National Affairs: Philosophy

Citizens noted last week that the Atlantic Monthly for June carried an essay "In Praise of Izaak Walton" by no less a personage than Secretary of Commerce Herbert C. Hoover.

The vein was surprisingly light and fanciful coming from a chunky man so popularly associated with columned statistics, inanimate commodities and worried relief work. It postulated the pursuit of fish as a right rendered inalienable to "all men (and boys)" by the Declaration of Independence. It considered the mysteries and incantations of fishing, from spitting on angleworm segments to affixing trout cosmetics and...

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