Like good detectives, they have spotted a clinching clue. In the old (7th century) Irish story, The Cattle Raid of Cooley, the hero, Cuchulain, interrupts a ball game. The game described in the text has previously been taken to be something similar to hockey or hurling. But Ross and Thomson point out that in the game Cuchulain loused up, each player seemed to have his own ball. Nobody ever saw hockey or hurling played that way.
YEAR OF THE BEAR
In an average year New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department receives 11 complaints from farmers about marauding bears. Thus far in 1965 there have been 31. Game officials attribute the increase to the drought. Fruits and berries on which the bruins normally feed have not ripened and, as a consequence, hunger has driven the bears to attack livestock, mostly sheep.
Most notorious of the marauders has been a large (more than 500 pounds) male, known as Old Spooky, who had been feasting on stock for two years in the vicinity of Canaan. Between July 1 and September 27 he killed 15 sheep from the flock of a single farmer. A clever rogue, he had eluded hunters, traps and dogs but was felled a couple of weeks ago by a special Lebanon police officer, Robert O. Letourneau, who surprised him as he was dining on a sheep.
New Hampshire has no bounty on bears, but it should be an excellent hunting season for several varieties of game. Grouse are expected to be 500% better than last year in several sections.
A nonresident hunting license that allows one deer of either sex costs $25.25 and is a bargain because Sunday hunting is allowed. Limits are five per day for woodcock (plentiful in the Pittsburg area), four on grouse, three on rabbits.
And, of course, all the bear you can shoot.