Tales of the Fish Patrol

Jack London (1876 - 1916)

Wildest among the fisher-folk may be accounted the Chinese shrimp-catchers. It is the habit of the shrimp to crawl along the bottom in vast armies till it reaches fresh water, when it turns about and crawls back again to the salt. And where the tide ebbs and flows, the Chinese sink great bag-nets to the bottom, with gaping mouths, into which the shrimp crawls and from which it is transferred to the boiling-pot. This in itself would not be bad, were it not for the small mesh of the nets, so small that the tiniest fishes, little new-hatched things not a quarter of an inch long, cannot pass through. The beautiful beaches of Points Pedro and Pablo, where are the shrimp-catchers villages, are made fearful by the stench from myriads of decaying fish, and against this wasteful destruction it has ever been the duty of the fish patrol to act. These stories are set in the waterways around San Francisco Bay and involve the fish patrol with a variety of characters of different ethnicity and cultural backgrounds. ( Description from the opening of "White and Yellow" by Jack London, with addition by Don W. Jenkins)

Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction, Published 1900 onward, Single Author Collections

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 White and Yellow Don W. Jenkins
Play 02 The King of the Greeks Don W. Jenkins
Play 03 A Raid on the Oyster Pirates Don W. Jenkins
Play 04 The Siege of the Lancashire Queen Don W. Jenkins
Play 05 Charley's Coup Don W. Jenkins
Play 06 Demetrios Contos Don W. Jenkins
Play 07 Yellow Handkerchief Don W. Jenkins