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THE CRESCENT A. C. HAS EVERYTHING IN READINESS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL TENNIS MATCH THIS WEEK
THE ENGLISH TEAM.
MATCH TO BE PLAYED NEXT WEEK AT
CEESCENT CLUB, IX BROOKLYN. •
Th* members of the Crescent Athletic Club are
Uiaixat. Their tennis committee has secured
for the courts of the club, at Hay Uid£'\ the in
ternational match to be played on August 6. 7
and *\ and W. F. Powers, the chairman of the
committee, celebrated achievement one night
recently by opening a nice cold bottle for each
of th^se who congratulated him when he con
veveJ the news to the unmer clubhouse at
Mr. Powers at once began to busy himself
•with the details to be considered in preparing
for the event, and already has the preliminaries
in shape. The courts have been carefully at
tended W. and never were in finer condition.
The entire field northeast of the clubhouse,
whero The championship lacrosse games a.re
rlayvJ. has bt-t-n •■•.-.■ of
tennis courts. The turf is as smooth and attrac
tive as a carpet of green velvet, and "bleachers"
jja V< » t'wri erected.
The permanent grandstand at the north side
of the field will be utilized, and there is little
dcabt that there will be a big crowd on the
turf on the south side of the courts.
Th-- American team consists of four players.
Male !m D. Whitman, the ' [States cham
pion, md William A. Lamed. holder of the in
ternational championship, have been chosen to
def-.:: : the honor of the United States Tennis
Association in the singles, and Holcombe Ward
and Dwight F. Davis, the holders of both the
United States and international championship
honors, have naturally been selected to contesi
the doubles. The English team consists of U. F.
Dohcrty. 11. L.. Doaerty and Dr. Joshua. Pirn.
There is much specalation as to the probabili
ties of the international match. Dr. Pirn and R.
F. Doherty are regarded as the most brilliant
players in England, while the Americans, by
winning- the United States championships and
holding the international honors in both singles
WIJ^LIAJI A. LAIiNED.
NEW-YORK TRIBUNE ILLUSTRATED SUPPLEMENT.
H. L. DOHERTT
K. F. UOHEh i T
and doubles from last year, appear to have
fairly won the right to defend them.
Mr. Powers fs endeavoring to secure the pres
ence of President Roosevelt on one of the days
of the international tournament, and one of the
members of the Crescent club says that, should
he succeed, there will be one of the largest
Catherines ever held at Bay Ridge.
TEE AMERICAN TEAM
DWIGHX F. DAVIS.
THE CANALS OP MARS.
RECENT OBSERVATION REVEALS IRREG
Few of the enigmas presented by astronomy
have of iate exercised such a fascination for
the popular mind as the nature of the so-called
liars. The le planet w
the na . _ . . - :
furent colors n its surface. The larg
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here and there, and also vary > si y
from a strong to a pale tint, while the re
mainder is grray, and similarly betrays greater
depth and distinctness in one place than an
other. Formerlj th< "ange < olored trai ts
believed to be land and the other areas water.
At first the anals, which are narrow gray
marku red t i traverse only the former,
hut recently they have : ted in the
latter, contrasting with their background not in
hue. but in shade. In consequence, the as
tronomer now hesitates to distinguish positively
between continental and oceanic regions. He is
not =,) confident as he once was
One of the suspicions which have been enter
tained with regard to the "canals" is that they
represent vegetation. Percival Lowell goes a
step further, and believes that they are due to
vegetation which is dependent on irrigation,
ich as the lines are several miles wide, it
if- hard to imagine that they are what is or
dinarily meant by "canals." The supposition
that th^y are shallow conduits for water, with
Lateral brani tea which extend live or t.-n miles
on each side and are close enough together to
make the soil productive, is more reasonable.
W. F. POWERS.
Of the Crescent Club Tennis Committee.
!HK TENNIS COURTS OF THE CRESCENT ATTILETIC CLUB
MALCOLM D WHITW \N.
although it has not been demonstrated. Prac
the only observed fact which sugg 1
such a possibility is this: Some of the
tions in the number and visibility of th- 3
are apparently associated with the Chang *
But no one really knows as I ;
about the n atter.
The : - - :.t contribution to the Ms. i
is made by a Frenchman, Dr. Bfillocta m.
Meudon observatory. That institution is fa
studies conducted tn
the venerable astronomer, Janss
ite much less is known. The • :
that he is a member of the staff of the I
- though, is a valua
tiaL It i imman . -
■ ■ ■ - the man. Another eire i
bears on Dr. M leged d ;
that he has now at ': s service :i magn I
33-inch refractor, the biggest telescope
X in pc, and ed by the obs<
atory only with • few years. On I le
occasion when Mars was hist eligibly situut i
for scrutiny, the Meudon astronomer -.
( i.il attention to the I canals, and he
now reports that he saw them as "some sort t
chaplet of small, dark, irregular masses, i
not as bands with parallel edges and unil a
width. Dr. Antoniadt bis friend and profe
al brother, communicates this observation to the
current number of •'Knowledge,"
Astronomers are not given to accepting in
■V.y any story of this sort until i: has
boon verified by Independent observation. When
Schiaparelli first announced that the canals
■ .I!:- limes seen double, his reputation for
□ and keen vision was not enough t" in
sure confidence. Scientific folks waited until
.ne else had seen the sajie thing. Th»
same rule was followed when Barnard discov-
P. ST. J. RICHARDS.
Of the Crescent Club Tennis Committee.
I ered the fifth satellite of Jupiter. That is re-
J garded as the only safe course to pursue, be
cause th"!-<» are many sources of error, physio
logical, mental and Instrumental, and asiron
omers of repute are oft< n misled In consequence.
Judgment must be suspended, therefore, until
early In 11HX5. when the next "opposition" •.:
Mars will occur. At that time the canals will
be subjected to fresh scrutiny, in America as
well as Europe, and the bi^ telescopes v.\ Mount
Hamilton and at William's Hay. having ajo-r
tures of ."••; and 40 Inches, respectively, will
undoubtedly !>•• asked t.-> testify.
Though It is hardly worth while to interpret
facts until they are fully shown. Dr. Mill-x-luifs
statement will give rise t<> more <>r :--s :■.[• ul i
tion. It.s significance Is :>>>'. altog*-ther •■: -nr.
But it may be s.ii<i that there is no ::■■<. s ;iry
conttict b«'tween his description of the t:ii..u3
md Mr. Lowell's theory that they represent ir
rigation systems. <>f course. !f" a trunk ;iu;i »
lot of brim hes, siu-h as he has in mind wer»
laid out "M :» prairie which was absolutely level
and consisted •>(' uniformly s.ift earth, it is
probable that all the branches would l>- car
ried out to ihe same distance from the main
iin>\ The vtgetaticn thud stimulated would
then ;-h')'.\ a comparatively ptraighl border, ' "J
the other hati 1. if tn • surf:i«v were rather un lu
lating, a Ij::!i:i h would r<r - ; > ■ i : » y-t ;> short R'h.'F
it came to v hill. •'.:•' p. of !■>>•: or oth.-r
geol«.gical ransea mi<ht imp:ar the fertility ■»?
the Foil, and thus discourage enginei*ring enter
prise for purely agricultural purp^stfs. Sense
bran< hes wouM ■■••t be so long as tli>' otht-rs.
At a proper elevation ab>ve the p'.:tnrt's s.ir
w.if. then, in- products >>i" -■■ an Irrigation
system would show jii irregular outline. IK::>-:.
while Mr. Loweri'a notion has little evidence yat
lo sustain lt. no harm wi>ui<l be done to it \ven»
Dr. Millochau'3 observation verifled.