I have been an interested reader since your beginning, but I do question the extent of your interest in the AFL lately. You certainly have never given this much space to minor league baseball.
May we have some emphasis on the "other league" soon.
JACK A. PARSON
BOOTS AND SHOVELS
As a part-time cattleman, I am curious about the boots worn by the couple on page 82 of your last issue (Clean Country Sweep, Sept. 9). They appear to be rubberized, and since my weekends are spent frequently with a shovel in a cattle pen I would be interested in knowing where to buy some.
DUANE E. ZAMZOW
?Part rubber and part canvas, the boots were originally made for English horsemen to wear at early-morning workouts on dewy Newmarket Heath. They can be obtained at Miller's (riding goods), New York City, $20.—ED.
INDIANS ON THE WARPATH
In FOR THE RECORD (Sept. 16), you stated that the Atlanta club won the Southern Division championship of the International League.
It is a fact that, with a 3�-game lead and only seven left to play, Atlanta did seem to have the division title sewed up. However, this was not the case. On the last day of the season the Indianapolis Indians tied the Crackers and then proceeded to beat Atlanta 1-0 in the playoff for the division title. The Indians went on to defeat Syracuse 4 games to 1 for the league pennant and beat Atlanta 4 games to 1 in the Governor's Cup. In three years Indianapolis has had two different major league affiliations, two different AAA leagues, three different managers and three pennants.
WILLIAM J. SHOBE JR.
THE SILENT SALMON
Earlier this summer your magazine published an article ("Goodby to All That," SCORECARD, July 15) derogatory to the salmon fishing in Sebago Lake, Maine. This reply was delayed for a considerable period of time due to the efforts we have made in attempting to find justification for your article.
To begin with, the Maine Fish and Game Department employed the Wisconsin Research Foundation to investigate the possibilities of Maine fish becoming infected with DDT and resultant DDE. This was intelligent since every other state in the country was finding fish, birds and other wildlife infected. If Maine was to be forearmed it would have to be forewarned, and investigation is the only way to accomplish this. On May 17, 1963 the lab report was received in the capital, Augusta, Me. This report showed that 10 salmon contained an excessive amount of DDT. Your entire sensational, derogatory and prejudicial report was based on these 10 fish, out of the millions of other perfectly normal salmon in Sebago Lake.
After looking for possible inlets of DDT to this famous lake, "the home of the landlocked salmon," and conferring with biologists and others, Commissioner Speers ordered a thorough investigation to determine the sources of all DDT spraying on and around Sebago Lake and what effects this spraying might have had on the Sebago Lake fish. In the face of premature conclusions, I refer you to the commissioner's release of August 21, 1963, which says in part: "The Fishery Department is reluctant to assign causes for...problem situations until enough scientific evidence exists to base good reasoning on."
In the last several weeks our association has taken pains to determine if the fishing has in fact fallen off seriously in Sebago Lake. This was done so that this letter would not be written if your report was correct. However, salmon of both high quality and quantity have been and are being regularly caught in Sebago Lake. Within the last few days, schools of trout up to 5,000 in number have been seen in the water by both observers and fishermen, who are catching them in quantity. The usual assortment of large bass, whitefish and other sport fish usual to the lake have been steadily caught all summer. Maine is now and has been in far better condition than most of the remainder of the country, and we can only suggest that if your magazine is trying to help with the pesticide problem warranted and justifiable attacks be made in parts of the country where they are most needed.
ALBERT E. GUY
Sebago Lake, Me.