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Christmas at HofgaarcTs.
Grand display of Chriftmas goods now on. We have a
large variety to choose from, consisting of Norwegian
Enameled Ware, Japanese Silks and Fancy Goods, Mandirin
Coats, Hawaiian Jewelry, Cut Glass, Perfumery, Fancy
Stationery, Toys, Etc.
C. B. Hofgaard & Co., Ltd.
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J. I. SILVA'S
Our space will not permit the enumerating of
the many beautiful, as well as useful Xmas Novel
ties we have on display.
Lawn Tennis Notes
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Thirty years fairly intimato ac
quaintance with the game ot lawn
tennis, ten, as an interested onlook
er, and ten as a referee and handi
capper, have provided me with a
store of hunimorous recollections.
From the serious faces of many
onlooker and players at a great
tournament one might easily bt
excused for thinking a tennis tour
nament the last place to look for
Yet even at Wimbledon the un
usual happens. A year or two ago
an Italian competitor appeared in
the sensible but unorthodox garb
of a sleeveless vest frilled and em
broidered. I remembered a pair of players
once who turned up on Tuesday
of a tournment and not being put
on to play immediately, never ap
peared again till Saturday after
noon and were then extraordinaryly
bitter against me because they had
been scratched some time on Thurs
day. After inquiring as to how the
tournament was progressing they
blandly ssked, "and when do we
play?" It then dawned on me that
this was the couple over whom I
had gone hoarse through the me
gaphone all Thursday afternoon.
An amusing incident occured at a
little tournament some years ago
when one of the committee was
asked by the player if he would
mind serving underhand, as his
overhead servico did much damage
to the net!
At another of these little meet
ings a shinning light of the chanc
ory bar went in, being on his holi
day at the not prohibitive fee of
half a crown. Despite the presence
of numerous curates among the
competitor.s he overcame all com
ers, and went home having enjoy
ed hisgameand oblivious of prizes.
Think of his mingled horror and
amusment when next morning a
messenger brought him a pursi;
full of silver, doubtless the curate's
contributions with a note from the I
secretary to say that this was what point "Fifteen in" and the second
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"" "cc proceeaeu iitteen out" then shouted "mit"
to a, silversmith purchasing a suit
able momento to the value of the
money except for a quarter with
which he purchased a "Lawn Ten
nis Annual" which he sent to the
secretary, drawing attraction to
One of the hardest things the
management of a tournament has
to contend with is to get a good
supply of umpires. Almost innu
merable are the excuses given to
avoid mounting the umpire's steps.
Players who in their own mat
ches, can see with hawk like keen
ness the exact piece of chalk that
the ball they returned hits on their
opponents base-line will allege
short sightedness when called on
Perhaps the record excuse ever
given by an unwilling umpire was
that he'd do it with pleasure, only
he couldn't hear the net-cord
strokes, and so was afraid he'd be
no good. As against that, I have
heard one, who observing the se
cretary bearing down upon him
with the score book, made virtue
of necessity and mendaciously re
marked "Oh yes, I was just com
ing to ask if I might."
One umpire who had sat in the
chair for a long time and longed
for a change, at length resolved
to grasp his first opportunity to
get away. So as soon as one man
at last got within a point of the
match and his oponent served a
fault, as he served again the um
pire called out, "Fault! foot-fault!
Game set, and match to Jones"
and beat it off to the referee's tent
with the score, before Smith open
mouth in dismay had recovered
from his astonishment at this sum
mary ending to what had been to
him a most interesting game,
Once at a match between K. R.
mien ana a. n. JJeauush a mani
asked to be n''oved to umpire.!
The referee thinking that one soi
eager might also be competent,!
entrusted him with the duty.
But when h e called the first
to a ball that pitched almost on the
junction or the service and half
court lines, the ogouized screams
of E. R. brought the referee forth
with a frest umpire in record time.
The duties of a n umpire ur
often apt to be disturbed by tele
grams such as the following series
which once came at internals of
about half an hour from an absent
competitor whose presence was
urgently desired. No 1 run, "Car
broke down hiring another" No 3
Train broke down hiring special"
and No 4 "Special broke down;
The information on competitors
entry forms is also at times very
Here are a few. "Please remem
ber I am over fifty and weigh 252.
"Beaten by Ritchie in the open
singles at Cannes 6-0. 6-0. 6-0; did
not play in the handicaps."
"Have been out of the coun
try for some years but last year
won the ping pong chameionship
of the Eastern Pacific." Mv stvle
,is good, but I am very erratic."
ine only information on one
ladie's entry form was "Service
The spectators also at times fur
nish their share of humor. At re
cent very good an exciting men's
doubles a lady being asked by a
new arrival what the score was,
replied in a clear and resonant
voice, "Well this side's four all;
I don't know what the other lide
Philip L. Rice and Frederick H.
HayKeldeu of Makaweli were ap
pointed Jury commissioners t o
serve during the coming vear
Lorenzo Bele was last week con
victed of murder in the second de
gree, in Judge Dickey's court. A
sentence of not less than 20years's
duration and not more than 50 was
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