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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 03, 1912, Image 11

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Hayward appreciated the nar
row margin he had on death, and
has never ceased athletic exer
cises As a result he is today one
of the world's strongest men
living, breathing proof of the
value of out-of-door exercise.
John Paul Jones, holder of the
world's amateur record, of 4:15
2-5 seconds, took to athletics to
regain his health. He was deli
cate when. Jerry Moakley the
Cornell track coach took him in
charge. Today he is a splendid
specimen of young manhood, with
lungs like bellows and the slow,
perfect beating heart of the ox.
Louis Scott, the wonderful dis
tance runner, who has" run 10
miles in 50 minutes and 12 miles
inside the hour, saved himself
from an early grave "by running.
Scott, worked in an upholstery
shop until doctors told him he
might as well '.die- at home as at
his work j anyway he had not
long to live.
That night a friend took Scott
tosbme indoor games, and Scott
. for the first time saw men in ath
letic costume. He was. fascin
ated by the machine-like running
of George Bonhag and 'was
spurred to emulate him.
The next evening Scott, in run
ning togs, took his first run, on
the streets of his home town.- He
repeated it the next nigh"t and the
next and he next, and within
three years gave Bonhag. such a
terrific race, that both men fin
ished inside a world's record. .
Egon Erickson, the gigantic
New .York policeman, took to
athletics to prevent an early de-1
cline. He weighed but 90 pounds,
although standing over six feet,
when he took upvrunning, atthe
request of a friends It required
argument to induce the long
shanked boy to get into, running
clothes, because of his thinness.
As a runner Erickson was not a
' Egon Erickson.
success at first. One day, follow
ing a run, he turned into the ath
letic field and sawmen high jump
ing. It appealed to him and he
joined them.
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