The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 30 Oct 1857

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A Canadian vessel arrived in port a few days since, the captain of which is a genuine "John Bull." Being accosted by a brother sailor, who inquired as to the kind of weather he experienced on the trip, he replied, "Vy, it blowed and it stormed and snowed and pelted like hold 'arry for 'af a week steady, and the hold vessel's timbers began to creak like a rickety door - there seemed to be no hend to the gale, when all at once I hespied a cat on board; so without stopping a moment to think, I 'bout ship and put for the Manitous, where I landed the cat safe 'igh and dry. From that moment the wind fell and we got hinto port without a contrary breath of wind." We call the attention of lake captains and underwriters to this important discovery. They ought to see that no Jonahs, in the shape of poor puss, get aboard before they start out from port in these squally times. - Chicago Press

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 30 Oct 1857