Want Canal Improvments.
Mariners are thanking the Whig for its article dealing with the neglect of repairs on the Welland canal and with the chronic disinclination to open it at a reasonably early season. They ask for still another suggestion to the department. The locking is entirely too slow. It is claimed that farmers are engaged to do the night work, that they work all day at home, and come on night duty worn out. This has been the case under both governments. Mariners ask that men be appointed who will be fit to do the work and to open the locks with some show of energy and speed.
The steamer Pierrepont will make her first trip to Cape Vincent this year on Friday next. The sloop Maggie L. has been repainted and will be ready for sailing as soon as the ice leaves the harbor.
Capt. Barnhardt, formerly in command of the schooner Loretta Roney, will sail as second mate on the R. & O. navigation company's steamer Toronto.
The eight large steamers of the Ogdensburg transit line, running between Ogdensburg and Chicago, are said to have been purchased and they will not come further east than Lake Erie hereafter. The Rutland railroad has arranged with other steamers to run to Ogdensburg.
p.2 Board of Trade - annual meeting, work of past year reviewed: canals, dredging of Kingston harbor, improvements of lights at entrance to Kingston harbor, and "operations had been commenced this winter with a view to removing Snake Island light to the south edge of the shoal on which it now stands. On completion of this work the south channel will be used with greater safety."
The Suit Settled - The owners of the steamer Cambria entered suit against court Quinte, A.O.F., of Belleville, for $400, the balance alleged to be owed them for expenses incurred at the court's excursion which was held last summer. The case was settled a few days ago and the suit withdrawn.
The Established vs The Projected Routes.
- letter to editor goes into detail from report of the special committee of the senate of Canada, appointed Feb. 18th, 1898, to report upon the feasibility and advantage of a waterway connecting Lake Huron with the St. Lawrence via the Ottawa river - the Montreal, Ottawa and Georgian Bay ship canal; he then compares it to established routes, and concludes that improvements should be made to established routes first before trying a new route. signed DE W. CARTER. (1 1/2 columns).
p.8 Late Afternoon Events - This morning the propellor was placed in the tug Glide.