The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sep 24, 1891

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Orders have gone forth that the United States man-of-war Michigan is not a hunting smack, and the crew will lose a good deal of fun, as well as choice grub the remainder of the season. The gatling gun, which fires 1,000 bullets a minute, is said to be the best thing for duck ever discovered. As our pride of the seas was passing a flock of ducks a few days ago, her jolly tars trained that gatling on them, with the result that dead duck strewed the water so thickly as to impede the steamer's progress. She was stopped and the remains of the slain gathered up. Duck, coffee and hardtack; hardtack, duck and coffee; coffee, hardtack and duck was the bill of fare three times a day for several weeks afterwards, until several of the crew swore they could feel ducks paddling around in their stomachs. The test of the gun was eminently satisfactory, and the department has given orders to keep it tied up hereafter.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Sep 24, 1891