The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 3, 1871

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A Touching Instance of Instinct

Our friend John Smith has a soul within him that can feel for the most insignificant creatures. Says Smith, "I found a poor bug struggling in my wash basin. I took half a peanut shell for a boat; I put him into it and gave him two wooden toothpicks for oars, and left him. The next morning I visited him, and he a had put a piece of white cotton thread on one of the toothpicks, and set the toothpick up on end as a signal of distress. He had hair on the other toothpick and there that bug sat a fishing. The poor fellow exhausted, had fell asleep. The sight melted me to tears. I never had to chew leather to get a soul; I was born with one. I took that bug out, gave him a spoonful of gruel and left. That animal never forgot that act of kindness, and now my house is chuck full of bugs."

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Nov. 3, 1871