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THE SUN, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1912.
13 1 SCHOOLGIRLS CONTEST FOR HONORS AT HOCKEY A to !.. .mil iiri'.l' r i.M" Willi I! I I M.o-t from a -il vt whistle i Itiillv n'll" in ill.- word, lllllWII till1 Windswept i wi'iiiy-twii feminine til h ni mill mlilily IiIoiihim hi lenirul I'ark's hookey . Hold hockey 1m winning . nf Now York schoolgirls i idgo .irlii' iili'l sorority in full (I lys mil v oiT'" once HH.ri' cries ' mil instantly twenty girls wilh excitement, while their key 'or the Htart, From tho i'iiih the thrill spreads Itself .tori who crowd the sid" linos i moment every mie holds IiIh n only sound heard being the , of the hookey sticks as tlioy r iKixition. npie.il hookey "funs" 1 hcoho i di the last degree, even tho enthusiasts find inspiration in ht I-or thero I the splendid ii of gn-ensward tliat cn the el ,it Eighth avenue and 108th street, Kiiii.nlt of young women in their pictiit- me attire in tho foreground, while hi thenear distance rise tho massivo walN f Si John's Cathedral. A little further i lie towers of tho Collego of the ( itv t N'ew York stand out nun lust the -k.v Karli at her post on tho field stand the players Close to tho centre line the forwards aro bunched awaiting thoir rh.mi' lostenlthehall. To right and left the ui-lile players aro stationed, tho centre forward in tho middle. At tho v.inl line the wings stand expectantly. Hack of the forwards come the halfbacks, .1 in football, while between the goal l.i-l ilie goal keejiers eagerly await developments. h h'" conies from thi liw of the spectator, with shouts from tho players, ,i the ball lumps from tho centre lino, utr.uuht as a die, in the direction of the uptio'd goal, Before any ono can say Jack llohinson tho sphere is caught by a cleier ihhIiIo right, who proceeils to drihiile it downfleld almost into tho eiieinv - camp. Hut victory isn't as close ! an i i -eenw, for suddenly offside play is cal'ed which in plain Knglish means a 1 foul and another start is trade. Once more "Bully offl" is tho word, and tint Mine tho ball, after a brief battle, doeH I cam entrance into the charmed circle 1 and would have sped between the goal posts had it not been stopped by the "boot" of the enemy. Sho concent rates her ener gies on the attack, but misses fire. In a trice the fivo forwards bunch together to ahoot a goal. "(let it in, now; get It in!" their sup porters cry excitedly. A moment more and the ball bounds triumphantly past tin- goal keeper, beyond the posts, and another point is scored. "One more goal, girls, and then wo stop," sings out Miss Vera Schmauss, hockey coach for the Wadleigh High I I 1 -T It ErAsmui H"i d1- School Curls Playing HocJciry School girls, as she leads her charges back to tho fray. "Oh, dear!" rises in mournful cadence over the field, for tho girls would rather play hockey than eat; but youth doesn't mope long, and In a trice tho players are up and at it again. A lucky play and the game is over for the day. Then breathless but beaming tho twenty-two girls make a rush for their skirts and outer wear. They chatter like magpies, but teehniquo is tho topio and there is never a jealous won! or a frown. It is this team spirit which is engendered that gives to hockey its sporting value in the eyes of athletic experts and educatoi-s. This is but one little picture of what is going on daily in Central Park, in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, and in Crotona Park. Just now the contests are the elimination games preparatory to the finals, t le big championship matches to bo playe I a") ut Thanksgiving time, when the gir'i in their letters" and clans fights olau .or supremacy. To "win their letters" means for tho individual girl to gain the right to wear on her sweater or middy blouse initials such us her college brother sports as a result of athletic honors. "It's a great game!" is invariably th expression that falls from the lips of hockey enthusiasts when they talk about MUs El PHYSICAL SIRCCTOR or THE GIRLS 1 V PUBLIC .SCHOOL ATHLETIC LIAOue it. Truly to, appreciate the fulness of its meaning you ought to hear a hockey "fan" say it. But the game grips you whether you are a fanatic or not. If you accept an invitation from your hockey mad friend to "come up to tho park and see my girls play"-you might just as well succumb gracefully at the outset, for it will get you in the end. Before you know it you find yourself cheering with the rest. There are 3,000 hockey players in tho (Jirls Public School Athletic League. The latter is, by tho way, the largest organ ization of tho sort in the world, number- eoyrtght Anew -EVij Ca, ing right here in Now York, where it had its birth, more than 26,000 girls. It is like the Btory of "Tho House That Jack Built," the tale of how field hockoy for girls originated In this country. While it was due to Miss Elizabeth Burchenal, physical director of tho league, that the game was introduced in New York, it was primarily owing to tho contagious enthusiasm of Miss Kate E. Turner, assistant principal of Erasmus Hall High School, caught on a tour of inspection 3t English schools, that tho seed was planted. But if it hadn't been for the efforts of Miss Constance Appleby, the Knglish hockey expert, who brought the game to the students of Radcllfle at the instance of Dr. Sargent, Harvard's phys ical director, and who came here to in struct a squad of coaches, tho game prob ably would not havo had so favorable e start hero. As It was, all things workinp for good, tho game of field hockey came and quickly conquered. Since Miss Appleby's arrival in thlr country she has Introduced tho gamo at Itadclirfe, Smith, Wellesley, Vassar and Hryn Mawr, as well as to normal and private schools. Sho is now director of athletics at Hryn Mawr and hockey playi an important part in her department. None of tho Now York coaches is more epthuslustlo over tho gamn than Mrs KatliFrino Campbell Edgcll, physio! director at Erasmus Hall. "Thero is really nothing to compare with It," sho contends, "and that for many reasons. It is really the ono big open air gamo wo havo, tho only ono In which any number can play at tho same titno. Not more than four at most can take part in tetinis, and tho same criticism may Ik ' directed against most girls' games. Hut In hockoy, In which twenty girls play at a time and in which tho gamo, an hour and ten minutes long, is played in thlrty flvo minute halves, nearly fifty girls can take part. You see that is a groat point in a largo class. "Then another of tho very valuable features of tho game is tho opportunity it offers for girls of various grades of physical strength. Tho fact that it if played in tho open is of vital Importance, of course. Thero aro positions whore strength more than speed is required and there aro others where quicknev and agility count rather than strength. For a girl who Is not over strong therr is the position of goal keeper, which requires good fighting ability but com paratively llttlo action." Miss Turner lias tho support of W. B. (lunnison, principal of Erasmus. Hall, in popularizing field hockey among the Brooklyn girls as well as that of MichaolJ. Kennedy, Park Commissioner of Brooklyn borough, who has given the beautiful field at Prospect Park West and Ninth st reet for the use of tho girl tennis plnyors. The field is now taxed to the utmost, for it is used by 200 hockey players from Erasmus Hall as well as a large number from the Girls High School under the direction of Miss Adair. "It's not a gamo you can play on the, front lawn, explains Miss Turner. "The field must bo 300 by 3W feet and in addition we need a building of some sort where tho girls can leave their skirts and hate and coats. "In hockey," says Miss Burchenal, "you must play fair. Thero is no place in it for the selfish girl. She Is only one of many. "It looks as though the English game would soon come to bo the great Ameri can game for girls, as football Is for thi boys, and that in the not far distant future an all American team will stanc ready to play against the all England, the Welsh or the Irish women's hocke teams." SCHOOLMATE TELLS OF BOATING AND BICYCLING WITH HELEN KELLER, THE recent action of the Mayor of Schenectady In offering Miss Helen Keller a place upen the Board of Public Welfure of that city has again called attention to one whom Mark Twajn describtd as hv m ht remarkablo person c f the last century. During this time we became fast friends and I had every opportunity to study her carefully But though I saw and conversed with her daily I wascotitlnuall astonished by homo new phase of her won derful mind and her remarkable nature How she came to be so fully informed All the steering was done from the rear, whpre I sat, and we arranged a little system of signals in tho form of sundry taps which I was to make on her shoulder: serious accident of any kind, although ten one to stop, two to slow up and three to i and fifteen milo trips were of almost daily go ahead. I cannot recall that wo ever had a occurrence throughout the summer Miss Keller on Her TnJen tfheel D- l je t of the Board of Public Welfare is proudo machinery fr carrying out 'he larger problems of a modern city. Mi-m heller could not of course do iiiiv .i. me field work along social lines, )i. she is known to be a womun of ideas ii" I f advanced thoughts uprn sccinl-i-i i , ilileins. An ardent Socialist, hho ' r .ileal views upon the present situ- f the lower cIukmk. Hie thinks ' I'owirty is tho greatest cuifo of ' ii d and to eliminate this evil should '" ' M ci.t work and aim of tho present , .iiioti Mio liuslittlo patience with a v re ief measures and plans for raiy alleviation of existing con 'i Mie wants to remove causes ' t down to the roots of the evils of i -in life Keller thinks that poverty is the " f all social degeneration ami scouts "' 'I Ii shinned theory that vice drives , to poverty. Her ideas for tho r" ' of poverty aro socialistic, She "i I li ive every man get off tho other "'' - back and allow all men to labor '' r 'ie lr us cf their own efforts. No "i' v I eloiiLs to Ilie individual except i'1 ' ' i Ii he liiinso f earns, sho says. h u d t,ot rid ( f mrney that comes slid (apitnl or unearned incro 'i r e the worknienachanciitoget fr In a i it h iiinf tlio resultaof their labor. v ''oiiviiiced thiriMho world is i tier, but also insists that Social- imii ,. ,iy )10p0 ,1H a forco to improve 01 " sat i ho present time. v a great ileal has been printed ss Heller, her liking for outdoor k!" I ii.iloor amusements and her J'r'' v in them despite her depriva-j ni ami Hearing is ono sine oi liable lire of which little is was the privilege of tho writer la.eit wan .miss Keller in u seerai years and later to tiro summer at hor home in MllSH, l...r about many of the things of which we would speak was always a puzzle to mo. Sometimes I fancied that sho absorbed knowledge from people about her through some intangible psychic process and with out the need of visible means of commu. ideation She lias always tried to be "liko othei people," and so her habit of speaking of things as tliey appear to those who see and hear has become second nature to her. Indeed her whole life sinco her education was begun has been -a series of attempts to do whatever other people could do, This unconquerable ilesiro has manifested itself not only in her mentul achievements but In hor physical ac complishments us well. Thero is hardly any form of outdoor sport, except where sight is an absolute requisite, as in tennis or golf, in which Miss Keller has not taken an interest and made some progress. Ono Hummer a friend presented her with a lino tandem bicycle. At first this appeared to the family about as useless a gift under the circumstances as one could well Imagine, but with Miss Keller it wasdilTere.it. Thero was no reason why site should not learn to rido the machine, sho argued, and immediately miule an npiival for volunteers to help her man it Being rather at homo on the wheel myself, 1 thought slit, could faro no wnrso under my tutora o than that of uny ono nine, and after a little persuusion Miss Sullivan, her teacher, agreed to let us try it together. I had my misgivings when we took our seats, tho machine being supported for us, but when wo had been given a start in the shape of a generous shove from half ii dozen hands I found no seclal effort necessary to keep tho machine erect and moving, After a few lessons my companion acquired the knuck of balanc ing herself correctly, and thereafter every thing was easy, . mm mi in ma& I m 'iflL ft MxSS Keller Rowing. I j ; 111 " " ' 1 1 'j Now and then when wo came to a pir ticuiarly rough bit of road, whero it bo came necessary to slow up to such art extent that the wheel would fall ovor simply from lack of momentum. Miss Keller would pick herself up out of tho dust aligning, and declare that it was great very naughty if I ha d not discharged them. Besides, Bhe added, her fao taking on a roguish look, "isn't this the place whore tho young idea is taught how to shoot?" Another time when we were seated at tho evening meal tho lamp on the table Miss Keller !Kowin 8- i Miss Keller nd Pro. Alexander Gr4.hfc.rn Bell. v fun to bo spilled once in a while. ! When on n long, lovol stretch of roail wo would make frequent sprints and tho more rapid tho vico tho lietter sho was pleased. The swift rush through tho air, with tho wind blowing in her face, seemed to afford her more intenso enjoyment than any other form of exerciso, though hor other outdoor diversions were numer ous. One day wo wero out with a arty of other cyclists, whom we soon outdistanced. This seemed to Miss Keller a fine opjKir tunity to play u joke. "Lot's pretend we've had a spill," sho said. "We'll muss up tho road a bit, put tho machlno against that stump over thero" how she know of tho existence of the stump I never learned--"and then lie down, as If wo had Iteon owlod over." The stage sotting for tho affair was ih.t fect as sho designeil it. When tho rest of tho party arrived a little laterand, jumping from thoir wheels, ran to the assistance of tho supposed victims, Miss Keller sprang to her feet, with shouts of laughter, and fairly danced about in her delight at tho success of her scheme. Her soiibo of humor was remarkably keen. In fact, it was tills characteristic, a trait which ono would hardly extct to find in a ierson situated as she is, which struck mo most forcibly in tho Iteginnlng of our acquaintance. Sho was quick to iercoivo tho point of tho most subtle joke, and would even display rare imtionce in trying to discover the moaning of n dull one, while her skill in the use of words made lur ready with reiwrtce. Un one occasion I asked her If sho had finished her work for tho day, "Yes," sho said, "I havo discharged all my duties," "Woro they so Iwd," I asked, "that you had to discharge them?" "V"1I," sho replied, "it would have lioen hecan to flicker sriakmodlfikUr .Im mediately in some inexplicable mairier Miss Keller's attention was attracted. , "What's the matter with tho lamp?, il enskrfl. "Has it got the hiccoughs?" Her sympathy, which is of tho quick and ministering sort, is easily awakened) by the knowledge of suffering or oppres sion, and in the case of dumb creatures scinetimes Itecomes pathetic. When it was her pleasure simply to row about at random sho guided the boat, or rather kept it from running aground, by tho 'scent of water grasses and lilies and tho bashes on tho shore, for her sen.se of smell, like her other sensoH, is extraor dinarily acute. She was also fairly exert at canoeing. In writing to a friend on this subject she said: "1 enjoy canoeing even more than row ing, and I supiMvut you will laugh when I say that I esecially liko it on moonlight nights. I cannot, it is true, boo the moon climb up the sky behind the pines and steal softly ucross tho heavens, milking a shin ing Kith for us to follow, but I know she is there, and as I IK) kick among tho pil lows and put iny hand in tho water I fancy that I feel tho shimmer of her garments as sho mssch. "Sometimes a daring little fish slips lictwccn my Imgors, and often a xmd lily presses shyly against my hand. "Frequently as wo emerge from tho shel ter of a cove or inlet I um suddenly con scious of tho spaciousness of tho air nUmt me. A luminous warmth seems to enfold mo. Whether it comes from the trees, which have I icon heated by thosun, or from the water I can nover discover. It is now olcht vears sinco Miss Kellor took her bachelor's degree at Itadclilfe College, being undoubtedly the most remarkable girl graduate of that or an similar institution 01 learning in in ,'olltitrv Born in Tuseumbia, Ala., thirty-twi vears ago, sho had erroctly deyeloj r,iiMiltit mull when about three vm old an illness deprived hor of sight, speech; and hearing, t