p.2 Extending Thanks - for the good work done for by-law - letter to editor on behalf signed by Hiram A. Calvin, John McKelvey and W.J. Fair.
Start Work On Thursday.
Before leaving for Collingwood at noon today, James W. Smith was asked by a Whig representative about the plant to be installed at the government drydock. He stated that James McKellar, superintendent of the Collingwood Shipbuilding company, would be here tomorrow night and would take charge of the property and installation of plant. Mr. Smith will come down every fortnight or so. The work of installing the plant will be commenced on Thursday morning and it is expected that in a month the company will be ready to repair ships that may come to the dock.
The first thing to be done is to erect a building, two storeys in height, for the punch shop and the mould loft. This building will be fireproof, and of steel frame. It will be erected on the west side of the drydock and will be 125 feet long and 65 feet wide.
The company intends to build and launch boats on the west side of the dock property and also on the west side of the dock into the dock itself. All will be side launches. Mr. Smith is already figuring on the construction of a couple of boats that will give plenty of work from the spring until next fall. He says that the new company's business will not interfere with the Davis' dry dock company or the Kingston Foundry company. The smaller type of boat that may be sought from the new company will be turned over to the other concerns.
The Official Figures.
City Clerk Sands announced the official returns of the dry-dock exemption by-law vote at noon today. The figures are: For the by-law, 1,958; against the by-law, 62.
p.4 A Step Towards Progress - editorial discussing the vote in favor of dry-dock exemption.
Navigation opened on Lake St. Clair Saturday. The steamer Faustin left Amherstburg for Toledo and made a successful trip.
p.5 EXEMPTION IS GIVEN - on Dry Dock to Kingston Shipbuilding company; details of voting by wards; company to get established at once.
Would Be Prohibitive.
Cleveland, March 22nd - Many of the lumber carrying vessels will be put out of business if the maximum rate of duty of twenty-five per cent on Canadian lumber, as provided by the Aldrich-Payne law, stands. Vessel men claim that about sixty per cent of the lumber shipped by lake, last season, was sent from Canadian ports. If the high rate of duty is imposed it will increase the price of lumber from $7 to $10 a thousand feet and the increase would, no doubt, prove prohibitive to the public.
Port Colborne Elevator.
Welland, March 22nd - Negotiations are on between the Grand Trunk and the government for the former to use the new elevator lately built by the government at Port Colborne, instead of the old elevator which the Grand Trunk have run for years. If this is done boats can carry from 10,000 to 15,000 additional bushels of grain, lightering at Port Colborne, and returning to Port Dalhousie with quick despatch on account of the capacity and facilities of the elevator at Port Colborne. A third pier will be built at Port Colborne near the government elevator, which will make an additional two hundred foot slip for vessels.