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Hunts Lake's Mystery Hulk j
Vanished 248 Years Ago
Albany. X. T., Oct. IS CP' Word
that an expedition is to search fur
the hulk of the Griffin, first Failing '
vessel to navigate i)le uipt-r Great j
Lakes revives interest in a 24S-year-
old mystery. j
The Griffin was sailed by I,a Salle j
end his colleaeuo. l-'ather Hennepin, ,
on their pioneering trip to the Gnat '
Trfikeg and Illinois country in 1C79.
They took their little rraft as far as i
Grecn Bay, from which point Ijl
Salle ordered lior hack to Niagara
for supplies. Many opinion." as to '
her fate advanced by I.a Salle and '
his contemporaries and by (students
of history have (ailed to set'l- the ;
question, although FI. G. Tucker. !
head of the present searching- party, j
says he knows her last resting" place.
A romantic bit of history Riir- ;
rounds the old Griffin, for it was by
her aid that the gre at explorer and
his friend, the P.ecollet friar, pene
trated into the vast wilderness of the !
lake country, thus preparing the
way for the claims of France to the
Mississippi Valley. It was her dis
appearance, too, that necessitated a
1.000 mile overland journey by La
Salle from Lake Michigan to get the
Buppk the Griffin had failed to
bring- him. This trip, made in a
evere winter, was one of the most !
heroic ventures of any of the new
world's pioneers.
. Built AboTe Cataract.
The Griffin was built six miles
bove the Niagara cataract, presum
ably near the mouth of Cayuga
Creek, near the persent Borough of
La Salle, a division of Niagara Falls
City. Her keel was laid in January,
1679, and by spring she was ready
foir launching, a queer little craft
of forty-flva tons, forerunner of the
fleet of steamers and tankers that
Bow plies the Great Lakes.
After a blessing by Father Henne
pin and a Te Deum by the company
of builders and pioneers, she slipped
from her stocks into the Niagara
river, while the French and their
Indian allies cheered lustily. He
armament consisted of five small
guns. On her prow was a carved
griffin in honor of the family arms
cf Count Frontenao, the Governor
General of Canada.
After her equipment had been fin
ished at an anchorage at Black
Bock, the little boat started her long
voyage, entering Lake Erie on Aug.
T, 1679 Never before had a sail
Fatal Auto Accident Followed
Quarrel With Girl
New Haven, Oct. 2S (P) Gerald
H. Howell of Tuxedo, N. T., 22 year
jold Yale freshman, son of a former
English champion oarsman, yester
day was held criminally responsible
for the death of Frances B. Thomas,
20. fatally injured early Sunday
morning when the automobile oper
ated by Howell had turned over on
the Milford turnpike. The finding
of Coroner Eli Mix held that How
ell was operating the machine in a
"grossly careless, reckless and dan
gerous manner, at an excessive rate
of speed," and so is criminally re
sponsible for the death of Miss
Thomas of Martinsburg, W. Va.,
and Bridgeport, Conn.
Ifnu-ell. with hvfi cbi ssm;i 1 1 s and
that her pilot tj,e tlrco young women who were
been seen on this inland sea and as
the Griffin held her course over the
uncharted waters groups of Indians
gathered on the forest-clad shores
to marvel as she slipped by. Turn
ing northward, she negotiated the
Slrait of Detroit and Lake St. Clair,
finally entering Lake Huron. Early
in September she reached Lake Mi
chigan, anchoring at the entrance
to linen Bay.
Here La Salle and Hennepin found
that several members of their ad
vance party had collected a large
store of furs, which La Salle decided
to send back to Niagara. Creditors
were pressing the intrepid adventur
er and the rroceeds from the skins
were needed to satisfy their claims.
Also. La Salle wanted supplies. In
cluding the rigging of another ship,
and so the men detailed to sail the
Griffin back across the lakes were
ordered to dispose of the furs get
the equipment and return to Luke
sails Into Oblivion.
The Griffin set sail south on Sept.
IS and when she passed from La
Salle's sight she also disappeared
from the pages of history. Indians,
fur traders. Jesuits were variously
charged with her destruction, La
Salle himself belie in
and cre w purposely scuttled li-r. j with lini at the time of tho areiUent,
Her actual tiite remains a mystery. ; procurod lw0 quart bottles of whis
Ai'er the departure of Ids ship. :.. ,h( n.i took the
liquor with them to a West Haven
Baptist crying out tn the Svllderness
against the dangerous degeneration
of the present generation In its hunt
for luxuries and pleasures." Senator
David I. Walsh in an address here
last night launched a vigorous at
tack on the tendency of the moneyed
interests to speculate in industrial
stocks that are grossly watered."
La Salle and his party made their
way south along the Wisconsin
shore in canoes, circled southern
Lake. Michigan and then began their
vain vigil for the Griffin's return.
Finally convinced that she was lost.
La Salle decided to go himself to
Niagara. Weather conditions were
of the worst, but early in March he
and a few followers left their com
rades and plunged into the storm-
roudhouse, where they drank it
with their dinner. The classmates
were not named in (lie finding. Two
Yale freshmen, Frederick F. Tayne
of Indianapolis, and Edward Payson
Smith, Jr., of Chicago, were among
the coroner's witnesses.
After an argument at the road
house, the report continues, the
other students left and about 1:30
battered wilderness. Traveling by j Sunday morning Howell started for
lake and by land they fought their Bridgeport, accompanied by the
way across the bitter miles, reaching three young women.
their goal sixty-five days later after
a series of almost unbearable hard
ships. A ship had been lost but a valor
ous adventurer had demonstrated
the stuff of which the seventeenth
century pioneers of new France
were made.
Lowell Committee Favors
Party Nominations System
Lowell, Mass., Oct. 28 (Pi The
republican city committee of Lowell
went unanimously on record last
night in favor of proposed legislat
ive bills which would restore the
system of party nominations for city
offices and substitute biennial elec
tions for the present annual ballot
ing. Lowell is at present governed
under a non-partisan charter and
has been since the old bicameral
system was abandoned in 1911.
Boost your business by using Her
ald Classified Ads.
Near Milford Center, while going
between 50 and 60 miles an hour,
Howell passed another car going in
the same direction. Instead of pass
ing to the left, where the finding
says, there was about 27 feet of
room with no other traffic, he went
to the right, lost control of the car,
after skidding 37757 feet, overturned.
Miss Thomas was fatally injured,
.Miss Smith sustained a puncture of
the lung from which she still Is in a
critical condition at the Milford hos
pital, and Howell and Miss Soule es
caped with lacerations.
Howell is to be arraigned on a
charge of misconduct as a motor ve
hicle operator Monday at Milford
town court. Meanwhile he is at lib
erty under bonds of $1000.
The youth is the son of B. Hunt
ting Howell, New York sugar broker.
Mrs. Ann Morgan Gowans Fails to
Obtain a One-Third Share of
$300,000 Estate.
Cleveland, Oct 2 8 OP) Suit of
Mrs. Ann Morgan Gowans, former
Follies chorus girl to obtain a one
third share of the $300,000 estate of
the late Alphonse Morgan, vice-president
of the Morgan Lithograph
company of Cleveland, was dismiss
ed in probate court yesterday. Coun
sel said she would appeal.
Mrs. Gowans claimed she was the
common law wife of Morgan, he
having taken her on trips and in
troduced her as his wife. She testi
fied they became man and wife when
they repeated together the words
pronounced by a justice of the peace.
Morgan died early this year.
The court stated Mrs. Gowans
lost all right to her claims when she
accepted $5,000 from P. J. Morgan,
brother of Morgan and adminis
trator of his estate. To resign her
rights in the Morgan estate, Mrs.
Gowans had asserted she was drug
ged when she signed the paper and
received the $5,000.
In announcing his decision Judge
George Rdams declared he did not
"believe a word this girl has said on
the stand."
She said they were not married
by a duly authorized person be
cause Morgan said his brother might
make trouble.
Ware, Mass., Oct. 2S (Pi Declar
ing that he felt "lfte St. John the
Nungesser's Brother
Escapes Airplane Death
Washington, Oct. 28 UP) Aviation
narrowly missed claiming another
member of the Nungesser family as
a victim here yesterday, when Rob
ert E. Nungesser, brother of the
French ace who presumably fell in
to the Atlantic while en route by
air from Paris to this country,
plunged to earth on his first flight
as a student pilot.
Taken from the wreck uncor.xious
he was found to be suffering from
injuries to his head, chest and right
arm. He was removed to his home
where he has lived with his wife
and daughter while working as a
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