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How Eels are Caught In tlio Delaware.
When the eol hunters roach their grounds, which are alon tlio shoivs of the stronm tvhere tlio water is sulVicient ly shallow to permit the light of the jack to penetrate to the bottom, tliey leave the boat and enter the water. The man with the spear and the torch bearer take their positions ono on each side of the bow, while their attendants push the boat slowly alon up stream. The eels always hunt their prey close alom the bottom of the stream, which is as plainly visible beneath the glare of the torch as tho shoies are at noonday. When an eel is discovered, which is at every few yards if the niijht is favorable, ' lack of dexterity on the part of tho ppearsman alone will lose him, for he lies as still as a stick in tho water, the working of his gills and his fins bein the only sign that ho is alive. The spear is three tined and barbed, and fitted by means of a socket to a long hickory handle. When the eel is discovered thi boat is stopped by a signal from the spearsman. He lowers the spear cau tiously intp the water until it is within three or four inches of the eel, which he aims to strike a short distance back of the head. Then he launches it with a quick movement, and rarely misses his mark. The impaled eel is brought writhing to the surface and thrown into the boat; No matter how old a hand one may be at eel spearing, ho will al ways experience painful suspense from the time an eel is sighted uutil the spear is thrown and feels tho well-defined "crunch" that ells him the shaft went true and the game is his. Crisp, star light nights add zest to the sport, and so entrancing is it that one will not feel the chill of tho water nor tho nipping of a frosty September night until the night's hunting is over. A skillful party will capture in two or three hours' fishing from fifty to one hundred pound? of eels! The set line has been a favorite mode of eel fishing along the Delaware River from time out of mind. ' The set line, as used years ago, was a small rope or heavy twine, long enough to reach from ono shore to the other. At intervals of a few feet pieces of fish line, from three to five feet in length, called "snoods," are attached to the main line. The hooks used are large and strong and baited with young "larape.r" eels, live minnows or 'larger fish cut into bait. The lamper is the favorite luro because of its tenacity and toughness. The young lampers are dug out of the sand along the river shore, and are found as deep as three feet below the surface. To properly fish with a set line Jhe fisher man should remain with it all nigWt, in order that he may go over it every hour or so, to remove tho fish that may have hooked themselves, and to rebait hooks and keep the lines in order. Sometimes set-line fishermen build little bunks on the shore, covered with boards and well littered with straw, in which to snatch sleep during the waits. Usually, how ever, a large fire is built and kept up, around which the fishermen lie on the bare ground, "with no covering but the eky. There is a singular weirdness in a night spent in this way. Notwithstand ing the roar of some swift "rift" in the river, and the constant voicing of the mysterious "peeper," there is a hush and a mournful silence in the surround ings that fills the novice, at least, with awe, and the relief with which he hails the coming of dawn is as the passing from him of a great burden. A well-managed and cared-for set l?n will reward the fisherman with, a large catch, not only of eels, but- frequently of bass, perch or chubs. Once in a great whue a lordly trout is cajoled into trying some of the tempting morsel offered by the set line, but not so fre quently but that when it does happen it is town talk for days. A rainy night is best for set line fishing, but if there is thunder and lightning the line might as well be taken in. Eels will not hunt in a thunder-storm,, but keep to their hiding places. Tho days when "bobbin' for eels" was the prime amusement of those who loved sport for the sake of sport are now only a memory along the Delaware. It is largely indulged in still, but, with the exception of . the irrepressible small boy, principally by those who fish more for profit than recreation. There is no doubt that on a proper night an expert fisherman with his bob may catch more eels than t by. any other style of fishing. A bob to be properly made should be made out of the toughest and largest earth worms that can be found. ' The worms, colloquially known as "night walkers," are the best.' These are large, dark-colored worms, which can bo found only at night in gardens where the ground isVrich. In the day time their holes may be seen perforating the ground like a sieve. At nightfall the occupants make their appearance. They come out of the ground stealthily, and are so timid, and can seek their holes so quickly on being disturbed, that it requires an expert to catch them. It is not an uncommon thing to find theso worms sit and even eight inches long. ' A quarter of a pound of these itrung on " 'strong patent thread will make a "lure' that will not only tempt the most finical epicure of an tt, but one that will with stand tho onslaughts Of tlie rfvenous prowler from nightfall until daylight. t i The "wad" of worms is fastened to the end of a stiff pole, and is lowered to the bottom of the ' water. Tho Instant an eel seizes the bait an indescribable thrill is communicated to tho fisherman. He riraws the polo up slowly and steadily. The eel retains his hold, and so tena ciously that it requires only a steady hand and cool head on the part of the fisherman to lift him safely the water and into . the boat. Tho writer ' has known a hundred pounds of eels to be taken on one bob by an expert fishcr- man uThilo eels are still abundant in the THIS NORTH KK.N TKIBUNJi NOVEMBER .3. 188b. Delaware, they are scarce to what they were twenty years ago. Eel weirs and eel pots have had their effect, even on this prolific denizen of tlio stream. Tho eels will soon begin their annual run to tho ocean, and thousand? upon thou sands will full victims to the weirs and pots that, in spito of the law, may be found in almost every rift. Milford (I'a. ) Cor. N. Y. Sun. He Laid Thar. It was down below Bowling Green, Ky., on the line of the Louisville & Nash ville Road. It was court day in the town, bringing in a largo crowd, and the "celebrated Indian doctor" was thcro with his wagon and his cures. He harangued tho crowd for forty minutes before he mado the least impression, and then an old man began to edge up in a sneaking kind of way. "Do you suffer with dyspepsiaP" asked tho doctor. "Yaas." "Then my compound of forty-four different kinds of roots will cure you." A woman advanced and took the old man by the arm and whispered: "Lemuel, you hain't got dyspepsia no more'n our cat, and you shan't buy nuthin' 1" "Madam, is that your husbandP" asked root and herbs. "Yes, sir." "I notice that his liver is out of order. Let him take one bottle of my Elixir and he will be restored. Let him neglect himself three months longer and ho tills a dishonored grave." The old man was going down for a dollar, but sho stopped him with: "No, you shan't! Sniartweed tea and vinegar will rinse the liver as clean as a whistle, and we've got both in the house!" "And fl ah and I ah notice that ho is predisposed to dropsy," continued tho doctor, as he waved his bottle around. "This elixir cures dropsy in forty-eight hours. Neglect tho disease and a funeral procession is seen winding its horrid way over theso romantic mountains." Tho old man went down again, but tho wife gave him a push and called out: "Dropsy! why, you old idiot, you never had energy enough to get it, and if you ever do Til cure you with sago tea and kerosene oil." "And I ah and I ah, discover that his blood needs replenishing," continued tho doctor. "My elixir contains twelve kinds of iron, and is warranted to fur nish new blood at tho rate of a gallon a day. Some of tho best blood in Ameri ca is the work of ry elixir. President Garfield was about to order twenty-four bottles the day ho was shot. Go into the White House and you'll find it on tho side-board. ' Jay Gould uses it, Vanderbuilt will have no other!" "Jerusha, I'll have it!" said tho old man "I want about eight gallons of new blood the worst way." "You don't!" "I do!" "You shan't have it!" "I will!" . Then she shut her teeth hard, drew a full breath, and seizing the old man by the back of the neck and the coat tails she ran him through the crowd and steered him under a wagon with tho re mark: "Now, you lay tharM If this family has got any disease I can't tackle and cure inside of two hours I'll leave and let, von run tho ranch! Now I'll see to old'Elixir!" But the doctor was a man of policy. When he saw her coming and noticed the color of her eyes, he locked up his medicine-chest and calmly began: "Fellow-citizens, I desire to call your attention to these suspenders at twenty five cents per pair, and by the way here is a cake of scented toilet soap for tho lady who prevented her husband from admitting his constitutional ailments in the presence of a life insurance agent. Who takes the first pairP" Detroit Free Tress. Jogging a Witness' Memory. 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