p.1 Offers Made - Detroit, Dec. 4th - Grain shippers at Fort William, Monday, were bidding for grain at two cents for delivery and three cents for winter storage at the delivered end of the route, but they did not do any business. Vesselmen offered storage tonnage of four cents.
BADLY CUT BY ICE
The Steamer Jessie Bain Went Down.
The steamer Jessie Bain, of the Folger firm, got into trouble Monday night, on her return from Deseronto where she had been under contract by the Rathbun company during the past season. The vessel was steaming to her winter quarters in Anglin's Bay, when the ice about three inches thick, is supposed to have cut her hull so badly that she sank. Assistance from the fire department was granted and the Chatham engine in charge of John Hall was ordered to go down and pump her out. All the approaches to the dock were too low to allow the engine to pass under, so the attempt had to be abandoned. This morning the steamer is lying on her side in the slip and it is thought that considerable trouble will be experienced in putting her in position at her pier.
The steamer Aletha is loading posts, today, for Stella.
The scow Granger is unloading a cargo of hay for shipment.
The steamer Advance loaded grain at Fort William, Monday, for Richardson & Sons.
M.T. company: tug Thomson arrived from Montreal with four light barges; tugs Bronson, Glide, and Emerson are expected from Montreal today, with ten barges; barges Quebec and Hamilton expected to arrive this afternoon. This will practically end up the season with the M.T. company.
Resolution Concerning Kingston Harbor.
This motion was moved by Ald. Gaskin, seconded by Ald. Elliot and adopted: Resolved that in the opinion of the city council of Kingston, the Dominion government in making grants for public improvements to the different harbors in the province of Ontario, has not treated Kingston fairly; that as every harbor west of Kingston where grain and produce of the western country is transhipped on its way to the sea-board and has connections with the railroads, is to receive large grants, and are mentioned in the budget, and Kingston with the only good harbor where transhipment can take place by an all-water route to the sea-board is not receiving one single cent. Kingston harbor has some shoals, and vessels get aground in coming in to transfer cargoes for Montreal, and because there is more grain handled at Kingston harbor than any other, we petition the Dominion government to place in the supplementary estimates a sufficient sum to remove the above mentioned shoals from the harbor, and then captains when offered a cargo will not refuse it, as they frequently have to do at present; that the mayor give this matter his immediate attention and urge the member for Kingston to interview and present our claims to the government with a view to bringing about the desired result.
p.7 Pith of the News - An enquiry into the wreck of the steamer Resolute was concluded in Toronto, on Monday, and judgement will be given next week.
p.8 Will Return to Kingston - Word was received today that the steamer City of New York, which went aground near Coteau Lake, had been released. The vessel will return to Kingston and not attempt to make Montreal with her cargo of grain. It was the intention to take the steamer to Cobourg to lay up for the winter but she will now likely remain in Kingston.
A STEAMER MISSING
There Is Fear For The Hickox.
A despatch from Belleville, Ont., says: Grave fears are felt here that the steambarge Hickox, owned and commanded by Capt. Smith, of this city, has been lost on Lake Ontario. The vessel left Oswego on Sunday, loaded with coal for Belleville, and has not yet turned up. A steamer which left after her has arrived safely at Picton. It is hoped that the Hickox may be ice-bound somewhere, but the worst is feared. She had a crew of five Belleville people.
A Visit To Kingston.
The Montreal Transportation company's steambarge Bothnia arrived on Monday morning, leaving Oswego in the wake of the Hickox. Members of the Bothnia's crew said, today, that when last seen the Hickox was running back for shelter and making good headway.
This morning the Belleville harbormaster arrived in the city to see if anything was known of the whereabouts of the Hickox. Nothing is known at present. However, local prominent mariners say that she is probably in shelter waiting for fit weather to run across, as the snow and gale of Sunday afternoon and night, would prevent her from leaving shelter until this morning.
Six Million Tons - Detroit, Dec. 4th - more tonnage through Soo ship canals over last year.
More Hay Coming - The steambarge Navajo left at noon today for Amherst Island to load hay. There are some three hundred tons to be brought to the city.