p.1 Marine Paragraphs - The barge Selkirk is being caulked at the M.T. Co.'s dock.
The barge Colborne will not be rebuilt until the spring. She is now hauled out on the M.T. Co.'s ways and will remain there all winter.
The mosquito fleet is still running in the harbor. The small vessels are carrying grain from the islands and bay ports for Richardson & Son.
WANT TO INCREASE DIVIDENDS.
Several days ago the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company issued circulars of dismissal to all of their employees, but it is understood reengagements have taken place on a large scale. W.F. Cloney, assistant traffic manager and Supt. Towers resigned their positions. "We are cutting down expenses," said a director, "with a view of increasing our dividends. There are six other officials released, but they are only holding subordinate positions. It would be foolish to expect that we would carry a large and expensive staff during the winter season when there is really no necessity for it."
Recently all the officials and employees of the company received dismissal notices to take effect shortly. These are to be supplemented with a letter to the effect that the staff of the company on the week to week basis. This is done to simplify the work of the board at the annual meeting, when those found wanting will be cut off and those whose services are prized will be re-engaged for another year.
With reference to the report circulated regarding Capt. Towers having resigned his position with the R. & O. N. Co., the gentleman was seen this morning. He denied the report stating that there was not the shadow of truth in it. The captain also says that the statement that several officials of the company have been discharged is not so.
p.2 The Steamer Hero - excursion business out of Belleville was better than last year, and next season is expected to be good. [Belleville Intelligencer]