The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), July 3, 1884

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Schufelt, a Chicago distiller, has a tug carrying refuse into Lake Michigan, whose upper works are so high the bridges in Chicago River have to be swung to let her pass. As the tug makes several trips each day, it necessitates a great deal of work for the bridge tenders, hence the city authorities notified Schufeldt that he must cut down his craft or the bridges would be closed against the boat. Schufeldt declined to razee and the bridges were closed against the tug. Her owner thereupon appealed to the United States Treasury Department; testimony was taken and upon the showing made, which was submitted by the law department, assistant secretary French ruled as follows: "Chicago River is a navigable marine water of the United States, and while the city may maintain swing bridges over it, such bridges cannot be closed permanently against any vessel, steamer or tug of the United States, properly registered and complying with the navigation laws of the United States." In compliance with the rule the Chicago authorities have ordered the bridge tenders to open up for Schufeldt's tug.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Post and Tribune (Detroit, MI), July 3, 1884