Thursday, June 5, 2014

Chevette Breaks Down

Detroit Free Press, June 3, 1873
James Chevette was working on a schooner in the timber trade when madness struck. He was sleeping onboard when suddenly he awoke, screeched and then lept overboard. All efforts by the crew to rescue him were rebuked but he was finally overcome by the men and taken back aboard. Once on deck the madness returned and he ran wild screaming that beasts were pursuing him. It took the entire crew, save for the captain, to restrain and bind him. He was placed with the block and tackle until he could be placed into safer hands and then delivered via straight jacket to Eloise.

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