| American History Stories, Volume III|
|by Mara L. Pratt|
|Anecdotes from the time Washington became president through the War of 1812, the rise of Andrew Jackson, and the sectional differences leading to the Civil War. Numerous black and white illustrations complement the text. Ages 8-12 |
DANIEL WEBSTER'S FISHING
This great man, as we please to call him, could enjoy a
quiet day of hunting and fishing, and could, moreover,
appreciate fun as well as any boy you know. A friend
of his, relating anecdotes of this great man, once told
"As I was quite an expert in trouting and shooting,
Web-  ster used always to send for me to dance attendance on
him, while he was here to enjoy himself and relieve his
mind from the toil and trouble of Congress.
"One day he came for me to go to Marshpee River, on a
two day's trouting trip. We arrived there at night;
and in the morning we were at the brook or river at
eight o'clock, and pulling on his long rubber boots (he
always took them when he went fishing: they were very
long, and kept in position by a kind of suspenders) "we
stepped into the brook and waded down stream, fishing
with live bait (mummy chubs); he went ahead and caught
all the large ones.
"I followed behind and caught what escaped his hook. I
also carried a net. We had been fishing for a couple
of hours with good success, when I heard him
" 'George, George, come here quick! I have got a
mighty fellow hooked!'
"I hurried down to him, and saw his line leading under
the bank. I riled up the water with mud above so that
the trout could not see me, then run my net under the
bank and scooped out the trout; he was a noble fellow,
weighing at least three and a half pounds.
" 'Ah! ah!' exclaimed Webster, 'we have him! Look at
him, George; did you ever see such a big fellow?'
" 'Yes,' said I, 'I have caught as big a trout as
" 'Confine yourself to the question,' said Mr. Webster;
'did you ever see so big a trout, George?'
 " 'Seen as big a one?'
" 'Yes, I have seen and caught as big a trout as that.'
"Mr. Webster surveyed me as I stood there deep in the
water, and said: 'Ah, George! I fear I shall never
make anything of you! You are an amphibious creature.
You lie in the water, and you lie out of
the water. Come let's start home.' "
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