J. B. Bates of Chicago, a representative of the Soper Lumber Co., owners of the barge Halsted, which was cast up on the beach at Washington Harbor during the big blow, arrived here Friday evening. Saturday morning, accompanied by Capt. Rieboldt, of the firm of Rieboldt & Wolter, and Leathem Smith, representing the Leathem & Smith Towing and Wrecking Co., a trip was made to Washington Island in the gasoline yacht Arbutus, owned by F. J. Stroh, for the purpose of making an examination and survey of the wreck. The Halsted was found to have suffered little damage, and is resting on a gravel bottom. There is only six feet of water at her stern, which will make her release a difficult undertaking. From what could be learned the Soper Company will either sell the boat where she lies or ask for bids for releasing her. Just what will be done has not yet been determined.