p.2 Here To Take Soundings - A.W. Gregory and H.W. Davy, engineers of the public works department, Ottawa, are here to take soundings of the harbor from the Carruther's shoal down into the lower harbor, in connection with the proposed improvements to navigation. They reported this morning to Postmaster Stewart and Ald. R.F. Elliot for information, and engaged a number of men to aid them in their work. This is the quick response of the minister of marine to the request of the Kingston deputation which went to Ottawa last week to interview him with reference to harbor matters.
p.3 Incidents of the Day - Mr. Douglas, appointed manager of the Thousand Islands Steamboat company, has arrived in the city, and taken up his duties.
p.5 To Abolish Office - The Dundurn will be the only Inland Line's boat which will carry a purser on its trips this year, the company having announced this morning that the purser system had been abolished. In previous years, each boat of the fleet was supplied with a purser, whose duty it was to take charge of all freight picked up at the ports where the company had no agent. It was the duty of the purser to bill the freight and have complete charge of the cargo, but the work of some of the pursers last year was so unsatisfactory that the management decided to do away with those officials. One of the pursers will, however, be retained and given the position of agent at Fort William. He is a university man and his name is withheld.
This year the company intends to have agents on shore at any port where the business warrants such a course being taken, and those agents will, as in the large cities, have charge of the inward and outward freight and will have complete charge of the billing, etc. In ports where no agent represents the company the freight will be handled by the crew of the boat, and the charges and other details will be looked after when the boat arrives at a port where an agent is stationed. In case freight is taken aboard at Gananoque, for instance, where the Inland company has no agent, the billing etc., will be attended to at Toronto, if the boat is bound up the lakes or some eastern port, if the boat is bound for Montreal. The company expects to accomplish better results by the non-purser system.
p.8 Government Asked - ....The clerk reported that the village had paid into the county during the last thirty-five years, the sum of $21,000. During that time grants amounting to less than $200 had been made to the village by the county council. The reeve will call this fact to the attention of the county council, at the June session, and endeavor to have that body pass a grant to assist the village in reconstructing the breakwater, which is badly in need of repair....