Yet electronics, like all inventions, has its drawbacks. The escape that once was sailing has been curtailed by an ever present voice. But even the synthetics and the alloys, the resins and epoxies have their limitations. Water is still water, and a 69-foot boat is still only 69 feet long. It can go only as fast as its maximum potential speed, which is some 10 to 12 knots, and nothing can make it go any faster—except an engine. They haven't got to that yet.
HIGH COST OF POLLUTION
Last autumn the Pennsylvania State Justice Department brought suit against the Glen Alden Mining Co. for polluting the Susquehanna River and killing 116,280 fish (SI, Nov. 6). The state asked damages of $58,504.50. Last week, in an historic landmark in conservation activity, the state's Justice Department accepted $45,000 from Glen Alden in an out-of-court settlement. It was the largest amount ever paid in a pollution case. The money will be used to rehabilitate the portion of the Susquehanna that was damaged by the mine waste.
DU QUOIN FOREVER
Marjorie Lindheimer Everett, the racing lady of Chicago (SI Aug. 20), who puts on the world's richest race for Thoroughbreds next week—the $350,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity—is now dickering for the Hambletonian so she can also put on the richest race for trotters. Marje is offering to add $100,000 to the Hambletonian purse and run it at Washington Park in Chicago. We're sure Marje Everett would do a good job with the Hambo, but we hope she doesn't get it.
This week The Hambletonian Society meets in Du Quoin, Ill., where the race will be run this year and next, to decide whether to keep it there longer, or give it to a group from Indianapolis, or give it to Marje Everett, or send it back to Goshen, N.Y. We hope they vote to stay in Du Quoin. If they don't, it will be a curious reward for Don and Gene Hayes, who have staged and promoted the race magnificently at their huge and colorful Du Quoin State Fair since 1957. The only real knock on Du Quoin is that it does not have the plush hotel accommodations of a big city. Hambletonian visitors are obliged to use motels and country rooming houses in the vicinity. But this objection would sound curious coming from Hambletonian Society members, who often have expressed pride in their sport's rural origins and have declared their determination to perpetuate its country-fair traditions. The Society's members should realize that they will demean their sport if they put up its most important race to the highest bidder every few years.
Stay put, gentlemen.
FOR NOW, ANYWAY
A couple of weeks ago we told of the defection of two Texas high school football players from Texas Tech (they had signed letters of intent) to the University of Oklahoma (the grass—or something—seemed greener on the other side of the border). Now the more prominent of the two boys, Johnny Agan, an all-state halfback last year, has reversed his field again and is going to Tech after all. His father arranged a meeting between the boy and Tech football coach J. T. King. The two met and talked and, according to a college news release, the pair "shook hands on our agreement for him to enroll this fall on an athletic scholarship." Agan was not available for comment, but was quoted in the release as saying, "I feel greatly relieved to stick by my earlier agreement with Texas Tech. My future is in Texas."
DUCKS IN LOUISIANA
Rumors that Louisiana duck hunters and state game department men would defy the new and strict federal waterfowl hunting regulations apparently are untrue (for one thing, the Louisiana marshland has a very heavy concentration of federal game agents during the season), but it is no rumor that both hunters and officials are sore about the restrictions. They insist that no matter what spring and summer surveys showed about the duck populations in Canada more ducks wintered in Louisiana marshes last year than at any time in the past 20 years. Hunters say that in the last two or three years large numbers of ducks have stayed there after the winter season and that the state had a respectable duck population all summer. They argue that the upper Mississippi Fly way may be short of ducks but the southern end is loaded with them.