The Wolfe Island Ferry.
Wolfe Island, Dec. 22nd - To The Editor:
As all of the intelligent voters in this municipality read the Whig I crave indulgence for a few pertinent questions.
1 - The first clause in the Ontario ferry act says "Every grant or license of ferry shall be issued by the lieutenant-governor under the great seal."
Query - Has the so-called "Craig-Murphy" license this "great seal" attached to it? If not, why not?
2 - No ferry in Ontario shall be leased by the crown, nor shall the lease thereof be renewed except by public competition and inserted at least four times in the course of four weeks in the Ontario Gazette, etc.
Query - Was such advertisement inserted in the Ontario Gazette for the four weeks specified? If not, why not?
3 - The license shall be upon condition, etc., boat and engine to be approved by the lieutenant-governor, etc.
Query - Has his excellency taken a peep at the Paul Smith? Does he think she can break two inches of ice?
4 - If under the statutes I am quoting (see Secs. 1, 6, 8, chap. 117, R.S.O., 1887,) it be proved that our worthy councillors had no right to issue the "Craig-Murphy" license nor to take bonds from these gentlemen for its execution, and the lessee takes it into his head that he has a just claim for damages, will the said worthy councillors saddle this township with the amount or will they magnanimously pay it out of their own pockets?
Yours truly, ENGINEER.
p.2 The Islander Laid Up - The steamer Islander has been laid up for the winter. From now until ice puts an end to traffic between the two points, the steamer Pierrepont will make a daily trip to Cape Vincent. This morning the str. Islander went into the government dry dock to receive a thorough overhauling so as to put her into condition to at once go into commission upon the opening of navigation next spring.