After A Charter.
On Friday afternoon all the members of the Wolfe Island council, together with several prominent islanders, went up to Toronto to interview members of the Ontario government respecting the request of the Wolfe Island council for a charter for a ferry company to ply to and from the city and the island. It will be pointed out to the government that no legislation on its part should add difficulties incident to any particular island, and whereas Garden Island council may have power to issue a charter to one company another island should not be bound by such charter. It will also be stated that Garden Island will be benefitted by a Wolfe Island ferry service, inasmuch as every trip made by a Wolfe Island ferry steamer will include a stop at Garden Island. The deputation has with it a petition signed by almost every individual of the island, and the members feel confident they will be successful in obtaining from the government permission to charter a ferry company. Capt. Craig accompanied the deputation.
By an act of congress which takes effect July 1st, the entrance and clearance fee on foreign vessels at United States ports will be abolished. For years a fee of fifty cents when entering and on leaving, has been charged. The fees at Oswego, N.Y., amount to $1,400 annually.
Capt. D.B. Inmann, of Duluth, is building unique vessels which wil be high power ice breakers, constructed forward like rams, so as to force a passage through heavy ice by sending the frozen masses upward instead of crushing them down. His intention is to run the boats all next winter between Cleveland and Buffalo and Duluth. If this experiment proves a success lake commerce will be revolutionized.
The river is clear at Prescott.
The contract for enlarging the Grenville canal has been awarded to Piggott & Ingalls, of Hamilton.
The two new composite barges to be built for the M.T. company by the locomotive works will be constructed on the long wharf fronting the works.
The three insurance companies that do the principal business in cargo risks on vessels trading on the great lakes, viz. the Reliance, the Western and the British American, are now endeavoring to form a pool on the present year's business.
The steamers Rosemount and Bannockburn will be fitted out at once so as to be at the Welland canal at its opening, about April 20th. The steamers are chartered from Fort William to Kingston. Capt. Black, of the Bannockburn, has arrived.
George Walkem and Thomas Mooney have gone to Toronto to resume the work of laying of laying the large island intake pipe for the water works system of the queen city for the Collins Bay rafting company. In a few days a force of laborers will be sent up. The work is to be pushed forward with all possible despatch.
Cleared From Her Dock - The steamer Pierrepont did not venture over to the islands today on account of painters aboard her not having completed their work. She moved out from her winter moorings, however, breaking the ice around the ferry wharf and rounding into the slip. She will start out tomorrow to break her way through the ice.