p.2 We heartily respond to the sentiments expressed in the following article from yesterday's Whig.
RETIREMENT OF MR. MARKS.
After an active and efficient service of half a century in duration, the Lords of the Admiralty, at his own request, have permitted the retirement of John B. Marks, Esq., so long the head of the Civil Department of the Royal Navy, on the Canada Lakes. We cannot allow this event to pass over without recording our feeble tribute of praise to the very valuable services Mr. Marks has rendered Canada, since his first coming into the country, during the war of 1812. With the execution of the arduous duties of his department we have nothing to do, although we know that they have ever been considered at Home as being those of an excellent and careful officer; but in his several provincial capacities, as Warden of the District, Member of the Assembly, Colonel of Militia, Associate Jude of Assize, Justice of the Peace, founder of the Agricultural Society, Patron of the Turf Club, no gentleman has so well deserved, and at the same time so universally received, the esteem and approbation of all classes of the Canadian community, as the object of our present notice. Although advnced in years, Mr. Marks is still hale and hearty, and we trust that a long life of usefulness is yet before him. We need not add, that the Lords of the Admiralty have not permitted this retirement without amply providing for Mr. Marks.
In filling up the vacancy caused by the retirement of Mr. Marks, by the appointment of David Taylor, R.N., the late Master Attendant of Kingston Dock Yard, the Lords of the Admiralty have not been unmindful of services, if not so long continued, certainly in their nature as efficient as those of his predecessor. Mr. Taylor is very generally and very favorably known in Canada. He may be said to have commenced his public career in this Province, and we heartily hope here it may end. Mr. Taylor's scientific acquirements, and thorough knowledge of Canada, its extent and resources, must render him a desirable Head of his Department, should at any time the encroaching disposition of our republican neighbors make it necessary to increase the naval force on the Lakes. We beg leave to tender him our sincere congratulations on his appointment, a sentiment we feel persuaded every press in the Province will re-echo.
The following announcement which we find in the St. Catharines Journal of Thursday will cause great disappointment and serious loss to many:
Opening of the Canal Deferred - The resumption of navigation on the Welland Canal this day, as announced in our last could not take place. The late frequent and heavy rains have materially retarded operations on the Canal, and an accurate inspection of the works showed the impracticability of their sound completion by this day. But on the 10th we understand all will be ready, and the celebration to be made on the re-opening of the canal is advertised to take place on the 13th and 14th.