p.1 Welland Canal Strike - of stone cutters.
Feb. 1, 1876
p.2 City Council - The Dry Dock - A letter was read from William Power as follows: He called attention to the fact - of the construction of a dry dock at the foot of Union Street in this city - a work of the greatest importance for the prosperity of the city, more especially when the new Welland Canal was completed, as vessels of a larger size would come to this harbor, and the want of a suitable dock would be a serious loss to the city in the repairing of the same. He stated that during the year of '75 no less a number than 11 vessels, 7 of which were steamers, the last the Corsican, could not be repaired here owing to the want of a suitable dock. He stated that when the dock was completed the amount of money left in the city by vessels being repaired will not be less than $20,000 per annum. Therefore he asked the Corporation to take such steps as they may think right to push the enterprise to completion, by a loan or subscribing to stock, or such other way as may be satisfactory to the citizens generally.
Ald. McIntyre, seconded by Ald. Drennan, moved that the communication be referred to the Committee on Finance, to report at the next regular meeting, the petitioner to be notified of the meeting in order to be present to give such explanations as may be necessary in regard to the same - Carried.
p.3 Gone - Capt. Aaron Bush, 82, 50 years a sailor.
Feb. 2, 1876
p.3 Dry Dock - There are about twenty-five men engaged in the excavations for the dry dock at the foot of Union Street. The cut is now four feet below the level of the lake. Steam is used in the hoisting, a crane being erected which will lift a ton and over at a time. To advance the work so far a large amount of money has been spent and a large amount will yet be needed to finish it. To complete it fully $20,000 are required, and were this subscribed the dock would be put in readiness for use by next spring, or the early part of the summer. It will have been observed that that Mr. Power has made application to the City Council for assistance in the shape of a loan or a bonus. The Finance Committee have had it referred to them, and we have assurances that it will be very carefully considered. It is reasonably expected that the Corporation will look favorably upon the communication, and grant monetary aid if it can be done advantageously, inasmuch as the work will conduce (sic) to the prosperity of the city. The fact set forth in Mr. Power's letter should be remembered - that without this dock the city will lose largely by the divergence of trade to such places as it can be accommodated. Another fact should be borne in mind - that the shipping interests will not be fully represented and the harbor arrangements non-complete without it. It is not intended to make money out of the city - that the city should help along a scheme for the benefit of private individuals. What is wanted is money on easy terms, and as the city is the most intimately concerned, from it is expected that encouragement and material aid necessary to make the enterprise a success.
Feb. 3, 1876
p.3 Five More Propellers Sold - at Milwaukee: the Cleveland, New York, Lawrence, Milwaukee, and St. Albans.
Feb. 4, 1876
p.3 Preventative Measures - to protect muskalonge in Button Bay, Wolfe Island.
Feb. 5, 1876
p.2 The Lachine Canal - enlargement started on Section #9.