The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tues. , April 10, 1877

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Relics of Lost Vessel
A Trunk and Other Articles supposed to be from the Maggie Hunter Found Floating in Lake Ontario.

About half past four o'clock Sunday morning Henry and John Featherstonhaugh started down the lake in a boat after drift wood. On their way back about 7 a. m. , between Baldwin's and Baldwin's bluff, they discovered an object afloat about one hundred yards off shore. Rowing up they found it to be a wooden chest or trunk covered with canvass which was painted lead color. It was bottom side up, and on righting it the cover was found to be gone, though it was provided with a lock and two strong leather straps. It was lined with yellow paper and inside they found three books with covers gone and about s dozen small wooden beads painted red and blue, and perhaps some other colors. Two of the books are alike, being entitled the "Common School Grammar of the English Language," by Samuel Kerl. On the fly leaf of one is written in pencil the name "Willard H. Laurell," or "Lanrell," and on the fly leaf of the other, also in pencil, "W. H. Laurell," or "Lanrell. " The names are plainly legible, being written on inside fly leaves - those covered with other leaves. The third book is a mental arithmetic, with a bit of the back (black cloth) hanging to it.

Inside one of the books was a torn piece of common writing paper with writing on both sides. On one side were the following written with a pencil on successive lines:
"Beat, to strike. "
"Bell, a hollow"
"Belle, a gay young"
"Bin, a box"
"Been, existed"
"Birth, act of"
"Berth, a sleeping"

The first line written on the side is in pencil but over it is written in ink "Mrs. Ann Wallace," which makes it impossible to decipher the pencilled line underneath. The succeeding lines, also in penciling, are written as follows: "it as it distinguishes that entire thing or class from everything else. " The writing is cramped and that of one unused to it. Below the above statement are the figures "22," "15" and the footing "37. "

The Featherstonhaughs brought the trunk and contents home. The books were in a sticky, semi-pulpy sort of state, but they dried them out carefully, after which the leaves opened readily. They are at this office where they may be seen by any persons interested in identifying them. Yesterday some boys out in a boat found the cover of the trunk floating, further down the lake, in the locality known as "Nigger Bay. "

The wind was northerly when these things were found, and the theory is that they are relics from the schooner Maggie Hunter, which foundered off this port in October last and was lost with all on board. At that time we could obtain only a partial list of the crew, who were Canadians, and the name of one passenger. Consequently we are unable to determine whether the name written in these books is that of any one who was aboard of that vessel.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Tues. , April 10, 1877