June 25, 1870
Fastest Time on Record
The famous steamer
, Capt. Tom Leathers, which has been making a race against time from
, arrived at
a few minutes after 4 o’clock on last Wednesday afternoon.
The following figures are taken from her log.
To Natchez seventeen hours, fifty-two minutes, Vicksburg, twenty-six
hours; Memphis, two days, nine hours, forty minutes; Cairo three days, four
hours, thirty five minutes; St. Louis, three days, twenty two hours, thirty
The race was made to beat, if
possible the time made by the celebrated J. M. White, in 1844, which was three
days, twenty-three hours, nine minutes, and which has never been
beaten until now, although many of the swiftest boats which have run the
Mississippi during the past quarter of a century have attempted
to do it. There was great
excitement among steamboatmen and citizens of
, in regard in this race, and when the
, touched the wharf she was immediately thronged with an excited crowd, who were
joyous over the great victory. A
large amount of money changed hands on the result.