a fisherman named S. Maditch caught the 700-pound shark in Galveston
Bay, it attracted considerable attention. What happens next made the news
even more notable.
Whether Maditch checked the contents of the fish’s
stomach out of curiosity or just happened to cut into it while cleaning the shark
was not reported, but inside he found a sealed pint bottle. Inside the bottle
was this note: “2-25-38. This note was put in lake at Long Lake, river stage 44
feet. Finder please write H.T. James, 802 Ash Street, Palestine, Texas.”
Maditch returned the note to James along with a letter reporting where and how
he had found it.
James told the Grapeland Messenger that he had tossed
the note-in-a-bottle into the Trinity River near Palestine
when the stream was running at flood stage. next