p.2 We are sorry to learn that the report which has prevailed in town relative to the reduction of the Naval Establishment at this post is well founded. Commodore Barrie has received instructions to pay off the Cockburn schooner and the Dock Yard Establishment here, and at all the other stations in Canada, viz. Isle au Noix, Grand River, and Penetanguishene; and to send the Officers, Men, and Stores to England. The breaking up of this department of the public service in Kingston will be detrimental to the different classes of trades people in the town, all of whom have been more or less benefited by the liberal expenditure resulting from the station.
The removal of the gallant and worthy Commodore and his accomplished lady will create a blank in society that cannot easily be filled. To the poor in their neighborhood their departure will be an irreparable loss, for we believe none of them ever went empty handed from their door; while among the inhabitants of Kingston will long be remembered their uniform courtesy, hospitality, and kindness.
The Ice still lingers in the space from our Harbour to the open Lake. It is generally clear on the American side of the Lake. A schooner has arrived at Sackett's Harbour from Oswego, and we are informed that a steam boat appeared off Nine Mile Point the other day, but the frigid St. Lawrence refused to open her arms to receive her.
The beautiful new steam-boat Brockville, Capt. L. Hilliard, is to commence running on the 1st of April, between Kingston and the head of the Long Sault.