I'm certain you individually deserve all the praise The Word heaps upon you, since keen intelligence, strong heart and love of water are just the characteristics you expect to find in a Chesapeake. However, you are the first doggone one I've ever heard of earning his rations by taking pen in paw and giving the reading public a dog's-eye view of this yachting business (SI, Aug. 8).
VACHEL A. DOWNES JR.
American Chesapeake Club
?Neptune was greatly impressed with Mr. Downes's letter, as he has always considered the American Chesapeake Club the Happy Knoll of his set; and he said he would like it to be known that he wrote on a typewriter, being unable to hold a pen in either paw after The Word had spread them out like Chinese fans to show off his webbing.—ED.
My wife thinks she can sympathize with Neptune (SI, Aug. 8). Last January I ordered a kit for an 8-foot pram. "Ten to 15 hours construction time," says the catalogue. Six months later it came out of the basement and into the water as a rowboat. Another six weeks provided the necessary equipment for a sailing pram.
The coup de gr�ce, though, was naming her Mary Ann after my wife, and keeping it a secret until launching time. Now my wife says, "I almost wish you had named it for someone else—so I could keep on griping."
DAVID T. ROBINSON
BETWEEN US GIRLS
In answer to Janet Hobbs's letter (19TH HOLE, Aug. 15)—I say phooey!
First of all, Swaps is not just a local hero, but a national hero.
Second, is the best horse supposed to win a race, or the horse with the most glamorous owner?
Third, no matter what Swaps may look like (and I disagree heartily with Miss Hobbs's description), he's one heck of a good horse.
Fourth, Swaps certainly did not fail against Nashua in the Kentucky Derby.
Fifth, I don't know or care why Mrs. Woodward wore the same dress twice, but after August 31, in the world of horses, no one will be talking of anything but Swaps's second victory over Nashua!