If some enterprising soul were to chronicle the experience of Defiance's alligator since it was taken from the Everglades of Florida and presented to Superintendent H.T. Campion of the municipal water works, its career would read as enthrillingly as "From Rags To Riches" or any other of Horatio Alger's novels.
The plot might be reversed but never the less the reptile's experiences have been varied, indeed. From swamp to filtration plant and then from the Maumee River to a wash tub. What a come down! But such is the case for the reptile, was re-captured, after its second runaway from the filtration plant. It now pines away in a tub at the home of James Elisworth, Jr. East High street and Julius Balske, Summit street, recovered the the animal as it was sunning itself on the banks of the Maumee river.
It will be returned to the city, it was said.