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THE FAMOUS "STRIKE TUH" VOICE IS FAILING
W&VwFv&s . Hi yHk -
lim, n if J ;
A language is dying. Though
spoken by only one-man, this Ian-"
guage is known from Penobscot,"
Maine, to San Diego, Cal., from
Duluth, Minn., to Galveston, Tex.
For years it has been enjoyed by
fans' all over the country, but
especially in the big league towns.
For almost a generation it has
been the envy of every umpire in
Others have, at various times
tried to imitate it, only to fall
down ignominiously. Mr. Fran
cis O'Loughlin, the man who has
been it, is the only man Who has
L been able tp get away with this
r "Kntrn" ;
Mr. O'Loughlin, who wouldn't .
recognize any othematqe thar
"Silk has used it many seasons
on many ball fields. Words
which Mr. Webster long ago put
in hislittle book-have been so re
modeled in shape and' sound by
"Silk" that they would now be un
intelligible to their original,
A couple of years ago emin
ent specialists informed Mr.
O'Loughlin that he could riot use
his, language much longer. In as
comforting -a way a"s possible
they told him that it was hurting
his vocal cords' to such an extent
that sooner or later he would be
Now, did, you. ever hear of an
umpire whq wants to become a
mute? And above all, "Silk'
O'Loughlin -does not want to. He
listened to the warning ami de
picted to pay heed. He now real
ises that his vocal cords are tot
tering under the strain that his
'familiar "strike tuh" always