Universal Newspaper Newsreel title card reads,"Smothers to death in barrel leap over famous cataract / Niagara Falls, Canada" George Statakis is being helped into a steel barrel. He goes in feet first, his pet turtle is placed inside with him and he waves out the barrel and closes the small door as men from the outside further secure another door over the barrel. His barrel is towed by a small boat. In the next shot the barrel is bobbing in rapids of the Niagara river. He goes over the falls as spectators look on in the foreground. His barrel gets stuck under the rocks and he suffocates to death. A group of men open the barrel and pull out his pet turtle which is still alive.