Last week in Dover, Ohio the non-purists had their day?or, rather, their minute. The score after three quarters of tight defensive play was Dover High 7, Zanesville 0. Then the dam broke. On the first play of the final quarter a Zanesville back named Donis Toler ran 36 yards for a touchdown. Zanesville converted to tie the score 7-7, then kicked off to Dover. Not to be outdone by Toler, Dover's Bud Mears took the kick on his own 20 and ran 80 yards for a touchdown. Dover converted to lead 14-7, then kicked off to Zanesville. This time Zanesville's Doug Palmer got the ball on his own 10 and ran 90 yards for a touchdown. Total time lapse from the first dash to the last in the running backs' duel: 58 seconds.
Just for the sake of winning, and, possibly, to please the nonpurists, Zanesville picked up another touchdown before game's end to wrap it up 20-14.
Oil and troubled waters
At the mouth of the Housatonic River, between Connecticut's fine old English-named towns of Milford and Stratford, lie salt-water marshes. Two thousand native ducks live here year round. They are joined in October by several thousand migratory birds which wing down from Canada. The result: one of the finest duck hunting areas along Long Island Sound.
But the shooting in the Housatonic marshes this year will be terrible. Twelve miles to the east lies New Haven harbor. On a warm humid day there two weeks ago the watchman supervising the loading of bunker oil aboard the Perth Amboy Barge No. 1 succumbed to the drowsy numbness and fell asleep. The oil continued to pump relentlessly into the three compartments of the barge. The Perth Amboy No. 1 drank up all it could hold and then the thick black oil began to pour over the side. One thousand barrels, or 50,000 gallons, slipped into the harbor before the error was discovered. Tides and currents swept the oil slick down-harbor and to the west. Like a finger-painter the spreading oil left a running black smear along the beaches at Mil-ford and West Haven.
The remorseless flow of the waters brought the oil to a point off the Housatonic's mouth. The black and broadbill ducks sallied forth from the marshes to feed in the open water offshore. They found themselves bathing in gummy oil. It coated their feathers, stopping the flow of the ducks' own natural oils. It prevented them from preening them-selves; water soaked into the feathers, making the ducks heavier. They sat lower in the water, had great trouble flying and diving for food. Hundreds died of starvation. Eye infections blinded others.
Attempts here and there to clean the ducks with kerosene killed the patients. Having already molted and sprouted winter plumage, they will not be able to shed their oil-soaked feathers?those that survive?until next spring.
Stephen Pachl, president of the New Haven Sportsmen's Club, and W. B. Woodring, chairman of the Oil Pollution Committee of the New Haven Sportsman's League, have registered strong protest. They will ask the Army Engineers (who are responsible on the federal level for bringing a complaint) and the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut to prosecute.
The Housatonic marshes case is the worst in years for the area, although tankers have long been a minor nuisance, pumping bilge oil offshore where tides carry in the slick. Despairing conservationists see little hope of curbing oil pollution in the future. The current laws leave gaping loopholes for careless or wanton evasion.
Meanwhile, ducks will continue to die in oily shrouds and hunters will be left holding a skimpy bag.