p.3 The Harbour - The ice this morning looked very bad, crossing being impossible. The Pierrepont having been got ready, a trial was made to break the icy barrier. Without any difficulty, she steamed up the harbour, and reached the open water. She then came back to the dock, took on a large number of cattle, with several passengers, and this afternoon proceeded to Cape Vincent. Navigation may therefore be said to be open. Last year the Pierrepont crossed over on the 7th of April, so that the harbour this year is open one year earlier, being the earliest opening for several years.
The February statement of the commerce of Milwaukee shows 95 arrivals, with a tonnage of 61,092 tons, 115 clearances with a tonnage of 61,447.
The Welland Canal - The Port Colborne Free Press says: "The Globe announced recently that the canal would be opened at the usual time this year. This announcement will be apt to mislead, as the 1st of May is the date, and it is doubtful if the canal will be ready even then for vessels."
Business Trouble - (part) Messrs. Fraser & George, one of Kingston's oldest and most esteemed houses, is in financial difficulty....The principal cause of trouble is supposed to be a lock up of capital in real estate and vessel property, the latter of which was a source of loss on account of the dull summer for shipping....
Wahpaukahnatah - new boat for Gordon & Sheppie, 60 x 12, engine and boilers by D. McEwen & Son of Kingston. [Lakefield News]