THE LAKE FLEETS READY.
Canvass was spread on the schr. Fleetwing today.
The str. America will begin her work early next week.
The str. Princess Louise will be ( ) route between the city and Gananoque Wednesday next.
The str. Glengarry and consort Minnedosa cleared today for Fort William to load wheat for this port.
The str. Hero cleared for Belleville at 11 o'clock, with a good passenger list and a heavy cargo of freight.
The str. Bannockburn, with consorts Winnipeg and Selkirk, cleared today for Toledo to load corn for this port.
The M.T. Co.'s barges Acadia and McCarthy left the government dry-dock about eleven o'clock this morning.
The boats comprising the lake fleet of the M.T. Co. were being coaled up preparatory to clearing for the canal.
A despatch received about noon announced the Welland canal would open on Tuesday, 28th inst., three days ( ) than was expected.
The str. James Swift will not continue her trips up the Rideau before Monday. Repairs are being made to a lock in the canal at Foster's Landing.
The lake vessels of the M.T. Co. were towed out from winter quarters and lined up in the harbor, convenient ( ) the steamers moving them in tow ( ) them up.
The schooner Dunn is all ready for the upper lakes for timber as soon as the canal opens. She is tied up at Craig & Co.'s dock. Capt. James Dix is again in command.
The first boat to pass through the Welland canal, bound up, at its opening May 1st, will most likely be the Pueblo, which has departed from ( ) with coal, bound for Milwaukee.
The Chicago river improvement ( )ion contemplates expending $700,000 deepening the Chicago river to a depth of sixteen feet. The money has been secured from the government.
The schr. Annie Minnes was the first sailing craft to arrive here from across the lake. She sailed in yesterday from Oswego, having left there on Thursday with a cargo of fresh mined Scranton coal for Anglin & Co. The genial Capt. (Savage ?) is again on deck. He says that on ( ) across much ice was encountered ( ) schooner was obliged to round ( ) Pigeon Island and sail back to the ( ) gap, entering the harbor by that ( ). As soon as unloaded the Minnes will return to Oswego for another cargo.