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BIVEE PILOT SALUTES FAMILY IN PASSING. Frank King of the Alton Has Code he Uses in Talking as He Passes Home at Portage Frank King, pilot on the steamer Alton, has an every diay conversation at long distance from the pilot house of Alton to the front yard at his home, as tho boat is passing Portage des Sioux. Excursionists on the Alton have been noticing that as tho Alton approaches Portage bho pilo.t sounds two blasts on his whlstlo and that suddenly there appears over at tho house near the river, at Portage, a woman waving a, handkerchief. The pilot waves a handkerchief too, but It Is not known that the husband and 'Wife, are wigwagging messages to each other. Tho rtjoat does not stop at Portage so Pilot King has no chance to soe his family while he Is on the river, except through field glasses and at long distances. Little facts of personal interest arc sent back and forth between the two. Pilot King ihas a very attractive place at Portage where the family can overlook the river. In his front yard in an immense pilot wheel set up as an ornament, which Is visible to good eyes from the top d»ok of a steamboat. King is one of the best known pilots on the river, but he does not take long runs as he desires to be near Ws family.

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 09 Aug 1907, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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