The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Thurs., June 11, 1857

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A Novel Craft On The Canal. - The Lockport Courier notices a novel craft which arrived at that place on Saturday and tied up at the dock. It was a scow-built boat about fifteen feet long and three fee wide; but the novelty consisted in the peculiar motive power - it being towed by dogs. The boat was accompanied by but one man - a cripple from infancy - having no use of his limbs below the knees.

He manages to hobble about slowly by walking upon his knees upon which he wore something similar to shoes. He is from Chicago and says he is going to New York for medical treatment. The Courier says his dogs, of which he has six, large and powerful animals, are trained to perfection and understand and obey his word of command as well as a human being could. They tow his boat along at the rate of four miles per hour - he from the boat giving directions.

When they meet a boat they lie down close and let the tow line pass over them and thus take the inside. He has a wagon on board for overland journeys. His boat is an open one and by a canvas covering supported on posts is converted into a saloon which he and his dogs, together with a tame raccoon, use for a parlor, dining room and bedroom, all together on terms of equality and good will.

He carries four loaded pistols to protect his dogs from attack. After procuring a stock of provisions for himself and companions, he anchored his boat a little way from shore and attracted the attention and excited the curiosity of passers by, who crowded around to solve the mystery.

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Richard Palmer
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Daily Times (Oswego, NY), Thurs., June 11, 1857