Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Intelligencer (Belleville, ON), Friday, March 18, 1927
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There Were No Identification Marks On Smith
Relatives and Friends Discount Stores of Search For Treasure

Since the arrival of the post mortem photograph of John Smith of Harrah, no personal belongings or other marks of identification have been received by relatives or friends of the dead man here. Mrs. Margaret McClennan left orders that any mail from Harrah, Oklahoma, should be immediately sent on to her at her Toronto address.

Mrs. James Bird said today that she had no recollection of Captain Smith having any outstanding bodily identification marks such as scars, tattoo markings or peculiar featured. His moustache seemed to be the only outstanding feature and this had been shaved off.

Discount Story

One and all of the sailors and their women folk who knew Captain Smith discount the story by told by Don Smith at Oshawa, regarding the sunken treasure near Oswego on Lake Ontario.

The story may have originated in the fact that a small schooner operated by an American concern laden with lumber sank near Oswego some ten or twelve years ago with all hands lost. Croft Smith, a brother of Don Smith, residing in this city said today that he often heard his father, the late Henry Smith, a mate on boat the City of Dresden, speak of this cargo which he hoped some day to salvage providing he could purchase the rights from the Company to whom the lumber belonged. This is probably the foundation of Don Smith's story.

Sunken Treasure Ship

Another sidelight was thrown on the subject today by Captain Earl McQueen whose father owned the City of Dresden. Mr. McQueen said that about one hundred years go an old British vessel carrying about two hundred and fifty thousand dollars went down in Lake Ontario and this is another theory advanced as to the hidden treasure.

It's a pack of lies said Neil McLennan of Toronto, when he read Don Smith's weird tale. He claims that Henry Smith was never Captain of the City of Dresden and that he saw him shortly after the wreck and no mention was made of the cock and bull story as told by the Oshawa man. Horace Smith makes a similar denial of the story.

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Richard Palmer
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Intelligencer (Belleville, ON), Friday, March 18, 1927