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In Vermont, meanwhile, Earl Sanborin, 38, of Springfield refused to pass up the season's opening despite a broken leg. He went hunting with his father, who placed him comfortably in a rocking chair at the edge of a field. As Sanborin rocked himself and his father went looking for deer, a buck came out into the field. Sanborin stopped rocking and brought down the buck. Then he used the ejected shell as a whistle to summon his father.
Final bulletin: in Manitowoc, Wis., Hunter Melvin O. Berninger held up a big bird and called out to a passing stranger: "How do you like the snow goose I got?"
The stranger, a game warden, fined Berninger $25 for shooting a swan.
BLUEBIRD IN THE NEW WORLD
Lake Mead, Nevada made a glistening stage for Donald Campbell's assault on his own world water-speed record. It also furnished fascinating contrasts with his summertime attempts in the English Lake Country.
When Campbell hit his record 202.3 mph last July, he did it in the rural privacy of England's Lake Ullswater. His laboratory was a converted hangar. His sponsors were almost nonexistent—a fact which Campbell noted with some acerbity; and he had to take an alarmingly large bite from family resources to get the boat in the water.
This time it was different. When Donald announced he was looking for smoother water to try to go even faster, American sponsors rose like trout. The Mobiloil people were proud and happy to help back the attempt if he would let their engineers poke at Bluebird from time to time. And the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas—which at other times has pulled customers by displaying Marlene Dietrich in a transparent evening dress—thought Bluebird would look fine in the hotel lobby, especially if it set a new record.
Campbell and Bluebird went to Nevada. The first try at a new mark October 16 was observed by pleasure boats and a national TV audience. The pleasure boats stirred up the lake so much that Bluebird sank while being towed, with the record unassaulted and the TV audience unrewarded.
Raised and refurbished, Bluebird made a series of warmup runs and by November 16 was again ready to go.
Campbell was up at 4 a.m. The weather, which had been blustery for three days, was perfect. Crew Chief Leo Villa, after a final check, pronounced the boat perfect. The apparatus used to time the run, however, was less than perfect. Someone had stolen several thousand feet of the special timing cable. The situation was retrieved by forest rangers, who rode to the rescue with telephone cable.