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18 consecutive years he was pool
champion of the world. That's long
er than any other man ever held a
title in any other line. The nearest
to that record is Frank Kramer, bi
cycle champion, 15 years.
De Oro was born in Cuba. He came
to the United States when 10 to go
to school. When he returned to
Cuba on a vacation trip he and his
brother started for church one Sun
day morning, but stopped at a pool
hall. De Oro's brother taught him to
handle the cue and he has been at It
At the time of the Spanish-American
war, De Oro was quite wealthy.
He lost nearly all his money and
went to playing pool to earn a living
for himself and family.
The Cuban took part in a profes
sional pool tourney for the first time
in 1887. He won the title in 1889.
In 1890 he was beaten by Al Powers,
but won baok the title and was un
beaten in 18 years. Benny Allen of
Kansas City, a much younger player,
took the title from him.
De Oro did not break into three
cushion billiards until 1904. Pour
years later he won the championship.
Since then he has won It and lost it
In his match with Kieckhefer he
will play with two favorite cues. He
has used one of them 31 years, the
OFFICER ALLEN IS FINE FRIEND
OF BOYS NOT!
A boy with the face that the kid
wears on Christmas morning was in
the boys' court yesterday. He car
ried a box given him by a tailor con
taining his first pair of long trousers
and he wore a coat of the latest cut
and his shoes were brand new. But
behind the Christmas joy on the face
of the lad lies a story that almost
was a tragedy.
Charles Banks is almost 18, but he
looks 14. He is thin and small He
has worked at everything he could
get to work at and he bears an ex-1
1 cellent reputation among the people
who know him, but twice last year
Charles landed in the boys' court,
after spending the usual length of
time in filthy police cells. Both times
Charles, charged with disorderly con
duct, was discharged for lack of evi
dence. Monday, Nov. 1, he was arrested
by Officer Allea of the Woodlawn sta
tion. Allen charged disorderly con
duct and the law requires that the
officer making the arrest must wit
ness the disorderly conduct or must
have a warrant if he didn't witness
it Allen had no warrant and no evi
dence and Charles was discharged by
Judge Trude on Teusday, after he
had spent a night in a cell.
Wednesday, Nov. 3, Charles was in
a candy store talking to a boy friend
when Officer Allen, walking with Of
ficer McGuire, spied him and McGuire
sent a boy Into the store to call
Charles out, whereupon, again with
out a warrant, Allen rearrested the
lad and charged him with disorderly
conduct He was in a filthy cell all
night and again on Thursday morn
ing he was haled into court and Allen
had no evidence against him.
Judge Trude became suspicious
and asked Miss Sara Blumenthal of
the Jewish Aid Society to make an
investigation and continued the case
'until Nov. 10. Miss Blumenthal found
the lad bore a splendid reputation,
but when the case came up on Nov.
10 Officer Allen did not appear in
court to press the charge on which
he arrested Charles and the boy was
The Christmas smile? Miss Blu
menthal took Charles shopping and
outfitted him and he had his first pair
of long trousers and an overcoat of
the latest cut Charles is going to
get a chance where cops cannot drag
him into court whenever they want
to arrest somebody.
It's sweet indeed to have a friend
you can trust so long as he doesn't
ask you to trust him.