There is open water in the American channel.
The str. Pierrepont will likely start for the islands next week.
Joseph Williams left for Toronto today, to take charge of the str. Rosedale.
John McComiskey has left for Chicago to sail on the upper lakes with Capt. John Mulvaney.
There is enough tonnage in the Canadian marine to deliver in Kingston half a million bushels of grain a week.
New bulwarks have been put in the schr. B.W. Folger, and a gang of men were set at work painting her today.
The Oswego manufacturing company is negotiating for the chartering of a barge to act as consort to the str. Van Allen.
Capt. Gaskin says he don't think the government is so foolish as to grant the rebate to grain transhipped at Ogdensburg.
D. Corson, formerly mate of the schooner Straubenzie, has been engaged as captain of the sch. Annie Falconer for the coming season.
Capt. Craig was obliged to do away with the new spar he purchased for the schr. Hanlan and has now decided to insert the old one again.
A steam yacht, to run thirty miles an hour, will be on the river this season. It will be the fastest steam yacht in the world. W.B. Cogswell, Long Island Sound, is the owner.
The new steel tug, being built by the Collinsby rafting company, will be ready for service on May 1st. It will be steel throughout except decks, costing in the neighborhood of $?0,000. The boat will be called the Petrel.
NOW IT IS CANADIAN SEAMEN
Chicago, March 31st - United States Immigration Agent Stitch served notice yesterday that the Treasury Department has decided that Canadian seamen can no longer be employed on lake vessels flying the American flag but must make way for American seamen.
The decision results from the arrest of Capt. Rabshaw here last summer for violation of the contract labor law.
Little short of a revolution will be caused in the carrying trade of the lakes, as many hundreds of Canadians have been employed every year on American vessels.
The Seamen's Union and emigration agent will cooperate in a thorough enforcement of the decision.
Only when an American vessel while in a Canadian port is deprived of its crew by desertion or otherwise can aliens be employed, and then only temporarily.