Vessels and Steamers Compelled to Run Back - Narrow Escape of the Schooner Ariadne.
The wind which piped up moderately strong from the northwest yesterday became a gale today. This morning about 11 o'clock the velocity at the observation office was 28 miles per hour, and as the velocity on the lake is about one-third more than is recorded at the office the breeze outside must have been a stiff one indeed.
The schooner Guiding Star. Captain Hurley, went out this morning, but before she reached the north shore she had more wind than she wanted, and the captain, concluding that discretion was the better part of valor, returned to port about noon. the steamer St. Albans which went out last night found the sea too heavy to make any headway and she returned.
About noon the schooner Ariadne, Captain Gibson, entered port with grain from Canada in a deplorable state. Her foresail left the gaff and mast hoops, and hung by the boom; her jibs were torn and split, as also was her mainsail. It was thought for a time that she would go to leeward of the piers, but she managed to get her 'nose" in so that the tugs could seize her.
It is thought by Sergeant Hough that the wind will lull tonight, and veer around to the north or northeast, as the area of pressure is passing through Canada. If the Sergeant had been permitted to hoist the storm signal yesterday the vessels would not have left port. It seems that the Department does not want signals hoisted unless the wind attains a velocity of twenty-five miles, or the order is given from headquarters, and the Sergeant could not put out his flag although he said that the gale of yesterday was likely to increase.