Miscellany: Pickerel

In Bedford Hills, N. Y., one blazing summer day, Emil Schoor fished a handsome little pickerel from Cross River Reservoir. When a game warden stretched his tape along its belly four hours later the fish measured n inches, just one inch under the legal limit. Stoutly Emil Schoor contended that his prize, when caught, was a full foot long, that the sun must have shrunk it. Police put the pickerel on ice.

Two weeks later, just before the case came to trial, Schoor decided to pay a $12.50 fine. Having summoned the jury,...

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