The article on this page was published January 12, 1859 in the Weekly Standard, a Raleigh, North Carolina newspaper. W. W. Holden, Editor.     Extracted by Myrtle Bridges March 12, 2003

We learn from a friend at Pittsborough, that the steamer John H. Haughton and the lighter Pioneer have passed 
up the cape Fear and Deep Rivers to Egypt; and having taken in a cargo of coal and iron ore, they expect to 
descend safely and reach Wilmington during the ensuing week. Our correspondent, writing under date January 6th, 
	"The Deep River improvement may now be considered a fixed fact, for both these boats have passed through 
every lock, from Fayetteville to Egypt. As I saw both boats at Egypt today-saw the coal and iron ore on the 
banks of the river, and hands wheeling it into the boat, I am justified in saying the deep River improvement 
is an "institution" in North Carolina, cavillers to the contrary notwithstanding. The boats expect to leave 
Egypt tomorrow for Wilmington, and should no disaster occur, they will be in that City during the ensuing week. 
Much more time will be of necessity consumed in this trip than in future ones, as everything is new and all 
hands inexperienced."
	Our correspondent says there is much rejoicing among the people consequent upon this event. The highest 
praise is bestowed, and justly bestowed upon Mr. Cassidey, the President of the Company, for the extraordinary 
zeal and energy with which he has prosecuted the work.

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