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BIG GAVE OF THE SEA.
Danger In Angling for Tarpon, Tuna and Shark. No sport more sensational exists, in the opin ion of many persons, than hunting big game of the ocean with rod and reel. At times there are peril* to equal any met in the depths of African forests. The reputed peacefulness of tV~ angler's art scorns rather Imaginary when a man engages in an all day battle with a fish as weighty as a small horse and takes chances or beins killed by the sea monster's frenzied leap into his boat. A number of fishermen have been killed while fighting tarpon in the Mexican Gulf. a-d perilous adventures with the tuna off .he California coast are recorded. Capsizes are fre ouenl- sometimes a foul.nl lino drags the angler un-Vr water and in tow of a 300-pound fish. One cf the many varieties of incidental dangers was illustrated the other day in ■ dispatch from Santa Catalina Island, the California tuna pr eery*. stating that a New York physician was t_ili^lj attacked in his launch by a horde of seals hungry for his catch of albicoro. ■ is .1 modern recreation to go after big fish ■with rod and "line Some years ago it was thought impossible to catch ocean giants in thi« •way. Sportsmen conceived the notion of using delicate apparatus and applying artistic skill to subdue the marine enemy, m hope strength slowly ebbs after hours of combat. The secret is never to let the fish real and to "play" it from the moment it is hooked. Sometimes a tuna, utterly exhausted after a long struggle, dies from heart failure, just like a human athlete. There are fishing club rules limiting the weight «>f the rod ■id the thickness of the line, so as to give the game a fighting chance. After the cictory the fish are generally turned loose. The big gam<- is not odible as a rule. Among the few big sramo fishes re the tuna, tarpon, black grouper, black sea bass, amberjack and barra cuda. The tuna belongs to the mackerel trib.-. A specimen weighing one thousand pounds has been speared. The tarpon is a herring, ltd the r cord sp<K~imon weighed 3Sr> pounds. No fish in nature is credited with such athletic feata s the ... H leaps a straight dozen f<-<t ■•> The ;fir and hurls itself sideways for a ."stance of thirty feet, almost eclipsing the ■rial flight of the Jlying fish, which is its prey. ]f the silver bodied sinnt. taking a catapult leap, , , r lands in a boat the fishermen are lucky to cain the water without fractured limbs. The tuna season is on at Santa Catalina Isl ■ - • t* twor-n April and July, when the Hying fish, hfch the big rrackord feed, are in evidence. The fisherman trails from a rowboat hitched to a , ,\.-r launch. His rod :«:><! line are worth •-= 5250. There are six hundred feet of • line tested to pull a dead weight of forty a six-foot piano wire leader an.l a stout ighing twenty-six ounces. The bait is a ::vi::c iish- I -The launch steams along shore: the first gray dawn steals across the sea," says Maxi- Foster in a description of the sport in v s." "Near at hand a heavy splash re [T as , acr oss the water— another and another. i. tuna have "truck in. You hear their heavy thudding u;wn the flat sea. an.l the boat n warns you to be on the watch. -Here they ■;..• he whispers. A blue black form hurls ■ •;., air, falling in a fountain of spume. ■• • Fipi Fee-eee-eee-ee!' screams the reel. The \\? of your r<«l doubles beneath the water. You have the butt jammed into a socket hole roamed in the thwart, and you hang on desper at- !y, laying a!! your weight to the reel brak.-. a juare ',i moosehide leather that half embraces . ....„!. It is water soaked and pliabl--, but efll it is fairly smoking with the friction. •You hear the boatman's voice a? in a dream: •Pnun him! Hold himr You jab harder. The : . screams away— one hundred yard are pone - r.v:» hundred. He is still bolting. You put your strength into the t-ffort. the reel slows .. ■..:) an.l halts suddenly, the line slackening . You think the fish is off; but here is the boatman screaming asrain, 'Reel Lira in— quicker reel :nr He warns you. too, to watch out when the tuna sights the boat. 'He'll dodge vb<r. be does!' yells the man. Fip-fee-eee-eee-ee —away goes the reel again. The boat backs through the water sometimes faster than a man can row it. towed by the striving fish. Then the line slackens, tautens with a snap anJ cuts through the water. Tho tuna is sounding — onc-c 1.- bed, he never leaps. Again the boatman irn ;.!>.re.s you to snub him; the fish halts and sulks. '■ 'K<-fp at him! Give it to him!" roars the man. 'Pump him: Give him a lift.* You mustn't let the tuna r«-st if you aim ever to gaff him along side. You chug away, lifting with all your :■■<!• rcth. l*p comes the fish, sulkily at first, fighting every foot. The man at the oars whips ■ : o^t about like a teetotum, and away you v ' ■;c:tir. the launch following. If he is headed for "j>on water, let him go; but jf he points fur iho shore, where there are kelp beds and jagged rocks, hold him at the risk of losing all r line You'll lose nearly all, anyway, if he • - it in th«> ke'ji or turns it around a rock ; FOR A WEDDING GIFT >. .■» . v : . .an A KING PRINT. KB. C. KLACKNKK, T. HiuA.l'. ITU AYE. XEW-YORK DAILY TRIBUXE. SUNDAY. NOVEMBER 8, 190 S. CAPTURE OF A SHARK WiTH ROD AND LINE. A shsrk weighing 510 pounds was recently landed on rod and line at Avalon. Santa Catalina Island. The fight issttd over six hours. .: ' ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ TARPON LHAPiNG INTO THE AIR AND FORCING THE BAITED HOOK FROM HIS JAWS. . **■«* 1 ■ r uperate from strained ! I • I -st. The excitement of tar] fishing off th>- Flor ida coast is sometimes varied with angling for sharks. A manila rope about the siz- of a clothesline, a am leader and a ste-.-! hook seven inch's lr-.n^ are the outfit necessary. A 10-pound grouper is a good bait which the Continued on eighth pa?*-. PRISON SHIP MARTYRS. Cnntinnrd from •vcond itagr. water. This oatmeal was scarcely ever swwt; it was generally so musty and bitter that nnns but people suffering as we dill could eat it." Of the broad furnished the prisoner? the Rev. Thomas Andros wrote in his account: "I II 1 * not recollect seeing any which was not full of living: vermin, but eat it, worms and all. we must or starve." The condition of the great copper in which the prisoners' meat was boiled is thus described In the memoirs of Ebenezer Fox. also a prisoner aboard the Jersey: "The Inside of the copper had become corroded to such a degree that it was lined with a coat of verdegris. The Jersey, from her size and lying near the shore, was embedded in the. mud; and I do not recollect seeing her afloat during the whole time I was a prisoner. All the filth which accumulated among upward of a thousand men was daily thrown overboard and would remain there until carried away by the tide. The impurity of the water may be easily conceived, and in this water our meat was boiled."* Another extract from the Rev MY. Shertarae'a memoirs says: "The beef was all put into ;i large copper, perhaps five feet deep. The he.-f would fill the copper within a Ira Inches irf the top; and the copper was then tilled up with se& water and the cover put .m. Oar fuel wis given chestnut. The cook would commence bis Bre by 7 or S in the morning, and frequently he would not get his copper to boil until twetre o'clock, and sometimes when if was stormy weather it would be 2 or 3 o'clock. I have known it to be the case that be could nol get it to i),.ii in the course "f the entire day." John Van Dyck. one of the prisoners aboard the Jersey, says !n his record of hia imprison ment there that he writ one day to draw the pork for his mess, "and each one of us eat "tir day'fl : I! >war,.-e in one mouthful of thi porll and nothing else." One day, i lay."" he went to the galley with the drawer of .■ <e » chesi for a soup dish and "re I 1 on.r of ! : and ';•• hold! brow n ater ml fifteen fli ating peas— no pea I otton ■•* my draw- and this for -ix men's allowan< I r -four hours. The : bot torn >'' the !>i^ kettle; tho mIT. be taken to New Fork ard I ■. the week called ' ' • ■■ Bour; ; :; :: reen - uch as the i one-third sticks. We woi Id : ick oui the sti< !. ■' i. The same writer also relates nn instance of cruelty on the par! of Captain Laird, com mander of the Jersey, who one day ordered two half hogshead tubs in which the daily allow ance of rum for the prisoners had been mixed into grog to be upset <<n the main decks in fall view of the famished wretches, ''whose feelings of disappointment as they saw it run through the ship's scuppers into the water may be bet ter imagined thin described." Captain Alexander C<>f!in. jr.. records the fact that "on the upper deck of the Jersey, h<«^3 were kept in ens by those officers who had charge of h«-r. for their own use. They were sometimes fed with bran. The prisoners, when ever they could get an opportunity, undiscov ered by the sentries, would with their tin ruts scoop the bran from the troughs and eat it, after boiling, when there was a fire in the galley, which was not always the case, with seemingly as good an appetite as the bogs themselves." In the narrative of Thomas Andros is con tained a description of a night between decks in the Old Jersey, in which he says: "Utter de rangement was a common symptom of the fever that caused many deaths on hoard, an 1 to increase the horror of the darkness that shrouded us, for we were allowed no light be twixt decks, the voice of warning would be heard: 'Take heed to yourselves; there is a madman stalking through the ship with a knife in hi hand. I sometimes found the man i corpse in the morning by whose Ide I laid my self down at night. At another time he would become deranged and attempt in the darkness to rise and stumble over the bodies that every where crowded the deck. In this case I had to hold him in his place by main strength. la spit* of my efforts he would sometimes rise, an I then I had to close in with him, trip up his heels and lay him again upon the deck. Vhil > so many were sick with raging fever, there was a loud cry for water, but none could i,, had except on the upper deck, and but one allowed to ascend at a time. The suffering then from the rage of thirst during the night was very great. Nor was it at all times safe to attempt to go up. Provoked by the continual cry for leave to ascend, when there was already on-3 on deck, the sentry would push them back with his bayonet." '^1 July 1, 17 S 'J. in an attempt to celebrate the day, the pris sang until about :• >'clock at night. They wen- then or dered to desist, and when the rder was cot « <iitir.ii.il ..ii lifth !>:!!.-•■ <•»" FINE COLLECTION OF a ORIENTAL RUGS Ht AT SPECIAL REDUCTION. MICHAEUAN BROS. iv ; hh T vv. 8