p.1 The Schooner Picton Safe - Cobourg, Dec. 7th - The schooner Picton from Oswego about whose safety some fears had been felt, has arrived in port. She was driven out of her course by the storm which prevailed on the lake on Wednesday last. Subsequently she managed to get about. When south-east of here a blinding snow storm set in and she had to drop anchor.
Death of Capt. Cornelius - Capt. John Cornelius, born 1830, sailed on ocean and on great lakes, last vessel was sloop Wood-duck.
Five big freighters are frozen up in the Soo river. An ice crusher has been ordered to release them.
Although nothing is officially known on the point, it is expected the Welland canal will close for the season on the 15th inst.
The M.T. Co.'s steamer Bannockburn reached this port yesterday afternoon carrying a cargo of 65,000 bushels of wheat from Fort William. She did not experience unseasonably rough weather on the trip. The vessel last year reached this port and completed her final voyage of the season one day later than she did last year, the dates being 1895, December 7th; 1896, Decembr 6th.
The steamer Erin, of St. Catharines, Capt. McCloy, is at Swift's wharf awaiting the arrival of her barge, the Danforth, which is in the government dry-dock undergoing repairs rendered necessary by her running on a shoal in the harbor here on Thursday last. The Danforth had a similar mishap two or three years ago, when she was registered as an American vessel. The Erin will go into winter quarters at Port Dalhousie.
p.2 A Curious Circumstance - magnetic compasses in some places will be deflected off true; eg in Kingston harbor and along northern Lake Superior.