CONSERVATION: Oyster War

Down to the edge of the Potomac River marched Sheriff Vernon Cooksey of Charles County, Md. one day last week. "Why, there ain't a conservation agent anywhere around," he yipped as he jumped into a launch.

Over at Popes Creek a fleetlet of oystermen were dredging the river mechanically, in open violation of the Maryland law which, to protect seedlings, forbids oyster gathering except by hand tongs. Sheriff Cooksey and his men sneaked their launches into Popes Creek, surrounded the poachers, captured 18.

In Baltimore Conservation Commissioner Swepson Earle hopefully inquired how...

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