p.2 Montreal - Strike On the Lachine Canal - for higher wages.
Freights from Chicago to Kingston are quoted: Wheat, 8 1/4 cents; corn, 7 1/2 cents; and oats, 5 cents per bushel.
The new aquaduct of the Welland Canal threatens to give way. If it does the opening of the Canal will be delayed.
New York Commercial Bulletin says: Combinations or 'rings' are the order of the day. Following the vessel owners' compact, the seamen are reorganizing their Union and have concluded to insist upon $2 the coming season. It was also agreed to work harmoniously with the unions of Kingston and Toronto, with the view of forming an international union at as early a day as practicable.
A wealthy commission firm in Toronto have determined to try the experiment of shipping flour to Halifax, N.S., and bringing back coal. The Herbert Dudley has been chartered for this purpose, and is to receive $2,050 for the round trip. If this venture should prove successful it will materially injure our coal trade with Lake Erie ports. Captain B. Tripp negotiated the above charter, and also reports the sale of the schooner Dundee for Captain Taylor, of Kingston, to Captain Kelly, of Toronto, the price paid being $5,000; also the sale of the Annie Mulvey for Messrs. Rathbun & Son, of Mill Point, to Captain Pence, of Hamilton. The price paid for her was between $5,000 and $6,000.
p.3 Arrivals - The schooners Ontario and Marquis of Lorne arrived from Toronto this morning.
Ready - The str. Algerian is all ready to start on Thursday afternoon.
The Old Stager - We are told by a Cape Vincent correspondent that the old and popular steamer Watertown, that formerly ran between Kingston and Cape Vincent, will be returned from Toronto soon. She was sold to a party there five years ago, and has since been used as an excursion boat. The recent proprietor, however, found it impossible to keep up his payments and in consequence has given her up to her former owner. Later - The Watertown has arrived here.
The Hastings - The steamer Hastings arrived back from Belleville last evening. Captain Crawford reports having had to break through ice from the Upper Gap to Adolphustown on his way up the Bay, but did not experience much diffidulty. The Hastings has been painted inside and out during the winter; the cabin has been otherwise beautified. Capt. Crawford is in command again this season.
The New Line - The new line of propellers out of Chicago is called the Ogdensburg, Lake Champlain and Collingwood line, and will carry freight and passengers to and from Collingwood, Kingston, Ogdensburg, Montreal, Portland, Boston, and all points in Canada and New England. The boats are to leave Chicago tri-weekly. In all there will be nine or ten of the boats. All are Canadian craft, the line being wholly Canadian.
Wind Wafts - The schr. J. Bentley from Toronto had her cargo of wheat unloaded.
A new steamer is being built at Merrickville (costing $7,000) to run between Ottawa and Kingston. She will be launched in June.
The Steamer Watertown - This steamer, which formerly plied between this city and Cape Vincent, but was latterly used as an excursion boat running out of Toronto harbour, arrived here last night. She has returned into the possession of the Folgers.