The Stray Steamer.
Kingston News: The pilot (of the Hastings,) claims that there was a dense fog on the lake during the night, and this was the cause of his following up so closely the lights of the propeller. It is not true they were within fifteen miles of Oswego. If they had been they could have seen the lights and been all right. Had it not been customary to take a pilot on board to navigate the boat, the officers could have done it easily, as they had both charts and compasses on board. The statements of the Oswego papers are grossly exaggerated, and one of them at least it is said to be written in the interest of the opposition boat.
The night of the Hastings adventure was perfectly clear, and if there was a fog, nobody but this pilot could see it. The evidence here is that the Oswego light was sighted and pointed out to the pilot, but he refused to believe it, and preferred to trust an N. T. light * light moving off down the lake. Whether there have been any exaggerations or not, the fact remains, without exaggeration, that a steamer with between 300 and 400 passengers left Kingston for Oswego about 5 p. m. , could not find the way in a clear, still summer night, floated around in the lake, without her officers knowing where she was, till daylight, and didn't get to Oswego till nearly 8 o'clock the next morning. This is the main and unalterable fact, whatever difference there may be between the officers of the boat and the passengers as to the details. That Oswego papers have an interest in any boat, excited a smile here. Oswego newspapers are wealthy, but they haven't any navigation lines that anybody has heard of.