The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Hudson (Propeller), 22 Oct 1891

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      Chicago Lake Interests - There is a feeling of strong resentment among marine men about the course of the Fort Wayne Railroad Company in demanding the prosecution of Capt. Valentine Jones of the steamer HUDSON, on the charge that he delayed the United States mails by his boat being held for several hours in the Fort Wayne railroad bridge. It has been on the vague program of the river interest that as soon as the Canal street bridge question had gone into the courts that formal complaint would be filed with the secretary of war against this railroad bridge as an unreasonable obstruction to navigation. It was believed that a good case could be made out and a modification of the bridge forced. The railroad company is at fault for every delay its trains experience at this bridge. it has sold the land on each side for coal docks, and when boats are unloading at them and one is at the elevator on the other side navigation is doubly blocked. The bridge is in the bend of the river which makes it still worse. Of course, the railroad officials were but bluffiing in asking the United States district attorney to begin criminal action against Capt. Jones. It was only a sample of railway bulldozing. In the end the result will be to hasten the day when these same railway officials must come before the United States engineer, not to seek to send a lake captain to the penitentiary, but to defend their bridge, the cause of all the trouble. Complaint is certain to be lodged with the war department within a few days, but in what shape has not yet been determined.
      The Marine Review
      October 22, 1891

      The delaying of the mails a short time ago at the Fort Wayne railroad bridge, Chicago, by the steamer HUDSON of the New York Central line is being investigated by United States District Attorney Milchrist on complaint of the railroad company. On the evening in question the HUDSON, in tow of two Dunham tugs, was coming down the river. After she had entered the south draw of the Fort Wayne railroad bridge it was found that the steamer ROBY lay at the elevator, completely blocking the channel. Agent MacMillan charges that the harbormaster on duty did not remove the ROBY from the channel, but ordered the HUDSON to back out of the bridge draw. She ran her shoe and wheel in the mud and could not be pulled back. There she lay until the ROBY had finished loading. Mr. MacMillan charges that the harbormaster utterly failed to do his duty and that the delaying of trains was due solely to that cause. If the district attorney decides to begin all action it will be a criminal one against the captain. He has said that maliciousness must be shown before the case will be pushed.
      The Marine Review
      October 22, 1891

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Hudson (Propeller), 22 Oct 1891