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The Fool Succeeded

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C. D. Graham of Philadelphia, sncceeded in swimming the whirlpool rapids in the Niágara on the 13th inst. Graham had told a reporter all about his plans, and stated that he would carry t ii ii r l out at the time he did, but requested that the time bo not given in pnbllshlng the article for fear that the authorities j would prevent him in his purpose. I 3Ordingly very few reporters wero among the spectators. Graham kept tho cask in whicn he intended to make Ilis trip in a saloon in Buffn'o The party arrived at the falls about i o'clock in the morning and unloaded the cask at a point on the American side of ! tho rivcr bulow tlio fttllp. and nbout ,KK roda above the cantilever bridge. A policemau ■ arrested him on suspicion of being a i awanda horso thief, out his Buffalo friends secured his release on bail. When everything was ready Uraham got into the bar rol and closed the manhole at the top. At tliis point of the river the current is very sliglít. A small boat towed the cask out into the river to a point where the current would catch it, and whero Graham was started on what might have turned out to be his tripto etcrnity. The towing process took only a few minutes, and then the stream caught the cask and started it toward the whirlpool. At flrst it moved slowly down, then fastei ïind faster, until the mad current dashed it on with its full force. The cask bouuded ui and down over the great waves and several times turned a complete soinersault, but the wider portiou remained uppermost, although it turned around like a top. The cask kept pretty well in tho center of the river until it reached the whirlpool, when it struck a strong side current and ! was earried swiftly through, reaching the j waters beyond in safety. From here the journey was comparatively quiet. The cnsk was picked up atLewiston, about five miles below the starting point, and Graham crawled out of the barrel with only a slight bruise on his arm. He remarkëd: j hen lsfxuck the eddy it was one I ■gïfl " -- - uu uu" - Graham is a native of Philadelphia, 33 veáis oíd and a cooper by trade. He is a poor man and did this thing for glory. The cask is ? feet long. 33 incnes in diameter at the widest portion, 23 lnches at the top, and IS lnches at the bottom. It is bound around with iron hoops, which weigh 250 pounds. The ballast, which was attached to the cask to keep it in position, weighs 240 ponnds. Graham willprobably repeat the trip. He says he will yet go over the Horse Shoe falls.


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