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THE OREGON SUNDAY JOURNAL. PORTLAND. SUNDAY MORNING. AUGUST 13 1007.
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Skill Haa Attracted tKe Admiration, of the B.
Angler of tKe World Some of His Catcnes Witt Small Fliea and Light -Rods in the Rogue River; and Otner Streams of Southern Oregon.'
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TO W. ' Ta ISAAC8 of Ifadford b
. lone th honor of bains thi
oharaploa flbrniaA . of Oregon.
Probably also . ft tb Paolflo
' coait, for h haa flahed with all
; lha crack f lahanaan of California and
' Waahlnrton and mora than held bla own
with the boat of them. In the opinion
. of man 7 Mr. laaaea ranks aa tha pre
mier fisherman of ; America. He baa
' flahed' wita .the beat fir fishermen of
Hew York, Philadelphia and other east
ern eltiea, and hla catch was more than
double the else of any of theirs.
The blsr rest catch in weight made In
one day by Mr. Isaacs was that of it
teel heads, which averared i pounds 1
apiece and were caught with a number
4-fly and -ounee rod. The largest flah
. aryirs light by Mr. Isaacs with a fly
wsslaol-pound rainbow trout, the blg-
gest fiJnrof Its kind ever caught in
southern Oregon. Mr. Isaacs has fra
' quently caught the full number allowed)
by tha 'law In one day; none of, them
small. .. v-
A Native xt Oregon. v.' '-r ;- 'i '
: Mr. Isaacs la 4 young man who was
born and raised in aoutbern Oregon, and
for the past 16 years haa flshsd alone
the Rogue rlrer ' and other Oregon
: streams. There Is no '. part , of the
Hogua rirer- from ita source In the
mountains near Crater lake to Its mouth
that be la not familiar with' and ha haa
not frequently flahed. He knows every
rapid, every ripple and every eddy In
the stream. Most of his fish, however,
were caught near Medford or near Trail,
some 25 miles above Medford. -
The largest flah shown in the pic
tures are steelheads. The steelhead Is a
true trout, though it grows to such a
large else that It Is frequently styled
salmon, but It is not a salmon. It la
one of tha gamiest fish native to weat
ern watera and pule ip the hardest
kind of a fight. - Young steelheads are
frequently called "salmon, trout." but
there is no such distinct variety of fish
'as the "salmon trout"
Other fish shown are "rainbow" trout, '
one of the gamiest and best of native
game flah. the "cut-throat" trout, aUo
a fighter, though smaller than the rain
bow, and ordinary western brook trout,
which seldom sttaln large else. In
many Oregon streams these varieties
have crossed, resulting In hybrid spe
oles. ., . . ; . - . t
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' .' Among the crack fishermen who pay '
tribute to Isaacs skill la W. D. Mans
Oeld of Ban Francisco, champion fly ;
caatsr of the United States. He Ashed
alongside of Mr. Isaacs several daya, -
MURDERING THE LANGUAGE
Gausc of tKe Cockneys Dropping the kH."
Nasal Twang "of American Nationalities
NOT once, but several tlmea I have
: heard the oomplalnt. made that
what la generally called elan
. or dialect la finding Ita war Into
V the language spoken by the edu
cated classes. This , ' Is especially
o In London, aa I have, noticed myself
from my own experience, and I am, alo
told that , the ; same la the case In
.- n la not In London drawing-rooms
that one hears nowadays the finest
rhythms of that language which In po
etry la full of music, and which In
prose, too, might hare a cadence aa
melodious aa It la gritty. ' , ' '.
Tha average conversation In London
society sounds like' the tappings of a
telegraphlo operator. From sound t
becomes thud, .or a phenomenon ff
acoustic mud. ' '
The .Londoner, unlike the Parisian,
haa .jo'sVer been known to give his lsn-r-ari
the elegance and pointed gra?e
K,ut made fan a, aver ainoa me aaya or
.lot el Ramboulllet, the sea and home of
the finest diction In France. In Rngland
many people believe that the beat
French In apoken In Touralne. - Quelle
blague! To hear French at Its beat one
must heer It apoken In Psrlis In the
town where beat both the heart, aid In
tellectual pulse of France. ,
London haa never been tae heart of
ngland. The Intellect without a heart :
Is flame without heat. Such an In
tellect becomes rapidly blase, cold, caus
tic, Bytantlne. Having reached that pet--r
I float Ion it moulds Itself an Idiom,
cold, blaae, nasal, . choppy, unmusical
Have the , etymblogista, those grant
students of words snd small under
standers of language, ever inquired Into
the causes of the constant misplace
ment of the "H" In Cockney talkT I
doubt it, Vet there Is half the psychol
ogy of Cockneydom. The less emo-'
tlonal a people becomes the more it
talks from parts of the head Instead
of the breast. Just as the most emo
tional Inatrumanta are broad and pec
toral instead of long anl heady. .
Cause of Nasal Twang. -
In the New World, whether In the
United States or South America, the
nasal-twang mar be heard In English.
Spanish or Portuguese alike. - In the
New World people have Inoomparatively
less Intense and less1 complicated emo
tionality," If at times a more violent
one, than have the older natlona . of .
Europe.-' If now we apply this fact to
the Londoner we need not wonder-that -his
soul, robbed as It la-of all emo
tions ,ls unable to muster sufficient pec
toral hreata lor a proper use of the
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and' openly expressed his admiration of
When the champion marksmen of the
world were through Medford a year ago,
they were Introduced to Rogue river
Ashing by Mr. Isaacs, and all acknowl
edged his skill. : Among the marksmen
were Walter Huff. William Croaby
William Hlllis, Tom Marshall, David
W. King of Ban Francisco, and Chaua
ry M. Powers of Decatur, Illinois, all
of (hem noted anglers.
Frank Ay era, and Dr. Holden, of New
York, who are both considered without
peere In the streams of the Appalachala
region, were so delighted with Mr.
Isaacs skill that they offered to pay
Ills expenses east, provided he would
enter Into flly-caatlng and flahlng con
tents In New York and other eastern
Thoush Mr. Issscs haa little trouble
, In making phenomenal catches, an or
dinary flaherman can go over the ssme
ground without securing a rise. His
secret lies la hla csstlng; the length of
line he uses, and the way In which the
. fly lights on tns water. He prefers
light tackle and small (Ilea, frequently
landing a 10-pound fish on, No. I fly
and a f-ounce rod. -.'
Faulty Flah -adders.
Before the daya when dame impeded
the progress of the fish up stream, the
Rogue river waa the best Ashing stream
In the state. , Of late years however,
steelhead and salmon have become rare
through the dama with faulty fishways
being built. :
There Is at present a dam at Grants)
Pass which effectually , stops the
" progress of many flah up stream. - Flshc
' are unable to find the ladder and beat
their .brains out leaping against the
dam. Not one fish In 10 succeeds In
getting psst the dam, and there are
prospects unless something Is dons to
remedy the situation, that good flsh-
, ing on the Rogue river will be a thins
of the past
Last week a committee of InJ'rnen
flahermen waited upon the owners of
the Grants Paaa dam and Informed them
that unleas the defects were remedied,
some morning they might find the dam
'inlaalna;. The owners sent for Maater
Fish warden Van Dusen. snd offered'
to make the neceaaary alterations, but
as yet nothing has been done. But lit
tle attempt lis made by the local flaf
wardens to enforce the law, and thou
aanda of salmon have been Illegally
taken by Qranta Paaa fishermen st the
base of the dam. The wardana claim
that prosecution la not made because
evidence cannot be secured, but Attor
ney R. O. Smith of Grants Paaa, who
was at bis own request, once tempnrer-
- Ily appointed flah waTden, had no diffi
culty In obtaining Ave convictions In
aa many days.
THE: LONG ALASKA- TRAIL
In Summer a Lonely, Flowery "Way;
Vastly Different During Winter Months
"H's." He mangles - them as he man-
f lea polysyllables for want of rao
Society, getting In certain layers aa
unemotional aa a Cblneae bronse, must
necessarily pay 4he linguistic penalty
for It. -
Pectoral yoleea become rare, breath-
frets feeble. H's get discolored, O's are
opped off and R'e tend to - become
- It Is, however, when we" turn our at
tention from the sounds of a single let
ter to. those of whole sentences; It Is In
ths csdence of phraaes that tha Cock
neyrlcation Of society becomes painful.
Aa language constats of sentences and
not of words, so pronunciation la more
Important In the tone and cadence of
the sentence , than in that of t single
When a Spaniard or Italian asks you
something you know that a question
haa been naked, even If. you da not
understand one word of what he said.
You hear from the cadence that it la a
question. Not so In London. Ques
tions, doubts, smasment. Irony, humor
oneness, flattery ell and everything ere
pronounced In the eame cadence of drls-'
sling word-drops. -The wave of the sen
tence haa no creat. no valley, no (litter
ing foem,io beavg undulaUoa, It la
water flowing from the rim of a rain
arenched hat.- I . .
Thla lack of cadence In sentences prcv
duces finally the worst of all features
the anaemlo vocabulary of drawing
room conversation. To the close student
of life there Is a grim Irony in the
sight of a woman, whose dress Is care
fully chosen from the latest, beat, moat
artistic, or would-be artistic, material
and models, and whose words are taken
from among-the ragamuffins of the
hlaat Rnd of London. It Is not once In
a hundred eases thst one le given to
hesr choice vocabulary. In Parts, In
Berlin, In Roma, any man or woman
entering a aalon Is expected to talk in
a distingue manner, bout as to pro
nunciation and as to. tournure de
phrase.,,..' . . . .; ,t , , vP f 7"v'
Harm to English Pros. . . . V.
. Of Iondoiu.on the other hand. It may
be said, that It ta of all place where
to acquire something of the wealth of
English, the poorest In the chancer It
oAera for that purpose.-In-Paris yoa
hear all that ' the language , contains
within one or' two years, In London not
la S9 xears. ?lUa Z am convinced baa
done Incalculable harm ' to English.
firose. Lttersry prose la a ttlg river llv
ng on the numerous affluents of fine
private conversation. This Is how
women hsve at all times Influenced the
literary . prose of their men. Cicero
himself says that the beet Latin of his
time was talked by Roman matron a.
But where, aa In London, talk la slip
shod, the affluents of the big river are
drained, and the river Itself Is dried
up. j .
It haa been aald by very pro mis eat
men, of whom I have the hlgheet opin
ion, that to overcome this, people should
resd Kngllsh aloud, talk French and
Oerman, but I think that ths cause of
the evil la for deeper. By mere lip and
tongue practice pure and original Eng
lish will not be preserved. Englle.i,
like everything great and precious, can
be preserved only by the very cause by
Which it was produced. .
. Throbbing hearts and keen minds con
quered in many art anxious crusade f
life, the holy land of the English lan
It will only be by a proper electrifica
tion of the underground of London so
ciety that English will continue to he
what It once was, a maiden much like
beautsous Greek, armored by mighty
' Our trail still leada to the north along
the great government road from While
horse to Dawson, a gold seeker writes
In Hunter-Trader-Trapper. ' It la about
ISO . miles, well timbered all the way
with spruce, poplar and . Cottonwood;
some jack pine Just starting in thick
masses of many acres.
Forest fires tea year ago drove most
of the game and fur to orner parts,
yet we see fresh signs of hear and fox
In the dusty road every dsy for miles
and miles. Some duck, geese and swsn
show up nearly every day'e travel.
Thle Is the middle of May the grass
is four' Inches high, blue and white
flowers along the roadside, some straw
berry bloaaoms, and yet a pane of glees
frosen In our camp kettles each morn
ing.. Fruit Is killed 1.000 miles south.
- This government road is a solitude
In eummer, not a pereon for a hun
dred mllea. but In winter when the lee
tops trsvel on ths mighty Yukon river,
then ths road ta a wide awake, thriving,
bustling, hustling, get there runway t r
the traders and miners. Oreet four
and six horse stages alam through this
road night and day from both en. is.
Change horaes every twenty-two
mllea at hotels called rnnflhoiiKHs. The
charges at these roailhnui-H are $f.i)
for each meal, II tor a ll It f.ir
handout lunch; ber etc-., 2:. rnn j . r
drink, hay and out rive to i.-n r- i
per found, Jhe ly i laes fi . i .
ane and the oats from Manitoba, hoti
polnta about 1.500 miles away. llotU
art teles are first class.
We were overtaken on this msd by
four droves of beef cattle of 135 hen.l
in-each drove. They were shipped from
Calgary. Canada and Seattle. Wash.,
800 miles by rail. 1,000 by sea. thm
120 miles by rsll, 140 miles on foot, then
by boat 250 miles to Dawson. 1.J00
miles to Fairbanks. Feed, both oats
and hay, averages 11(0 per ton.
The first cost of cattle la about 170
per head. They are still fed until three
years old and weigh from i.00 to l.ioo
each, the beat In the land. Tha freight
on each Is more than 1100, the fel
and care another 1 100.
They sell In Fairbanks for m 1
1400 each. The man who works the
pick and shovel paya for all. t'hu. k
Steele, c-nt; T bone steak, 0 cenn;
best cute tl per pound.
One herd lost five head thrmirh '
Ice; the next day the next hi l I
nine head st the snme fUre. 1
went UnHer the Ira In twWve t 1
water. The mirier must r f
lnea also. The hey rh i
eats coats ahout 1200 en
the road. One henl
to drive, the your,
gold hlinten went f ir 1 '
per clii y an -1 r - -i i '