The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., April 15, 1872

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Stormy Times Around Cape Horn
Mrs. Jones Opens an Oyster

About half past one this afternoon, foot passengers on the lower bridge, were attracted by the cries of murder, which emanated from the cabin of the schooner Cape Horn lying outside of Doolittle's pier. Hundreds flocked to the scene, but before reaching it they saw the Captain, Ben Oyster, and the cook, Mrs. Jones, a lady (!) from Kingston, emerge from the companion way, and engage in fierce combat on the deck, abaft the cabin.

Mrs. Jones had decidedly the best of the fight, armed as she was with the first class fit out of a "galley," which she was hurling at the captain's head with such perfect abandon, as shows her to be an adept in the art of serving, if not cooking. with a large iron kettle, she felled the captain to deck, and was only prevented from dashing his brains out, by the interference of out siders.

Both were looking very badly, with their torn and disordered garments and blood streaming from their heads. The captain's cuts are quite severe, and called for dressing by a surgeon. Officer Hogan was promptly on hand and arrested both parties.

We learn that the cause of the difficulty was, that the woman did not want to cook, but rather to sail the vessel, and to this the captain objected. This noon Mrs. Jones went ashore, and the captain put her trunk, band-box, jockey hat and feather on the dock. This was too much to see that darling hat exposed to vulgar view and on the dock at that, and she went for the captain. The Recorder will quell the mutiny.

The matter was settled at the Police Court by the Captain paying Mrs. Jones $14.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Mon., April 15, 1872