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Football and Baseball on Equal Standing
1 as to Fatal Accidents in TJhree Years
But Money Is Up and He Means
Business, His Friends
Special to The Journal.
New York, Dec. 15.The challenge
from Ora Morningstar to the winner of
the Sutton-Hoppe match next Tuesday
night has awakened more interest
among billiardists than any similar defi
since Hoppe challenged Slosson and was
first told to go and get a reputation.
Morningstar stands in precisely the
same position that Hoppe occupied. In
the shortstop class from which he has
just graduated there is jealousy, and
among the stars in the championship
class there is fear of losing their hon
ors. Hence the knocks.
It was unfortunate for Morningstar
that he entered the 18.2 balk line tour
nament for the world's championship
trophy last spring a sick man, and also
crippled by an injury to the left hand,
which prevented his making a perfect
bridge. In that condition, however, he
beat Cure, the French expert, and be
fore leaving a Trench academy to come
over for the tournament he was playing
well enough to beat all comers.
Slosson was regarded as a lucky win
ner of that tournament, and later, when
easily defeated by Sutton, who had
made a world's record tournament aver
age of 100, it was admitted that had
Sutton found his stroke earlier he
would have won the championship with
out being forced to challenge. Slosson,
in a pet, threw down his cue, and re
tired, while plucky young Hoppe, who
had been told to go and get a reputa
tion, immediately challenged the blond
champion from Chicago.
The test of skill and generalship in
the Sutton-Hoppe match Tuesday night
is one in which real merit must tell,
and whether there is to be a new or
an old champion all billiard patrons will
give the winner all credit to which he
is entitled. Morningstar has shown in
recent practice that he Is entitled to
compete for the championship, and that
he should have posted his forfeit of
$250 and has $1,500 more to bet when
the challenge is accepted, is a pretty
good indication that he is of the real
stuff from which champions are made.
Gold Feet No w.
Since Morningstar's challenge was
issued, there has been an effort by
jealous rivals to belittle the method
of challenging for the championship, it
being held by such that "holdership of
the emblem should be decided in an
nual tournaments, as in other sports."
Schaefer, Ives and other billiardists
held the honor unquestioned.
HONORS WENT TO
In the progressive whist at the Flour
City Whist club at their rooms, 322
Nicollet avenue, there were ten tables
in play. For the second time Sprague
and Bunnell carried off high honors
with plus eight north and south.
Sprague and Kaestner had the high
score of the evening and one of the
highest scores ever made in the club
with plus ten east and west. The
NORTH AND SOUTH.
Parrot* and Drew 138
Andrews ^nd Bedbury'".'!!!!!!'.!!'."!!!.'! 148
BAST AND WEST.
Hoag aid Latham 115
Bloomquist and Baldwin 112
Nash and Baltuff HI
Solum and Dr. Ullehei 119
Pratt and Pratt 122
Anderson and Waitt 120
Youn and Mars 11 2
JOHN L. TO MAKE
A FAREWELL TOUR
By Publisher!' Press.
Milwaukee, Dec. 15.John L. Sulli
van has complete arrangements for a
grand finale to his stage career by a
tour of Mexico and the Central and
South American republics. The trip
will begin the middle of February and
last six months. Incidentally John will
keep his eyes open for championship
timber in the heavyweight class. Sulli
van has# just completed 100 continuous
weeks in this country, appearing in
nearly every state in the union and he
has managed to save over $50,000.
YOUNG MOTORIST IS
GOING GREAT GUNS
Those who are watching the motor
cycle racing game are keeping one eye
on O. Walter Metz, aged 13. This
youngster recently broke the motor
cycle record in a 300-mile flight, and as
he was matched against older and much
more experienced riders, Metz has sue
ceeded in placing himself in the lime
light at a very tender age.
109 Eighth St. S.
The Big Downtown Rink.
Expert Instructors for Beginners
Open Every Afternoon and
School children Saturday morn
ings. Ladles admitted free
Football Was Behind Baseball in
Fatalities for Two
1904 1905 1906
21 11 15
Miller and Miller 140
Arnell and Dr. Haynes 141
Loy and pivnn 148 within tne last three years, and the same
Leary and br. Beck" Ill.".'.".".".".'."'.'.'.', accidents. Five persons were struck
Rollins and Phelps in and killed and many injured by a bolt
Sprague and Kaestner 126 of lightning near Mobile, Ala., ay 27,
ihr.h ^nd two months later, at Manitowac!
hyebeen wiied playing the game
is true of baseball, yet this year, for the
first time in many years, two min*r
Average 144 league players were called out at home
plate by death.
Lightning killed as many people at
baseball games as nearly all other kinds
Dr Bec 11 1
IN TWO GAMES
IN THREE YEARS
It has been proved beyond question
in the last three years that the most
death dealing of all sports is football.
For some time the grim reaper's har
veset on the gridiron was much greater
than in any other sport, but baseball
is coming fast, and before long may
take the place of football as the leader
\v this grewsome race. From careful
records covering the last three years,
it has beeii found that only two more
persons were killed in football than in
baseball in that length of time. This
year fifteen were killed either playing
or watching baseball games, while the
total number kiled at football was
twelve. In 1905 twenty-one were
killed in football, while only eleven met
death on the ball field. In 1904
twenty-one players met with fatal acci
dents playingfootball baseball and only sixteer
football players were killed. In three
yearst'o time forty-nine players fell vie
tim to fatal football injuries, while foi ms
Bullock aud Crossfand".".'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. ill same period forty-seven were killed
injuries, while fo
baseball. No noted football stars
accidents -cvv V" Fie persons were struck
Mich., on July 22, five people were
killed and two injured in the same man
ner. It is a peculiar coincidence that
both of these accident happened on
Several amateur and semi-professional
players were overtaken by death in vio
lent form outside of the ball yard. Peck
Butler was killed by the cars at Jack
son, Tenn., last February, and William
Peterson as crushed in the same man
ner at Springfield, Ohio, the same
month. Both were minor league
players. William Thomas, a well
known eastern league player, fell from
a steamer and was drowned while com
ing down the Hudson from Providence
to Jersey City. Two college pitchers
were accidentally killed during the
year. Herbert Farr of Beloit, was
crushed in a California mine accident,
and Boss Frazer met death by the acci
dental discharge of a room-mate's re
volver. Frazer as a Wisconsin Uni
versity pitcher. Two of the most hor
rible baseball fatalities of the year oc
curred in the west. Patrick Cosgrove,
an aged spectator at a game in the vil
lage of Valley Junction, 111., was
knocked down by a base runner and
killed, one of the players' spikes pene
trating the brain. Another accident of
the same kind occurred at Rolla, Mo.
During an amateur game James MfeKee
as knocked down by his fellow-player,
and the latter's teeth sank into Mc
Kee's skull, killing him almost instant
Beers' Son Killed.
One of the saddest accidents of the
year occurred at Columbia, Tenn,. where
Walter Geers, son of that famous reins
man, E Geers, as killed by being hit
on the back of the head by a pitched
ball. Neither the National nor Ameri
can league has one fatality to record',
and if there ever as a player killed
on the big league circuits none of the
up-to-date players can remember such
an accident. Below will be found the
list of baseball fatalities for the sea
son of 1900.
Charles ArnoldDropped dead while running
to base in a game at Chicago, Aug. 2.
Claude Campstruck oyer the heart by pitched
ball at Muskogee, Ind. T., June 9.
Patrick CosgroveAged spectator, spiked in
the head and killed during game at Valley
Junction, ill., June 29.
Edward DillonStruck on temple by pitched
ball at Leetsdale, Penn., June 22.
Walter GeersSon of Edwaid Geers, well
known horseman, hit on back of head during
college game at Columbia, Tenn., May 5.
James McKeeInstantly killed during game
near Rolla, Mo, Oct. 9. Plaj er ran into him,
sinking teeth into skull,
Howard New tonStruck over heard by batted
ball at Kansas City, Mo., May 28.
Harry PaschallDied from excitement during
game at St. Louis April 12.
Arthur PetersonStiuck over heart by foul
tip at Newcastle, Penn., June 17.
Roy TremanDied at St. Louis from blood
poisoning resulting from Injury received while
sliding to base.
Mdward WagnerDied from blow over head
with bat at St. Louis, Mo., May 14.
Frank WeberDied from excitement during
ball tfame at Memphis, Tenn., May 13.
John WIegandDied at Carthage, Ohio, from
old Injury received, in baseball game.
1THE CROWD AROUND THE BARNS.
John/ WhitneyCatcher for Burlington, Iowa,
team, spiked In the head at Burlington June 26.
Stach WisnowskiKilled by thrown ball at
Houston, Texas, May 27.
W. H. William*?Hit in chest by ball thrown
by pitcher at Soperton, Ga July 25.
Peck ButlerPitcher, killed by cars at Jack
son, Tenn., Feb. 10.
Herbert FairFormer star pitcher of Beloit
college, killed in mine accident at Angle
Boss FrazerPitcher for Wisconsin varsity
team, accidentally killed by revolver in hands
of roommate, Nov. 25.
William ThomasFell overboard while en
route on steamer from Providence to New
William PetersonKilled by cars at Spring
field, Ohio, Feb 25.
During a ball game at Mobile, Ala., May 27,
five persons were killed and many injured dur
ing storm by lightning striking ball park.
At Maniowoc, Wis., baseball stand struck
by lightning Sunday, July 22, and five persons
were killed two others were badly Injured.
PITCRER SAM LEEVER
HAS GREAT RECORD
Wins 150 and Loses 75 Games
During His Entire National
Pittsburg, Dec. 15.Samuel Leever,
for eight years pitcher of the Pittsburg
team, is a man of education and refine
ment. Leever's first professional en
gagement was with Richmond, Va., in
the Atlantic league, in 1897. His first
game was a shut-out victory, the score
being 6 to 0. tho I do not remember
the name of the opposing team. did
fine work all season and finished with a
record of twenty victories and fifteen
defeatsa percentage of .571.
The steadiness and cleverness 'which
has always characterized his work was
even then in evidence, and he was con
sidered the most reliable pitcher on the
team, the others being Jack Chesbro,
Henry Schmidt, Otis Stockdale and
Stimmel, all well-known names in the
world of baseball. Manager Jake
Wells, who, by the way, is a great
nudge of young pitchers, succeeded in
keeping Leever from being drafted and
saved him from the big league for a
The next season Leever was even
more effective, and in nineteen games,
won fourteen, lost four and tied one.
His arm was sore a good part of the
season, hence the small number of
games he pitched.
His remarkable work, which included
the giving of but twenty-four bases on
balls and striking out sixty-four men,
caused him to be bought by the Pitts
He only pitched one full game for
Pittsburg in 1898, but that one was a
victory. In 1899 he worked in forty
two games, winning twenty, losing
twenty-one and tying one, for .488 per
cent. This was plenty good enough for
a first-year man to hold his job, and
there were plenty of high-class perform
ers among the lot. He ranked twenty
seventh amone fifty-one pitchers who
went fifteen or more games.
Began Beal Work.
Next year he began his really great
work, and he annexed fifteen games,
losing twelve per cent .556, ranking
ninth in thirty-four pitchers. Then,
1$01, tho handicapped by a sore arm part
of the time, Leever won fourteen games,
lost five, achieved the mark of .737 and
took first rank among thirty-three
pitchers. Tho Sam put fifteen games on
the right side in 1902 and lost but sev
en for a percentage of .682, he ranked
as low as seventh among thirty-nine
pitchers. The goods were still in that
arm, tho, foi in twenty-four contests
that year, he gave but twenty-nine
passes and fanned eighty-six batters.
In 1903 we come to the high mark
of Leever'a performances, and in thir
ty-six full games he won twenty-five,
lost seven and tied and as taken out
of four. This percentage of .781 again
gave him first rank, this time among
In 1904, after winning the pennant
three times, the entire Pittsburg team
slumped and Leever's record Buffered
along with all the others.
A that, tho, he won eighteen games
and lost eleven, for a percentage of
.621^ while the team only averaged
.569, showing how much better Leever
was than the corps as a whole. He
came into his own again in 1905 and
played in thirty-three games, of which
President Pulliam gives him credit for
twenty wins with five losses, the re
markable figures of .800 again giving
him first place among forty-nine slab
artists. And, now for the past season,
the professor has kept up his phenom
enal work and in thirty-six games he
is credited with twenty-two wins and
seven defeats, per cent, .759 and a
rank of third place among forty pitch
ers, being excelled only by the cubs'
premier artists, Brown and Reulbach.
Summing up this ten-year record of
one of nature's noblemen, we find that
he has won 184 games, while 94 have
gone the wrong way, giving him a per
centage of .662 fof his ten years of
professional ball. His National league
record is even better, as in the eight
years' time he has won 150 and loBt 75
games, making an average of .667,
which is not equaled by any other
pitcher In the same time.
There have been landslips of thirty or forty
acres at a time at Lyme Regis, Sag., whole
fields sliding toward the sea.
THE MINNx4wffif foffatoAL.
FIRST MATINEE ON THE ICE AT THE LAKE OF THE ISLES COURSE
Special', to The Journal.
Lincoln, Neb., Dec. 15.An unofficial
estimate indicates the election of Wel
ler for the corfthuakerj football captain
of 1907. The ballots will be counted
Suspicious Circumstances Sur
round Death of Joseph Neal
in New York.
Hew York Herald Special Service.
New York, Dec. 15.Joseph Neal, a
blacksmith, and a prizefighter, who had
once fought Gus Euhlin, died in his
room in the Greenwich hotel, Green
wich, Conn., last night ten minutes after
he and a woman whom he introduced
as his wife had gone up stairs laugh
ingly saying: I guess thy're going
to take us to the sky parlor."
Marks of blood on the floor, the find
ing of a hatpin on the floor, a peculiar
mark under the man's eye, and the sud
den leaving of the woman on the next
train bound to New York led the police
to start an investigation as to Neal's
Neal is understood to have* always
carried considerable money with him.
It was always understood that he was
married, but it is now stated that he
had married only a month ago. It is
said at his place of business that a
woman had called there late yesterday,
and words led to the belief that there
had been some family jar.
NICE WHS II FAKE
Continued Prom First Page.
teams in it and have trained more than
one of the racers.
"Among the entrants in the race the
matter is genuine, but only genuine in
sofar as it concerns the prize money.
The management offers $3,500 in prizes,
ol which $1,500 goes to the winner. In
fact, that prize money is only for the
final sprint of one mileten lapswith
which the race closes.
"The rest of the week is devoted by
riders and management to plugging the
game along so as to get the most news
paper notoriety and thus draw the
"Of course Walthour is honestly try
ing to gain the lap he lost thru an ac
cident to his partner, but the rest of
the riders are in a conspiracy in which
the management is a party, to keep
Walthour one lap behind. I know that,
because the.^ have come to me and told
me that the riders must keep Walthour
"All of the newspapers were wrong
in the story they printed about the
strike of the riders on Friday. There
was no strike. The fact was that the
French team, McFarland and Rutt, and
vanderstuyft and Stol were about all
in and were about to drop out lof the
race. The management as informed
that these three teams wanted to quit,
and word was immediately sent to Rutt,
who .was on the track for his team, to
slow up and go as slow as possible.
"He did so, of course. The nudges
are merely figureheads. They -judge
nothing. They have their specific in-1
structions from' the management and
they must follow them." Many times the
foreign teams have been lapped by the
others. I do not know how ofteti, but
so many times that the other riders say
it is no use
to ry to do it any
more*of __ i
WELLER TO LEAD THE
HUSKERS AT FOOTBALL
2BLANKETING HE HORSES AFTER A RACE.
Dark Horse Rumors Worrying
the Old Drivers Over the
315-325 Nicollet Av
on thru to 4th st.
Seventh and Rob-
Eagle special stiff bo
som shirts, worth
Link cuff buttons and
scarf pins, rolled
gold plate, $1.
Munsing and Vassar
Union Suits, $5,
$4.25, $3.50, $3,
$2.50, $2 and
wear, elastic rib
bed, pink and
white and blue
Invisibly pieced seal
caps, $6 grade,
Sunday, December 16, 1960.
FAST TIME AT
LAKE OF ISLES CARD
RESULTS OF RACES
Gypp (McKlntiick) 1
Cora L. (Lincoln) $
Joidau Sphuiv (Chllds). 2
Pussy Wilkes (barl Best) 4
Cornet (Kennej) 5
Time, 1 13Ms, 1 07 4 1 07, 1 09%, 1.10%.
Moccasin (Guertin) 113
Lady Bell (Converse)... 4 3 2
Ked Charles (B. Best) 2 5 1
I Ida Taibell (Porter) 6 2 6
I Tom Peak (Daj) 3 4 4
Mjion llev (Biundage) 5 6 3
I lime1 14'i, 1 UVi, 1.14%,
I 1 14y*.
The opening day of the harness races
at the Lake of the Isles was a success,
and about five hundred spectators
braved the cold to watch the events.
The ice was a trifle too hard, altho
some fast pacing and trotting was
The events were a 2:30 pace and a
2:40 trot. In the pace six horses Were
entered, but Prince was withdrawn
before the first heat. In the trotting
event six horses started and five fin
ished. The only mar on the after
noon's sport was a fine of $5, which
was filed against Fred Childs for hold
ing his pacer back when the nudges
thought he could have easily won.
The Lake of the Isles Driving club
has increased its membership by fifty
and many of these are out-of-town men.
The members are looking forward to a
most successfunl season, and the horse
loving public seems to have taken a
keen interest in the sport. Every man
enters his horse for a merchandise prize
there being no cash given winners.
Among the new horses that will race
on the ice track are Dr. Little's Joe
Jap, a trotter from Ottawa, 111., which
has a record of 1:17*4 Watson, the
trotter which won the $5,000 purse at
the state fair in 1905, and J. L. Mc
Lane's Silver. These horses are ex
pected to show up well during the sea
son. There are other horses owned by
new members, which have not been
worked on the lake, but next week will
find every fast trotter and nacer in line.
Five Heats Required.
It took five heats in each event of
yesterdav's races to decide the winners
and while there were a few poor show
ings the maiority put up good contests.
In the pacing event Gypp won with Cora
L. second and Jordan Sphynx third.
Moccasin was the winner in the trot
and Lady Bell came in second. Red
Charles ended third, altho he would
have landed second place if he had not
broken in the fourth heat in which he
crossed the tape nearly a length ahead
of Lady Bell.
Comet K. was entered in the pacing
event, but after getting a fifth in the
first heat he was distanced in the sec
ond and this ended his chances for the
day. Fred Childs, who drove his pacer,
Jordan Sphynx, was cautioned by the
judges for holding in at the finish and
later was fined.
In the first heat of the pace Gypp
nosed in ahead of Jordan Sphynx and
Cora L. took third. In the second Gypp
came in second giving Cora L. a hard
arce and Child's and his Sphynx fin
In the fourth heat Cora L. came in
first again. In the next two heats Gypp
took first and won the blanket.
The Moccasin won first in the trot
ting event by getting two first, two
thirds and a second. Lady Bell, second,
took first, two seconds, a third and a
fourth. In the second heat Ida Tarbell
came in less than a half a length be
hind the Moccasin and in the last took
the lerfd at the quarter and held it,
winning by nearly two lengths.
taking the last heat Ida Tarbell pulled
herself out of the last division.
In Freiburg, Switzerland, the women wear
stovepipe bats on fete days.
Men AppreciateGifts ofPalaceMerchandise
that carry with them the mark of quality, the guarantee of satisfactory ser-
vice and the privilege of Money Cheerfully Refunded before or after holidays.
$1 quality Versailles
and Paris silk neck
wear, new colors,
Perrin 's, Fowne 's and
Palace make gloves
for dress, driving
or auto wear,
Fancy lisle and Sea
Island cotton hos-
Gordon De Luxe fur
inband caps, im
Beaver, nutria and
muskrat lined fur
Opera hats and silk
hats, $5 and
Suit case umbrellas,
handles fold in,
silks, $2 and
Walrus handle um
brellas, sterling sil
ver mounted, $5,
$6 and $7. ,f
French horn handle
London dyed Alaska canes, individually
seal caps, 5 shapes, boxed, $6, $7
$10 to $20. and $8.
porsemen Start Apparently Successful
Racing Season at Lake of the Isles
Full dress and fancy
BIG SQUEAL FROM THE
Say the Sage Bush Clubs Are
Spoiling the Cheap
Pure Irish linen hand
White silk cord and
silk oxford night
Light canes, swagger
dress sticks, $1,
$1.50, $2, $2.50
Umbrellas and canes
Golf Cloth Smoking
Jackets and Loung-
ing Bobes, corded
edge, $6 and
i plain and fancy
All wool blanket bath
robes, ankle length,
Terry cloth Turkish
toweling and med
$5, $6 and
Colored Paper Stock
Chicago, Dec. 15."The foolishness
of the Nevada promoters," said an
eastern fight impresario yesterday, "is
already bearing fruit and is having the
worst possible effect upon the fighting
generation. Every pug who thinks him
self of windup quality imagines that
he hears the call of Nevada. Tie thinks
that the sage-brush clubs are opening
their arms to him, offering unheard-of
purses, and he thinks hie price ought
to go up accordingly when he is offered
a match at any reputable eastern or
"It is an actual fact that men who
were lucky to get $250 a few weeks
ago are now so bughouse over imagin
ary Nevada purses that they demand
$1,000 and more for their own end, win,
lose, or draw. When you laugh at them
they reply: I can get it in Nevada.'
You can tell them, of course, to go and
get it in Nevada, and you know per
fectly well that no one in Nevada ever
has offered or would offer them a penny,
and yet the result is the same. You
can't get an attraction for your club
and your patrons cannot be given any
decent boxing. The pug, with his head
full of Nevada day-dreams, sits in his
hallroom and goes hungry your pro
gram is unfilled and your patrons yell,
'Why don't we have a show!'
"The Gans-Nelson purse was a gross
extravagance, and there was no need of
offering half the money. The Herman
Gans puree is plain Coal Oil Johnny
business. Of course, the Nevada men
figure on boosting their mining stock
and skinning lambs thereby, but that
has nothing to do with the effect on the
game in other quarters."
The golden dreams which have been
flitting thru the heads of the boxers
are certainly something wonderful these
days. Not long ago George Memsic
was glad to get chances at $250 purses.
He landed a lucky swing on Charlie
Neary, and now calmly informs clubs
thru this section that his price is $1,200,
win, lose, or draw, and two round-trips
from Los Angeles and back. How can
George get his head thru a door without
jamming the lintels?
The original Kid Farmer will give
away 1 chunk of weight to a tough prop
osition at Peoria Monday night.
meets Bill Papke of Spring Vallev or
some such little burg, and Papke weighs
150 pounds. Furthermore, Mr. Papke,
while a reuben and a iay, is also a
slugger and a mauler. not long ago
knocked Milt Kinney stiff in three
rounds, and showed himself a most for
midable young scrapper. Farmer will
have his work cut out for him against
this fellow, and will have to watch him
1 at all times. Papke, of course, will be
outshaded a lot by Farmer's ring ex
perience, but a stronger youngster is
always likely to get over the finishing
Rhyolite, which has been trying hard
to break info the limolite with a ring
offer, is now apparently cinching the
nex* O'Brien-Buras contest. Burns
said he wouldn't fight anywhere except
for Tom McCarey, but the fat offeT of
the desert club will probably make him
Special to The Journal.
New York. Dec. 15Nebrick. of the New
York Athletic club, won the national cross coun
try championship of the United States this aft
ernoon at Trayers island. George Bonhag of the
Irish-American A C. was a strong favorite for
the contest, but failed to finish among the first
three. The team championship In the senior
event went to the Irish-American Athletic club.
Vienna Brocade muf
Swivel and peau
de soie, indi-
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