The flies swarmed to the hat and settled greedily on the oil, paying no attention to the fisherman's face. When the hat was covered with flies he wiped it off with the same oily rag and went on fishing.
Now the idea is being tested, with early success, by Maine Forestry Department Insect Rangers, who have discovered that only unpainted aluminum hats seem to work. The very choosy flies are not interested in green or white fiberglass hats.
Unfortunately, the hats have no effect on mosquitoes.
THERE IS, AFTER ALL, A LIMIT
Once the most rigid of sport's governing bodies, the Texas Interscholastic League is relaxing.
There was a time when a high school athlete could not accept a prize in a greased pig contest. It would have compromised his amateur status. But now the league has ruled that a high school athlete may win cash prizes as a professional bowler, wrestler or rodeo performer and still be eligible for his school's football, basketball and baseball teams.
On the other hand, just to show that it is still tough, the league is standing firm against a proposal that would have permitted electric typewriters in the annual state high school typing contests.
THE DOVE LOVER
After nine years of legal maneuvering, Joseph Aiuppa, Chicago racketeer, is finally serving a three-month jail sentence for possession of 500 mourning doves, which is 452 over the legal limit (SI, Dec. 3, 1962).
Long an ardent hunter, Aiuppa, who has come to be known in mob circles as Joey Doves, helped organize the Yorkshire (yes, Yorkshire) Quail Club, a private hunting preserve near St. Anne, Ill.