p.1 A Break In the Dam - soon repaired at Hog's Back on Rideau Canal.
In the course of two weeks the steamers Maud and Maynard will be ready for service.
The upper works of the tug Bronson are nearly completed and painting will begin in a few days.
The steamer Rosedale has been lengthened at Owen Sound; she now carries 75,000 bushels, and is what the vessel men call a "daisy."
The steamer Pierrepont made a trip up towards Simcoe Island today but the ice was too strong and she returned after making about two miles.
The steamer Pierrepont is only able to go as far as Ferguson's Point, thirty rods from Wolfe Island shore. The ice there is strong enough to bear a team of horses.
Capt. Noonan, of the steamer Rideau Belle, returned from Ottawa yesterday, after perfecting arrangements with Hall Bros. so that the Rideau Belle will make connection at the capital this summer with their steamer Welshman. This arrangement will make a through trip by water from Kingston to Montreal.
The Bon Voyage, to run between Rochester and the Thousand Islands, is one of the best equipped steamers that has ever plyed on Lake Ontario. The Bon Voyage has fifty tastefully furnished staterooms and can carry 500 passengers. She has a fore and aft compound engine and is furnished with all the improvements in use upon the lakes, including an electric light plant of seventy-five lights.
The Lake Trade - Capt. Gaskin, Kingston, says the outlook this spring for the lake trade was very blue. Owing to the reports last fall of frost in the North-West, not much wheat was stored, but it was kept moving eastward in cars. Therefore, there is very little now to come down by vessel. They did not expect to do much until after next harvest. The order-in-council, reducing the canal tolls, differs this year from last, inasmuch as it prevents grain from first going to Ogdensburg and then being shipped either to the New England seaboard or Montreal, as they might choose, and receiving the rebate at Montreal. Capt. Gaskin had no hesitation in saying that he favored reciprocity with the States in coasting, but being a Macdonaldite he does not favor reciprocity in some other matters. [Toronto Globe]
General Paragraphs - There is a large gang of men working in the yard of the Kingston and Montreal forwarding company at Portsmouth. About one dozen boats are undergoing repairs.
The steamer Pierrepont started for Cape Vincent today at eleven o'clock and so far as is known her progress was good. Open water was found with some floating ice beyond Simcoe Island.
p.4 Cape Vincent, March 31st - ...Jason Peck will act as steward on the steamer James R. Langdon the coming summer...