send in in regard to the question of the old barges, and that he thought the opinion of the committee seemed to be that the city clerk should communicate with the owners of the old barges, with a view to have them claimed and removed.
Alderman Harty inquired if there was not a letter before the Council from Mr. Gordon Finkle, the agent of the Messrs. Gilmour of Quebec, in which case would it not be well to deliver the barges up to Mr. Finkle if he is found to have full authority from the actual owners to receive them. As the city, however, intended to fill in that part of the harbor where the barges now are, he thought it would be better to leave them where they were to assist in the filling in. Whoever does receive them he hoped that the city would be repaid the money it had expended on them.
A good deal of debate was indulged in although there was no motion before the chair when Alderman Henderson moved that the city clerk communicate with Messrs. Gilmour & Co. on the subject.
Alderman Kinghorn was in favor of dropping the matter altogether.
Councilman White said that all the gas which had been burned in the Council while debating the question of the old barges would be more, if figured up, than the value of the anchor and chain and the barges too.
The motion was then permitted to be withdrawn and a resolution passed that the letter of the city Solicitor should lie on the table.
Councilman Tomkins inquired what had become of the petition of Mr. Hurley for payment of services performed in raising the anchor and chain?
Alderman Cunningham said that the city Engineer positively stated that Mr. Hurley had been paid for any services he had rendered in the matter.
Councilman Tomkins said it was more than probable that Mr. Hurley would enforce payment of his claim.