p.3 For Harbor Work - Oswego, Jan. 30th - A telegram from Washington announces that the house committee on rivers and harbors has agreed upon a bill providing for harbor work in New York state and according to its recommendations Oswego district is to get in the neighborhood of $300,000. Of this substantial sum $180,000 is recommended for harbor work at this port; $80,000 for Charlotte; $30,000 for Little Sodus and Cape Vincent, $30,000.
A FINE AGGREGATION.
Canadian Association of Masters and Mates.
Near the foot of Clarence street can be observed this small, unassuming sign, that of all the fraternal, benevolent, or secret societies in Kingston, and there are over forty, is the least known or talked about by the general public, although it is doing more to advance the real interests of our province than all the others combined. When it is remembered that the shipping interests of the country are so immense, and the capital invested, soars into the millions, anything that bears, even indirectly, on this most important subject must interest the public. Primarily, vessel owners and shippers receive the greatest benefits from this association. All winter long they are busy comparing and verifying charts, etc., calling each other's attention to new shoals and channels discovered during the previous season, threshing out the merits of their old crews, and selecting the best material for their new ones - all in the interests of owners and the travelling public.
The writer can remember when all this was very different. By methods only known to these old "sea dogs," rival firms expected, and were "knifed" at any opportunity. For instance, a propellor is flying east late in the fall, she enters the locks, a rival just behind her. A large stone is dropped over the stern in the gate, and the gate is useless. Of course the captain is blameless - one of the crew did it, but thousands of dollars have been lost by delays like this. But all this is changed now, each one viewing (sic) with the other to help Canadian shipping interests. It is gratifying to know that this great association, which extends from Quebec to the head of Lake Superior, had nothing at all to do with the great strike on the upper lakes last summer. In fact the sympathies of many of them were with the owners on that occasion.
Their rooms are superbly fitted up with the best of everything that money can buy, amusements for the younger element provided, chess, checkers, cribbage, etc. We are well within the mark in saying it is the most refined and gentlemanly club room in town. It is a liberal education to spend an afternoon with them and listen to discussions on questions of the day, and hear of some thrilling adventures and hair-breath escapes, but very rarely, as they are very diffident about speaking of their own doings, but never tire of praising a comrade. There appears to be a lot of free-masonry among them, if kneeling at different altars, like Dr. Ryan and Capt. Gaskin, they belong to the same lodge on different banks of the Boyne. Politics are seldom mentioned, and religion never. They hold weekly business meetings, when the public and reporters are excluded, of course. Capt. Booth, of the floating palace Toronto, is president, or master of the association; Capt. George Crawford is secretary.