Capt. Hicks, late of the str. Mary Ethel, is now in command of the steamer Varuna, purchased from Capt. VanVlack.
New wheels are being made for the str. Magnet, and a large gang of men were engaged today on the boat, which is lying at the dry-dock.
Departures: tug Jessie Hall, Montreal, four barges, 100,000 bushels of grain; str. Oregon and consort Verona, Oswego, light, to load coal for Chicago; sloop H.M. Ballou, Consecon, 4,000 bushels of wheat; S.S. Algonquin, Fort William, light; str. Ingomar, Brockville, passengers; schr. B.W. Folger, Oswego, light.
Arrivals: S.S. Algonquin, Chicago, 70,000 bushels corn; tug Jessie Hall, two barges, wheat; schooner Queen of the Lakes, Charlotte, 550 tons of coal; schr. Fabiola, Charlotte, coal for Campbell's mill; str. James Swift, Ottawa, merchandise; Minnie, Alexandria Bay, party for Rideau canal; str. Ingomar, Brockville, passengers.
In the heavy gale that blew yesterday the S.S. Bannockburn started for Fort William, light. She was passed by the str. Algonquin ten miles west of the Scotch Bonnet, making good time in a heavy sea. It is the general custom when a big wind prevails for large American boats who have to clear light to remain in shelter until the wind goes down.
This morning Peter Brant, of Brantford, related to the late famous Indian chief Brant, had a grievance against the captain of the barge Winnipeg. Peter got into a dispute with the captain and he ordered Brant ashore near Prescott, without paying him ten days wages. The sailor beat his way to Kingston and will take police court proceedings to recover the money due him.
The wind moderated last evening and this morning the tug Petrel, with two steam pumps and forty men on board, and towing a barge, left for the rescue of the steam barge Colonial, ashore at Pigeon Island. If the weather is fair the boat will certainly be released today. The tow barge will be filled with grain and the balance of the cargo will be emptied into the lake.
Two weeks ago the handsome steam yacht Ingomar, owned by Capt. Newton, of Brockville, started on a trip to Montreal....The master is Captain John Young, and chief engineer, F. Brown, of Kingston.
To Build New Wharves - Toronto, Oct. 10th - wharves at foot of Yonge and York streets to be extended 250 feet.