The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 25, July 1921 - April, 1922 Page: 70
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ness like and looked busier than Cincinti but is not as pleasant
to the eye, everything is dearer here than at Cincinnatti. I was
sorry I did not have time to visit the locks as I was told they
were very fine pieces of work. We left at 9 o'clock on the Steamer
Baltic a large boat having 8 boilers-the Dayton which we left
had only 2. We passed over the falls, it was quite exciting altho'
if one did not know the danger one would hardly notice the dif-
ference as it was high water, the waters appeared to come together
in a ridge in the center of the stream, but I could see by the
anxiety of the Captain and Pilots and the perfect stillness that
the least miss movement would be dangerous. We stopped at vari-
ous places taking in tobacco etc. passed some handsome planta-
tions most of them liable to overflow. passed mouth of Wabash
river and Island, Shawneetown. Just -as we came in sight of Co-
lumbus a fire broke out on the hurricane deck. I happened to
be there. (I was always on the highest places where I could get
a good view) the fire broke out under a coop of fowls another man
and myself endeavored to turn the coop over but could not the
fire rushed up 6 or 8 feet high and not knowing where it had orig-
inated there was great excitement. I gave the first alarm and
remained working on deck until they got up the hands with a
line of buckets when I went below and got my trunks where I
could get hold of them handily and then went back again, the fire
was soon got under control, but such a hubbub as there was by
the time I got down again I never saw before, women and men
running some screaming some hauling their trunks and placing
[them] on the guards ready to throw over board while others were
gathering their children together. and there was reason for
alarm, we were three miles from shore and if the fire had not
been discovered as it was it might have proved a serious matter
as the wind was blowing quite hard.
We stopped at a place to wood and I went quite a distance into
Indiana, and I could hardly realize that I was walking in that
State in so short a time. We soon afterwards stopped at a small
place in Kentucky, McCracken Co., to take on tobacco several
of us went ashore and took a hunt and tramp around for several
hours. I found a gentleman on board from Louisville, Ky. he
had about a dozen slaves that he was taking to his father in Ten-
nessee and from there he said he was going to, Texas and would
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