The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), 8 May, 1878

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A good story is told of a three-card monte sharper who boarded a lake craft at Buffalo bound for Bay City. He desired to work his passage, and was shipped. Once out on Lake Erie, he began to throw his three cards. He succeeded in getting all the money the captain and crew had, and then the captain set him to work on the pump, which had been connected with the center-board box, and for three days and nights he was kept at the vain attempt to pump the lakes dry, then made to disgorge his ill-gotten plunder, and was kicked ashore at Bay City, a blistered, tired, worn-out skeleton of a Buffalo sharper.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), 8 May, 1878