p.1 To Have An Enquiry - Bracebridge, Ont., May 4th - Owing to tickets not having been taken up it cannot be ascertained definitely whether there was any loss of life as a result of the accident to the steamer Oriole, but, so far, none has been discovered. The general manager of the navigation company, A.P. Cockburn, is here, this morning, and the work of righting and repairing the boat will start at once. It is expected an inquiry into the accident will be held.
Bronson Passed Up Soulanges Canal.
Navigation between Kingston and Montreal by way of the Soulanges canal was opened on Tuesday, says the Montreal Herald, when a portion of the ice jam at the foot of the Cedar rapids gave way. Mr. Sauve, the superintendant of the canal, reported that just enough of the ice had given away to permit a channel for the boats. Seven boats were waiting in the canal to get through to Montreal, and started to come down. The steamer Bronson, of the Montreal Transportation company, with two barges, was the first steamer to go up the canal. It is expected that the remainder of the ice jam will give way within a day or two.
Movement of Vessels.
Craig's wharf: steamer Persia arrived down on her first trip.
Swift's wharf: steamer Rideau King arrives from Ottawa this evening.
The schooner Clara Youell cleared from the Grove Inn wharf for Oswego.
The schooner Luff is loading stone at the penitentiary wharf for Toronto.
The schooner Fleetwing clears this evening from Soward's wharf for Sodus.
The steamer Simla has arrived at Garden Island with timber from Toronto.
The schooner Eliza White could not class and as a consequence will not go out this season.
The steamer Bothnia arrived from Lachine at the M.T. company wharf, and today received some slight repairs. She is to clear for Oswego to load coal.
It is altogether probable that the steamer Niagara, when fitted up, will engage in the excursion business on the bay, lake and river, during most of the season.
The steamerr Calvin with the consorts Ceylon and Augustus, and the steamer India with consort Burma left Garden Island last night for the region of Sault Ste. Marie to load timber.
Upon the departure last evening of the steamer Valeria (Capt. Dick, master) for Gananoque, to resume her summer trips between that town and Clayton, N.Y., a cannon was fired from Macdonald Park in honor of the event. The captain expects a very prosperous season on the river.
LAKE TRAFFIC WILL CLOSE.
Determination Reached To Suspend Business Entirely.
Chicago, May 3rd - No one can tell when grain-laden vessels will be able to start out, and this uncertainty is making it impossible for shippers to do business. Grain is going forward by all-rail routes to the seaboard, and is now accumulating in Chicago elevators against the time when vesselmen and the captains' union come together.
The following lines have informed their patrons that no freight will be accepted for lake transit until further notice: the Western Transit company; Anchor Line, Lehigh Valley Transit company, Union Steamboat company, Canada Atlantic company, Rutland Transit company, Mutual Transit company. It is declared by the Tribune that the determination of the Lake Carriers' Association to refuse the wage scale asked by the seamen and to declare a lockout.
ALEXANDRIA'S FIRST TRIP.
Picton, May 4th - About forty passengers "took in" the first trip of the Alexandria to Charlotte, Friday evening, returning Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Both ways the lake was perfectly calm, but there was a heavy fog. A fog whistle is badly needed at Brighton, similar to that at Charlotte pier.
The steambarge Aberdeen is loading soft coal at Charlotte for Picton. The steamer Varuna made her initial trip of the season on Monday. The steamer Ella Ross has commenced her daily run between Trenton and Picton.