Clipped From Detroit Free Press
i ; I Marine ot. The steamer Vulcan completed repairs at Du-j.luth yesterday. Ten damaged plates were re-; moved. j Tha Birckhead and consorts. Africa and con- ports, and schoc-ners Sunrise and Mediator were chartered at Port Huron yestfroay. It is said that several good .sales of iron ore have lately been made at prices that can stand the continued advances in carrying charges. SUige of water at the Soo Falls canal: S a. m.. 14 ft. 4 in.; S p. ir... 14 ft. 4 in. The forecast for the next twenty-four hours is that the water -wi!3 remain stationary. Bonds for $3,000 have b-en given by the schooner Downing, which slid off a bank and cGllldr-d with the steamer Ckv of Toledo, and she has gone from Toledo to B'uffalo with grain. Capt. A. T. Spencer, vice-president of the Lake Michigan and Lake Superior Transportation Co.. is iving on his. deathbed at Waukc-gan, 111., a v Sc ot -pneumonia. Lapt. .-rpenc.-r j.s a i'i'wwi .umander and owner ni steam v-.-f-eis on p'k H" owned an interest in the steamer L?.'dy Elgin at the time of her loss. He is now 74 years of age. The apparent slowness in the movement of cars is said to be due to the scarcity of cars and deiav in loading and unloading. A five days detention at the upuer lake ports unloading is common. For this reason few boats are bing 'bartered at the coing rate. 40 cents. As all th" larre owners are holding -ff the prospect is that the rat? will soon be forced up. The 400-foot steamer Victory arrived in Ashtabula Tuesday morning with a little more than 3,P;0 gross tons of ore fourteen feet draft), and on Wednesday morning -left with a full load of soft coal. The work of unloading ore wa begun at Ut30 Tuesday morning and at 7 o'clock "Wednesday morning the steamer left the car dumping plan; with her coal cargo. The working lime for both cargoes was eighteen hours. In its Septemh-er notice to mariners these small charts, containing the results of some of the In-vestigaiions and surveys of the U. S. S. Michigan m June and July, will be shown: Lake Michigan. Bichards' reef: Middle and Nine-foot shoals. Porte des Mortes. and the vicinity of Waugoshance lighthouse; Lake Huron. Speebv.de reef and Martin reef. Those masters who do not receive this notk-e may get it by writing to the Chicago or Cleveland o!!ice. 'it 1h but a 'luestion of time." said a well-known ioeal vessel owner yesterday, "when t h? Flint A: Pere Marquette road will he forced to substitute large car-ferries for the present scr-,v sti-amers that carry freight and passengers Pr ji, ar.-rojis Lake Michigan. The Toh-do. Ann Arbor & North Michigan road has proved that thii is no longer an ex;eriment. but a pro-nuneed sucr'-ss. The former road losing ?eadilv on short huuls. -s;iecially because of the transfer of freight at both sides of the la k that with The Ann Arbor road is carried across in cars without breaking bulk." A contract has just in-r-ri let by M. A. Haima L Co.. of Cleveland, for more dock improvements and additional ore handling machinery on the I'enns-.'iv.-inia's side of Ashtabula harbor. The r.t-w v.-.irk will involve changes In one of the .'Ai:i that will admit of ore sp-.tmers of the large-it i'nta reaching No. 3 dock, on whih the number of rigs will be inr-ed to twelve, so that h ship carrying about 4.O00 grfiss tons of ore may be unloaded in a day. When these iniprov-:-"Hts ar- cimlcfil the docks at .-'.Khiabypi con-tr-Iled by M. A. Hnnna & Co. will have facili-:b--s for handjing 11, 0W tons of ore and coal per day.