p.1 Soulanges Canal - Ottawa, Dec. 2nd - The government has let the contract for sections one and two of the Soulanges canal to Ryan & Macdonald, of Toronto. Work must be finished by the 31st of October next to fulfil the terms of the agreement. These are sections taken off contractor Archie Stewart's hands by order of minister Blair.
p.2 Still Watching the Ruins - firemen in constant attendance at Richardson's ruine elevator; much of damaged oats and peas stored in sloops Pilot and Idlewild; undamaged wheat being transferred to stone building at foot of Princess street, formerly occupied by H. Mooers & Co.
The frigate Yantic reached Ogdensburg on Tuesday, and is at the marine railway.
The steamer Nicaragua is in the Welland canal en route to Prescott with wheat from Duluth.
It is not known whether the M.T. company's two new barges will be launched this fall or not.
The schooner Fleetwing cleared this morning for Oswego to load coal. The schooner
Fabiola got away yesterday, and it is expected, reached Oswego in good time.
The McKays, of Hamilton, have decided not to make repairs and improvements to the steamer Sir L. Tilley this winter. The changes, it was expected, would have been made in the Kingston dry dock.
F.A. Knapp, Prescott, of roller boat fame, has been offered $500,000 for the right of his invention for England alone. His idea is to form a stock company, and many capitalists offer to take large blocks of stock.
The tugs Thomson and Walker arrived up yesterday with the last tow of river barges to come up. The barges of the M.T. company are being laid away for the winter. When the S.S. Bannockburn arrives the company's entire fleet will be tied up at their docks.
p.4 Wind Wafts - The tug Reginald with two barges owned by the K. & M. F. Co. in tow, arrived at Portsmouth. The barges are placed in winter quarters.
The insurance companies holding the risks on the schooner Loretta Rooney, damaged by fire at Deseronto a night or two ago, have awarded the owners $550 for the damage incurred.
A Fine Fast Steamer.
The steamer Shrewsbury has been purchased by the Thousand Island steamboat company from Buffalo parties. She is a very fine and fast steamer, classing A-1, built at Bath, Maine, in 1888, at a cost of $85,000, and will be an important addition to the White Squadron of the Folger system. She is a little larger than the steamer Empire State, having a carrying capacity of 1,200 passengers. It is not likely the Shrewsbury will be brought here before next spring.
Tugs To Be Rebuilt.
This winter the tugs Antelope and St. George, owned by Montreal parties, will be rebuilt at the K. & M. F. Co.'s shipyard at Portsmouth. Besides these there will be two barges owned by an outside firm that will be overhauled. These, with the repairs to the company's own barges, will furnish employment to a large staff of men in the Portsmouth yard.
First Consignement Taken In - This afternoon the sloop Maggie L. sailed to Mooer's elevator to discharge her cargo of oats. This is the first cargo to be elevated into the new building. No doubt Mr. Mooers will break a bottle of wine tonight.