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tBX Gene Mongair. -
(Copyright, 1913, by Newspaper Enterprise Association.)
i FISH STORIES
" $?Sn -Sto1"63 are back o the rea"
""fionjt why 'many men of estimable
character are as popular in a crowd
as a' goose-egg in the seventh in
ning. Some men are born to Fish
Stories. The rest have Pish Stories
thrust upon them.
A Fish Story is like a miser1!
gold; the owner never gets weary
A man may forget his early
moral teachings, the important
- , dates in American history and the
size of his hat, but does he ever lose
memory of the "musky" that got
away at Lake Oochmacoocn in tne
summer of '97?
If he does, then it is because an
iron safe has dropped on his bean
from the third story!
Once upon a time no course in
artistic Pish Story spinning was
complete without a few primary
lessons in practical bait casting.
This idea has been Abandoned as a
waste of time which mfght better
be devqtedto developing the hiceps
of the imagination.
Mere Fishing is now left to prac
tical, prosaic fishermen. The art of
narrating a ten-round rassle with
a heavy-weight pike so that it
listens like a Homeric epic is not in
any way allied to. the vulgar trade of
affixing weak-kneed worms to
The professional or champion
amateur Fish Story fiend is not
lacking in trophies of prowess, by
which he can prove that his verac
ity is all-wool, 36 inches in "breadth
and hand-stitched down the seams!
Visit his charming home and you
will think you are in a dry aquar
ium! The first thing that lambs your
lamps as you enter the hall is the
figure of a pretty bass, reaching
four feet from nose to shoes
gleaming life-like against an oak
board. A card beneath the fish
states the date and place-of cap
ture, but Mr. Bass is undoubtedly
winking the other eye the glass
glim turned toward the wallpaper!
Every summer, after a brief ab
sence from his usual haunts, the