p.2 City Council - The Dry Dock By-Law - Ald. McIntyre moved the Council into Committee of the Whole on the second reading of the Power dry dock by-law.
The preamble was read, which recited that the promoters wished by way of loan the sum of $5,000 in 750 shares from the city, the interest of which would be $1,310 per annum, and that the Mayor be authorized to take the necessary amount of stock. On the first clause being read.
Ald. Allen asked that before the by-law was passed it should be printed so that the Council should know what they were doing. He moved to that effect, seconded by Ald. McCammon, the by-law to be taken up at a special meeting of the Council to be held next Monday. Carried.
Fire - At two o'clock this morning the fire alarm was set agoing on the discovery being made that the lumber yard belonging to Mr. W. McRossie on the upper side of the Kingston Foundry was on fire. The engine and hose were out in quick time and the water was playing on the fire in a very few minutes. The inflammable nature of the material in the yard, however, rendered it difficult to stop the progress of the fire, which was ultimately accomplished after a large quantity of the lumber had been thrown into the water. There was a considerable quantity of lumber burned, but the damage is not yet ascertained. Mr. McRossie has about 75,000 feet of lumber, and had on it an insurance of $800 in the Stadacona. Captain Samuel Fraser had stored in a shed in the yard about 80 barrels of machine oil, which were entirely consumed, and on this he had an insurance in the Queen for $1,400. The sails and rigging of the schooner Governor were also burnt in the shed, which we believe was also insured, but Captain Fraser being from home we have not heard the amount on the Company. Between 60 and 70 cords of wood belonging to Messrs. Davidson and Doran were also destroyed by the fire. The fire was a very dangerous one, from the close proximity of the lumber to a number of wooden buildings, and also to the foundry and the shipyard. In the latter the schooner Hyderabad is at present on the ways, and Mr. Power got up steam in order to launch her if necessary. Mr. Wm. Stewart's elevator and barges were also in danger for some time, but the great efforts of the firemen prevented the flames from spreading. The origin of the fire is unknown, but it is supposed to be the work of an incendiary. We hope an investigation will take place in the matter.
The Drydock - The by-law to grant a loan of $15,000 to the Power Dry Dock Company was up in Committee of the Whole of the City Council last night, and on the first clause being read, a motion was agreed to to have the by-law printed for the information of the Council. This will give members a chance of knowing what they are voting upon, so that they can do so intelligently, and is an example worthy of being followed more frequently than has hitherto been done.
The Canal - Fifteen vessels passed up through the canal yesterday and sixteen down. Of the latter, two are loaded with lumber and timber for Kingston. Many vessels are now carrying grain through to Montreal.
Storm Drum - The storm drum has been ordered up for a storm approaching.
The Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company - After this date these steamers will leave daily for ports east at 5:30 a.m., and for ports west at 5:30 p.m.
p.3 Marine Notes
Montreal Transportation Co. - Arrived - schr. J.H. Breck, Toledo, 19,500 bush. corn; Maggie, Chicago, 18,000 bush. wheat; J.R. Noyes, Chicago, 19,400 bush. corn; J. Matthews, 19,106 bush. wheat; Hannah Butler, Cobourg, 7,491 bush. wheat; Wacomes, from Lake Michigan, lighted 60,000 feet of deals.
James Swift - prop. Celtic from Charlotte, with 2,000 bbls. fruit for Montreal; Oswego Belle from Oswego; Corsican from Hamilton; Canal Boat Early Bird from New York, with 102 tons coal; Adventure from Oswego with coal for the Rideau Canal.
The Algerian started out yesterday afternoon for Toronto on her regular trips. The Corinthian has been withdrawn from the line at present on account of the injuries which she lately received.