p.1 This morning, Robert Gaskin, son of T. Gaskin, of H.M. customs, left for Duluth to join the steamer Northern Wave, one of the flyers of the Northern line, plying between Duluth and Buffalo. He has been appointed an officer on the steamer, which is commanded by Capt. Martin Niland, an old Kingstonian.
A Vessel In Distress - Port Colborne, April 9th - A steamer and consort, headed towards Buffalo, were sighted off this port last evening, struggling in the heavy ice, and had made very little progress at dark. Owing to a snow storm the vessels cannot be seen today, but it is thought that they have come to anchor to await more favorable weather to continue their trip, or else put back to some port for shelter.
Fires were kindled under the boilers of the steamer Bannockburn this morning.
R.H. Toye has the contract to supply the mail line steamers with bread, cakes, etc., at this port.
The M.T. Co.'s tugs are engaged in moving barges from their winter quarters and getting them in shape for painting.
Last evening the schooner Queen of the Lakes cleared for Deseronto to load barley for Oswego. Before clearing it was found necessary to thaw out by steam her centre board.
Nicholas Henderson, marine artist, has on view in the window of a King druggist, a painting, forty-two by fifty-two inches in size, of the steamer Rosemount, caught in a storm on Lake Superior. The work is as artistic as all Mr. Henderson's previous efforts in the painting line.
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 amount to $1,400 annually.
p.6 Snips - The Calvin company's schooner Norway was taken out of the government dry-dock today after having undergone repairs. One of the M.T. Co.'s vessels will replace her tomorrow.