p.2 THE DRY DOCK
To the Editor of the Daily News.
Sir; - As an elector of the city I always feel an interest in whatever is for the benefit of the good old city, and it seems to me that the present spirit afloat tends towards increasing indebtedness. Now, this may answer very well in some cases, especially if it helps to permanently increase the number and give paying work to the working classes, but there is one scheme afloat now that, to my view, is not of that class, namely, the Power Dry Dock. This matter has been gone into by Mr. Power and several capitalists in this city, and by an Act of Parliament they got possession of one of our streets free of charge, and have commenced work, and, as far as I can ascertain, have found it not a very paying operation; at least there is no disputing but they have found it an elephant on their hands, and don't think it will pay, and now desire the city to invest $15,000 to help them out, and to this end have lately, after a severe struggle, got our City Fathers to give their sanction to the matter. The citizens at an early date will be called upon to vote upon the question. No one seems to pay much attention to the matter, and if the tax-payers don't look after their interests another $15,000 will be added to the debt of the city, for a thing that will be a monument of folly, or rather a ditch that will never answer the purpose for which it is intended, and we trust that each and every elector of the city will look closely into the matter before voting.
Yours, etc., Elector Dec. 9th
p.3 The Geneva Model - The description of the steamer Geneva which appeared in the Scientific American a short time ago has drawn attention to that class of boats and we believe that an order has been given to Messrs. Chaffey, to build one for Mr. Gilmore, of Ottawa. Inquiries have also been received from Europe as to the boats' capabilities, and there is a probability of orders being received from there.