The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
W. H. Wolf (Propeller), 10 Dec 1891

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The disappearance of Capt. Elmer W. Craine of the steamer W.H. WOLF from Buffalo with a considerable sum of money belonging to the craft and numerous smaller amounts borrowed from parties in Buffalo as well as in Chicago, has aroused considerable interest here. It is known that he drew $2,050 from the Buffalo agent, of the steamer on her bill of lading and it is also known that he drew $2,300 on cargoes of ore delivered at South Chicago just before making the Buffalo trip. lie may have used a large proportion of the last mentioned amount in the payment of coal and .supply bills, but as a number of minor claims are being forwarded to the home office of the steamship company Com. Wolf mistrusts that the larger ones will soon follow in their wake. Com. Wolf said today that the amount of the company's money appropriated by young Craine would certainly reach $3,000. A money package containing $300, forwarded by express to Mrs. Capt. Craine in Chicago, has been attached by the steamship company. Hie has been traced to Detroit, from which point he is supposed to have migrated to the far southwest. Com. Wolf professes, to have been aware of Capt. Craine's tendency to wildness, but hoped to be able to make a steady-going man of him. His present experience has convinced him that missionary work is not his forte and he proposes to leave the field to others whose purses can better stand the strain.
      The Marine Review
      December 10, 1891

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W. H. Wolf (Propeller), 10 Dec 1891