Henry Cheesebro and the 378-pound swordfish.
"word fish are often found in large numbers off | of Connecticut, and during the present 0 reason tho waters have seemed fairly alive with them, the local fishermen spearing great numbers ivom the decks of their small sailing craft. One .fishing smack, as the result of a four days* cruise, brought to harbour last week sixteen sword fish. averaging tfOOlbs.^each, and the following story is j told by her captain of a struggle for life between oho of his crew, Henry Cheesebro, and a wounded maddened sword fish: — Cheesebro had am — —-v-* * J. J. \.j \_j \j KJA. \J XX %M \JL harpooned a big fish off Montreal Point, and after waiting the usual length of time got into a small boat to bring the apparently exhausted fish to the vesseL As soon as the man approached him and commenced hauling in the line the fish awoke from his torpor and started to battle for his life. He began operations by Cheesebro's boat diving, on so as to the to spear urface. coming It was now too late for Cheesebro to retreat, and defenceless, in the frail cedar yawl, he awaited the onslaught. He was not long kept in. suspense. When the fish shot out of the water once more he drove his sword completely through the boat from side to side. The sword entered the boat about three feet from the bow on the port side and came out through the thin plank on the starboard side. Cheesebro had retreated to the stern of the boat in time to avoid the thrust, and so escaped injury. His plight was now seen from the schooner, and the vessel made for the scene of conflict. By constant bailing Cheesebro kept his frail and disabled craft afloat until succour arrived. A blow on the head finally killed the fish, and relieved Cheesebro from his perilous situation. The fish weighed 3781bs.