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"SWIMMIN' JUST CAME NATURAL," SAYS
SMALL BOY, CHAMPION OF THE WORLD
"Nobody taught me to swim. It
just came natural. My daddy took
me to the iaths and I began to swim.
All the little babies cried, but I didn't
cry, because when I was a little baby
my mother used to put. me in the
water to make me stop crying and I
"Wait a minute, Cameron. Didn't
your father teach you the breast
stroke?" broke in the interviewer.
"No, the .breast stroke just came
"Well, didn't Mr. Veith, your coach,
teach you the American crawl and
the other fancy swimming strokes?"
"No, they just came natural At
first I used to swim dog-fashion. My
daddy called it 'paddling,' but I don't
swim that way any more. Everybody
calls me the 'Human Submarine' be
cause I swim under water so much.
I dove 32 feet high at the world's fair
in San Francisco and it stung when
I hit theNvater."
"How does it feel when you are in
the air, diving, Cameron?"
"Oh, it just feels :old. And when
you go into the water you blow your
breath out and it makes bubbles."
"Does it hurt your eyes to 'open
them under water?"
"No, but it makes them red."
"What do you see when you open
your eyes under the water?"
"The bottom of the tank Gee,
aren't you pretty near through?"
Cameron Coffey is not only a mar
vel in the water; he is equally preco
cious in other ways. He operates the
switchboard in the apartment where
he lives and converses over the teTA-
-phone with the ease of a grown-up.
He is tremendously interested in phy
siology. "Physiology tells you about eating
too much and drinking too much cof
fee," says Came'ron. J'lt makes the,
cells work too hard." "
In addition to his swimming, the
child champion has taken up box
Los Angeles, June 10. "Every
little boy should know how to swim,"
'says Cameron C. Coffey, four-year-old
champion child swimmer of the
world. "And the little girls should
know how, too.