The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Keystone State (Steamboat), 1 Nov 1853

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A great deal of amusement was created yesterday afternoon, at the Central railroad dock, by the driving on board of the stm. KEYSTONE STATE a drove of 200 or 300 pigs. The swine, with their usual obstinancy, would not go in the direction desired, and it was a work of considerable time to get them all on the boat. Every moment or so, one would steal off from the crowd, and put up street as fast as his legs could carry him, followed by a crowd of men and boys with whips, sticks, &c., endeavoring to head him. In some cases, the result of the race, on the start, appeared to be of an extremely dubious nature; the animal going at a slashing gait on the "first quarter;" BUT "Bottom" carried the day in every instance, and the reluctant swine had to succumb to their fate. A large crowd gathered to witness the fun, and the performance of the pigs met with great applause.
      Detroit Free Press
      November 1, 1853

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William R. McNeil
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Keystone State (Steamboat), 1 Nov 1853