St. Catharines, March 22nd - The excitement over the sweeping changes on the Welland canal instead of decreasing, seems to get to a higher pitch than ever and rumors of all sorts are flying from end to end of the city. Mr. Thompson, the chief engineer of the canal, was seen yesterday, and stated the reason for the dismissals is one of economy, which, if the action of the department is traced for the past two years, will be found to have been in order in this particular matter.
"The department," he said, "has decided to do without the men employed to swing the bridges, which are close to locks 1, 3, 6, 13, 24 and 25 on the new canal and to have the lock tenders at those locks swing the bridges. This disposes of twelve men. My instructions order that the old canal shall be closed for navigation purposes and that the men required to attend to the water power privileges only be retained on the old canal. Nearly all the lock tenders are on the superannuation list and places have to be found for them, which is being done by the dismissal of men from the new canal, who are not on the superannuation list.
"This is all there is to the matter as far as I am concerned. I have my written instructions and have to follow them out. The report that the men have been dismissed for impertinence, etc., to captains of vessels passing through the canal is as far as I know without any foundation, and the only reason I know for dismissal is as I have stated."
Mr. W. Ellis, superintendent, and Mr. J.E. Lawrence, accountant, were both seen and asked if it were true that they had received notice of dismissal, and both stated that they had not. Mayor Robertson and Mr. Robert McLaren interviewed Mr. Thompson as to the truth of the street rumor that the old canal that passed through the heart of the city was to be closed for navigation purposes, and having assured them that his instructions included an order to do so they both expressed the opinion that it would be a hard blow to the city and a death blow to the Norris estate and other businesses on the canal.
Weekly British Whig, March 22, 1894
THE OFFICERS SELECTED.
Those Who Will Have Charge of the Company's Fleet.
The captains and engineers engaged for the M.T. Co.'s boats for the season of 1894 are:
Active, captain, John Gaskin; Bronson, captain, Joseph Murray; engineer, Robert Hepburn; Glide, captain, Charles Martin; engineer, Wm. Spencer; Glengarry, captain, J.W. Maudesley, Thorold, Ont.; engineer, Charles McSurley; James A. Walker, captain, John Boyd; engineer, Robert Marshall; D.G. Thompson, captain, James Murray; engineer, George Henderson; Bannockburn, captain, Archie McMaugh, St. Catharines; engineer, Henry Thurston; Jessie Hall, captain, James Martin, engineer; Alex. Barton. All whose residence is not given belong to Kingston.
Lake Vessels - Minnedosa, John Irwin; Selkirk (new), James Fleming; Winnipeg, Charles Staley; Kildonan, Frank Lafranc, Cedars, Que.; Jennie, R. Bradley, St. Lazare, Que. The other captains belong to Kingston.
River and Lake Barges - Acadia, Louis Benoit; Alberta, H. LeBaluf; Bella, T. Leduc, Kingston; Cleveland, Peter Lalande; Chicago, Arseine Charlebois, Point Claire; Colborne, Frank Poirier; Detroit, Ovide Trudell, Melocheville; Duluth, Frank Bradley, St. Lazere; Dorcester, Maxime Lafebrue; Eagle, Justine Mallett; Glengarry, Julen Lalonde; Harvest, Philrame Bradley, St. Lazare; Iowa, M. Bissonette; Kinghorn, Alex. Herbert; Lancaster, Earnest Secotte, Kingston; McCarthy, Treffle Daoust; Montreal, Michael Lefebrue; Maggie, Frank Mannett; Nebraska, Narcisse Lalonde, Melacheville; Senator, Ceseare Ledne; Star, Israel Daoust, Montreal; Toledo, Louis Sauvie; Toronto, Moise Moreau, Cedars; Wheat Bin, Adelaide Monnett; L'Union, Celestine LeBoeuf; Cornwall, H. Boyer; Glenora, Timothy Hilbert; John Gaskin, Nelson Mallett, Cornwall. Those whose residence is not given belong to Valleyfield.
Elevator No. 1, boss shoveller, Harry Smith, engineer, Daniel Reeve; elevator No. 2, boss shoveller, Edward Bennett; engineer, Wm. Cullen; elevator Ceres, boss shoveller, George Davy; engineer, J.W. Pound. Edward Bennett has general control of the three elevators.
District Dashes - Henry Hinckley, Cape Vincent, has sold his half interest in the scow Carleton to Charles Koat.
p.4 Editor at Home - The str. Pierrepont made the first trip of the season across the harbor on Friday last, an uncommonly early date. This week she has been making regular trips to Cape Vincent as well as to Wolfe Island, and navigation is therefore opened. The ice in the harbor is merely a floating mass moving about in the wind.
Capt. Saunders is still very ill.
The St. Lawrence river is clear of ice from Garden Island to Clayton.
F.D. Corkie goes as second engineer on the steamer Orion, of Collins Bay.
Capt. Frank McMaster has made extensive repairs to his schooner Annandale.
The str. Bon Voyage will go on the Charlotte-Ogdensburg route on June 23rd.
The navigation season of 1894 will be opened six weeks earlier than last year at Cleveland.
H.W. Visgar, Alexandria Bay, is building a steam yacht 76 feet long, with an 11-foot beam.
Fourteen lock and bridge tenders on the Welland canal received notice of dismissal on Monday.
George Davis, of the firm of Davis & Sons, was engaged the past week repairing the schr. Laura D. at Simcoe Island.
The steamer North King is expected to commence her regular trips between Port Hope and Charlotte on or about the 20th of April.
The authorities will let the water out of the Lachine canal on 7th April, a week earlier than formerly. It will be out about three weeks to allow repairs.
Capt. Carnegie, of the str. Richelieu, last year, has been appointed to the Maud in the place of Capt. Hinckley, who retires to take charge of his own boat.
Capt. Allan will again go captain of the schr. Queen of the Lakes. Richardson Bros. consider him one of the best men on the lakes. The firm does not think there are very good prospects for vessel business this season.
Thousand Island Park - March 20th - The sloop Crazy Boy, Capt. Robbins, passed up yesterday, the first of the season.....M. Diepolder, keeper of the Rock Island light, found a black horse......
Kingston In Brief - On Sunday morning Louis Hansen, a well-known dealer in fish, died at his residence, William street, aged sixty-four years....born in Norway....He was a blacksmith by trade and worked for the Calvin company for many years.....