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TAKING A FAIIl!
BACK TO THE SOIL Being the Experiences of a Gov ernment Clerk Who Sets Out to Lower the High Cost of Living. There may be somewhere In the world a prouder boy than Jim, but I have never seen one. He came home from the city Thursday with seven big, round dollars, all his own, and of his own earning:. Mind you, he didn't have a flve-dollar bill and two ones, or anything like that, but seven hard, shiny silver dollars. He had sold fourteen pairs of squabs, the first to be marketed from his loft, at 50 cents a pair. I don't think he got quite full market price, at that, but he had engineered the deal himself, and was mightily satisfied, so I didn't even sug gest that he had not quite realized his possibilities. It's my plan to let him work ! out his own salvation as a trader, and ? I feel sure he soon will approach the sell- ! ing epd of the game with more confidence j and will hold out for "all the traffic will | bear." But about those silver dollars. "How came it," I asked, "that the man paid you in silver?" I knew, of course,' that "cartwheels" are not often encoun tered In the usual channels of Washing ton trade. "He didn't,". Jim answered. "I went to the bank and had the paper money changed into silver." Wanted Bulky Money. Illuminating as to a boy's point of view. Is It not? He had worked lalth fully and waited Ion? to earn that money, and he wanted It in the bulkiest form to be had. It was with a lordly air that he went around jingling the silver in his pocket. I am afraid Ned is just a little envious of Jim's financial success and a little less confident that rabbits offer a royal road to wealth. So far Ned s gross return from the sale of rabbits is 45 cents, and I am inclined to think He declared Ned la for half the pr his warren is in danger of suffering from neglect. Ned finds solace, though, in the fact that he is to have one-half the pro ceeds from the sale of popcorn?even if he didn't do half the work of grow- i ing the crop. I had about reached the j conclusion that fairness would compel i me to insist that Jim should have more than a half share, as he had done a great deal more than half the work, but Jim himself rel eved me of the necessity of such a decision. We had a private conference on the subject, and he declared Ned in for half the proceeds. He reasoned that Ned was two years his junior, and on that ac count allowances must be made for him. This verdict was a good deal of a surprise to me, in view of the amount of grumbling Jim had done because Ned shirked the job: but there was nothing for me to do but concur in the decision. It is a spirit of gen erosity I am glad to see manifested by Jim, and I can only hope it will make the right sort of an appeal to Ned. in stead of confirming him in the belief that he has chosen the wiser way. The boys have a whopping big crop of popcorn. It was so far advanced before the drought came that it did not suffer, and Jiow it is about ready to cut. We have hilsked and shelled out a dozen average hills, and on the showing they made the entire crop should bring about $50. The boys will owe me $6 for seed and fertilizer, leaving $44 to be divided between them. Aside from plowing and harrowing the ground at the beginning, the boys did every bit of the work themselves, and I think the showing of profit is a very creditable one. Next ,yeaJ L ara *oin* to ffive them all the land they want for popcorn. An outsider llsten'nK to the table talk at Sunny Knoll might be Justified in concluding that the family had gone money mad. It is a fact that we talk mere of income and profits than of any other tiling, but Jane and I realize and admit to each other that the dollar and-cent measure of values is at best a superficial and misleading one. Forced to Dollar Standard. But the fact remains that we are com pelled to measure our success In units I of dollars. We can't afTord the luxury of any other standard. Rich men can af ford to have farms, even if their butter and eggs and fruit and vegetables cost several times what they can be bought for in the city markets, but we are not In that class. There Is no way to put a money value on the Joy of living In the country, but unless we can make country life pay its way we can't afTord that Joy. any more than we can afford an automobile or annual trips to Europe. So we have to count our eggs and value our potatoes, and take the pleasures of the life as something we are mighty Klad to have so long as they comc with out cost. Even at that. I doubt if a rich man ever realizes the full fun of farming. I would like to grow prize pumpkins and have sleek cattle to exhibit at the coun try fair, but I would want to produce them on a profit-paying basis No sane man runs a newspaper Just for the fun of it. Men do not sell dry goods or operate steamboat lines Just because they find the occupation fascinating. There would be no fascination to it If It didn't dm v. Yet men buy land and create model farms, and lose money year after year. Maybe they charge the costs up to the account of "pleasure." Just as they do their yachts and other luxuries. But why should they? Farming is a business, and a very prosaic one. I can't for the life of tne see why a man should want to own a model, but non-profitable, farm any more than he would a model, but non-profitable, grocery store. Chance for Real Sport. It Reems to me there would be a lot more sport having a model farm that paid 6 per cent on the Investment. There are very rich men. I am told, who play ten cent-limit poker, and are an keen to win as if the loss of a Jackpot meant standing the landlord ofT for the month's rent. Why shouldn't a rich man look upon h's mod*I farm In the same way?that he is a winner If he makes It pay and a loser if he doesn't? Then he would have an opportunity to become a real benefactor to his com munity. What do I care about the hous ing and breeding and feedinz methods on Mr. Mlllionbucks' poultry farm when everv egg he gets costs him a lialf a dollar? But If Mr. Mlllionbucks makes each hen he keeps pay a net profit of 12 a year I am very keenly Interested and publica tion of his methcds would be a genuine benefaction, not only to poultry keepers but to consumers of poultry products the country over. If Mr. Mlllionbucks is go ing to bother with chickens at all. It seems to me It would be a lot better *? Porting proposition for him to trv to make them pay, and then to give John Smith and Bill Jones the benefit of his experiments. We are having for breakfast every morning now the finest cantaloupes It ever has been my privilege to taste but I don't really enjoy them. They have cost me too much In the way of time and labor. X couldn't grow such canta tor market, unless I could And INDOOR SPORTS ?By Tad ^iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiil VME(_L- WEUU I'LL OC DMLMCD ? VWH?T?? HA*e V0O B66W Auce - fr?6 wmi-z. ir SEEMS Av A<j? .Sf A?C? ? MCAHO FR$*a VOt? ? jitAu. we PAa<r /*/ T?? FA.TJ And 9-0 A iMOW TIM ?-MT ? I lc Cau. u p fo /?- THC v r/oceti eifr*+r Awav^/ some one willing to pay me about 25 cents apiece for them. It would be a great pleasure to sell such cantaloupes if ,ct!uW sell them at a profit. I don't think I could be rich enough to get any fun out of selling them at a loss. Cantaloupes a Puzzle. This cantaloupe game has me guess ing for fair. Truckers who grow many acres of them at a profit, selling them at times for as little as a cent apiece must have some secret of success not possessed either by home gardeners ?iT bi the mcn who write stories for the farm magazines. All authorities agree that cantaloupes are about the I hardest crop there is to bring through successfully, and I know that has been 1 my experience this year. They have more enemies, insect and otherwise, tnan about anything else that grows, and these enemies, in relays, are on the job night and day from the time the first leaf bursts through the ground until the last melon has been picked. With all other crops I know i anything about there comes a time when they can be "laid away" with nothing remaining to be done but gather the harvest. Not so with can taloupes. About the time you think a safe harbor has been reached the aphids take a new start, or a blight sets in, or your vfcies begin to wither a"J* "le from no apparent cause. To plant an acre of cantaloupes as I planted mine, preparing the hills with the same care, would certainly cost not less than $100 for labor alone. But that was only a beginning. 1 have done more weeding and cultivat es and watering almost than in all the rest of the garden put together. I started spraying a week after the seeds sprouted and I'm at it yet. First I had to spray with arsenate of lead to kill the striped beetle. Then I sprayed with bordeaux mixture to pre vent blight. Now I am spraying with a mixture of fish oil, soap and tobacco to kill the green aphids. And this is about the hardest Job of spraying I ever tackled. As the aphids are Juice suckers instead of leaf eat ers -they can't be killed with poison, like any self-respecting parasite. They do their sucking from under the side of the leaf. When a thousand or a mil l.on or so of them have feasted for an hour or two on a hill of cantaloupes all the leaves begin to curl down at the * ge-i, making spraying about a hun dred times more difficult. No Eace Suicide There. Unless the spraying is done thoroughly it might almost as well not be done at all. Let a single leaf with its colony of aphidg escape the drenching with soap and tobacco and in a fortnight their pro geny will be legion. I have sprayed- my patch time and again, turning back the vines and straightening out curled leaves, and yet the aphids have multiplied so rapidly that some hills I have had to cut out entirely and burn the vines. The thing that puzzles me is how market gardeners keep down the aphids and ?ther pests and are still able to sell can taloupes at a price within reach of any one but millionaires. I have put in a lot of work on tomatoes, too. but with them my enjoyment of the tine fruit is enhanced by belief that the method I followed is commercially prac tical. Tomatoes have no enemies to speak of, and the extra work involved in staking and pruning them is more I than offset by the s'ze and quality of the j fruit and the fact that none rots on the ground. The other day I picked three tomatoes growing in one cluster, sound ' and perfect specimens, and the three weighed a trifle over four pounds. I don't mind admitting that I was as proud as Jim was with his seven silver dollars. I took the tomatoes to the office, placed them on exhibition and invited everv one from the assistant secretary to the negro messenger to come in and admire them Some of the boys wanted me to send them to the White House, but my nerve wasn't equal to that. Instead. I gave them to Will Turner. The Turners are among our best friends, but that wasn't wholly the reason why I singled him out ror the prize tomatoes. Before we moved to the country Will offered to bet that I would carry most of our vegetables out from town. The temptation ..to "hand Mm one ' was more than I could resist. Looking- for a Country Place. It was hardly fair, though, to rub It In on W ill, for he had long since recanted his slurs on going back to the soil. Will and his wife have visited ( u>? several times, each time becoming more convinced th^t the life is a ration al one, and I know that right now they have an agent looking for a place in spring?Untry they Can get earlir next This Is a point upon which I am 5? ?? 2 Tu*"ner **>me advice, out ^u^ne8s, my wisdom. Spring lb the wrong time for a man, without experience and without equipment to go to the country. He -sh0"ld -Si.,', the fall, and then during the winter he would have time to ?nd f(>? make his plans and equip himself for their execution. It would be dollars in his pocket just to go down to the "general store" winter evenings, Join the circle of old-timers around the base burner and listen to their talk. Hed learn a lot of things never to be had from the farm magazines or Agricul tural Department bulletins. There is no part of my experience as a countryman I value more than the acquaintances I have made and the friendships I have found among my neighbors. They don't look down on me because I formerly lived in the city and still earn my living by working in an office, and you can be mighty sure I don't look down on them because they are farmers. They are frank in thei criticism and in the offering of advice? and I express appreciation for e\ery bit of advice given, no matter how im possible Of application it may be to mv conditions. Here is one Peculiarity T have noticed, and to which I naye given a good deal of thought without finding the answer: The less successful a man is as a fhrmer. the more sarcastic he 's in criticising the methods or others. Countryman Is Well Posted. Right here I want to pay tribute to ??he countryman's general information. , The war in Europe, its military and I diplomatic aspects, I hear discussed by two sets of men?my fellow-workers at | the office and my neighbors in the coun I try when I meet them Sunday morn ng I at church and in other places. My : ountry neighbors seem to have a much I broader grasp upon the situation. After church last Sunday several of the I km a? proud m? Jim was. 1 neighbors, with their wives, stopped at our house and sat for an hour or more i under the trees discussing the war, its causes and possible effects. I don't be lieve a more informative discussion could be heard in any council of cabinet ministers. Two men seemed especially well posted on the history of Europe, from the middle ages to the present time, and their talk of the jealousies and aspirations of the several powers was a revelation. , 14 . Getting back to purely agricultural subjects, we see now how insufficient were the rains of last week. Enough water fell to form about the hardest crust I ever saw on soil, but not enough to ^eak the ground down about the roots, where it would do lasting good. Unless we get more rain soon the show ers that broke the drought are likely to prove more of an injury than a benefit. , .. Some of the damages from the drought are irreparable. For instance, I had a man come this week and plow up the ground where I had planted 250 red raspberry plants. Out of all that number only seven survived the drv spell. The plants themselves had cost me only $5, but the work of plant ing them and cultivation to keep down the weeds in labor had mounted to a good round sum. But the greatest grievance is that there will be no crop of red raspberries at Sunny Knoll next .year. ? - My spring planting of strawberries I Rave kept alive by judicious watering, the loss amounting probably to not more than 20 per cent. But there was not enough water to go round, so I had to take a chance with the rasp berries. I took it, and lost It may be that had I skimped some place else and watered them once or twice they might be alive today, but I'm not going to shed tears over spilt milk. They are gone now, and it cant be helped. I am going to make up the loss the besj I can by putting out fall plants. That's why I had the ground plowed. The nurseryman with whom I deal tells me that if I plant about Sep tember 1 the raspberries will.get.a start before freezing weather comes and in the early sprfWg that will carry them through any drought we are likely to have next year. I Small Fruits and Chickens. We are very anxious to get small fruits under way. especially berries, cur rants, grapes and plums, because the ground they occupy can be utilized for chicken runs. This isn't true of straw berries, which grow close to the ground, and would be eaten by chickens before thej were ready to pick, and for that reason we have our strawberry bed in sarden proper, which is inclosed wi? chicken depredations. ?i?Jl a blessin& it would be if useful i,*wer? as tenacious of life and drought-resisting as are those which n??o,H???!es8" 1 have Pondered on this many times this sum 'n j ^ Pns wild morning glories '? 1 had a new illustra Is week- In order to inclose a .I V ground which I am going to I "f? 1f?r a. chicken run it became neces ! UfP# .take ?down about fifty feet of I itirn A? T.hia fence was built years 1 . flrst it was of cedar posts with telegraph wire stapled into them. ,f,e"ce was re.nforced with y cl!lcken netting. Still later at intervals wistaria Ti"at was years ago, and the v.rK? i ad flourished like the pro thl ^Ksr$e1 ba.y tree" When 1 tackled ,?? tear'ng down the fence it was an Intricate mass of telegraph and m rhlL " an,d wlstaria vines, and 6Se, ?.uzzle ever offered a more difficult solution. Finally, after sweat thf w??rS Ui,de.r a broiling sun. I got til ?i-a? .uv aes cleared away, only A to nil ina ?li,b was barely begun. Ik mass of roots, some of them thicker than my arm, extended for ten ThL- h" ^ e.aCt s de of ,he fence line. e grubbed out, for to have there would have meant the of v'nes that would have wrecked my new fence in short order It took two days and patience sur that of Job to clear them away . . hundred and fifty raspberrv J"'? shriveled up and died, but the wistaria thrived on drought. Going: in for Chickens. This fence I am now building marks the beginning of a definitely worked out poultry plant. Yes. the decision has been made. We are going to have a try at commercial egg farming. ,vHad week s showers, which part tLJ,, .ihe drought, been suf. Son iirt, ,1^' ?f Cr0PS' the ?|?" 5hJ have been made at this time. But the drought, to all practi cal purposes, remains unbroken, and' its continuance, added to Jane's argu ments, brought me into line with the program. We have become convinced that if we are going to make chickens pay the plant must be large enough for a reaii.business. We want enough eggs so that they can be marketed economi cally and to th^ best advantage, and stock enough to justify us In buying feed at wholesale. So we have deter ,t0 ma,ke 1'000 lay,nK hens th. unit of our plant. We will not realize that goal next year, but our buildings and yards will be planned with the thousand hens in view. Our present plan is to have half our wHf. r ? Plymouth Rooks and hal Ii".e,?HKh0r"a- The Plymouth Rockr we will breed ourselves. For the Leg horns we will buy either hatching eggs I or baby chicks, possibly both. This will enable us to devote all our breed ing attention to the building up. of a profitable strain of Rocks, and we think it will be much more practical, on a small place and with limited help, than to breed two entirely distinct varieties. or h^ve mastered the breeding of Rocks and have a flock that will lav plenty of eggs and lay them at times when eggs are high we will be free to turn our attention to the Leghorns. Kay Drop One Variety. It may be, and we hope, that we will find the Rocks so satisfactory that we will abandon the Leghorn entirely. ^r. the little white birds show up too well to be dropped, but we are not entirely satisfied with the Imported stock, we may try our hand at Leg horn breeding. We plan to keep our laying hens con tw ?lt greater part of the time. There will be outside runs from the laying houses, but as they will be small we shall let the hens into them only now and then for exercise. Our breeding hens will have the year round the run of a three-acre field which will be under cultivation and another three acre field will be fenced for the young stock, part of which will be In small fruits and part in alfalfa?provided I succeed In getting a stand of the latter letter. The plan of keeping four or five cows has been abandoned, at least for the present, and we also have dropped for the present the notion of acquiring any land in addition to our eight acres. We will keep one cow for family use, but for the next few years all our at tention is going to be given to chick ens. Jane thinks she will continue her undertaking with jellies and preserves and apple butter, but doesn't plan to expand beyond this year's output. I have, with a good deal of reluctance, given up all my schemes of market gardening. I am going to cultivate all the land I can and continue to study to get the largest possible crops, but everything I grow, except vegeta bles for our own table and some grain and roughage for the cow and horse, will be for the chickens. I hope to grow all the alfalfa they will con sume and plenty of cabbage and man gels to furnish them succulent green food for winter. We are going to make it a family venture in which every one but little Margery will take on a share of the work, and we hope to have our bill for hired labor a mighty small one. When we hi~ve our thousand hens and have demonstrated that we can make them pay a net profit of $1.25 a year each, I may give up my government job, but not until then. As the chickens will take a lot of time both morn.ng and evening, this may necessitate hiring a good deal of the heavier farm work done. But as I could hire a good man the year around, and after paying him still have at least half my salary left, my little civil service job looks like our one best bet in chicken raising. Flans to Turn Carpenter. Now that most of the garden work is done, I shall turn carpenter. I al ready have ordered a lot of lumber, and am going to start right in building chicken houses. My first undertaking will be a house for the Rocks we shal' use as breeders next spring. By put ting a shed extension to the old chicken house it will accommodate our Leghorn pullets and the Rocks which we shal" not use as breeders. Then I am going to work on a brooder house 10x35 feef, which will be large enough for ten hovers, or about 800 newly hatched chicks. I am going to make this six feet high in front and four in the back. It will have double floors and good, solid walls covered with patent roofing paper. It will be airtight on all sides but the front, which will have alternate glass and muslin curtain windows. It will be a rather expens ve house to build, but I am not going to try to economize on it. We can't have hens unless we can keep our baby chickens alive, and incubator hatched chickens cannot be kept alive inlfess they are suitably housed. As we shall expect to do the bulk of our hatch ng, especially of the Rocks, in March, both cold and dampness will have to be guarded against. Extravagance in building, however, is soing to begin and end with the brooder house. All our other buildings will be put up as cheaply as possible, protec tion against drafts and dampness being the only *hing aimed at. They are going to be fr?jsh-air houses, and our hens are going to be fresh-air hens. Author ities now agree that cold doesn't hurt a hen; that she will lay her full quota of eggs so long as her quarters are kept dry and she doesn't have to roost in a draft. Now that the decision has been made and we are going in for hens, I am almost as enthusiastic as I was back in our Washington days when we were first bitten by the "country bug." The only difference is that instead of ex oecting to make a fortune right off the reel. I hope some day to make a living from poultry. E. S. M. The Beggar's Retort. From Pele Mele. She?I shan't give you anything be cause I suspect you aren't blind at all. He?That may be, but I can assure you there are moments when I wish I were. The Biped. From Fllegende Blaetter. "Can you advance me 5,000 marks, Isaacs? My rich old uncle has one foot in the grave, you know." "Yes. but what is he doing with the other?" Slips That Pass in the Night. From the Tatler. Belated City Man (after second un successful attempt to stop passing fire engine)?Orl rite then?hie?keep your bloomin' chestnuts. Raised a Doubt. From Punch. Servant (rebuked for bringing in a dirty cup)?Funny thing, mum, I al ways seem to hit upon this one when you have company. "Poor Savage!" remarked a friend of Ward Savage Monday afternoon when j he saw the angler on his way home with a package of fishing tackle. "I knew John Hurley would get him," i added the mutual friend. Sunday Savage and Hurley were to gether at Sandy Hook and Weverton, and on their way home were able to dis play a basket of thirty-three small-mouth black bass to other anelers who were on what is known as "fishermen's train.*' "Well," remarked Patrick Riordan, looking at the basket of fish, "I see you've got 'em again." "And no babies," said Hurley, pointing to a four-pounder. , Ward Savage had caught the big fish and had caught so bad a case of the fish fever that he was almost willing to remain at Sandy Hook as a guest ot George W. Leopold for the remainder of the summer. The two anglers were on the river earlv in the morning and their boatman took them to the holes where bass usu ally spend much of their time in hot weather. The fish were in the holes, said Savage, but they did not remai nthere. Having made a score or more fisher 'men envious, the two Anglers returned home, put away their fish and sent out. invitation to their friends to meet them at a fish dinner at Aman's the next day^ The dinner was a great success, one or the anglers stated. A. H. Sahdala, who claims the record for deepsea fishing off the Atlantic coast^ was on the river at Sandy Hook and Weverton. not far from Hurley and Sav age, and when he returned ashore in time to catch the train he had a string oi nine fish. ? "Sahdala is a splendid fisherman, commented Hurley. "He fished against odds last Sunday, and in spite of the unfavorable conditions was able to land nine gamesters." The anglers were enjoying such fine sport in the middle of the day that they would not go ashore for dinner. They re mained on the river and had a hot dinner served them. A few miles down the river, in the vicinity of Point of Rocks, a number of anglers tried their luck. Anglers in five boats managed to get eleven fish. "Not much luck," remarked Charles Macnichol. who was unable to join the party, "but it was not the fault of the anglers. The fish in that particular sec tion had an appetite for crawfish bun day, but the anglers had no such bait. Each fish opened was found to contain a crawfish." W. G. Kent, who seldom misses a week end at Point of Rocks, was one of the anglers on the river. He did not ha\e any crawfish, however, and was able to land only one fish. Patrick Riordan, whose piscatorial ability is undisputed, was unable to land a fish, while W. E. Dulin was able to take home two fish for Monday breakfast. An earlv morning trip to Rock Point, Charles county, Md., last Sunday was participated in by a party of eight. Dr. William E. Whitson arranged the Jshing trip, and those who accompanied him were George A White. Frederick White, Edmund Whitson, Edmund Whitson, jr.: Master William Whitson, Lester Black man and Ross White. , , . ? It was shortly before 5 o clock when the party, in two automobiles, started in the direction of the salt water section and three hours later they pulled up at F. X. Stonestreet's, where a number or anglers were coming ashore with long strings of trout, spots and other fish. Capt Ben Stine had the party on the river soon after breakfast, taking them to where Capt. Jimmie Dingy is said to catch more fish with hook and line than some fishermen get in small nets, and it was not long before fish were being pulled into the boat. . "Early in the morning and late in tne afternoon is the time for trout, explain ed Capt. Stine when no trout were caught. Many perch and spots were caught, an occasional crab was brought in and Fred erick White landed the only rockflsh that was caught. The anglers started home ward early in the afternoon and reached the city before dark. John Dolph, William N. Beahm and W. H. Parsons were among the early morn ing anglers at Rock Point. They motor ed to the resort the night before, Mrs. Beahm and Mrs. Dolph being members of the party, and were able to be on the river at sunrise. It was shortly after 8 o'clock when the three anglers returned ashore, each having a string of large trout, and most of the fish were alive. Others who were registered at Rock Point were Robert ElUott, Robert Elliott, ir : Mrs Sybill Elliott and Misses Cath erilie and Kate Elliott of toddock Heights, Va., and Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Cragg. Ed Sterlck. Sam Banks and Tom Ma lone made a catch of fully seventy-tive pounds of fish near the Maryland side of the river, opposite Colonial Beach, Sun ^We fished near No. 14 buoy," said Sterlck. "and had great luck." Capt. Hundley piloted them to the fish ing grounds some time after sunrise, and the anglers fished until about When they returned to the beach with a *?ns string of trout, croakers, spots and rockfish they attracted the attention of hundreds of excursionists. Some ot tne trout they caught weighed as much as four pounds. Dr. Charles A. Wells of Hyattsville. Md., former member of the state senate, says that any angler can catch fish and some are able to catch two at a ume but he has a record for two fish and a num ber of oysters caught at one haul of nis "T^lie catch was made on the occasion of a trip to the lower Patuxent river a few days ago aboard C. A. M. Wells cabin launch Dixie. Those who accompanied Dr Wells were Mrs. E. A. Fuller and daughters, Mrs. Alfred H. Wells, Stephen Clements and W. C. Carroll. . Starting from Mount Calvert, the P * went down the Patuxent as far as Bene cstonninK from time to time to try ttei'r luck They had had much better luck on former occasions, but they man aged to geTflsh enough for a fry. and hid Dr. Wells' luck at matching oysters continued the party would have had an oyster fry. Eleven members of the Deep Water Fishing Club are at some p?7" river between Maryland point and BlakU stone's Island, aboard the launch Gam~ hnl Anchor was lifted late Monday afternoon? and it was the intention of ?hn??p aboard to run as far as Matta woman creek and anchor for the night "The launch is equipped with electric lights," said Capt. Peck, "and living on the boat will be made more comfortable.' The party is composed of Capt. Charles T. Peck. W. W. KImmel. Thomas Hall, John Lintler. George Hess. James G. Mc Queen. Leo Murray, Robert Livingston, G. H. Moran, J. D. East and Joseph Bassford. All members of the party are enthu ! siastic fishermen, and all are enjoying | the sport. "We are catching trout measuring two and one-half feet." was the mes sage received from the party Thurs day morning. They were then anchored in St. Pat ricks creek. Harry Pymont and Bob Sussan caught a young possum crossing Ben ning bridge one night this week, the second one caught on the bridge this season. "We were there after fish," Pymont remarked. "Our first possum was but at the last minute something: hap pened to detain him at home. The trio had an enjoyable time, how ever. and caught so many fish that they were able to put up a supply for the winter. "We were on the river six days," eatfl one of them, "and averaged seventy-live or eighty big fish a day." J. K. Bittenbender spent the week-end I with Joseph Royall at North Chesapeake f Beac?i. and early Saturday morning, ac comphied by William Rovall- he went fishing on the Chesapeake about one m51e from shore, and returned with a catch of thirty-two trout, most of them weighing at least two pounds. "That was the best fishing trip I have had for :? number of years," remarked Bittenbender. The fish are there, and it's only a question of finding them." Will Reynolds. W. C. Money and Bam uel Kid well fished near the red buoy off the steel plant one aftemc?on this week Fearing the hot weather might interfere with the success of the effort to get a few rocktish. Will Reynolds put a few watermelons aboard the boat for a melon feast "Will likes something doing all the | time." faid W. P. Bowie, "but the ro?-k i fish bit so freely that the party cam* near forgetting all about the melons." ! The three anglers landed a string o: l fish, and on their way up the river the\ had ample time to enjoy the coki melons Joseph Brake and R. H. Kaiser drov* from Washington Grove to Seneca early i Sunday morning and were on the rive' == by a. J. sahdala. twbumr-seveji small-mouthed bass caught at harpers ferrt stolen, but we are guarding this one two well to permit it to be eaten so early in the season." The two anglers were on the branch, near Turtle creek, Tuesday morning, trying their luck for perch. Only three small perch were caught in threej hours, they stated, and they moved to 1 another place. "It's strange that Turtle creek has' gone back on us," said Pymont, sug-1 gesting that they return and give It i another trial, and one hour later they started from the branch with a string of fifty fish. George Swink, Amos Donaldson and Sam Kidwell had their usual good luck on a bass trip Sunday morning above Great Palls. They went to Donaldson's bungalow Saturday afternoon, remain ed over night, and got an early start in the morning. Several anglers who were on the \ river near them had to return without fish, but the trio managed to get twen- ' ty-nine bass, two of them weighing, four pounds each and the others well worth catching. Mad toms and frogs were used by two of the sportsmen, while the third member of the party used fat pork, the bait that Joe Hunter calls "Zulu queen." "The pork rind bait did the work," said Swink. "It caught seventeen of the twenty-nine fish we landed, and the little frogs enticed some of the fish from under the rocky ledges." W. C. Wheeler of Indian Head,who dis tinguished himself by shooting a number of fish, says he will indulge in no more of that kind of sport. George W. Lloyd had him on the river and Mat tawoman creek one afternoon this week, showed him how to catch bass, and caused so much excitement that Wheeler wants to catch nothing but bass here after. On most of his fishing expeditions, it is stated. Wheeler tried his luck trolling, but did not meet with much success, and when Lloyd came along with artificial bait, his friend gave him the laugh, never having heard of big-mouth bass being caught with such bait. The two men were on the river exactly seventy minutes, reported Lloyd, and landed eight bass that weighed fourteen pounds. William Woolley. an enthusiastic an gler, who moved to the west some time ago, was on a visit to friends in this city this week. While on a visit to his brother in Seattle, he told friends, he suggested fishing, and was told where he could get brook trout. Trout fishing proved interesting and exciting sport, he stated, but he longed for a bass fishing trip, and was told that he would find plenty black bass in Co lumbia river. ' But," he said, "I was told that the people out there would not eat them; that they would eat nothing but trout." Woolley went to the river, caught a string of bass and returned to his broth er's house. Nobody would cook them for him, he stated and he did the cook ing himself. Now, he says, they cannot get enough bass to eat. and it is no trou ble to get them cooked. Capt. Dove Poole, Engineer J. B. Raleigh and Albert Poe have returned from an interesting trip to the lower Potomac. J. E. Buckingham had ar ranged to make the trip with his friends, most of the day. Kaiser had such pood luck at Great Falls the Sunday before that he thought he would like to get one of the kind that Patrick Riordan calls "horses," and for that reason he made an early start last Sunday. Kaiser says he found fishing slow work. He fished in the usual way without ex periencing any luck, he stated, and he then tried the game of casting up stream and letting the current bring the bait to ward him. "And it proved a good change," he said, "for I soon landed four bass, while my companion got two." The six bass weighed ten pounds. Bloodworms sent by parcel post, it Is stated, reach their destination in splen did condition. They must be mailed in double corrugated pasteboard or wooder i retainers, marked perishable, and mailed | at the main office of the city post office. | Cartons such a a* are used for shipping butter, it is stated, comply with the post al regulations. Camping parties of fishermen along tjie upper and lower Potomac and Chesa peake bay are becoming more popular each year. "I recall the time when a camping par ty was something unusual." said one or the older sportsmen, "and when probably there were not a dozen camps within :? radius of a hundred miles, but now th camps are clotted along the river and ba at almost every turn." Anglers get much enjoyment in 1. camps. They are not hampered in an way and many of the campers become proficient cooks and learn someth n# o: how to keep house. "It is an inexpensive way to sren i ai outing," an experienced camper slated t< a Star reporter, 'arid when in camp it an easy matter to care for bait and look after the fish that are caught." It is stated that there are fully fifty camps along the Potomac river between Harpers Ferry and Cumberland. Mack Sparrouph and U. S. Smith were on the river opposite the steel plant last Sunday. They made a tri? there about 4 o'clock in the morning and caught fourteen rockfish, leaving th*? river about 11 o'clock and going ashore to enjoy the cool breeze beneath thw trees. About 4 o'clock in the afternoon tliey returned to the river and landed thirty seven rockfish. "We fished on gravel bottom near the edge of the grass," said Sparrough. "and in the afternoon the fish bit so freely that we were kept busy." Several of the fish weighed about three pounds apiece. Rev. Father Peck, pastor of St. Fran cis de Sales Church, Rock Point, Md., is one of the most enthusiastic fishermen in that section of Charles county. J. Walter Hurley spends part of his time in the city and part at his bunga low at North Chesapeake Beach. He on the bay nearly every day, and has made many catches of trout and spots Many large catches of big-mouth has* are being made at l^ake Smith, near Norfolk, Va., a favorite place of many local anglers. Salt-water fishing about Norfolk and Ocean View, it is stated, is better than it has been for a number of years. LORD LONGBOW?He Applies Starch to a Desperate Situation. "While aboard the bark Binggo with a cargo of starch we struck a terrific sort of gale off the coast of Van Nelman's Land. Much to our horror, as the ship was breaking up, we saw a band of savages awaiting us. "I got me crew to open up the cargo and the sea was soon white with starch. (OoBjritht, 18U, by W. W "It stiffened out the waves so that we didn't lose a man. eld chap. "We got ashore looking like a lot of animated snow balls. The savages mistook us for supernatural persona and surrendered, which wap, after all, the wisest thine for them to do, old chap."