p.1 An effort to release by the use of dynamite the ferry steamer Shenango, which is fast in fifteen inches of ice twenty miles off Port Burwell, was unsuccessful and the boat will be left until there is a thaw.
p.2 Incidents of the Day - Large steel tanks are being sunk at Four Mile Point and filled with cement to constitute the foundation for the new piers to be built by Peter Asselstine. He has twenty five men at work.
The Calvin company has a large force of men engaged in fitting up the steamer India, so as to have her ready for the opening of spring.
p.3 Sale Of A Vessel - Milwaukee, Feb. 10th - The barge Chickamaugua, one of the largest wooden vessels on the lakes, wintering here with a cargo of 153,000 bushels of wheat and rye on board, has been sold by Capt. James Davidson, of Bay City, to W.C. Richardson and others, of Cleveland, for $70,000 cash. The Chickamaugua was built by Capt. Davidson and launched on the 15th of September last. Her carrying capacity is 4,500 tons.
p.4 Capt. Lewis Hudgin - died at his residence in Cherry Valley, on Tuesday morning, at the advanced age of eighty-six years. a direct descendent of United Empire Loyalists; during the troubles of 1837 he took command of a company of militia; He held the position of light keeper at Salmon Point for a period of twenty-three years, and frequently exhibited the greatest heroism in making perilous efforts to save the lives of shipwrecked marines cast upon that dangerous coast. (more details) [Picton Gazette]
p.5 For A Free Welland Canal - "the dream and hope of every Oswego businessman."
Has To Beg Provisions.
Capt. T.T. Taliakson, of the schooner Fitzpatrick, has written a letter to Capt. VanDusen, of Toledo, who was captain of the schooner Massosoit, from Sydney, Cape Breton, giving an account of certain lake craft which were chartered to be taken to the sea-board. After referring to the Atlantic transportation company as "going up in the skies," Capt. Taliakson says that the Fitzpatrick, of which he is master, and the Moonlight, were seized in Sydney and the Massosoit in Halifax. He says: "We are worse off now than ever. We have no more credit after the boats were seized and we are regular beggars. The United States government is now supplying the Moonlight with provisions, and, in course of a few days I will have to do the same, that is, ask for provisions of Uncle Sam."
Will Build A Yacht - Rochester Yacht Club organized a stock company to build a yacht to defend the Fisher Cup; the new boat will compete in the Chicago trial races to be held July 4th. [Rochester Herald]
Feb. 11, 1899
p.5 The storm at Chicago on Thursday was very severe. Navigation was suspended and one boat, the Iowa, of the Goderich line, is stuck in the ice off Grosse Point. The passengers are in a perilous position as it is impossible to render them assistance till the wind changes.