The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., July 18, 1857

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Great Excitement on the Docks. - A short time before six o'clock last evening, the Police were taking two men to the lock-up, who wee arrested in a fight on the Flats. When near the Police Office, one of them dodged the officers and rushing to the river plunged in. He dove directly under the tug Perry, laying at the dock, and came close upon the wheel of another tug which was working her engines at the time, and it is remarkable that he escaped being killed.

The fellow then struck out down stream towards the opposite shore. of course this coup d'etat excited a large crowd to witness the result. Several boats put out to pick him up, among others Officer Farrell and an oarsman in a yawl, who came up to him, but he refused to be taken and the boat floated away, when Officer Farrell fearing the man would drown, put the oar out to him to take hold of, but he indignantly thrust it from him, telling Farrell to go to h--l, he should not take him.

Soon after he got in another small boat with two boys, and stripping off his coat and vest, plunged in again and swam towards the east dock near the Cove. In the mean time two Policemen got a boat at Schuyler St., and rowed out to him, but he dove under several times to elude them before they hauled him aboard. he then went quietly along to the station, followed by two or three hundred men and boys. He was the hero of the day.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Palladium (Oswego, NY), Sat., July 18, 1857