p.2 The Lake Fisheries - Bitter and repeated complaints are being made by our lake fishermen of the depradations committed upon their rights by American fishermen in lake waters. These men's attention is principally directed to the capture of the salmon-trout and whitefish, which they secure with a reckless disregard of those wholesome laws which have been established, and which are acknowledged by fishermen, for the preservation of these valuable species, and with no regard whatever to the fishery law. The salmon-trout is becoming perceptibly scarcer, and it is an acknowledged fact, that with every protection afforded it, the delicious whitefish is annually lessening in numbers, and if immediate steps are not taken to stop the piracies upon our fisheries by these men, a very few years will place that species among those which once were, but no longer exist in our lake. These fishermen inform us that from South Bay Point to Nine Mile Point there are about eleven American sailboats daily engaged fishing with nets in our waters for whitefish and salmon trout. And further, that between the head of Amherst Island and Nine Mile Point, over 4,000 rods of netting are set by these men across the channel, completely stopping the progress of the whitefish and salmon-trout to their regular habitats. The attention of the superintendent has been called to the abuse, but as far as the fishermen are aware without effect. These depredations of the Americans have rendered the before mentioned species of fish so scarce with our fishermen and difficult to procure, as to raise the price in our market one half - thus salmon-trout was selling for fifty cents per pair, were it not for this interference could be profitably furnished to our people at 25 cents. At Cape Vincent can be seen daily four or five American boats laden with salmon-trout and whitefish taken in our waters, and yesterday one boat had on board 500 specimens of this fish. It is presumed that the complaints of these men will receive the deserved attention in the proper quarters, and that the necessary steps will be taken to remedy the evil.
Shipping News - The propeller Enterprise, the first boat of the Welland Railway Line, arrived this morning at Glassford & Jones' wharf from Port Dalhousie with 20,000 bush of corn. Her captain reports the new sister boat Dalhousie as loaded, and that she would leave Port Dalhousie yesterday for Oswego. The tug Francis, with four barges, arrived at the Commercial wharf this morning with 360 cords of hardwood for Toronto. The tug Swan, with four barges, arrived at the same wharf, lumber laden for Oswego and Ogdensburgh. The sch. Flying Scud left the same wharf this morning with lumber for Oswego. The government tug steamer John A. Macdonald got ashore on Wednesday at the foot of the Lachine Rapids. The steamer Hiram Calvin was sent to her assistance, and got her off without difficulty. She received no assistance from any Montreal tugs as reported. The barge Montreal is loading hay at Swift's wharf for Merrickville. The schooners Undine, Helen, and Arsoff, arrived at Garden Island today, with staves from Lake Erie. The steamer Huron arrived up this afternoon.
The following vessels passed through the Welland Canal, May 13th:
Down - Bark Chenango, Chicago, Oswego, corn; prop Arcadia, Bruce Mines, Montreal, copper ore; schr. Northumberland, Chicago, Kingston, corn; prop Lawrence, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen cargo. At Elevator - Schrs Yankee Blade, and barge Maitland.
May 14th - Prop St. Lawrence, Buffalo, Hamilton, light; sch. Kate Baily (Bally ?), Mora, Kingston, timber; sch Louisa Wallaceburg, Cleveland, Toronto, coal; brk Prince of Wales, Chatham, Kingston, timber; prop Granite State, Toledo, Ogdensburg, gen cargo.
13th - Up - Prop Cleveland, Oswego, Toledo, gen cargo; prop Lowell, Oswego, Chicago, gen cargo; brig Concord, Ogdensburg, Buffalo, iron ore; sch. Nevada, Oswego, Cleveland, light; sch. Nevada, Oswego, Cleveland, pig iron (sic); sch. Lewis Day, Port Colborne, Bay City, light; sch. Yankee Blade, Port Colborne, Chicago, light.
14th - Prop Bruno, Kingston, Milwaukie, pig iron; City of Concord, Oswego, Chicago, gen cargo; Ackron (sic - Akron ?), Oswego, Toledo, do.; schrs. Homeward Bound, Oswego, Bay City, light; M.S. Collins, Oswego, Toledo, salt; J.A. Macdonald of Toronto, Toronto, Cleveland, light; Courtland, Ogdensburg, Buffalo, iron ore; Victoria, Oswego, Milwaukie, salt; John McGee, Oswego, Chicago, coal; brk Maitland, Port Colborne, Cleveland, light.