|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of
the Calhoun Chronicle dated 1/17/1911.
The steamer Reliance lies moored to the bank at the local wharf.
There is disappointment in the face of the members of the crew because
the proud little steamer is not on her way up the Little Kanawha.
Captain Brick Silcott was wanted by "Uncle Sam" a federal grand juror and
this accounts for the suspended navigation.
When Captain Silcott came down yesterday he supposed that it would be
an easy matter to get excused from service on the federal jury and made
no arrangements for any one to take his place on the boat. However,
upon investigation he found that excuse availed nothing and giving up the
struggle tied his boat to the bank and resigned himself to fate.
But this was not the worst of it. The stopping of a common carrier
engaged in government work will be one of the results, because Captain
Silcott was taking the gasolene for the United States mail boat which runs
between Creston and Palestine, and does not cause any grief for the Captain.
What bothers him is the fact that some one stole his traveling bag containing
his clothes and that today he has to go to the court room in a pair of
However, it is rumored among river circles that the captain will buy
a new outfit when federal court adjourns and that the steamer Reliance
will resume her thrice-a-week trips to Creston. - Wednesday's Dispatch-News.