The Collingwood people are pleased! With nothing but an artificial make-shift of a harbour, which the elements made shipwreck of last winter, costing the Government $35, 000 and the Northern Railway a like sum to repair it again, they have long envied the splendid natural facilities of Owen Sound. Eagerly watching for an opportunity to disparage our harbour, which is admittedly one of the best in the Dominion, the grounding of the Cumberland last week has at last given them an opening, and they are industriously ringing the changes on the accident with the view of damaging this port in the estimation of vessel owners and shippers. The Enterprise suggests that the Silver Spray should take the Owen Sound freight and passengers for Lake Superior boats to Collingwood, so that they not need to call here: while the Bulletin says the reason why the Chicora did not call on her last trip was" that it is not safe for a steamer to go into Owen Sound harbour!" Fortunately the safety and commodiousness of Owen Sound harbour is well known to navigators, and this envious attempt of the Collingwood papers to disparage it will produce no effect than to make them cautious about receiving statements in future from such an unreliable source. The place in which the Cumberland grounded is out of the usual track of steamers coming into or going out of our harbor, and there is not the slightest necessity for their going near it, though even there they could sail with impunity till prevented by exceptionally low water of this season. No amount of envious disparagement on the part of Collingwood can get over the fact that Owen Sound presents natural facilities for shipping unsurpassed on the Georgian Bay or Lake Huron; that our harbour is at all times easy of access and perfectly safe; and moreover that it is not liable to destruction by "ice-shoves"
every winter, as is the case in places like Collingwood, where artificial apologies have to do duty for natural harbour facilities.
OFF FOR NIAGARA - In accordance with Battalion Orders which we published last week, the various Companies of the Grey Battalion mustered on Wednesday to proceed to Camp at Niagara. Nos. 1 and 5 Companies, with the Band paraded at the Drill Shed in the forenoon, and after spending the day in making preparations, embarked on the Silver Spray for Collingwood about 10 p.m. steaming off from the wharf amid the cheers of a large crowd of our citizens who had come down to bid them farewell...