The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oneida (Steamboat), 19 Sep 1855

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      Some years ago Capt. Child commanded the ONEIDA, on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence. It was the custom, in those days, for the steamer to call at Oak Point whenever a signal-light was shown, indicating that passengers wished to go on. On a dark and stormy night the signal was show, and the ONEIDA was soon t the dock - built of polls and logs.
      No sooner was she alongside than a stalwart fellow jumped aboard, and demanded to know the price of passage to Alexandria Bay. "Twenty-five cents," was the answer, in Captain Child's most insinuating manner. "I'll be d--d if I'll give you that," was the prompt reply, and the would-be traveler jumped ashore as suddenly as he had come aboard. The Oneida went on her way, her captain a sadder, if not a wider man. - Exchange.
      Oswego Palladium
      Sat., September 15, 1855

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Oneida (Steamboat), 19 Sep 1855