1898 DAILY BRITISH WHIG
(available on microfilm at Kingston Frontenac Public Library, and at Queen's University - Stauffer Library)
Jan. 3, 1898
p.2 Purchased New Pumps - The Calvin company, Garden Island, have just imported two large steam wrecking pumps from Geneva Falls at a cost of $9,000. They were unloaded from the cars on Saturday and everyone pronounced them beauties.
p.4 A Spin On An Ice Yacht - "The wind is strong and steady, and the boat glides faster and faster. Sharp exclamations of pleasure testify that the passengers are enjoying it. The speed increases. Before lies a field smooth as plate glass and level as a billiard table. For two miles it extends without a flaw. At its further edge lies a tremendous crack, filled with ground up ice and heaving black water. The full power of the wind strikes the white wings as the smoothest ice is reached, and the craft darts away at a tremendous pace. Faster, faster she flies, till she is travelling faster than the wind that drives her. The air seems to be full of electric sparks, a frosty haze blurs the view, every heart is throbbing with delight at the wild, free speed of it all. Before one has time to think, the crack seems to be rushing at the boat. A moment of intense anxiety, a catching of breaths, a wild pumping of hearts, then a shriek of excited joy. The good boat has has flown the gap as a hunter clears his fence - has flung it behind her with never a rap, and is tearing away over another good bit, as though she had no need to touch anything more solid than the cold, sweet air." [Outing]
Wind Wafts - Capt. McLeod, Buffalo, representing Smith, Davis & Co., interested in the S.S. Rosedale, and R.E. Rispin, representing the British Fire and Marine Insurance Company, arrived in the city yesterday to be present during the survey of the Rosedale.
p.6 The Rosedale's Record - The steamer Rosedale was built at Sunderland on the river Tyne, for Crangle, Haggarty and Geddes. She appeared in Toronto in July, 1888, and was the first steel steamboat to make the entire trip from England to Chicago. On that trip she carried a cargo of 5,000 barrels of cement. She originally cost 15,000 pds., but later she was lengthened at a cost of $30,000. Of late years she has been running between Duluth and Kingston with grain, and was known as one of the safest boats on the lake.
Jan. 4, 1898
p.4 Wind Wafts - The survey of the S.S. Rosedale has not yet been completed, owing to the grain freezing to the inner sides of the hull. A steam hose has been rigged up to thaw out the grain, and this work required most of today.
General Paragraphs - E.C. Gildersleeve's ice yacht, Slippery Jack, was the first to grace the ice this season. She was set up at noon today.
Jan. 5, 1898
p.5 An Historical Incident - statement of services rendered by Lieutenant Richard Armstrong during war of 1812-13; involved in attack and burning of Buffalo, when the United States ships of war Chippewa, Little Belt, and Tripple were burned. (he became major-general in royal artillery, died in Switzerland in 1865.)
p.6 Crossed On the Ice - ice-boat brings fifteen passengers from Wolfe Island.
Snips - John Gaskin, jr., spent most of New Years day in ice-boating above Cataraqui bridge. His ice yacht Vivid can claim first run this season.
The tug Walker was engaged today in breaking the ice around the M.T. company's wharves so the work on the foundation for the new elevator would not be hampered.
The steamer Pierrepont started out this morning in an attempt to break her way through the ice to Garden and Wolfe Islands but was unable to accomplish the feat. She got over about 2/3 of the distance.