p.1 The Shipping [Correspondence Oswego Palladium]
Mill Point, Ont. - Sales of vessels have been good. The schooner Annie Mulvey sold for $6,000, and Kittie Eccles (sic) to Campbell & Mathews at $7,000. She is loaded with ice for Charlotte and will be commanded by Captain H. Mathews. The schooner Edward Blake, sailed by Capt. D. McDonald, is repairing here. Her hull will be about $6,000. The steam barge Saxon, sailed by Capt. J. Vanalstine, is being repaired to the amount of $1,600. The schooner F. Howard is being rebuilt at a cost of $4,000. The bay trading steamers Deseronto and Pilgrim are being overhauled. They are building a new tug for Georgian Bay, 60 feet keel, 16 foot beam and 9 feet depth of hold. The prospects for the coming season are good. I think it will open up very brisk, with a great increase of freight and terms. There is calculated to be more to ship from the bay this season than there has been for the last 4 years. Mr. Rathbun's mill for pine timber is waiting for soft weather to start. The cedar mill has been running all winter.
Bath, Ont. - The schooner Flying Scud has been sold to Capt. Ostrander of Picton. The schooner George Suffel will be sailed by Capt. W. Champion. The times look some brisker than last year. The ice trade has made some stir. The houses are all filled and some are taking it out in bulk on the shore. There will be some 2,000 tons of ice here. The fish trade is going to be lively, and the Cape Vincent fish houses will be well supplied with Bath fish. The steamer Hastings will take the old route from Kingston to Belleville. The Armenia will take the route from Picton to Kingston.
Toronto - The prop. Oswego Belle is refitting for her new route on Georgian Bay. The props City of Montreal, Armenia, and Ontario are also fitting. The prop. Shickluna is having extensive repairs. The steamer City of Toronto, damaged late last season, has been refitted at Niagara, and will go on the Lewiston and Toronto route. Among the schooners which have been repaired are the Mary Merrit, Collier, Belle Sheridan (a rebuild). The D.M. Foster is taking a wheat cargo from wagons. Our vessel owners look for a prosperous season.
The schooners Eliza Fisher, Hannah Butler and Caledonia are chartered to carry from 3,000,000 to 4,000,000 feet of lumber from Cobourg to Oswego at private rates.
p.3 Missing Propeller - No tidings of the prop. T.S. Faxton, which formerly ran on the St. Lawrence River, and which left Bay City for Tawes 5 days ago, with 40 persons on board, including a few ladies, have been received. The crew numbered 15, and the rest were all passengers. The run was only a day trip. It is feared she has been cut in two by ice and sunk.