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ADVENTURERS' I CLUB By FLOYD GIBBONS Famous Headline Hunter. YOU know, boys and girls, sometimes it seems there ain’t no justice in this adventurous old world of ours and if you don’t believe it just ask Benny Graham. Benny has a tale of ad venture and injustice that happened in the late summer of 1927 off Fort McDowell in San Francisco Bay, California. Benny was a soldier stationed at Fort McDowell. He was a "casual”— but his story isn't—awaiting transfer to Schofield barracks, which is located in the place Amelia Earhart commutes to—Hawaii. Now the fort is on an island in the bay and one day Benny and a pal of his decided to take a swim. One toe in that cold Pacific ocean water and Benny’s pal had enough. “You go ahead,” he said, “I’ll watch your clothes.” So Benny went ahead and swam straight out from the Island. He noticed he was making pretty good speed, but it never occurred to him that a dangerous current was taking him for a ride, until he was miles from nowhere. Strong Ocean Current Sweeps Benny to Sea. He headed back and yelled for help but an offshore breeze threw his voice right back at him. Try as he would, Benny couldn’t make any headway against the current so he finally gave up and drifted with it. “I was pretty cold by this time," Benny writes, “and pretty tired too. The current was carrying me around the island through the open bay. If I once missed the tip of the island I know I was as good as dead. The cold and exhaustion would soon finish me. “It was late in the afternoon and to make matters worse the sun quickly sank beneath the waves and darkness settled around me. I began to lose hope—a boat could never find me in the dark, and soon 1 wouldn’t know in which direction to swim. Lighthouse Haven Is Hard to Approach. “I was swimming as fast as I could—not against the current but on a slant with it—headed for the fast disappearing tip of the island and won dering how it would feel to drown when 1 saw something that gave me renewed hope. “It was a small lighthouse on the-tip of the island miles away but the current was taking me in that direction! “Beyond the lighthouse was the open bay—and death. But I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to miss it. I’ll bet no sailor in a storm was ever happier to see a light than I was that night. Each time it flashed off, as lighthouse signals do, I wor ried myself sick for fear it would stay out. “You can’t imagine how I felt out there in that ice-cold water know "You Can’t Imagine How I Felt Out There.” Ing that my chance lay in hitting the rocks beneath that light. They looked awfully small from where I was. “Suddenly to my horror I realized that the current was changing and pulling me from shore. If I continued to let the current carry me now I’d end up in the middle of the bay! “There was only one thing to do and 1 did it. I hurried my face in the water and went into a fast crawl, straight for the light. I remembered that when I learnt the crawl they told me to county 10 kicks to each stroke of the arms—I counted 10 prayers to every stroke instead. “Hours went by. Despite my efforts I felt myself freezing to death. The light never seemed to get nearer. I began to get numb and not care. A Rock Never Before Felt So Comfortable. “And then, just as I was about to sink, my hand hit a rock! 1 grabbed It and held on and after a long rest was able to pull myself ashore—almost dead from cold and exhaustion.” And now, boys and girls, comes the sad part of Benny’s yarn. Benny was safe, but unfortunately for him he didn’t land at a nudist camp because, you see, he was as free of clothes as the bride at a nudist wedding. He scrambled up the bank and along the road without even a barrel. It was pitch dark, but the lighthouse that had once proved such a friend in need was now his worst enemy. Every time it flashed Benny had to run for cover. But he finally managed, by fits and starts, to reach a house with a light in It and he got up his nerve and rang the bell. If a servant girl lmd answered Benny's ring he probably would stui be doing a Tarzan on the island, but he was in luck for once that day. Ills own first sergeant came to the door. Benny Finds Out How Much He s Missed. Well, you know how tough those “Top Kickers” can be when a but ton is out of place, so you can jus* imagine what this one said when he saw Benny without a button on him! After the storm had passed Ben borrowed an overcoat and the non-com drove him back toward camp. They picked up Benny’s clothes first and Benny was shocked to find that his old pal who had been watching them was gone. He got a worse shock a moment later when he found his pocket* book and watch were also gone! Alas! for the faithlessness of the human race I Benny later found his pal spending his money, wearing his watch, and he hadn’t even reported Benny’s tragic end! And that, Benny says, was the “most unkind cut of all.” But Benny had his revenge. When his pal first saw him that night, the faithless doughboy thought he was seeing ghosts and nearly died of fright. ©—WNU Service. © New York Post—WNU Service. Curley Looks Back to Sports Figures of Many Years Ago Dear Hugh: I have just been read ing “Things the Box Score Never Told Me,'’ and it has touched of) a flood of memories. Maybe you ivould like to use some of these items some day: MORDECAI BROWN of Terre Haute—"Three-fingered Brown” they used to call him—was the star pitcher of the Chicago Cubs in 1908-09. I first saw him on the Terre Haute ball team with Bill Horsley, who was elected sheriff of Vigo county and, while sheriff, at tended law school. Later he was elected district attorney. Today Brown, whose pitching duels against Christy Mathewson provided unfor gettable thrills, runs a gasoline sta tion in his home town. He started in life working in the coal mines. One hundred and eighty-five paid tiie general admission, $20, when Boz Fitzsimmons knocked out I’eter Maher at Langtry, Texas. The pro moter, Dan Stuart, the Texan, paid them a purse of $15,000. Of the 1S3 who witnessed the fray Tom O'Rourke and .lack Curley are the sole survivors. Tom was the stakeholder and be cause he did not bring the cash to the ringside, Fitzsimmons, for a time, refused to go ahead with the fight. However, he was persuaded to don the gloves and in about one minute the right was over, with Peter counted out. Maher is still alive, living In . Philadelphia. Two of the newspa per men sent down th’re to cover the tight, Hugh Fullerton of the LAH&VCtl Texas LS Columbus (Ohio) Journal, and George Ade, author and playwright, also continue active but neither one saw the fight. After spending weeks In the then wild and woolly Texas iliggins’, both left for their homes convinced that the tight would not be permitted to take place. Uncle Bill Naughtor., Wurra Wurra McLaughlin, George Siler (who was chosen at the ringside to referee), George Weldon, W. w. Douglas, Tom Seymour, Ben Benja min, Joe Vila, Billy Rocap, Bat Masterson, Parson Davies, Colonel Hopkins, Nat Goodwir, Jim Quinn, Buck Cornelius, Buffalo Bill Cody, Otto Floto, Willie Green and Pat Sheedy were some of the big names at the ringside. Judge Boy Beau, who named Langtry, Texas, after the famous stage beauty, was another distin guished ringsider. Bean was death to the horse thieves v/ho infested that country. After the execution, dangling from the nearest tree, Bean would exhibit the riderless horse, with the caption: “That’s all that’s left of the horse thief.” Barney One of Few Who Call Ford ‘Hank’ Barney Oldfield is one of the few men who call Henry Ford by his first name. Barney calls him Hank, and whenever the two meet they swap stories on their old Car 999 days. By a strange coincidence Barney raced the car first at the Grosse Point track, Detroit, now in the heart of millionaire’s row. Edsel Ford lives almost on the very spot. Jack Kilrain, whose real name is John Joseph Killion, was born in Greenpoint, L. I., February 9, 1859. He is still hale and he irty and lives in a Boston suburb. Jack McAuliffe, one of the world’s greatest lightweight champions who retired undefeated and never lost a dollar for one of his hackers, Is 1 LOOK JACIf \ V I WON THIS ) >b»‘SonA still hale and hearty. .Jack is in the liquor business and though born in County Cork, Ireland, in 1800, steps around, like a two-year-old. His seventy-four-rcund draw at Iievere Beach, near Boston, in 1SSJ, is still the talk of the old-timers. Yours truly, JACK CURLEY. * * * HUGH BRADLEY speaking again. And ready with a few side lights on the holding of the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin. I quote: “They opened with a debate and continued in confusion. The French had planned the gala opening for Sunday, July 15. Our athletes ob jected to competing on the Sabbath. The French reported that the substi tute date, July 1, was Bastile day and therefore more sacred to them than any Sunday possibly oculd be to Americans. Officials threatened that the French would boycott the affair if the Saturday opening was insisted upon. “Finally it was agreed to open on Saturday. The runners competed on lumpy, pitted turf, a path that had lieen cut through the trees of the Hols de Boulogne. Trees inter fered with the throwing of the dis cus and tlie hammer. The French ignored the protests of the con testants. “It had been decided that Ameri cans with scruples against compet ing on Sunday would not be com pelled to do so. Instead they could run or jump on Monday and their times or marks then would be com pared with those of the Sunday con testants apd the winners thus would be decided. "Then the French reversed them selves upon this. They sent word that In certain' events the Sunday competition would be final. Five of 13 Penn athletes on the American team gave in and competed. Syra cuse and Princeton groups went around yelling ‘Treachery!’ “Some American tourists formed an organized cheering section. The French stood by muttering, making derisive gestures, glaring, howling ‘Sauvage!’ ” That was at Paris in 1900. The na tives, striving to get back what they had lost in the Franco-Prussian war, were hard-working, peaceable folks. * * * International Strife at London in 1908 I quote: “Fighting started before the first runner toed the mark. Finland and Russia were in the midst of some political dispute. Athletes from these two countries snarled when they met. “Sweden withdrew its wrestling team as a protest against British judges. The American tug-of-war team quit the field when the Liver pool bobbies, competing for Great Britain in this event, insisted upon wearing boots that gave them a de cided and unfair advantage. The actions of the judges in the cycling events caused the Canadians and the French to set up a persistent howl about ‘robbery.’ “The next big debate came when the 400-meter final was declared ‘no contest’ on the ground that two American contestants had inter fered with Halswelle of England. The Americans refused to accept this decision of the judges and would not permit their runners. Car penter and Robbins, to compete when a new race was ordered. “By this time the fighting was be coming fierce and general. At least six other nations were screaming about the officials and their rulings, howling about discrimination, threat ening to withdraw and denouncing all things British. “So they held the marathon. Do rando, the Italian, fell five times as he approached the finish and finally was helped (practically carried) across the line by British officials. Meanwhile little Johnny Hayes, the American, was finishing with his own legs and heart. “After five hours the British offi cials finally, and reluctantly decided that Hayes was legally the winner.” That was at Shepherd’s Bush stadium, London, in 1908. Great Britain hud no wars or home troubles at the time and the British ever have claimed to be the most sportsmanlike of all people. * ♦ * French Chase American ‘Ruggers’ From Field I quote: "An international Incident almost was created when the French chased the American rugby team ofl the field after the Americans had won the title from the French. The rest of the fights were not up to previous standards, although most spectators sighed with relief when they were assured that the starting guns of the officials contained only blanks." Thai was at Paris in 1924. France, recovering from the World war, still was being nice to everybody. • * * I say: I have been quoting at random and without favor from the history .of the Olympic games held in lands which previously had given good cause for believing that they could keep the peace. Responsible gov ernments were in power. Hitler reigns* in Germany. He lias made promises. Some people believe them. His record has been flaunted be fore the shocked eyes of millions. The next Olympics will be held in i !•:;(!. •Some people still wish to hold them in Berlin. • » • I ask: Why?