The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), 16 Oct, 1883

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The schooner Annie M. Peterson arrived in port Wednesday, says the Milwaukee Wisconsin, and in the afternoon the captain left the vessel, leaving a full crew on board. The jolly skipper met many friends and formed a number on new acquaintances during the afternoon, including several parties in quest of new employment. Before nightfall he had engaged three mates and two cooks, sending each aboard the schooner. The result was that on the return of the commander in the evening the vessel had five mates and three cooks. A conflict of authority followed, which at one time bade fair to terminate seriously. Upon the appearance of the captain the anxious candidates excitedly exclaimed in chorus, "Who is to be mate?" "We are all mates, my lads." Replied the skipper, "I couldn't spare any of you." The attention of a policeman was called to the matter and the officer repaired to the scene with the idea that trouble could ensue, but the utmost good nature prevailed. Yesterday the captain paid each of the five extra men one day's wages, $3, and they departed for shore well satisfied with the result of the captain's queer whim.

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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), 16 Oct, 1883