We're onto the long shots now: An Irish-American secret society bent on war with Canada, a kid genius out of Oshkosh and an Indiana shoe factory owner. With so few options left, one of them--surely--must be the creator of The Foolkiller. Right?
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The Wigwam, right off The Chicago River, where Lincoln was nominated and where, eventually, The Foolkiller was found.
The Fenian Brotherhood. They issued money. They built a government. They went to war with Canada. And they commissioned a submarine.
The Battle of Ridgeway: Ragtag Irish nationalists 1, Canadians 0.
John Holland's Fenian Ram, then.
And here it is today, in Paterson New Jersey.
There aren't a lot of photos of Richard Raddatz's boat. And even fewer of Dicky himself. But here's a newspaper article describing his submarine.
The Raddatz Submarine Boat, on land.
And in dry dock in Milwaukee, where it rusted away.
The Dapper Weirdo in The Flesh. I present to you, Lodner Phillips.
Fewer images still of Lodner's work. But here's a drawing found in a newspaper advertising his never-built attack-submarine.
In Michigan City Indiana, at The Lighthouse Museum, they have a model of The Marine Cigar on view.
It does look a lot like our Foolkiller, doesn't it? Too bad that even the model is wooden. So too was the boat. So... no dice.
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