The End of Ethelbert
Up from the sea 100 mi. to Columbia Slough, adjacent to the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, swam a small killer whale last autumn. There he was stranded. The press and populace of Portland, Oregon, made much of him, christened him Ethelbert. While the populace gaped and riflemen took pot shots, Ethelbert was discussed and debated by the Oregon Humane Society, which finally decided he would never get back to sea and therefore should be painlessly executed with dynamite. Before that could be done, one Edward O. Lessard and his son Joseph went out in a motorboat, harpooned Ethelbert, then lost him. Others grappled him up, put him on display. Indignant Portland police confiscated Ethelbert's remains, arrested the Lessards. An indignant Portland judge fined them $200 each for "killing a fish" with weapons other than hook & line. Last week Ethelbert was only a skeleton and a memory, but the Lessards were still trying to escape payment of their $400 fines. With one stroke Circuit Judge Hall S. Lusk, to whom they appealed, erased the blot from Ethelbert's escutcheon, wiped out the Lessard fines. Like almost everybody else, he knew, and explained to the jury in directing an acquittal, that a whale, which breathes air and suckles its young, is no fish.
From Time Magazine - January 1932