p.2 Shipping News - There was a perfect lull in the harbour today, business being almost entirely restricted to the transit of the regular steamers and propellers. The propeller Brantford passed down last night, and the propeller Magnet passed up this morning. The steamer City of Ottawa from Ottawa, arrived and departed yesterday afternoon as usual. She unloaded at Swift's wharf 200 cases of matches for the west.
Freights - Grain freights are reported today in Chicago at 15 cents. Wheat and grain receipts in Detroit and Milwaukee large and increasing.
County Council - Mr. Spoor handed in the report of the committee appointed to investigate the claim of C. Hinckley for a bonus for the Wolfe Island ferry. The committee advised no action being taken, as in the opinion of the committee the by-law providing said bonus had not been duly executed according to law, and would be of no effect, and secondly which appears more fatal to said claim, the committee could find no statute law by which the corporation of the counties of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington were authorized to grant aid by way of bonus to any ferry established under the then existing law.
Mr. Calvin objected to the adoption of the report. He said that some years ago the transit to Wolfe Island and the United States was by a sail boat, which was found to be dangerous and inconvenient, and a deliberation upon the subject took place in the county council which resulted in a determination of offering a bonus of $100 per annum for seven years to any person who would establish a steam ferry. The bonus had been paid for one year to Mr. Hinckley who established the ferry, and the speaker thought in all fairness the balance should be paid. If Mr. Hinckley would take the sum claimed without interest he was in favor of paying it.
Mr. Strachan objected to the payment of the bonus. He considered there was no claim to it, and in fact at the time of the establishment of the ferry, far from any bonus being required, a person had actually offered 10 pounds for the privilege of being allowed to establish it. (The speaker was understood to say that the offer of this premium was the occasion of the withdrawal at the time of the application for a bonus, the gift of which was then contemplated.)
Mr. Strachan moved the adoption of the report, which was carried upon division.
Yeas - Messrs. Barr, Burke, Bowerman, Campbell, Day, Donaldson, Fair, Lott, Mills, Mudie, McDonald, McRorey, Nichols, Perry, Strachan, Toland, and the Warden, 17. Nays - Messrs. Calvin, Godrey and Spoor, 3.