OCR Interpretation

New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, May 17, 1908, Image 18

Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Persistent link: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030214/1908-05-17/ed-1/seq-18/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for 2

Soldiers must put on, between stirt and goal, complete equipment, which Is scattered along the course.
ffew Rules Expected to Obviate
Interest Killing Delays.
Ijovcrs of polo in the neighborhood of New
Tork have been awaiting with keen interest
the games this week. May 18 to 23, at the
Westchester Country Club, which really mark
the Introduction of new rules in the conduct of
the sport in this country, these rules being cal
culated to expedite play greatly and to arouse
more popular Interest in the g me.
A well known player probably voiced the gen
eral objection to polo as played under the old
rules when he said the other day:
"It was a five game all right, and it was In
teresting to watch it; that is, for a time. But
when the dinner hour came, with the end of a
match still nowhere in sight, even the most en
thusiastic lover of the sport was forced to ac
knowledge that it had its drawbacks.
"Why, under those old rules I have known a
match to drag out until the_ moon came up.
You see, the chief trouble lay in the fact that
the rule? contained no provision against pro
tracted rests between goals, excessive time out
In which to change ponies, and other similar
loopholes for delay. Take, for instance, the old
rule governing teams of four: 'There shall be
four periods of fifteen minutes-- each actual play.
Two minutes shall be allowed after each goal,
and Intervals of seven minutes between periods
unless otherwise agreed.'
"You see, it was possible for players so dis
posed, oven after the call of time, to idle about
Ihe field an hour or more, which could not be
•ounti-d as "actual play." As polo games usual
ly begin not earlier than 4 p. m.. it was not
nearly as difficult to see the effect of this lax
rule as it was oftentimes to sec the actual
finish of games played under it. Then, again,
these old rules made it possible for a team in
the lead wilfully to protract a game or match
in their own interests.
"Under the new rules games will be of ten
periods each of six minutes' duration, and only
three minutes of rest are allowed between
periods. That means business from the start.
The time out aggregates only thirty minutes,
and I do not see hew it is going to be pos
sible for a match to last longer than an hour
and a half."
H. T.. Herbert, chairman of the Polo Associa
tion, is one of the o Hals of that organization
who expects much from the new rules.
••< >f course, we cannot tell how thes^ rules
are going to work until we have given them
a trial." said he the other day; "but everything
tending to expedite play without overtaxing the
ponies will undoubtedly prove a good thing."
The new n:ies are not. however, for the fat
man. Beneath their strenuous provisions his
supi rfluous avoirdupois is likely to disappear as
snow before the sun. The old rules, admitting
of short bouts at actual playing, with ampl<
breathing places sandwiched in between .-it fre
quent intervals, proved a temptation to the man
of short wind and wide girth, but his place under
the strenuous provisions of the new rubs will
be the shady part of the sidelines.
"It's a good thing; it will root out a lot of
dead wood in the teams," was the significant
comment of one player.
j:ut even the hardy players have found a few
points in the new ru!> s about which they ar" a
trifi urn ertain. For instance, some think the
rule forbidding the \i«- of blinkers or rowels un
nec< ary, but it is ur^.-d in defence «.f these
new provisions that a pony handicapped by
blinkers is a constani menace to the life of his
rider and a source of danger to himself. The
broad argument of humanity to animals is I
against the use of rowels, and the as ertion is
mad' 1 that among skilled players they are un
nec< ssary anyway, < xc< i>t in extreme eas< s.
The f: ' t that tin- fast play under the new
rule-- makes a string of six ponies of mon sei
vice thai one of four, coupled with th< fad thai
prices of ponies hav< lately been climbing sky
ward until now animals- untrained to the mallet
are selling as high a^ £.">'•". while the average
price is well over XL'oo, Is not calculated to con
tribute to the peace of mind of souk ,>f the play
Tl.' season gives promise of being a highly in
teresting one for the polo player. Among the
Two minutes and five seconds was the time in a recent contest of this kind.
big matches are the championships at Van Cort
landt Park, August 29 to September 5; the Buf
falo Country Club tournament, September 2 to
9; a tournament of the Boston clubs. BepUmber
7 to 19; the Squadron A tournament, Septembei
7 to 15; the Point Judith County Club tourna
ment, July 21) to Aug-ust 12; the match at New
port, August 13 to 22; the Rumson Polo Club
tournament, July IS to 2T>; the Southampton
tournament, Ju!y 20 to 25; the combination
(the Isryn Mawr Pt lo Club, the Devon Pole flub
and the Philadelphia Country Club) tournament,
June 2 to 20; the Meadow Brook tournament,
June 22 to July ."{; the Rockaway tournament,
July 4 to 18, and the Saratoga match, August
15 to 26.
interest in the game has been heightened
somewhat through the announcement that a
team of five Knglish players will visit this coun
try in August. They are on a sociable trip, but
will brim,' their ponies along and will play at
Narragansett Pier, Newport and other places.
Though it was not until 1890 that th.- Polo
Association was formed, it is now twenty-two
years ago that jh>!o was introduced in this coun
try, being first played here in New York, in IS7<>.
The following year it was taken up in Newport.
Since then its growth lias been steady. When
first organized the association bad ;i membership
of eight clubs. Now it includes thirty-seven, as
follows: The Aiken Polo Club, Aiken, S. C. ; the
Army Polo Club and Accessory « "lubs. West Point,
X. V.; the Buffalo (N. V.) Country Club, the P.ryn
Mawr (Perm.) Polo Club, the Camden (S. C.)
Country Club, the Westchester (N. V.) Country
Club, the Dedham (Mass.) Polo Club, the Pe-.nn
(Perm.) Polo Club, the Essex County Polo Club,
West Orange, N. J.; the Great Neck (L.ong Isl
and) Polo Club, the Junction City (Kan.) Polo
Club, the Lakewood (X. J> Polo dub. the
Meadow Hrook Club, Westbury, Ixing Island;
the .Missouri Hunt and Polo Club, Kansas City,
Mo.; the Myopia Hunt Club, Hamilton, .Mass.;
the New Haven Polo Club, the New Orleans
(La.) Polo Club, the Norfolk Country Club,
West wood. Mass.; the Onwentsia Club, I^ake
Forest, 111.; the Orlando (FlaJ Polo Club, the
Penllyn (Perm.) Polo Club, the Philadelphia
Country Club, Bala, Perm.; the Point Judith
Country Club, Narragansett Pier. EL L; the Kid
ir.fr and I »ri\ ii;--r Club, Brooklyn; the Rockaway
Hunting i'!uti, Cedarhurst, Ix)ng Island; the
Rumford Polo Club, Providence, R. [; the Rum
son Polo Club, Seabright, N. J ; the Saratoga
Polo Club, the St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club,
the Somerset County Polo Club, Hernardsville,
X. J.; the Southampton (Long Island" Horse
Assch iation; the Squadron A (N. G. X. T.) Polo
Club, the Taconlc Polo Club, Hartford, Conn.;
tin- Westchester Polo Club, Newport, li. I.; the
Washington Polo Club, the Whippsui; River
Club, Morristown, X. J.. and t!,. Whit< Marsh
Polo ('lull Roslyn Heights, Perm.
117/ V. IS DEEM
A certain spinster was being condoled with
because she had no husband. "Why," she said,
"I don't want a husband. Pm just as well off.
You see, I have a dog and he gTowls, I have a
parrot and he swears; I have a cat and h*> stays
out nights. Xow, why should I get married?" —
Photographs of Mr. Newman are exceedingly scarce.
I'' it hi Dat/s at Posts lircnk Routine
of Discipline.
Taking a hint frr.m the rxprrie rrt> , f »mt^,»
educators that football ami othor parries ,rtjj
mak<- any college jopuTar. the oir.cials of tie
United St.ites amiy are trying to woo enlist. *
m> nf and repel des+rtion by the Institution of
field days at army posts four tlrr.es a year. Tie
public la Invited to th*pe athletic exhibit!,,,.,
and all —til of prizes arc given. Th* \ tez
rivalry of the contestants ami the '" ■~*X'-r
shouts of spectators ar<> raJcuLxtecl to make •»,.
raw recruit forget the quality of Hi "grab" 1
the severity of discipline, the rr?»-agrenes3
pay and other littlf thir.?^ that Ir.rllna tin to
be accountwl .-:•'"•• at morsfcjf
rollcall. Perhaps there fa a company '" a bat
talion yell that basins with "racket; •->,*•• aad
ends with a few timers, and somebody waves i
flag of emerald gr-rn on a royal purple v :ar^
ground, and the private sottlier hypnotizes hi m .
self into the fond belief that h<> fes a rich male
factor's son taking ■ course of applied 5713.
nasties at Tale University ami bonnd to be «x.
pelled at the Til of the wir-t^r spmesti?r. Of
course. If he carries this illusion t',o far an<»
tries to make a night of it In a lobster : v »
without leave, he may wake up In thp jruarj
house and have '.:-y chance than *\-*r of b«i a »
The ptron? man in »' rt ccAU-z^ has many in>; f
privileges extended to him by the tiiry 13
recognition of his adrertislng value, and lli .
wise the army athU-.te, who represents the honor
of a resrimfnt. Is let off fr«.m some drilling aad
sink digsins. This stimalatea every private ta
become an athlete. The list or cr,r.:est3 i 3 In
ge.nifusly devised to combine the useful with
the spectacular ' - merely athletic. For ex
ample, a running race is var:e<l with the parae
of putting up tents, and doubtless thp rf-cori
for ypefdy tent pitching serves the commander
as a means of making the high privates of tie
rear rank toe the mark on subsequent practical
occasion.*?. Wh*n a soldier Is court tnartial&tf
for lii Ing late at roQcall and he pleads that a*
did not have time to dre?s, h«- may be confronted
with his four-minute record in the « k «:uipm*nt
race. Then there is a lot of fun. in unrking 1;
you can call it a game and win a priz' f,>r doinj
the most work. A bunch of soldi* -rs : .-.-- ?
sinks In competition would soon. h:s.%-e •'nocgl:
holes made to accommodate all thf victims
ascribed by space writers to the lady Bluebeart
of La Forte.
Nearly two dozen events •■<•■- on the pro.
gramme at the last field day of th<" 21st In
fantry, at Fort Logan, Colorado, and It took

xml | txt