p.1 Appropriations For Improving Harbors - Washington, Feb. 15th - .....Among the amounts specified is $125,000 for Oswego harbor; Charlotte harbor gets $71,680, while Great Sodus Bay and Little Sodus Bay harbors will receive $30,000 each. An expenditure of $37,400 is provided for Buffalo harbor. There is an item $36,000 for the continuation of work on the breakwater at Cape Vincent. This amount is all that can be used to advantage this year.
p.2 Giving Up Business - The Kingston Boat company, which has done business on the yacht club property at the foot of Simcoe street for years, is closing out. It was given two years by the yacht club to vacate the property. The club will likely keep a ship carpenter to attend to its business. The old boat building may be turned into a bowling alley.
Day's Episodes - Thomas Hazlett has been appointed engineer of the steamer Bermuda, and will commence this week to fit her out for next season's work.
CITY COUNCIL - Dry Dock Exemption - The finance committee recommended that a by-law be submitted to the people to grant exemption from taxation to the Kingston Shipbuilding company on the government dry dock property for ten years, with a renewal for a further ten years and to fix the school assessment at $50,000, the company agreeing to spend $50,000 on plant the first year, and to expend $20,000 a year in wages; if the wages are less than $20,000, then the company to pay taxes on an assessment of $50,000, the company to pay the cost of submitting the bylaw, the city to apply to the legislature as soon as possible to have such by-law, if passed, confirmed and declared valid by a special act, the company to repay the city any expenses properly incurred in getting such act passed......
Ald. Givens said that the lease of the dry dock began on April 15th, and that it was necessary that the by-law should be submitted to the people as soon as possible.
A Promising Project - the Kingston Shipbuilding company will be a boom for Kingston.
Feb. 16, 1910
'TWAS JOLLY AFFAIR.
"Smoker" Held By The Mariners Tuesday Evening.
On Tuesday evening, the annual "smoker" of the National Associaton of Marine Engineers of Canada, council No. 4, was held in the rooms of the Masters and Mates, on Clarence street, and it was a jolly affair. The Kingston mariners are a jolly "bunch," either on duty or off duty, and when they get together for a night's fun - well, they have it all right. It was a decided success in every way, and the many who were present - and there was an extra large turn out - spent a most enjoyable evening. The evening was given over to cards, songs and speeches, the different members taking part in the programme. And then there were refreshments, and this was a part of the programme in which everyone could lend a helping hand. Dainty refreshments were served, a committee of marine men having the arrangements in charge, and everything was served in first class style. The hit of the evening was the "card board" sandwiches. My, but they were good! They had everything "mother used to make" beaten a mile.
The programme brought forth some fine speeches and songs, to say nothing of the many stories told of life on the high seas. During the evening, McAuley and Salsbury's orchestra was present, and rendered a choice programme of music.
A pleasant feature of the evening was the presentation of a gold pin to A.R. Milne, a life member. Mr. Milne is one of the best known and for many years has been a valued member of the association. The members took the opportunity of showing their esteem for him. The gift was accompanied by an address. Mr. Milne expressed his thanks in a neat little speech. The address was as follows:
"We, the members of council No. 4, National Association of Marine Engineers, desire to present you with this gold pin, which represents a life membership in our council. In the duties of an engineer you have, for many years, been a valued member of that profession, ever ready to help or advise your brother officers. We trust that you may yet live long to remain a member of our splendid association, and that you will be ever ready, in the future, as in the past, to give others the benefit of your long and successful experience. This pin not only shows that you are a life member of the council, but is also a token of our great respect for you personally.
"We trust you will receive it in the same spirit in which it is given, and that it will be a reminder to you always, that we regard you as a valued member of this council."