THE LOST ASIA.
Owen Sound, Oct. 12th - The body of Mrs. Woods, of Cincinatti, has been found concealed on Lonely Island, stripped of her jewellery and valuables. The light house keeper found the body seven days before the search party discovered it, but did not report the fact. The inquest, held at the instance of the Ontario Government, has been concluded. The jury have returned a lengthy verdict. They find that the Captain was to blame for leaving Presque Isle with the reading of the barometer so exceedingly low. That the Board of Steamboat Inspectors are indirectly to blame for the loss of life in not notifying the Collector of Customs at Collingwood to detain the steamer Asia until a new certificate was granted or refused her. The old Welland Canal style of propellers are condemned for upper lake navigation, and also the practice of granting certificates to steamboats to carry more passengers than they have life-saving equipment apparatus for, and the jury recommend that steamboats be compelled to carry life crafts sufficient to save all the passengers and crew they are allowed to carry, and that all captains and mates be required to undergo strict examinations before they assume such positions.
The barge Otonabee is loading 127 tons of soap stone for Montreal.
The Philo Bennett has left Eilbeck's elevator for Oswego with 7,000 bush. barley.
The Government men could not, in consequence of rough weather, work upon Point Frederick shoal today.
The iron shipments continue. The rate is low, but vessel men are glad to accept it in the absence of any other freight.
The tug Champion (owned by the Montreal Transportation Company) is on her way to Kingston virtually disabled. She broke one of her crank pins at Dickenson's Landing, while on her way up with a tow.
The tug Conqueror, under direction of Capt. Donnelly, has gone to the assistance of the schr. Gulnair, sunk at Toronto. The tug Folger will relieve the Conqueror, and stay by the schr. Pandora while she loads barley at Wellington.
Munson's dredge is again in operation at Portsmouth, whose harbour will be greatly improved by the time the $5,000 appropriation has been expended. The St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Company deserve some consideration.
Personal Mention - Capt. Allan who has commanded the schr. D. Freeman, has been promoted to the Superintendency of grain shipments for Messrs. Downey & Preston, Belleville.