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[p. 10] may be found in the fact that the ‘stern wheel,’ though ‘within the boat,’ created such a current in the canal as to endanger the embankments, and finally caused its disuse. Nor was the river more favorable, as sunken logs proved a continual menace, sometimes impaling boats and causing wrecks.

Mr. Sullivan believed in the use of printers' ink; for having made the successful passage to Concord and returned to Chelmsford, he immediately wrote an account of his doings to the Boston Advertiser, which published the same, and in whose editorial notice may be found a brief description of the boat and engine, which ‘worked under all the disadvantages of novelty.’

In 1824 Mr. Sullivan received an appointment from President Monroe on the Board of Internal Improvement, and went south to examine a route for a canal across the Alleghanies.

With his departure, no further effort seems to have been made to utilize the power of steam; but the new manager, Caleb Eddy, seems to have made the most of existing conditions. He added to the ‘Rules and Regulations’ a prohibition of the use of the Signal-horn upon the Sabbath while near any house of worship, and his administration was careful and thrifty. In 1831 the last debt was paid, and the dividends that for several years had been paid had increased to $30 per share, while numerous improvements had been made along the line, notably the rebuilding of aqueducts and enlarging of taverns. These latter were necessitated by the numerous locks, and by the suspension of travel, when the shades of night settled upon the placid waters of the canal.

Generally the lock tender was the tavern keeper, who, in the interval between the passage of boats, found time to cultivate a garden and care for his domestic animals. He had, however, to be on hand to answer the ‘signal horn,’ and repeat to his wife (who waited at the door) the boatmen's shout of ‘dinner for two,’ or ‘supper for ’

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