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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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
"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
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,

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