In April, 1962, the news came from Washington that man has made a machine to debone fish. Do you dislike fish because of the bones? Would you like a machine that debones fish?
The U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries Review claims it is now possible to design and build a machine that will detect and reject harmful fish bones. Research by the bureau has been carried on since 1954 to find just such a machine. When the results were in, the scientists report that there are no bones about it, the machine really works.
Fish are relayed in front of an X-ray unit which detects the bones even when the fish are frozen. An electronic flash forms an image of the fish's interior on a fluoroscopic screen. The bones cause a change in energy levels on the screen which can be picked up and relayed to a photoelectric unit. This unit can control a rejecting device which deribs the fish. The device works best on thin slices but bureau scientists are confident that it can be improved for commercial use.
What our land needs more than a fish-deboning machine is something to put backbone into some who have only India-rubber convictions and jelly-fish morality and no determination to overcome. Many need the spirit of Daniel Webster who said, as he spoke in Fanenil Hall, Boston, August 2, 1826: "Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand and my heart to this vote."
Knowing that, as Thoreau said, there is never an instant's truce between virtue and vice, we should be encouraged to show determination by the words of the great Helen Keller: "Our worst foes are wavering spirits and not belligerent circumstances."