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Pages of History: Even the guilty appreciate the warden’s work

From the pages of the Crescent City American, May 1932.

If you don’t think fishing is good in Del Norte County streams, especially in Jones Creek, just ask Cleo Clark, Jim Barry, or Howard Griffin. These men know where the fish are and how to catch them. 

Last Sunday, Clark, Barry and Griffin hied themselves forth at 3 a.m. for a nice fishing trip up Jones Creek, but when they returned to the mouth of the creek at about 4 p.m., Game Warden Jack Hurley was awaiting there, and upon a count of the number of fish each fisherman had in his basket, it was found that Clark had 49, Barry had 29, and Griffin had 38.

The men found out right then, if they had never known it before, that the limit of fish in the state of California is 25 fish in any one day, or 10 pounds and one fish. 

Game Warden Hurley confiscated the fish and baskets. He also placed the gentlemen fishermen under arrest and cited them to appear before Justice of the Peace Frank P. Frame on Monday morning. When they appeared, the judge said very solemnly, upon their plea of guilty as charged, said: Twenty-five dollars fine. The fines were paid and the baskets returned to the game hogs.

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