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REMAKING CRIPPLED GIRL INTO GREAT
ATHLETE HER FIGHT FOR HEALTH
BY MRS. LILLIAN D. BECKER
Article No. 4.
It is not alone the physical benefits
to be1 derived from outdoor sports
that should prompt mothers to give
their daughters every encouragement
to engage In open-air play.
Such sports make for fundamen
tal fairness in the interchanges of life.
They implant a deep sense of justice.
And domes', just as much as the
business world, suffer from lack of
square play, changeable very often
to woman's lack of fairness. Squab
bles between husbands and wives,
brother and sisters, parents and
children, could to ayery great extent
be averted if alfthe- members of a.
household had received that training
in fair play which outdoor sports" de
velop. Girls need a lot of education and
coaching along this line.
My observation of the women with
whom we have come in contact dur
ing Dorothy's swimming contests
prompts this observation.
They are mostly women who have
gone in for outdoor sports only after
their natures had become more ot
less fired. To-take out of them those
"catty," sneaky traits of indirection
by which women have been encour
aged to fight their battles, you might
begin with the young girl.
Later on the intensified native
jealousies which rx terribly handicap
a woman in her minglings with her
own sex and with men, will have be
come too deeply fixed to eradicate.
We were glad to see that Dorothy
was going to know how to lose
gracefully; that she was going to
bear her defeats nof only with out
ward calm, but that her heart would
harbor no rancor.
That is a great thing. It is self
mastery. This alone was worth the 1,500-day
job in rebuilding our daughter.
When Dorothy was beaten in the
races a year ago, although she felt
that she had lost because of faulty
work on the starter's part, she grace
fully forced the winner to shake
hands with her, even though this was
grudgingly done by the then woman
champion. She had learned to smile
at defeat, no matter how bitter.
I am sure from these signs that
our girl will not whine and plead,
pout and cry her way through life,
using those despicable feminine in
heritances of another day to wheedle
'from others what she feels justified
She has been brought up in whole
some Dlav-comnetition with boys of
'sqrupulous sportsmanship, and what
She achieves she will get by virtue of
right and justice, not by sniveling.
It is thus that outdoor sports de
velop fairness and a bigger, finer wo
manhood. Don't let your boys monopolize all
the best fun. Let your daughters
swim, row, play ball, hunt, fish, camp
out, climb mountains, punch the bag
and box. Yes, with some other
mother's sons, as well as their daugh
ters. There's nothing undignified
about good fun. It's a lot safer than
the outlet of surplus energy in the
old-fashioned kissing games, the tan
go party or the average social diver-
,slon set aside for girl3.
Fortify your daughters modesty
and purity with a knowledge of life,
and equip her with a sound physique,
if you want to have the comfort of
knowing that you have been a worthy
Let your daughters have their
birthright It will pay in happiness
as well as health.
WHAT SCHOOL GIRL CHAMPION
Holds Pacific coast swimming
championship for women in 50-yard
sprints 33 3-5 seconds:
Dives in 38 different styles,