“Office of Agriculture Issues Warning and Curfew for Inland Sea Fishing Vessels”
By Archibald Matthews
Office of Agriculture chairman Catherine Porter has issued a statement in regards to the recent string of missing ships which have disappeared in the Southern region of the Inland Sea. Chairman Porter has advised that all ships fishing in the southern region travel in pairs and have sufficient lifeboats and flotation devices in the event that the ship is sunk. Also, due to the disappearances mainly occurring after 8:00 p.m. each day, all commercial fishing vessels are ordered to return to port before 7:30 of each day. Ships will not be allowed to leave until 6:00 a.m. the following morning. Any ships returning to port between these hours will be fined $50 for each hour after 8:00 p.m. that they failed to return to port. Chairman Porter has insisted that the curfew is in the best interests of everyone involved. The curfew will remain in effect until the cause of the disappearances is discovered.
Readers familiar with this story will remember that the first major disappearance was two months ago when the fishing vessel Lee’s Pride was lost with all 52 hands. The ship was officially stated missing until wreckage from the ship was recovered by another ship. Over the next two months, a total of 18 other fishing ships have been reported lost with all hands. So far no attacks have been conducted on Confederate military ships, causing many to believe that the attacks have no connection to the Union. Confederate ships will patrol the southern waters during the curfew, arresting any ships violating curfew and keeping an eye out for the possible cause of the recent shipwrecks.
“Confederate Garrison Established at Garsville”
By Pierce Langly
A unit of 50 Confederate soldiers has been dispatched to the city of Garsville to provide protection to settlers and farmers in the area. One month ago, construction of the garrison, the first such military installation established outside New Savannah’s official jurisdiction, was completed. The small fort, built outside the Garsville city limits, is believed to be able to hold up to the 200 soldiers at maximum capacity. Fortunately, it only requires a group of ten to run efficiently. The garrison is rumored to be just the first of multiple military camps set up to provide Confederate military forces throughout the Main Valley to deal with any problems that might arise, such as dinosaur stampedes destroying homes or outlaw gangs robbing citizens. Trevor Bonham, a spokesman for the Alliance for Mutual Protection, a union of farmers and ranchers which formed to provide protection from the dangerous dinosaurs in the area, was happy with the addition of a Confederate garrison to the small town. “Anything that helps protect us is okay in my book. Those dinos sure will get a surprise the next time they think about attacking our farms.” The Alliance originally opposed the building of a garrison, but quickly warmed up to the idea when a diplomatic envoy of 10 soldiers, negotiating for land rights to the area the garrison was built on, helped stop a massive triceratops stampede from nearly destroying 15 homes built on the outer rim of the city.
“Railway Construction Proceeding Smoothly”
By Spencer Madison, Free Fleet Reporter
Mining Barons will be happy to know that the railway from Mount Crowe to New Savannah is only 3 months away from completion. The construction, which began almost six months ago, was originally expected to finish sometime next year, but, largely due to the hard-working Offworlder workforce, construction is ahead of schedule. Jeremiah Othelthwaite expressed joy at the news. He has already begun drafting railway regulations to go into effect once rail service starts.
In a related story, the Bay Side Company has already begun negotiations for providing the necessary materials to expand the line, so that it would not just run from New Savannah to Mount Crowe, and build railcars or various kinds, such as refrigerated railcars, livestock cars, and mineral cars.