The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Watertown Herald (Watertown, NY), Aug. 28,1886

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Barbed wire for the fences has for sometime been smuggled into Canada from Detroit Mich. And the loophole of the smugglers has just been found out. They would load a wagon with barbed wire carefully tucked away in barrels, and drive north beyond the city limits and down into the river as if to fill the barrels with water for the neighboring garden patches. But the barrels were quickly sunk out of sight in the river. When night came, two schooners, would sail out from the Canadian shore and beat down by where the barrels were sunk. They were then loaded on board and the boats would then put back to some neglected spot on the Dominion shore to unload. Teams after team loaded with the wire in barrels had been daily driven down to the shore in this way and the wire afterward fished up and taken to the other shore under the noes of the custom officers.

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Richard Palmer
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Watertown Herald (Watertown, NY), Aug. 28,1886