Animals: Swan Dive

One day last week a great northbound skein of wild whistling swans (less rare than the trumpeting species) settled upon Niagara River above the falls to spend the night. A stiff breeze that had been blowing upstream fell away. In the morning, rivermen found the icy gorge below the falls strewn with dead swans. Some 50 survivors sat huddled on the floes. Despite restraining efforts by officials of the Queen Victoria Park Commission, Riverman William ("Red") Hill, famed survivor of two trips through Niagara's rapids in a barrel (TIME, July 13), picked...

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