The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Oct. 20, 1899


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CARRIER PIGEON SERVICE
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ASHLEY & DUSTIN'S BIRD MADE REMARKABLE TIME
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Ashley & Dustin began their carrier pigeon service yesterday, and the first bird with a message arrived at Detroit from the Frank E. Kirby at Middle Sister Island yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The first bird made remarkable time, coming through the rain for forty miles quicker than a telegraph company could have delivered the message. These birds have been known to fly sixty miles an hour, and some of the best ones average more than that.

A message was given to the telegraph company at Sandusky at the same time a bird was flown bearing the same message. When the telegraph messenger knocked at Ashley & Dustin's door in this city, a bell rang out in the pigeon coop, and the bird stood there with the message on her leg. Some of these birds are very valuable, and it would be almost impossible for the company to get along without them, as they carry messages from points where there is no telegraphic communication. From Put-in-Bay and Sandusky they fly across Canada to Detroit, while a telegraph message must travel fully four times as far.


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Newspaper
Item Type:
Clippings
Date of Original:
Oct. 20, 1899
Local identifier:
GLN.30945
Language of Item:
English
Donor:
Dave Swayze
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Oct. 20, 1899