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'American women swimmers, and
Lily Smith, the English girl who
gives spienam exniDiuons or a
tug boat herselfl
Both want to swim, the'chatihel.
Each aspires to be the, first Wo
man to negotiate the roughest
bit of water in tKe world a feat
never performed byone of the
Bex, and by but two'rnen.
For more than S& weeks the
,girls have waited by the water
jE or the cold, Tainy weather to dis
appear, that tHey tnay have de
scent conditions' foC theif swim
AJ1 Dover is interested In thede
termined mermaids and the. glf .
from across the 'briny has as
many followers as the statuesque.
The rival camps "watch each
jother closely, that' neither girl
Imay be first to attempt the swittt.
iThey keep a retinue of tugs and
small boats in constant readiness,
for it is no small thing to brave
the English channel chop, in a
swim td La Belle France, and to
the first one will go larger gobs
of advertising and press agents
ing, for future vaudeville engage
ments. Both girls are accompanied hy
their fathers, and every morning
each sire is afoot befpre daylight,
scanning the horizon with glasses
for the first threat of a promising
day, that his daughtermay take
advantage of the conditions.
One fairly good day did come.
The Pitohofs watched the Smiths
They didn't particularly want to
make the swim, but would if the
Smiths started. The Smiths
'feigSeaTa'c'f? oTmtere?, W sud
denly, from an out-of-the-way
corner of the harbor their boat
shot along the English Coast and
Juno Lily was on her 20-mile
swim to Margate. '
the next day the English press
blazed with the news, but Papa
and Hose Pitonof declared this
was nothing. The .channel re
mained linconquered by woman.
Days have passed, and neither
has attempted thd swim.
It is the United States against
England, just as it was in 1875,
and jusi as it Will he until the end
6f time, probabjy? good natured
rivalry with woman pitted
against Woman but give either
a chance to take a yank at the bull
dogjs caudal appendage or the
eagle's feathers, and watch them
fasp both opportunity and tail
Maggie on her first visit from
the city, in which she had resided
alljier life, to a farm In the coun
try was told to wander about the?
barn and search for eggs, She wa
absent a short time and returned
eggless and in tears.
"Couldn't you find any eggs,
dedrie?" saidjier mother noting
her empty hands and tearful eyest
"No," replied Maggie wearily.
"I think it mean, too, 'cause lots
of hens were standing about 'do
ing nothing." T
The Argentine has as many
horses as people, while Switzer
land has only three horses td
every hundred inhabitants.
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