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. SELF-HELP' AND THE FISHERMEN.

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SELF-HELP' AND THE FISHERMEN. Sir,—The writer, of the letter rigned"Self- help surely has been asked for a subscription, and, instead of i.'ing a bold No,' goes out of his way to calumrfate them. He surely knows nothing about them. If he will during the mussel season meet them landing at tide time, and the weather has permitted, he will find them landing their freight for home markets, and they have likely landed some at Parkgate tor elsewhere. They are no doubt blameable for improvidence, but never for indolence. Musseling is far more laborious for our men than either Parkgate or Connah's Quay men. They must leave home five hours and a half to be on a par with either, and often a strong westerly wind to contend against on their oars, the others being snug in bed until high water turns. These men have just to loose the sails, take hold of the tiller, and either beat down, or if the wind is free, sail down without exertion. Our men, on the other hand, have had eight miles of a row before the sails are any help. I would like Self Help' to go and have a night with them to the mussel beds, and use a mussel rake in three or four fathoms of water. He would come home with a very different yarn to spin. I have been among men three generations back, and scarcely ever knew indolence to cause them to lose a tide, though I have known prosperity to do so, when they would have an extra pint, but it is some years now since they were lucky enough for that indulgence. Time was some forty or fifty years ago when they would make five or ten pounds a boat per week, and Ralph Moulton would make from 920 to X40 per week at the cage under the Snuff Mills. At the same time we had the Flint, Bagillt, and Connah's Quay boats every tide bringing freights of fish of all kinds. I have purchased many a basket of beautiful flat fish, between thirty and forty pounds weight, for 2s. 6d., and a bucketful of mussels for threepence. At that time trammels were used in the narrows, stake nets on the banks, and the cage at the Snuff Mills. No watchers to interfere; no one sent to gaol and fined because he caught a few beautiful salmon in September. How must we account for the scarcity ? The seasons are much the same, the river is not altered, the extra means of catching are taken away (the river trammel, stake nets, and cage), and still no more, but less every year. And yet every one is puzzled. Why ? For some selfish reason presumptuous man begins to interfere and make laws to usurp the great Giver of all the mercies provided for thousands of years, who bids us to ask for our daily bread, and not to crave for more than we need. May I ask is there any good and valid reason why the fishermen are stopped on September 1, and the rodmen and gentlemen are allowed until November 2 in the same river ? In conclusion, may I ask when or where there was any want of supplies ? Look at our fish shops, our bread shops, and butchers' shops, and every other necessary requirement, and what are we short of ? Is there not abundance ? I could say more about our deep-sea fishing, but enough for the present. They may as well make laws to alter the tides and seasons, and it would have the same effect.—Yours faithfully, AN OLD SKIPPER.

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