p.1 Make Good Returns - Toronto, Dec. 28th - At the annual meeting of the Niagara Navigation company, held today, the profits for the year were shown to be $102,419, an increase of $34,659 over last year. A dividend of eight per cent was declared.
p.2 For A New Boat - J.A. Goodearle, manager of Turbine Steamship company, looking for new boat for the company suitable for Hamilton-Toronto run in spring; steamer Turbinia will not be back from Jamaica till May 15th.
p.4 News of the World - Capt. Orman Johnston, who had sailed lake and river craft for nearly forty years, was run over by a car with coal, and killed at the George Hall Coal company's plant at Ogdensburg.
The steamer under construction by the Niagara Navigation company, at the Canada Shipbuilding company's ship yards, to be completed for the opening of navigation in 1906, will be one of the largest excursion steamers on the great lakes. The management of the company have decided to name the new boat the Cayuga.
p.5 Personal Mention - Capt. Charles Thompson and wife, Portsmouth, arrived home last week, from Cleveland, Ohio, after a successful season on the upper lakes.
Capt. and Mrs. Joseph Acton, Buffalo, are in town on a visit. Capt. Acton is master on the S.S. New York, of the Erie freight line, in the upper lakes.
Capt. James Allen is confined to his home through illness, and his place on the steamer New Island Wanderer is being taken by Mr. Coleman Hinckley.
p.7 The Marine Color Test - There is a movement afoot in marine circles to have further reciprocity with the United States in regard to examination of masters and mates. The United States law requires that every five years a master or mate of a vessel must pass a "color test," that is, have his eyes examined. If he fails to pass the requirements, his certificate is not renewed. In Canada, when a master once gets his certificate he holds it for all time, unless it is revoked for some special reason. The United States law is regarded as better. At the next session of parliament, the marine law will likely be amended.
p.8 Incidents of the Day - The schooner Laura D. is fitting out to carry hay from the islands to the city.
Justice Street's Judgement - Toronto, Dec. 28th - Northern Navigation company against the executors of the estate of the late John J. Long, Collingwood, for $34,500 and the costs of the action; events started in 1892.