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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 May 1892

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The Message From the Captain of the Glengarry.

The Glenora May be Lying Upon One of the Islands Abounding in the Lake.

A Piece of the Boom Was Picked Up - No Cause For Alarm.

This message was received by Capt. Gaskin yesterday morning:

"Fort William, May 8th - Been out since day light, yesterday; found Gaskin all right; saw nothing of Glenora except piece of boom. Brooks says he saw it broken. Have wired Duluth and Soo enquiring if she has been seen. Will report. - James McMough."

Capt. Gaskin says the above is encouraging news. He still has great faith in Capt. Fleming and that the Glenora will turn up all right. The man "Brooks" referred to in telegram is the captain of the sch. Gaskin. The captain says that the Glenora is probably stranded on one of the numerous islands in that location, and if such be the case the fact of her not being discovered yet is not surprising. The matter of finding the boom shows distinctly that the vessel experienced rough weather, but there is nothing in the dispatch to give alarm.

The Latest News.

This welcome message was received from Fort William at noon today; "Glenora all right outside of Duluth. Will leave for her at once. - Jas. McMaugh."

Capt. Gaskin left with the deputation for Ottawa this afternoon with a heavy burden removed from his mind.


The str. Freemason will be dry-docked at Davis' tomorrow.

Capt. T. Taylor left for Montreal per. str. Ocean yesterday.

The str. North King is illuminated by 110 incandescent lights.

The schr. Falconer will clear for Fairhaven to load coal for Hamilton.

The schr. Eliza Fisher is in with coal for Swift & Co. She had a good trip over.

After being unloaded the schr. Fleet Wing will load lumber at the spile dock for Oswego and return with coal for Swift & Co.

Mr. Doran's steamyacht Siesta will be dry-docked at Davis' and fixed up for the season.

The prop. Campana, of Toronto, will be dry-docked this week, at the government dock.

The str. Newaygo and str. Chicotah, Portsmouth, are in with grain from Port Huron.

Prop. Stafford and barge Hanscombe, Duluth, passed Port Colborne for Kingston last night.

The North King left for Rochester yesterday afternoon with several passengers. She had all flags flying.

The str. Persia, for St. Catharines, and the str. Ocean, for Montreal, called at Kingston yesterday.

Swift & Co. have received a beautiful photograph of the str. Persia, laying at Norris' dock in St. Catherines.

The str. Island Queen, Brockville, has been dry-docked at Davis' and will have new wale streaks put on as well as being caulked on bottom and sides.

Capt. Patenaude arrived from St. Catharines by the str. Ocean yesterday. He will go as mate on the prop. Acadia with Capt. Malcolmson.

The str. Maud left this afternoon with two barges of grain for the K. & M. forwarding company's dock, Portsmouth, for Prescott.

Clearances: prop. Algonquin, Duluth, light; schr. Rutherford, Oswego, coal; prop. Argonaut, Oswego, coal for Chicago; schr. Annie Falconer, Fairhaven, load coal for Hamilton.

Capt. Gillespie's steamer Rocket, laid up in Cornwall canal, has been chartered by the Rathbun company to run from Picton and intermediate points. It is understood that the Rocket will be purchased by the Rathbuns should she prove satisfactory. She is one of the fastest boats on inland waters and well fitted up for passenger traffic.

J.R. Davis is mad over a report circulated that T. McAuley's new steam yacht is a failure. Mr. Davis says these men who tell the story come to him, get a plan of a boat and go somewhere else and have it built. When the yacht is finished it will beat anything that runs around Kingston harbor. The name of the yacht will be Teaser.

Arrivals: schr. Parker, Chicago, 43,600 bushels corn; schr. S. Cheney Ames, Chicago, 21,700 bushels rye; schr. Jamieson, Wellington, 5,796 bushels buckwheat; schr. Storrs, Napanee, 8,000 bushels buckwheat; sloop Maggie L., Napanee, 4,100 bushels oats; sloop Idlewild, Napanee, 2,000 bushels oats; sloop Laura D., Picton, 5,000 bushels buckwheat; sloop Lia, Amherst Island, 1,500 bushels oats.

Did Not Trespass - Capt. Gaskin received this letter from the marine department, Ottawa, this morning: In reply to yours of yesterday, re position of range lights, not only was permission obtained from the militia department for erecting the towers, but a lease of the site has also been procured. I think Col. Cotton should have been notified by his own department. You might tell him that we were very careful not to trespass without consulting the militia authorities, and that I do not think the tower, which will only occupy a space of about fifteen feet square, will materially interfere with any of the purposes for which the common is required. Mr. Noble, our foreman of works, will, I hope, be able to get to Kingston within a week or ten days now, to erect the iron work."

Non-Union Crew Taken Off - Buffalo, May 7th - The non-union crew of the schr. Antelope was twice taken off by union sailors, Saturday. The schooners Antelope and Adriatic are now under police guard. The great battle between the seamen's union and the new lake-carriers association seems to have commenced.

p.4 No Trace Of Them Yet - Fort William, May 9th - The steamer Glengarry, after searching all day for her consorts, Glenora and Gaskin, returned here last night without having seen anything of them. The tow broke up in Friday's snowstorm.

The Mate Blown Overboard - Owen Sound, May 9th - A telegram was received here late last night from Port Arthur saying William Rixon, second mate of the steamship Athabasca, was blown overboard on Saturday morning while near the Findlay Island, Lake Superior, during a blinding snowstorm. Mr. Rixon is a young man of about 25 years, son of Mr. H. Rixon, of the firm of Maitland, Rixon & Co. of this town.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 May 1892