A word to commend Robert Boyle's superb piece, The Hudson River (Aug. 17). The writing is excellent, the knowledge is impressive and the organization admirable. I am no fisherman, but I am an amateur of rivers and am moved by the feeling that Mr. Boyle has for the mysteries as well as the material aspects of his subject.
His account of the pollution of this wonderful river moved me to rage and shame, and I hope his report, all the more eloquent for its quiet tone, will move others more directly concerned with the Hudson to demand reform in the care of our inland and coastal waters. It is good to see this report of earnest, devoted, patient work already going on to correct the ravages resulting from industrial and municipal indifference.
?Our thanks to Pulitzer Prize-winning (Great River: The Rio Grande in North American History) River-Writer Horgan, who has just published a new novel, Things As They Are (Farrar, Straus & Company, $4.50).—ED.
In the picture illustrating Peter Scott's line story on the British Challenge (We Mean to Take It Back, Aug. 24), it looks to me as though Sovereign, not Kurrewa, must keep clear even though she is the leeward boat. As I see it, Kurrewa is on a tack and Sovereign just going about. What say?
?Right. According to Helmsman Scott, Kurrewa had just gone from the starboard to the port tack when the picture was snapped and Scott is tacking under her stern to keep clear.—ED.
Your article on bullfighting, comparing the distinct styles of the great Paco Camino and El Cordob�s, makes many valid and important points (Artistry in a Bullring Is Not Enough, Aug. 10). However, on some points I cannot agree.
For example, Author Paul Evan Ress says, "If only aficionados cast ballots, Paco Camino would be reelected n�mero uno." This may have been true last year, but this season that honor belongs to another matador, Santiago Martin, who is known as "El Viti." Of all active matadors today, El Viti is unquestionably the most classic, serious and artistic in his style. Where Camino is very good with the capote and the muleta, El Viti is a master. While Camino usually kills very well, he is often erratic, ruining many good faenas by bad kills. El Viti, along with Jaime Ostos, on the other hand, is the finest, cleanest killer of bulls today.
I have just returned from a summer in Spain, where I saw Camino, Viti, Murillo and others fight in Pamplona, and saw Litri, Ostos and El Cordob�s fight in Valencia. As a rule, most toreros do not give their personal opinions about other matadors, but all of these toreros describe El Viti as the most classic torero in Spain today.
In 1961, I traveled throughout Spain and France in the cuadrilla of Antonio Ord��ez, probably the greatest bullfighter of our time. I also saw Paco Camino fight that year, and he was very good. But now, three years later, something has happened to Camino. As Mr. Ross writes, Camino seems lazy.
Of all the top matadors, the one who seems unafraid of showing up El Cordob�s for what he really is—a very brave, exciting and crowd-pleasing faker—is little-Diego Puerta. Where Paco Camino seems resigned to allow El Cordob�s to triumph when the two fight together, Diego Puerta has shown the people (and El Cordob�s) what good, Sevillana bullfighting is. Puerta is always as eager as the greenest novillero making his first fight in Madrid. While his style differs from the cold classicism of El Viti, Puerta is nevertheless another torero who tries all the time and usually shows his art in the arena.