But the margin of time had come down to hours, and the narrow escape pointed up the old paradox that nature can always frustrate man's most careful calculation based upon his closest observation of her ways. In the deepest sense, of course, there would have been no real defeat even had the whole run been lost. The fact that it had been restored from almost nothing in 1941 to nearly half a million fish in 20 years was in itself an epic achievement. But now what did this triumph ant conclusion really mean? Clarence Pautzke summed it up: "It has a terrific impact on today's thoughts with regard to bringing back runs of fish.... It points the way to the restoration of all species."