The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), 17 May, 1878

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A DANGEROUS PRACTICE. - On Wednesday the schooner Pelton anchored off the Rouge,* and Capt. Hearnes came to this city for a tug to tow her up. While he was away a rifle practice party arrived at the point and commenced practicing, and as their target was directly in the range of the vessel, several of the balls came in such close proximity as to create considerable alarm on the part of those on board. The mate, who was in charge at the time, went ashore and requested the marksmen stop until the schooner could be towed away, but not heeding his request, they kept on shooting. As good fortune would have it, no one was injured, but several of the bullets pierced the bulwarks of the craft, and buried themselves in the stanchions and spars. Upon the return of the captain with the tug Hercules the vessel was towed away from the danger, but the fact that no one was hurt does not in the least detract from the severe censure that should be given to those who, without seeming regard for human life, persisted in their perilous practice even after being requested to desist by the mate. The vessel was helpless, and they were so notified. It was well for the parties to the careless affair, that the officers of the boat are unable to name them, in which event they should be dealt with most severely. This is not the first complaint of this kind, and should it happen again, it is hoped there will be an investigation by the proper authorities.

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*Rouge River, Detroit
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17 May, 1878
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), 17 May, 1878