p.2 Strikers - mariners not getting the wages they ask; ship captains say they can not give any more money to their hands and pay their way.
p.3 A Favourite - The steamer Watertown, which for a few years past has been engaged in the excursion business at Toronto, arrived in the harbour last night from that port, looking as trim and staunch as ever. She has undergone some alterations since leaving Kingston, her carrying capacity having been enlarged by additional deck-room. She is now the property of the Ferry Company, and will no doubt be a welcome acquisition to the excursion fleet of the river.
The schooner Ontario is on her way down with $1,200 bushels of wheat.
Rathbun & Co. - The schr. Rapid, of Mill Point, with 20,000 feet lumber.
Plenty of vessels are offering to carry from Toronto to Kingston at 1 1/2 cents per bushel.
Coal freights have opened from Toronto to southern lake ports at 25 cents per ton.
The Henry Rooney unloaded 44 toise of stone at Chapman's Wharf, Toronto, for Capt. Tripp.
Kingston men have a tow of barges taking grain from Toronto to Montreal direct, a practice if persisted in will injure the vessel trade.
Navigation is now fairly open at Montreal, and several river steamers have arrived at the wharves.
A despatch from Thorold says the Welland Canal is expected to open for navigation on Monday, May 5th. The schooner Jane C. Woodruff, Capt. T. Larkin, is being fitted out here now.
A despatch from Port Colborne says the schooner Itasca left this morning for Ashtabula thence for Milwaukee. The schooner Carrington left this morning for Cleveland. The schooner E.W. Rathbun left today at noon for Kingsville to load ties for Buffalo.
Yesterday at eleven o'clock the schooner John Walters, of Picton, loaded with staves, and bound for Kingston, passed through Burlington Canal. She was the first vessel to clear so far this season, and was given a helping hand through by a large number of young men who were at the beach.
St. Lawrence and Chicago Forwarding Co. - The Jessie Hall arrived this morning with the lake barges Mohawk and Seneca, carrying 42,000 bushels of wheat from Toronto. The schr. Ontario, with 12,171 bushels of wheat from Toronto. The schr. Marquis 30,000 bushels wheat from Toronto.
The Detroit and St. Clair river towing association have decided that the rates for the present season would be 25 per cent off those of 1877. These are on the basis of charging $50 for a medium sized canaler of 300 tons burden from Lake Huron to Lake Erie. This is a reduction of 65 per cent from the card rate of 1873.
The Board of Directors of the Grain Vessel Owners' Association of Chicago met on Friday morning and reduced rates from the bases of 6 1/2 cents on wheat an 6 cents on corn to Buffalo to the following:
Wheat Corn Oats
To Buffalo 4 1/2 4 3
To Erie 4 3/8 3 7/8 2 7/8
To Port Colborne 4 3/4 4 1/4 31/8
To Oswego 8 1/4 7 1/2 5
To Kingston 8 1/4 7 1/2 5
To Sarnia 3 1/4 3 2 1/4
To Goderich 3 1/4 3 2 1/4
To Ogdensburg 9 1/4 3 2 1/2