p.2 The Wolfe Island Canal - Messrs. Taylor, M.P., Metcalfe, M.P., and Wilson, M.P., introduced to Mr. Ouimet, minister of works at Ottawa, a deputation from Wolfe Island, made up of Messrs. Hogan, Spoor, Mackenzie and Cummings, whose object in coming to Ottawa was to urge the government to have the necessary dredging done in the Wolfe Island canal, to allow for the passage through the canal of the international ferry steamers plying between Kingston and Cape Vincent. The canal, which cuts Wolfe Island in half, is a mile and a half in length. It was made some thirty years ago, but for the last ten years has been filled up with sand. If it were dredged out, there would be a very great saving in time for the passenger and freight traffic across the lake from Kingston to Cape Vincent. It would mean a passage of thirteen miles instead of thirty, and the international ferry could make four trips daily, instead of two, as at present.
Capt. J.W. Daly is fitting up the str. Nile at Deseronto.
Two of the M.T. Co.'s barges left the government dry-dock this morning.
The str. Chieftain is transferring withes to Garden Island. She has several carloads to attend to.
The steamer Hero is lighted with sixty-five incandescent lights and has an electric marine search-light of 2,000 candle power.
The large steamer Hecla, of the Geo. Hall Co.'s fleet, arrived at Brockville, Thursday, on her first trip of the season up the river.
James Gowdy, butcher, has been given the contract of supplying with meat the Merchant line steamers passing through here.
The schr. Baltic has been lying in the harbor for the past week waiting for wind to get to Gananoque. She has a cargo of coal for there.
The first vessel this season through the Murray canal was the schr. H.M. Balleau (Ballou ?), of Port Hope, going from Belleville to Consecon, April 2nd.
Louis Domauld, Montreal, goes mate with Capt. Patenaude on the prop. Arabian this season. The steamer has not yet got a charter to start on.
The Richelieu company will run the str. Columbia from Buffalo to Chippewa to connect there with the electric railway, which will bring passengers to Youngstown.
Capt. Joseph O'Brien, of Howe Island, will go second engineer on the str. Merritt, owned by Dr. Chamberlain. The Merritt will again ply between the islands this summer.
The officers of the str. Maud have been furnished with blue suits with brass buttons. All the officers of the St. Lawrence River steamboat company will be so equipped this year.
A new steambarge, the Ringleader, will ply this season between Oswego and Ogdensburg as a freight boat. She is owned by Daniel Springer, of Alexandria Bay, and has just been inspected.
The M.T. Co. has received official notice that the Welland canal will open on the 19th. The str. Bannockburn will then leave for Toledo to load grain. She tows the schr. Winnipeg this trip. The str. Glengarry will tow the Minnedosa. She also leaves for Toledo.
The schr. Dunn has been repainted and fixed up and is now all ready for a start. The Dunn is probably the prettiest boat in port. Capt. Jas. Dix is again in charge. She will leave for Cleveland in a day or so to load timber. She has two cargoes to bring from this port, when she will carry timber from Toledo.