March 23, 1897
p.2 Confidence In The Company - Chairman Donnelly believes the elevator company to be fully competent.
Amendment To The Bill - only a straight majority required to carry by-law.
Just as soon as the ice will permit the steamers Bannockburn and Rosemount will clear for Fort William to load wheat for this port.
The wharf supporting Richardson & Sons elevator has been rebuilt and strengthened during the winter. It is now as solid as when first built.
It is expected that the Welland canal will open on April 20th and the St. Lawrence canals on the 25th. This will be in accordance with arrangements made by the Montreal board of trade.
The work of painting the interior of the steamer Paul Smith has been concluded, and yesterday workmen began painting the hull and exterior wood work. The steamer will have the appearance of a new boat when she starts on her regular duty as a ferry steamer.
March 24, 1897
p.2 To Begin Work - On Sunday afternoon about twenty-five men in the employ of the Collins Bay Rafting company will leave for Toronto, where on Monday morning they will recommence work on the new conduit pipe for the Toronto water works sytem. The work will be looked after by L. Lalonde, foreman for the Collins Bay company. Capt. George Walkem will also be connected with the work, which will be pushed through without loss of time.
Was A Severe Gale - Forty years ago this spring Capt. Milligan says navigation opened very early. The weather was very mild and the ice broke up very quickly. On April 1st he left Port Dalhousie in a sailing vessel for Port Robinson, but before the journey was half accomplished a heavy snow and wind storm was encountered, delaying the passage. Arriving at Port Dalhousie the officers and crew repaired to a hotel where they remained for two weeks before the weather moderated sufficiently to allow of the return trip before taken. On May 4th of the same spring the severest snow storm of the season set in, blocking traffic in all lines for some days. Many vessels were grounded and wrecked during the storm.
Galops Canal - Notice To Contractors - asking for tenders for the Cardinal section of the Galops Canal. Department of Railways and Canals.
p.6 Navigation Opened - Toronto, March 24th - Navigation opened this morning, the first arrival in port being the steamer from St. Catharines, whose captain secured the silk hat always presented by the harbor commissioners to the first arrival. The date of opening is much earlier than usual this year. Last year's date was April 4th, and in 1895 the date of the first arrival was April 11th.
General Paragraphs - Henry Mooers and James Stewart left for the capital this afternoon with a memorial to the public works department, strongly endorsed, asking for a site for the public elevator on the dry-dock property.
Collins Bay, March 23rd - ....The Collins Bay rafting company is beginning to paint their boats for the opening of navigation.