p.3 Appointment - We are pleased to learn that Mr. Joseph Redmond, of Picton, has received the appointment of Overseer of Fisheries for Prince Edward County. Heretofore, there were five overseers for the same district.
A Dock Excitement - There was considerable excitement on the wharves this morning owing to a breach of regulations by some of the men of the Sailors' Union. It appears that Captain Radford had engaged some hands for his schooner the Roney some time ago, at $20 a month, and that a few of these joined the Union recently formed which fixed wages at $1 per day through the Canal. Consequently on the Roney setting out on Saturday the union men refused to go, and Capt. Radford was obliged to use force to compel them. This circumstance has naturally caused a commotion among the unionists, although there is no doubt that as the men on the Roney were engaged previously to the fixing of the rates, they were bound to carry out their bargain.
The Spring Assizes - Fisher vs. Senkler - Action against the defendants, Chaffey's executors, for not delivering to the plaintiff on 1st of May, 1878, the steambarge Rose, fully equipped and in order ready for inspection, in accordance with the terms of contract. B.M. Britton and E.H. Smythe for plaintiff; R.T. Walkem for defendant.
The ice jam in the upper lakes still continues.
The Pierrepont reached the Cape on Saturday, making the first trip of the season.
There is no ice in the road between the two ports.
The Chicago Union has fixed sailors' wages, engaged at that port, at $2 per day, the Detroit organization at $1.75 and the Kingston at $1.
Captain Radford's brigantine, the Roney, was the first to clear Kingston harbor this season. The Roney, having been refitted and newly painted and newly painted, presents a neat and handsome appearance, and no doubt she will continue to keep her reputation of being a smart vessel. She has gone to the Penitentiary wharf to load with coal for Toronto.
The holders of grain at Chicago are endeavouring to break the rates recently established by the local board of directors of the Inland Vessel Owner's Association. The rate of 6 cents on corn and 6 1/2 cents on wheat to Buffalo was made by the board about a month ago, since when there has not been a vessel chartered for grain at Chicago. At first nothing was thought of the unwillingness of shippers to charter vessels; but now there is no misunderstanding, the shippers are on strike against the rates established. On Wednesday the winter storage on grain expired. The rate of storage from last November to that hour was 4 cents per bushel. After April 15th, one-half cent per bushel is added to the grain and a like amount for every ten days thereafter. It has been usual to get the wheat in vessels before the 15th of Aprl in order to save this fee for storage, but up to Wednesday not a ship was chartered on 'Change, a thing that has never occurred before in the history of navigation. The holders of grain, if they keep it in store until May 15th, will have paid 6 cents storage upon it, or 2 cents in addition to the winter storage. As to the vessel men, they have no fear that their rates will be broken. They have looked the ground over quite thoroughly, and are satisfied that the rates made are as low as they should be for the opening.
p.4 Misc. - A Hamilton firm has again secured the contract for carrying the supplies to the different lighthouses on the Lakes, the Government having chartered the propeller Arctic, owned by Messrs. A.E.D. MacKay & Co., of Montreal. The Arctic will leave Montreal on the 30th of June next. A few passengers will be taken.