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all difficulties, if he fails this time
he ought to go down in the history
of baseball as the rival of Fred Mer
kle and "Old Dog" Nichols, as the
hardest lugk player.
Blackburne came from..Providence
to Chicago. He was touted by the
wisest baseball men in America as the
greatest minor league player that had
developed in a decade. He was her
alded and press agented all over the
land. He joined the team; a high
strung, ambitious, thoroughbred
youth, frantic with desire to show
what he could do. He was on edge.
He felt that he must play the whole
game; do everything; play better
than anyone ever had played. As a
result he overplayed himself; fought
the ball; erred, broke, and made a
miserable shewing. The fans who
had expected so much attacked him
mercilessly. Under the merciless
abuse, he never wavered, but tried
harder. The more errors he made
the harder he tried,.
Hugh Duffy, then manager, stuck
to him until it became cruel to send
him out to play. He was given a
rest, allowed, to fret on the bench and
steady his nerves. They calmed, and
he went back, playing with wonder
ful brilliancy. In three days he
smashed a leg, after showing just a
flash of, what he could do. He tried
to work on a leg that would have sent
most players to a hospital. He went
home; a failure. That winter he in
herited a fortune. Instead of retir
ing with plenty of money he- deter
mined to prove that he could make
good. He underwent a terrible oper
ation to repair the leg. He came
back, limping, at his own expense, to
see if he could help Gomiskey beat
the Cubs. . He got another trial.
Again the leg weakened.
Then, despairing oX ever develop
ing him, Comiskey sent him back to
the minors. Refusing to be discour
aged, Blackburne declared he would
be back and prove his worth: He
worked desperately and faithfully,
ytub a htio factor in winning it pen
nant for Milwaukee, and now returnu
for another trial.
This time he is older. He has been
seasoned with fire. He is determined
to win a place and convince the
doubters. Yet he says that, even if
he fails this time, he will go back to
the minors and come up again.
You can't keep that land of a man
down, whether in baseball, or any
thing else! Blackburne seems the
best prospect the Sox have and those
who admire gameness and grit ought
to be rooting for him.
ON STRIKE PROBE
This is a recent photograph of Rep- .
resentative Robert M. Switzer of
Ohio, whohas held various state pub
lic offices and was a member of the
62d congress, as well-as the 63d.
- ' o o
Some people are conversational
spendthrifts. The less they have to
say the .more they say it .
"John, dear, I'm to be in the ama
teur theatricals. What would folks
say if I should appear. in tights?"
"They would probably say that I mar
ried you for your money.1' Fan.