p.1 The Steamer Spartan Ashore - The steamer Spartan, while proceeding from Montreal westward, went ashore in Coteau lake, near Lancaster, last night. The Calvin wrecking company sent the tugs Reginald and Chieftain, with a wrecking outfit, down to the Spartan this morning.
The steamer Tilley cleared today for upper lake ports.
The schooner Falconer cleared today for Charlotte.
The M.T. company's barge Cornwall is in the government dry dock.
The tug Hall cleared last night with three grain-laden barges from Montreal.
The steambarge Richard loaded 16,000 bushels of corn at Richardsons' elevator last night for Montreal.
On Wednesday afternoon the steamer Majestic, built at Polson's shipyard, Toronto, slipped into the water. The new steamer is built for the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company, and will ply between Montreal and Lake Champlain. Her length is 112 feet, beam 22 1/2 feet, with a draft aft of six feet. Her engines are of the compound style, and is expected she will travel at the rate of sixteen miles an hour.
They Made Fast Time - Coal heavers are sometimes not very fast in unloading a vessel, and especially so in this warm weather. Yesterday twenty tons remained in a schooner whose captain was in a great hurry to get away. The shovellers offered to clear it out last night for a keg of beer, but their request was refused.
p.4 A Change of Light - Local mariners have been notified by the United States lighthouse board that on and after July 10th a gas buoy, painted black, numbered 1, and showing a fixed white light, will be established in place of the black second class nun buoy No. 1, on the westerly side of the Galoo Island shoal, and about one and three eighth miles west-north-westerly from Galoo island lighthouse, easterly end of Lake Ontario.
To Bring Down the Boat - F.A. Knapp, Prescott, designer of the famous roller boat, was in the city today. He came up in the steamyacht Trilby to engage the Donnelly salvage and wrecking company to tow the roller boat from Bowmanville, where it now lies, to Prescott, where it will be used as a ferryboat between Prescott and Ogdensburg.
They Worked Well - The engines of the steamer India, owned by the Calvin company, were tested yesterday and worked beautifully. The company expressed ( ) the smoothness of the work ( ) machinery.
Incidents of the Day - The up trip today of the steamer of the R. & O. navigation company was cancelled owing to the steamer Spartan striking the mud bottom in Coteau lake.
The tug Charlie Ferris with two grain laden barges passed up the Rideau this morning.
p.6 A Visit to New Ontario - Sault Ste. Marie on str. Majestic; Capt. R.D. Foote; first officer, W. Playter; purser S. McLelland; steward E.F. Masterton; chief engineer, J.W. Aston; water not deep enough on Canadian side of Soo canal.