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New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, July 22, 1900, Image 40

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People who are members of bowling clubs and
who think that they are entitled to membership
In the enthusiast class because they devote one
evening every week during the (all ;ui<] winter
months to the game, should have Been the
gathering at Schlitzen Park, I " n i< >n Hill, X. J.,
last week to make them realize that making
"spares" and "strikes" in a comfortable, well
ventilated place, where a cold bite and a drink
are serv •! in the course of the evening, is not
enough to entitle one in the enthusiast's laurels.
The bowlers who went to Union lii!I came frnm
a\\ ..\. r the countryi and despite the exhausting
l.i at thy worked and bowled ami cheered their
friends and coached the wavering ones with
an ardor ami fervor thai left no doubt in the
minds of those who watched the bowling that
in tic things like the Chinese question, the Presi
dential election or the fate >>f the polar ex
plorers' were nothing In comparison with the
question: Who will capture the intercity prizes?
The contests and the setting of the scene were
Interesting even to those people who knew noth
ing about the game, and while the pavilion
where the bowlers worked and watched and
cheered and Bhouted attracted much attention,
the other parts of the grounds, which were ar
ranged to resemble a cross between a New-
England cattle show and a German "Jahr
markt," were equally attractive. Unpalnted
plank booths, decorated with streamers of red,
white and blue, were sprinkled liberally all over
the grounds, and while the greater number were
devoted to tin- sale of drinks, there were many
in charge of the well known county fair fakir.
There was a tight rope walker, a troupe of
acrobats, a Bhooting gallery and music on all
sides. Over one of the booths near the bowling
Inclosure was an inscription in old German
Trink Ich Wasser, so sterb' ich,
Trink ich Wein, verderb 1 ich.
So i.st 'd besser Wein ~,etrunken und verdorben,
Al.s Wasser v'trunken und gestorben.
All the visitors to the grounds seemed to be
lieve in the mot'o, and men, women and chil
dren patronized the beer bars liberally, and In
many instances parties took possession of long
tables and benches under the trees and ordered
their drink by the keg. 15ut despite the liberal
Indulgence there were no intoxicated men to
be seen and the police force on duty at the park
had little to do. This fact was commented upon
by a visitor, to whom the proud bowler made
no reply, but pointed to an inscription over one
of the beer places, which read:
Wo riattdeutsche thronen
Da ist cut wohnen.
A wag had written this free translation under
the Inscription: "Go with tin- Plattdeutscher and
you'll have a good time."
The prizes in the Intercity games were con
tested for by clubs from Baltimore, Wheeling
(W. Va.i, Toronto (Canada), St. Louis, Brooklyn,
Cclumbus (Ohio), Cleveland, Chicago and N'.-u-
York. Besides these games there were seventy
one team contests in the regular "strike" and
"spar.-" game; one hundred and four teams
worked for the head pin prizes and a number of
<■' ntests took place for the candle pin, duck pin
and cocked hat games. All these games were
played on alleys which had tJeen built especially
for the occasion, the pins were all new, and as
to the balls there was everything in the line
that had ever been used. The g 1 bowlers
brought with them queer leather, canvass and
network pouches in which the balls were care
fully carried, and betwean games players held
forth on the subject of bowling bails in the
same manner that fishing sharps expatiate on
the imi its of their particular style of the
angler's paraphernalia.
The games wnich naturally attract* ! the most
attention were the ordinary "strike" and "spare"
class and the 'head pin" class, in which the
player does not count unless the head pin, the
em- which stands at the angle of the triangle
• tin- player, falls. In this game all pins
are set again after the first ball has been de
livered. Whatever advantage there may be in
having one's own ball, it counted for nothing in
the tournament ga s, because one of the rules
stated; "No private balls will be allowed, and
tbi re will be no larger than the regulation sized
ball, liT inches in circumference, used." When
th'- head pin is hit first, all the pins falling as a
result of that ball are credited to the bowler,
but tie- head pin must be bowled down, not
simply touchi '1.
Two alleys wen- sel aside for duck and candle
pin games The duck pins are short, squatty
affairs, shaped like the regulation 15 inch pin,
but only 8% Inches high. The ordinary rules
govern the game, but no ball exceeding 4%
Inches in diameter may be used. The candle
pin is !."-., inches high, but is nothing more than
a stick about two inches in diameter at each
end aj»d about an inch thick-r at the middle
point, from which point it tapers toward the
en. is. a 5-inch ball is used in this game.
The ordinary "strike" and "spare" rules govern
thin garni . with the exception that pins knocked
down but remaining on the alleys, are not re
move.l from the alleys, but remain there until
the player has completed his frame, and he is
thus compelled to roll into and around dead
In the cocked hat game three ITVa-iuch pin»
are used and a ball not to exceed 0 inches in
diameter. The ball must be solid and without
finger holes. The rules for this game provide
that "balls must be rolled down the alley, not
cast or thrown." A further provision is to the
effect that "poodles," or balls rolled down the
gutter, are fair balls, and "any pin or pins
which they may get must be recovered and
placed to the credit of the bowler. Dead wood
is not removed from tin- alleys, and any pins
knocked down by the deadwood must i*> placed
to the credit of the bowler."
In addition to these games many of the crack
bowlers showed their skill in the "stech" or
battle game, winch is played with nine pins
set up in the shape of a diamond, with the king
lin in the centre The bowler is entitled to three
balls, and if he makes all the pins he counts
nine; if only the king pin remains standing he
c< unts twelve.
For th.- benefit of the old time players there
v. ere two alleys, some distance away from the
regular Inclosure, where, the old fashioned game
with nine pins could be played. These alleys
were only 1* » inches wide, while the ten pin
regulation alleys were 41 inches in width. This
was the game which became bo popular about
sixty years ago that laws wen passed prohibit
ing it except under certain restrictions To get
around the law the game of nine pins was
changed by adding another pin, and the frame,
which with nine pins had lie -n diamond Shaped,
became triangular as it is to-day.
There was excitement at all times while the
regular and Improvised contests were tz<:i:i^ on.
The games which were play< d by the various
clubs to determine State championships, as well
as those for Intercity honors, were closely
watched but the demonstrations at these con
tests were tame and of a milk and water kind
in comparison with those at the ladies' tourna
ment.' 1
Four alleys in the basement of a permanent
building had been reserved for the women, and
there one could see young women and old, many
fat women an.l some who were less so, give
exhibitions of skill in the game of bowling that
were worth the price of admission. The results
were, on the whole, highly satisfactory, but one
could gain no adequate Idea of a contest from
card. The battles were aa picturesque
as they were warm. There were women con
testants who < ime in short skirts and opting
tvaists, and there were others who wore hot silk
dresses and many jewels; the women group.-* in
\<: led bowlers who delivered the ball with the
precision and accuracy of experts, and there
.•. • . :e others who play i with as much grace as
the average woman displays when she throws a
stone. But the result was all that could be
desired, and the contests were enjoyed by the
bowlers and applauded by th.- spectators.
The tournament was German in every respect,
md the crowds in the various halls, aruund the
booths or in the bowling pavilions would not
bave looked out of place in any German city.
In the space reserved for members of the pr»-ss
in the bowling pavilion there hung a sign which
might also have been sent from abroad to do
service in New-Jersey. It read: For repre
sentatives of the German newspapers."
From The London Mail.
The tirst bid for the hitherto unrecord- 1 en
of the great auk at Mr. 3tevens*a auction room
yesterday was 150 guineas. The successful offer
was E33U 155., and established a record.
Even the smaller, and, in comparison, poor
specimen, which was also offered y-st- rday
fetched 180 guineas— five guineas more than in
1 *»'.•■!. when it brought its lucky owner 175
The history of this particular egg is int
ing. A young feilo W attended a furniti.
in Kent, riding to the place on his bicycle.
Among some odd fossils he caught sight of two
large eggs. Under ordinary circumstan<
would have got the lot for al».ut eight shillings,
but a man who wanted the fossils started bid
ding, arid ran him up to (> > shillings.
in the t ii i the eggs, winch travelled home tied
up in a pocket handkerchief on the back of the
bicyclist, turned out to be those of the great auk.
and one of them, proving a hands n
fetched, though cracked, 260 guineas in 1804.
Tlie increase In prices for these eggs has of
late years been very remarkable, in 18545
was soM at Stevens'a for 20 guineas. F ax
duplicates belonging to the Royal Colli
Surgeons a ■ n W>.">. One of
these |n lss7 brought £168. A year later another
specimen, bought privately for £18 in 1851, was
knocked down at King-st., Covent Garden, for
In 1892 Sir Vauncey Crewe had to •.;
guineas for an historical anJ twice
that sum in th^ same year purchase
great auk and its egg Since then a cracked
specimen cost Mr. Middiebrook 300 guineas.
At the National Bowling Tournament at Union Hill. N. 2,
Mr. Stevens expressed a hoce yesterday that
the larger egg would remain in this country and
find its way into the British Museum. Its des
tination is at present uncertain. Mr. Gardner,
the natural history agent, bought both it and
its fellow, presumably a commission.
A novel expedient is being tried to shorten
the running time of trains on the Central Lon
don Railway, the underground electric line that
was opened last month. This road ha." twe!v»
or thirteen stations, and a length of six and a
half miles. The track of the Central London
is not laid altogether level. Just before reach
ing a station it rises l.€*> feet to a hundred, and
immediately after leaving it descends even
more rapidly for a short distance, the grada
then being 3.3 per cent. The object of this
plan is to stop a train more quickly when it !»
arriving, and hasten its departure when it
moves onward again.
It has often been observed that trains on the
elevated road in this city waste more time in
slowing down and getting up speed again than
they spend with open gates. A train may re
main motionless only six or eight seconds, but
the loss of time from the other causes .3 two
or three times as great. By accelerating both
stoppage and start a saving of ten seconds
might be made. This repeated a dozen times
would make a difference of two minutes in the
total run. The advantage secured by the ex
pedient employed in London is apart from and
additional to the use of electric motors, which
enable a train to develop full speed sooner
than steam does.
From The I
A gentleman living in the provinces received
one morning the following' aci-ount from a^ho
netio credit who demanded immediate' pay -
ment: • flt> *
Osvortida 1 ' '>'-«■>»'■
AvorJeos (•loa. svoio
Vechinovimome J ■ J&3
The translation from phonetic to the-n*»ra
normal form of orthography Is:
Horse for a day 1
If ay for the horse i-lOa.
Fetching of him homej

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