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Fishing and Shooting Sketches   By: (1837-1908)

Fishing and Shooting Sketches by Grover Cleveland

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Fishing and Shooting Sketches

BY GROVER CLEVELAND

Illustrated by HENRY S. WATSON

NEW YORK THE OUTING PUBLISHING COMPANY 1906

COPYRIGHT, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, BY THE CURTIS PUBLISHING CO. COPYRIGHT, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, BY THE INDEPENDENT. COPYRIGHT, 1903, BY THE PRESS PUBLISHING CO. COPYRIGHT, 1905, BY THE COUNTRY CALENDAR. COPYRIGHT, 1906, BY THE OUTING PUBLISHING COMPANY.

Entered at Stationers' Hall, London, England.

All Rights Reserved.

THE OUTING PRESS DEPOSIT, N. Y.

[Illustration: From Copyright Photo, by Pach. Yours truly Grover Cleveland]

CONTENTS

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THE MISSION OF SPORT AND OUTDOOR LIFE 3 A DEFENSE OF FISHERMEN 19 THE SERENE DUCK HUNTER 49 THE MISSION OF FISHING AND FISHERMEN 79 SOME FISHING PRETENSES AND AFFECTATIONS 111 SUMMER SHOOTING 139 CONCERNING RABBIT SHOOTING 153 A WORD TO FISHERMEN 165 A DUCK HUNTING TRIP 179 QUAIL SHOOTING 197

The Mission of Sport and Outdoor Life

I am sure that it is not necessary for me, at this late day, to dwell upon the fact that I am an enthusiast in my devotion to hunting and fishing, as well as every other kind of outdoor recreation. I am so proud of this devotion that, although my sporting proclivities have at times subjected me to criticism and petty forms of persecution, I make no claim that my steadfastness should be looked upon as manifesting the courage of martyrdom. On the contrary, I regard these criticisms and persecutions as nothing more serious than gnat stings suffered on the bank of a stream vexations to be borne with patience and afterward easily submerged in the memory of abundant delightful accompaniments. Thus, when short fishing excursions, in which I have sought relief from the wearing labors and perplexities of official duty, have been denounced in a mendacious newspaper as dishonest devices to cover scandalous revelry, I have been able to enjoy a sort of pleasurable contempt for the author of this accusation, while congratulating myself on the mental and physical restoration I had derived from these excursions. So, also, when people, more mistaken than malicious, have wagged their heads in pitying fashion and deprecated my indulgence in hunting and fishing frivolity, which, in high public service, I have found it easy to lament the neglect of these amiable persons to accumulate for their delectation a fund of charming sporting reminiscence; while, at the same time, I sadly reflected how their dispositions might have been sweetened and their lives made happier if they had yielded something to the particular type of frivolity which they deplored.

I hope it may not be amiss for me to supplement these personal observations by the direct confession that, so far as my attachment to outdoor sports may be considered a fault, I am, as related to this especial predicament of guilt, utterly incorrigible and shameless. Not many years ago, while residing in a non sporting but delightfully cultured and refined community, I found that considerable indignation had been aroused among certain good neighbors and friends, because it had been said of me that I was willing to associate in the field with any loafer who was the owner of a dog and gun. I am sure that I did not in the least undervalue the extreme friendliness of those inclined to intervene in my defense; and yet, at the risk of doing an apparently ungracious thing, I felt inexorably constrained to check their kindly efforts by promptly conceding that the charge was too nearly true to be denied.

There can be no doubt that certain men are endowed with a sort of inherent and spontaneous instinct which leads them to hunting and fishing indulgence as the most alluring and satisfying of all recreations... Continue reading book >>




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