p.1 General Paragraphs - Capt. Saunders says the schr. Ella Murton will leave Oswego immediately upon the breaking up of the ice. The vessel is in good shape, and it will not be necessary to make any repairs.
It is altogether likely that Ira Folger will take charge of the Maud this season. He has been offered the position by the company.
Division Court, Toronto.
MacDougall vs. Montreal Transportation Co. - J.J. Warren, for the plaintiff, appealed from the judgement of Falconbridge, jr., who tried the action at Toronto, dismissing it without costs. The defendants purchased the steamship Bannockburn in England and one Thurston, their agent, went to England to inspect it, and while there, as the plaintiff alleged, Thurston employed him to cut the steamer in two at Montreal, and put it together again at Kingston, the defendants designing it for use on the upper lakes, and it being too large to go through the canals between Montreal and Kingston. The plaintiff came to Canada and was not put to work as he expected. He brought this action for damages for breach of contract, claiming that he was either employed by Thurston, or that Thurston represented that if he came to Canada he would be employed by the defendants. - Reserved.
Will Have Trouble.
It is thought that considerable difficulty will occur in getting the schr. Singapore off the rocks at Forest Lawn, about seven miles above Charlotte. When the vessel went on the water was three feet higher than it is now. Tugs tried to get her off then and failed so that in the spring it is expected even more trouble will be experienced as the water cannot raise three feet from its present level. The vessel was sold by Capt. Thompson to Capt. Malcolmson.
Incidents of the Day - Last evening Capt. Mallett, who has been in the employ of the M.T. Co. for many years, left for Ogdensburg to meet the firm of Hannem & Co. for whom he will work next season.
p.4 Lachine Canal - Montreal, Feb. 17th - Mr. Schrieber, chief engineer of railways and canals, proposes economies - "What will effect forwarders and steamship men, however, is the proposed reduction in the number of lockmen employed on the canal. The intention is to take two men off each lock, which would reduce the number of the employees by some twenty men and save between $5,000 and $6,000 dollars yearly. If this change is made the bargemen themselves will be expected to assist in the locking through. Some of the forwarders, who have heard of the proposed change, say that it will result in delay in looking through."