p.2 man struck by bags of grain as they swung on the hoisting apparatus, while unloading barque British Lion at Morton's Distillery.
The propeller Bristol, which has been receiving extensive repairing at Portsmouth, was launched yesterday. The propeller Bruno, also being overhauled at the same place, will be launched on Monday. Both load iron at Messrs. James Swift & Co.'s wharf for Cleveland.
The steam-barge Lothair, consigned to Messrs. Coulthurst and Macphie, arrived yesterday from Port Hope with staves.
The schooner Richardson is loading 9,000 bushels of rye at Richardson's storehouse for Oswego. This is her second cargo this season.
The schooner Royal Oak has left Oswego with 300 tons of coal for Messrs. J. Swift & Co.
The new propeller at the Marine Railway will be launched next week. She is ready for baptism now, but cannot leave the ways owing to the work of the engineers not being sufficiently far advanced.
The steamer Maud will be placed on the Cape Vincent route on Monday.
The schooner Centurion loaded a combined cargo of barley at Richardson's and Swift's storehouses and sailed today for Oswego.
The St. Lawrence Canals will likely not be ready for opening on the 1st of May.
The depth of water in Port Colborne is said to be twelve feet.
The large barge built at Mill Point during the past winter by Messrs. Rathbun was launched on Tuesday last, and christened the John Bently. The barge glided off the ways in good style and was witnessed by a large crowd of spectators.
A special despatch from Oswego says that the harbour is blockaded with floating ice. No water in sight.
Port Colborne, April 25th - Up: Schr. A.J. Atwater, prop. Ocean, schr. Ben Franklin, Lapetite, Hoboken, Dousman, Amaranth, Cavalier, S. Blood, Mullen steam barge, Belle Cross. Down, nothing.
Scarcity of Labor - The forwarders complain of a scarcity of labour; and if this difficulty is experienced at the opening of the shipping season, strange things may be expected in the course of the ensuing few months. The gangs of men now employed as deck hands accept work ony by the job, at which rate they make from $4 to $5 per day. This is a steep figure - too extravagant for the shippers to continue expending, and unless the rates are reduced to a moderate scale, an influx of strangers will spoil their anticipations, as in the case of the sailors' strike. A word to the wise will avert the serious consequences of so foolhardy an undertaking.
A Roguish Transaction - A scamp has just perpetrated a roguish trick upon an unsuspecting citizen. He purchased a schooner in payment of which he gave a promissory note at 30 days' sight. He put a man to work on her, preparing some repairs, but on a flimsy pretence sold the sails and other traps and then "vamoosed." His creditors mourn his sudden departure, and are anxious about the "hero's" future sentiment in life and pecuniary welfare.