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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 03, 1912, Image 10

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LOTS OF OUR CHAMPIONS STARTED AS INVALIDS
Bv W. G. Shepherd.
Stockholm, Sweden, Aug 31.
You would think that the ath
tes chosen by the American
Olympic committee as the best in
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John Paul Jones.
the country would be men who
had never known a day's illness,
but at least a score of the team
took to athletics to save them
from untimely graves.
William Havward. nhvsical di
rector 6i the University of Ore-
gon, is a 220-pounder and one of
the most powerful men I have
ever seen. I saw him spend hour,
after hour on the mat with the
American wrestlers who Were
training for the events, and no
more strenuous exercise than
wrestline- exists.
And as a youth 25 years ago
Hayward was given up as incur
rable. ,
i His father told him that if he
was to die he ought to die fight
ing. At that time Hayward was
a walking question mark, and
, could not stand erect He was so
i emaciated that his clothes hung
'in wrinkles upon his frame. He
weighed 90 pounds.
Spurred on by his father Hay
ward tried to walk a quarter mile.
The effort resulted in collapse,,
'but the next day he tried it again.
His lunes were filled with a thou
sand darting knives of painrom
the unaccustomed task of full
breathing. Then he cut the walk
to an eighth of a miie. It was
easier. He continued his walks,
spending most of his time in the
woods, and each day found it
easier.
At last he could stand erect and
fill his lungs with life-giving oxy
gen. Then he went into the bier
j timber and spent months in lum
ber camps, emerging with the
glow of health upon his cheeks
and able to hold his own at one
end of a cross-cut saw, or to
swing an ax with the best lumber
jack of the crew.
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