p.1 The Canadian Atlantic transit company's big steamer Roman arrived at Depot Harbor, Parry Sound, at seven o'clock yesterday morning, being the initial arrival in connection with the new route from Chicago to the sea organized by J.R. Booth. The steamer Briton reached the same port about noon. The schooner Boyce, the steamer Prentice and two consorts are also at Depot Harbor, all loaded with western grain. They are being loaded at the new million bushel elevator which is reported to be working nicely.
Capt. Chambers sails on the schooner Minnedosa as mate.
The schooner S.H. Dunn will leave for the Welland canal on Saturday.
The steamer J.G. Nichols left for Bath today to load grain for Montreal.
The steamer J.G. Nichols arrived in port light, yesterday, from down the river.
The high winds have driven the steamer Pilgrim high and dry on the shore of the marine graveyard.
W.R. Tandy will look after the duties of purser on the steamer Spartan this season. His service during the past two seasons has been most satisfactory to the company.
Capt. Craig has chartered the steamer John Haggart for the summer and will run her between Picton and Cape Vincent, via Kingston, three times a week, leaving the balance of the week open for excursions.
Eight of the M.T. company's barges will leave tonight or tomorrow morning for Montreal, with nearly 200,000 bushels of grain. Locking through the canals will not begin until Monday morning at daylight.
By reason of the instructions issued by the minister of railways and canals to his officers to prosecute vigorously the necessary work of repairs to the Welland and St. Lawrence canals, below water level, day and night, with full gangs of men, the work has so advanced that the canals will be ready to open for traffic on April 25th.
The M.T. company's lake fleet left port last night for the Welland canal, bound for upper lake ports. The fleet consists of steamer Rosemount and consorts Melrose and Selkirk; steamer Bannockburn with the Winnipeg and Dunmore, and steamer Glengarry and consort Minnedosa. The aggregate capacity of the boats is about 430,000 bushels.
p.8 Has Chartered Boats - James Stewart, local manager for the K. & M. forwarding company, returned home from Sorel, Que., this morning, where he was engaged in chartering steamers and barges for the company's use this season. In company with Capt. G. Johnston, Ald. Stewart looked over the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company's plant, which is now an immense concern. Thousands of dollars were expended last season in improvements.
Excursion To Rochester - John Cherry, Barriefield, mate on the steamer Alexandria, left for Picton on the steamer Hero this afternoon. Tomorrow the Alexandria runs an excursion from Bay of Quinte ports to Charlotte, giving the excursionists Saturday and Sunday in Rochester. The fare for the round trip is two dollars. Leaving Charlotte on Sunday night the steamer begins her regular season's work.