Until the 10th of January, and this year we got it open earlier than usual. The result was to prevent the congestion of grain on the railway in the Northwest. The grain people tell us that it was of the greatest possible advantage. Probably from 13,000,000 to 14,000,000 bushels of grain were taken off the railway and put into ships, and the congestion of the winter before last did not exist last winter.
To provide for the administration of pilotage and the maintenance and repair of the steamer Eureka, $36,000.