p.1 Rising - A very perceptible rise is noticeable in the depth of water in the harbour. It is far below the old mark yet, however. The same change is observed in many places, not only in this vicinity, but in different parts of the Province.
p.2 Marine News
Clear Water - Those early afloat this morning were not a little surprised to find the harbour clear of ice which had been broken by the stiff breeze from the north last night and driven up the lake out of sight. Navigation to the islands, Cape Vincent, or across the channel, within a considerable radius is now interrupted (sic). But the "congealed crystal" has by no means taken its departure. The ice is quite strong in many parts of the Bay of Quinte, and in the vicinity of the upper gap, a horse crossing yesterday, we are told from the head of Wolfe Island to Pigeon Island.
The steamer Hiram A. Calvin, the first boat down the river this spring, left yesterday for Gananoque to wood.
One of the ferry steamers will probably leave for Gananoque tomorrow.
The Pierrepont is crowded with passengers and freight each trip to and from Cape Vincent.
Several movements of vessels took place yesterday and today. The Lady Franklin towed a fine schooner from below the bridge.
The schr. J.G. McGrath will load her cargo of iron ore at Swift & Co's wharf. She had to discharge it last fall, owing to the adverse weather and impossibility of getting westward after loading.
The schr. B.W. Folger goes to the quarry near Bell's Island to load stone.
The tug Glide has been taken from the Marine Railway Transportation Company's wharf, to prepare for the season's operations.
Different craft have "bent" and are wiring their canvass.
Notice To Mariners - Collector Youngs, of Sandusky, has been notified by the Inspector of the tenth lighthouse district that by order of the lighthouse board a fixed white light will be exhibited temporarily at Green Island, Lake Erie, until certain repairs to the revolving machinery belonging to that light can be completed.
Chartered - The schooner Star of Hope has been chartered by Cleveland parties for six trips in the iron ore trade. She has recently been sold to Ohio parties.
Lake Freights - Detroit, April 11th - Grain carriers in good request and prices start high. Coarse freights values are not yet defined: there is, however, a good inquiry. The schooner Guiding Star, to arrive, has been chartered by Gilleth and Hill, for which to Oswego at 12 cents; capacity, 18,500 bu.
Chicago, April 11th - Yesterday lake freights were inactive and nominally unchanged. Carriers asked 16 cents to Buffalo or Port Colborne, 21 cents to Oswego, and 21 1/2 cents to Kingston, for corn sail. There was no inquiry but shippers are nominally bidding 1 cent less than asking rates.
The Rideau Canal - A gentleman whose personal knowledge and connection with the route renders his statement reliable, refutes the assertion that the Rideau Canal will not be opened before the first of June. He assures us that everything is in preparation for its opening at the usual time.
p.3 Schooner Alpha - A large gang of mechanics are employed under Mr. Enright in rebuilding the schooner Alpha, belonging to Capt. Patterson. She is a good model, and worth the overhauling she is now undergoing near Cataraqui bridge, she will be almost as valuable as a new boat.
p.4 Custom Imports - April 14th - str. Pierrepont, Cape Vincent, (and a long list of articles being imported)