The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Aug. 8, 1894

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Will Be Tried as Pirates

The men aboard the schooner Emma, charged with robbing a bumboatman on the high seas and who are now under arrest at Port Huron, will be proceeded against by the United States authorities on the charge of piracy.

Assistant United States Attorney Wilkins received a letter from deputy United States Marshal Pettit at Port Huron, which informed him that the men were about to be tried under the state law on the charge of robbery. Under the interpretation of the law that Mr. Wilkins secured from the Supreme Court in the famous Alaska case, the lakes are decided to be high seas, and action on the charge of piracy can be instituted in the case of the Emma. The penalty under the United States statutes for piracy in hanging.

The Canadian authorities have made an application for the extradition of the crew of the Emma, but extradition will be refused, although the offense was committed in Canadian waters.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Aug. 8, 1894