Belleville, Dec. 10th - W.E. Redway, of Toronto, appeared before a council meeting and submitted a proposition looking to the establishment of a shipbuilding industry here. He wants a free site on the bay shore, $10,000 worth of dredging done by the city, a loan of $25,000 without interest to be repaid at the rate of $1,000 a year, and exemption from taxes other than school taxes. In return he proposes to build a plant valued at least $30,000. The matter was referred to a committee.
Latest News - A dragnet of tugs has been thrown over Lake Erie in the search for Captain E.J. Bell and twelve men of the steamer Clarion, which burned to the water's edge near Point Pelee. It is believed that unless the thirteen have reached shore or have been picked up, they have been frozen to death.
The car ferry Conneaut carrying a large crew, and possibly a few passengers, is two days overdue. It is believed the ferry has been lost. The car ferry ran between Conneaut, Ohio and Port Stanley, Ontario. She carried a crew of twenty-five men. Her course is near Long Point, where wreckage has been reported by the steamer Davock.
The storm of the past few days is hastening the closing of navigation for this year. The W.H. Mack was the last steamer to go through the Michigan canal, Sault Ste. Marie, the Poe lock being closed down Thursday night. The Canadian canal will be open until Dec.15th, at least.
MADE RECORD TRIP.
The schooner Ford River, which arrived from Charlotte yesterday, made a record trip for this time of the year, and especially with such a heavy gale raging on the lake. The schooner made the trip from Charlotte in seven hours. Capt. C. Daryeau is the captain, and is one of the best men on the lakes.
Capt. Telfer, of the steamer Fairmount, was in the city today, on business for the M.T. Co. He came from Thorold, where the Fairmount arrived with a cargo of grain, from Fort William. The Fairmount will likely be laid up at Thorold.
The steamer Marshall, on the way from Chicago to Kingston, has corn for Richardsons' and the M.T. Co.
The steamers Carleton and Advance, on the way with grain from Fort William, will unload at Prescott.
p.6 Day's Episodes - The government steamer Scout was in port this morning. She is picking up the gas buoys around the harbor and vicinity.