p.1 Lake is Free of Ice - from Soo to Lake Superior; passenger steamer Minnie M., of Algoma Central steamship line, went to Michipicoten and returned.
The steamer Parthia and raft No. 1 clear from Garden Island this evening for Quebec.
The steamer Bothnia and consort Valencia cleared today from Garden Island for Milhaven.
At Richardsons' elevator today: schooner Maggie L. and sloops Monitor and Minnie from bay ports with grain.
It has been figured that the steamer Pierrepont, considering her volume and engine power, is the fastest boat in these waters.
Last night the Pierrepont had to tow the schooner Freeman into Gananoque from Burnt Island. The schooner had been windbound for several days.
The fast passenger steamers City of Erie and Tashmoo will have a race on June 3rd. The course is from Cleveland to Buffalo, the steamers keeping half a mile apart.
The tug Hall and three barges of the C.A.T. company left this morning for Charlotte to load coal for Coteau.
The tug Rival was hauled out on the Portsmouth ways today and will be rebuilt.
One of the numerous superstitions of sailors is that the wind which prevails on Good Friday will blow from the same quarter for the following forty days. This has been the case since the past Good Friday, on April 5th, the wind blowing up the lake.
The steamer Hamilton is expected at Swift's wharf on Saturday, her first trip of the season. This year three boats will run on the line between Hamilton and Montreal, viz. the Hamilton, Algerian and Spartan. The latter will make her first appearance in this port about June 5th.
p.4 Pith of the News - The steamer Northwestern has started on her trip from Chicago to Europe.
p.5 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Pierrepont went to Gananoque this afternoon.
Capt. LaFrance, Collingwood, who sailed the City of Midland last season, has been engaged to sail the new steamer Kingston, running between Montreal and Toronto.