Public Service Inconveniences Many in 1911

(02/07/2002)

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 overalls.

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.


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