From Tibbit's Light to Bar Point in the United States channel, the ice is pretty compact.
Some $617,000 will be spent on the Welland canal this year. The canal will be lighted by electricity.
The steam-yachts wintering in Davis' drydock were floated out today. The government steamer Scout enters tomorrow.
The ice is rapidly going out of the Bay of Quinte. Steamboat men predict that navigation will be open on April 1st.
Work on the piers and dredging on Port Hope harbor will cost $7,500. The minister of public works has placed that amount in the estimates.
The steamer Pierrepont had no difficulty in reaching Cape Vincent yesterday. After getting past Cedar Island, scarcely any ice was encountered, the river being quite open.
No word has yet been received whether or not the steamer Rideau Queen has been raised from her sunken position in a lock at Jones' Falls. More trouble was evidently experienced than was anticipated.
Captain Roys, owner of the steamer Belle Ritchie, which sank here a few days ago, had not heard of the accident till yesterday. He is at Temiscamingue with the little steamer Jubilee, which he sold to parties up there.
Captain Griffin and M.J. Griffin, Oswego, are negotiating for the purchase of the schooner Ishpeming, owned in Cleveland, O., which is in winter quarters at Oswego. The Ishpeming is a three masted schooner and is in first class condition.
The schooner Maize in winter quarters at Ogdensburg has been sold by William Hulme & Sons to R.A. Downey & Co., Oswego. The Maize is a three masted schooner with a capacity of five hundred tons. The vessel will go into the coal trade from Oswego to Canadian ports.
The Appointments Received.
This morning local captains of R. & O. steamers received notice of their appointments. Capt. Dunlop will again command the Bohemian, Capt. Hinckley the Columbian, Capt. Esford the Kingston, while Capt. Booth will be sailing master of the Toronto. W.C. McDonald has again been named steward of the last named steamer, being his third year in that capacity on this palace steamer.
SHOULD BE PUT OUT
The Kingston Board of Trade is moving for the abolition of a lot of vexatious little charges which interfere with carriers by water. Tonnage dues and inspection fees have been abolished in the United States, but as Canada imposes these dues on American vessels the United States imposes them on ours. The results are that Canadian passenger steamers trading to United States ports pay double fees, Canadian and American. The board thinks also that there should be reciprocity of inspection with the United States, so as to obviate the need for double inspection.
The customs department of the Dominion of Canada gives the services of its officers and landing waiters to the public only during the official hours of judicial days. The department apparently assumes that after these hours and on holidays all traffic should cease until the officials are again on duty. But as traffic cannot cease, and must be kept moving at all hours of both day and night, and as the public revenue must be protected at all times, the strange course is adopted of assessing the steamship, railway and ferry companies for the overtime fees of the officials. This is certainly a rank absurdity, and should be abolished.
The board favors the abolition of canal tolls, urging that they are injurious to the Canadian merchant marine. Generally speaking, all these little tolls and exactions are more trouble than they are worth. Elaborate arguments can be adduced for charging toll across a bridge, but it is usually found better to allow some people to have the benefit of the bridge at the expense of others than to collect the coins.