Sport: Three Cheers

The quays of the sluggish Seine were lined last week with 300 entrants in Paris' annual fishing contest. Three times during the afternoon cheers rang out from the thousands who jammed nearby streets and bridges—fish had actually been caught. After rods & reels had been put away, President Auguste Minville of the Union des Pĕcheurs de Paris cheerfully admitted that "because the Seine is the drainage ditch of the world, all fish taken from it are blind, hunchbacked and constipated," in addition to being rather small. Total weight of the afternoon's catch (three minnows): 25 grams (less than an ounce).


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