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FISHERMAN'S LUCK
AND SOME OTHER UNCERTAIN THINGS
BY

HENRY VAN DYKE

"Now I conclude that not only in Physicke, but likewise in
sundry more certaine arts, fortune hath great share in them."
                             M. DE MONTAIGNE: Divers Events,

ILLUSTRATED
NEW YORK
CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS
1913
Copyright, 1899, 1905, by Charles Scribner's Sons
Published, October, 1899. Reprinted, November,
December, 1899; January, February, September,
1900; September, 1901; November, 1902; August,
October, 1903; September, 1904.
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Walton Edition, limited to 150 copies, November, 1899.
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New Edition from New Plates, October, 1905;
August, 1908; May, 1909; June, 1910; August,
September, 1911; July, 1913.
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Leather Edition, September, 1911.

DEDICATION

TO MY LADY

GRAYGOWN

HERE
is the basket;
I bring it home to you.
There are no great fish in it.
But    perhaps   there   may   be  one  or  two  little
ones  which  will  be  to  your  haste.     And  there
are  a  few  shining   pebbles  from  the bed  of  the
brook,   and  ferns  from   the cool,   green  woods,
and wild  flowers from the places that you  remem-
ber.   I  would   fain  console  you,  if   I could,  for
the  hardship of  having  married an angler: a  man
who   relapses  into  his  mania with  the  return of
every  spring,  and never  sees  a little  river  with-
out  wishing  to  fish in it.   But after  all,  we  have
had good times together as we  have followed the
stream  of  life  towards the sea.       And  we  have
passed  through   the  dark  days  without  losing
heart, because  we were  comrades.        So let
this book tell you one thing that is certain.
In all the life of your fisherman
the best piece of luck
is just
YOU.

CONTENTS
I.  Fisherman's Luck
II.  The Thrilling Moment
III.  Talkability
IV  A Wild Strawberry
V.  Lovers and Landscape
VI.  A Fatal Success
VII.  Fishing in Books
VIII.  A Norwegian Honeymoon
IX.  Who Owns the Mountains?
X.  A Lazy, Idle Brook
XI.  The Open Fire
XII.  A Slumber Song


Behind them is an old habitant raising a mighty column of smoke
ILLUSTRATIONS
From Drawings by F. Walter Taylor
Behind them is an old habitant raising a mighty column of smoke
The same irresistible charm
It was my final opportunity
Nature gave me her silent answer
Occupied at the sunset hour by only two
He was following her along the Beaverkill
Up and up we went, curving in and out through the forest
It was the benediction hour