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This Indian the Athletic
Marvel of the Age
Redskin Youth From Oklahoma Had No
Knowledge of Athletics When He En
tered Carlisle, Is Now Wonder
of the Athletic World
I NOB tn swhilc. arrow the vmta of the neaefnfj r. dni1
0' startle those who are meannm it for its hrod by gWn, a ;
kick that rrabe the entire lunera.1 nrocredinsv V if In objection !
f to the obituary being wntten before tbe demise is complete, "I,
the onor Indian' has choaen the most vitally Mta pomrfl in the life of his
wlrfare ' txaducer ill which to deiBcmstate that heyet verj muchaJtveone
The ri Hood of hi hthWt, Who, years agOne, buried the ar hatchet SOd
watched With dimming, eyes the plo point of cmbastion deaecratim? hu bunt
inr ffround,. while hi reoPlo hlowly vanished from the face of the earth,
MQrtM throng the 'eins ol the mattered retnBaati "i the raw itid occe-
conalh- 10 crta itself in the tAOit warlike oj tb peaceful pursuit oi 1 he j
Mfcfce that it romp-IB the descendant of the conquerors ot ha hthOT to
take the ount.
For var e are been secustojnerl to looking to the Carlisls LndlaB
grhool for a football teem that could extend to the limit the rlaesiea) eterew o(
the larger urriweitiee ol aba paler, and we have seldom b"-n dissppointed,
The names ol Freas Hnneoo, BemhaPiarea, Honear, Mount pjMSnnt and o!hr
,oM of the prairies, art emblaaoned on the football tablet of fame in equal
prominenr. with thn nf Po. tietfeafinfer, Coy and their paleface brethren.
Uile Redskin lik- Soeaiexis. " bis' Bender and Mvera have Sashed athwarl
the baseball horuOO. lraxmg a trail of palerare scalp ,n the,r Wake.
TV football ae.iaon of 1P11 has
whr out prominently in the puBnc
ev. another of th-s athl-tir marvels
oa a dving rare, and the created 01
tbem oil. This newest Indian marvel,
who ia just now the wonder of the ath
letic world and of professional trainer?
throughout the length and breadth of
the United State, who tfritfcout xrcp
tion declare him to be the greatest all
round athletic marvel the world ha
ever seen, ia Jim Thorpe, a Redskin of
the Sap and FoX tribe from Oklahoma
' Wonder In Three Years
Just, three years ago, .Tim Thorpe fm
to the Carlisle Indian School from
Prague. Oklahoma, with no knowledge of
letter exempt that oht'.ined at n rOtar
vation day aehool. and aboiutely noth
inp in his n.ind or limbs to indicate to oh
ervera that he was any different from
the many other Indiana who wvre troll
ed that year. On that day, three ahort
yean, ago, Jim Thorpe was )net a simple
and unaophiatirated Indian, that waa all
He wasn't even Jim Thorpe then; that
name wag hung onto him at the Carlisle
institute because il aounded leaf, like th
batting order at a scalping bee than
bis original cognomen did.
Today Jim Thorpe ia ths wonder of
the at.hltic world, and while at. the
time of his entrance into the ( a-liale in-f-tjtution
he had absolutely no know
edge whatever ot athletic, in the three
years that have intervened Thorpe haa
aerompbfhed a inarcvcloua variety of
athletic feata on the footbail and base
ball field, on the basketball floor, the
track, the athletic field and in ever, I
branch of aport-- knoun. ;bat thl "oild
of college trainer has benn astonished
bv bis achievements and are a unit in
declaring that the athletic world will
probably never again see his equal.
Twenty-live Eastern college coacbea HQ
that Thorpe ia the hcut halfba'k the
football game has ever developed, in ad
dition to which hie physical piowreaa haa
looquered so man' fields of athletic hc
Uvity that he haa ranked himrlf anions; !
Morld champion in no less than ten
branrbea of sport, .and in a down more
line Of athletic endeavor he has won
laurels any one of which would turn
the head of the average paleface college
boy. Thorpe haa approached world a rec
ords in so many lines of athletics that
physical trainer are at a Ion to ae
ount for his teats of strength and en
durance. At Beat in Football 1
It ia probably on the football field
that this remarkable Indian is seen at
his beet, while whirling, twisting, dodg-
j! m IAOK.
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sWtSsa 1H. Ir. fU4 -l ti,t4 -AT'VT
inp and daah'tij rhroii((li a broken field
o I opposing players who arc powrrlec
to stop thiK dusky fiaah, and it is worth
five times th price of admission to any
game to see Thorpe sprint down the
field on onp run through an opposing
fenni. one moment bewildering his op
ponents with panther like leaps, and the
next, crashing hi- way through a rpahfl
of won)d-be tneklet ith the ferocity of
an enr.igrH bulL lli spectacular runs
and sensational kicking have been fea-
turfp of every game he has played in this
leaaOBj while in the Indians' big game
of the year, that against Harvard, on No
Lveaibcr 11, :t wr? Thorpe's individual
bnlliaa)07 that 'nip. (be Crimson down
, to defeat by '.hp score of eighteen to
j fifteen. Tn this game Thorpe, though
I playing with game leg that bad to
be hn,ndaed tightly previous to the
game, kicked four fieiH coals out. of four
attempts, one of which waa s"nt over
the bar from the forty-eight 3 ard line
and ail of the from difficult angles, in
add'tion to which it was Thorpe's sensa
j tional nd routing that carried the ball
down to the point irhere those goal
were made possible, and it. was Thorpe's
spectacular runs that, weip instrumental
in the Indians scoring their lone touch
id own. Ot the eighteen points scored by
the Indians agajnft. Harvard, the uner
ring toe of this Indian marvc accounted
T"or thirteen, while his ability in evading
the Harvard tacklers was the potent fac
tor in the scoring of tbe other five.
Thorpe's Records
Thorpe ;s not onlv also a great basket- !
ball player, at which game be fills the
centre position with truly remarkable
skill, but he is a baseball pitcher of great
talent, and .iIko covers any of the in
field or outfield positions with as much
crdit as a protes.ional player. Ho can
nut the 1; pound shot 43 feet, ha a
mark ol '". fac1 m the bread y.inap, and
has done the hundred yard- in 10 sec
ons his school record being 10 1 -o sec
He has done f. iVli inch nt the
high jump. 15 4 5 seonds over the
high hurdles, while he negotiates the
'J'JO yard hurdles in 2 se(onds. He ia
an expert lscro.-se plaver. a skillful ten
nis Player and a star at indoor football,
handball nnd hockey, besides being n
crack shot with both rifle and shotgun
It there is anything els in the boa of
athletics or sport that this Indian haa
ailed to shin- at, it ia only because it
has never been brought to his attention,
that's all.
Thorpe ; just twenty-two years of age;
1 ia six feet tall, and weig.'is about 178
I pounds in condition, which means all
the ,"TO because be bj a'wav in eondi- I
tion He was bom that way He firet
attracted 'he attention of tbe world of
Collage athletics during his second year!
ai the Carlisle school, which means his
second year's experience in athletics.
when ir. s dual Trivet betwert 'orlile and j
Syracuse I Diversity, Thorpe amazed thel
officials by capturing first place in both j
the high and low hurdles, defeated Thor, I
the prcM shot putter, and took first in I
that event, grabbed first place in both
high and broad jump, and fook second in
the hammer throw. Tn th same year, j
at the Pennsylvania intercollegiate meet,
at Harrisburg, fre, Thorpe won the high
jump with a jump of sx feet, and cap-j
tured first place in the broad jump,
hammer throw, and high and low hur-
dies. A week or two later, in the "Mid
Idle Atlaritii Athletic Association meet,
held at Philadelphia. Thorpe also grab
bed off first place in the five events men
tioned above in competition with the
hest College athletic stars of the eajt
By this time tbe College athletic world
a as simply laying back and gaing in
open-moat hed astonishment at this new
Redskin marvel while expert physical
trainers looked ar his spare limbs and
Ual shook their beads and wondered ,
where he kepi it all. In the iall of
his second year (V.rlisle Thorpe was a
suhstitule on the football team, and the
next year broke into the ganv- as a
regular player at half-hack and scored
the touchdown that tied Peon It was
in tins Penn izame that he found himsof
and first began to astonish the football
world ai he had astonished the world !
of college athletics.
Following this he failed to return from
his summer vacation and missed a term 1
ai. the Carlisle institution, but. this fall I
he returned and renewed his conquest !
of the paleface on the football field in
such whirlwind fashion that he has com
polled the college football experts to '
acknowledge this wild Indian to be the
best half-back the game has eer known '
Thorpe's whole ambition in life now is
to gain a place on the Olympic teem,
which ambition will no doubt be gmii
tied, anl if any old nation in the wide
universe can dig up am thine that can ,
smother this redskin marvel in the all
round events all past, records will be
kicked into the middle of the Mediter
ranian Sea, that's all.
Most Indifferent of Athletes
Thorpe Ls probably the most indifferent
athlete we have pvpi- had He makes no
special preparations for hia efforts, and
simply meanders carlesbly up to his
tasks SDd does them in an unconscious
way that paralyzes the spectators. There
is nothing showy or suggestive of ex
treme effort in his work. In this reaptct
he is the Lajov ot the atbJetir field.
Thorpe i a Irving exemplification of
the saying that 'there arc better fish
in the sea than have ever been caught,"
and juat how close this fish came to es
caping the net and living out hi entire
existence sploshing around in the un
known depths of some obscure poo ;s
shown by the incident, or accident, that
waa responsible for the discovery of the
greatest all-round athlete the world has
ever seen.
On his native heath in Oklahoma,
Thorpe, whose father was a trader, and
later a farmer, waa considered but an
average Indian youth. He had shown
no athletic ability tbat was calculated
to Btartle the natives, and waa, in fact,
'always considered rather a careless and
I shiftless youth, lisoldng In ambition,
whose predominating trait wn- I sense
of humor. He was always muted up in
any prank that mipht be perpet rated at
the reservation school, and while alwa.s
a victor in the sports and games with
1 the other Indian ,outli. he had nevei
.displayed any exceptional athletic nbil
lity, becauae ho had never been extended
to the point where he reached his limits
tions, and with his usual careless and ,
shiftless nature he never did anything
better than he just had to to get awaj
I with it. While all thin time there waa
a latent ability that was destined to
! make this careless child of Nature the
athletic marvel of the age slumbering tn j
his frame, it never even entered bis own
head that he was capable of doing any- j
thing remarkabir Down in Oklahoma
they can't figure out yet how it hap-
Discovery of Thorpe
The Indian School ( 'onmi)s;onor. who!
induced Jim Thorpe's father to sign an
application 'blank to have him entered 1
in the Carlisle School at the age of
eighteen, knew not that he was the 1
( hnstopher Columbus of the greatest
athlete the world had ever seen. To the
Commissioner thtre wus nothing about
the yottBg dim Thorpe to recommend him
above the many other Indian youth9 'he
was eni'olbnc for entrance at Carlisle,
and the fact that Thorpe's name appealed
on that application blank i9tcad of one
of the neighboring boys was a mere ac
cident of circumstance!
In the spring of IH'IS, (Jlcn;i Warner,
athletic coach of the Carlisle Indian
School, was standing on the athletic
field at Carlisle watching the candidates
for the Indian track toam practising
their stunts, when he saw n young In
dian bov. who lnd been working about
the grounds clad in overalls, walking over
and rionchiagly taking one of the high
jumps st which the ciembeis of lii track
team had btien straining. The careless
manner in which lie did it almost knocked
Warner oft his feet. He didn't know
who this Indian waa, but he determined
to watch him. He next saw hirn go Into
B .hurdle race, clad in his overalls, with
some members of the team who were
in the regulation, track regalia, and the
way that overalled Indian skimmed
those hurdles caused Warner to ao over
and tap him on the shoulder and say:
Hey. you. go over to the Rym uiid
get into a track suit."
Thus was the accidental discovery of
the world's groatcJH athlete sc omplisbed,
and Jim Thorpe's astounding career f'd
Ey Lageefl Wire to The Tribune.
Ni;W YORK. Deo. '-'. With the returns
of the fonthaM season of 1311 nil In. flr.-t
IjonOrs must gn to I'rinceion.
it may- he argued by entttrsiaatte
frlMHl f oilier leainn that Princeton has
not the strongest eleven and they may
make h plausible argument . lv means of
diagram and analvNts of plav. but In foot
ball, as In other frames, It Is the core
which counts and on the sooie thp laurel
wieaih must be presented to hung: in
lli trophy room of old Nassau.
Princeton luck ta a irood cry to aootl
tfce fecliitfns of the vanquished, but the
team which can to tlwoiiicii the season
without a single orient . -talked ngalnst
It and nan, on thiv suocaostve Satur
days, defeat llai'vairi Dartmouth and
Yale lias something benldca luck tn the
Prim-eton luck Is the ame kind of lu.-k
Lhat made the Philadelphia Athletics tb
world's champions In hareball.
The new rules which have had U.eir
first real trial this seuson. are hero to
r-tsy. Not onlv do thee make the nlav
more op n and Interesting- to the spec
tator, hut the) lutve cut out In large
ire t :. "rough houe" which waa
bringing; the game into flishapote.
Another good renull bus be-n the bring
ing up of ihe plaving strength of the
mailer Institution. Former Iv the
games played bv Harvard. Princeton.
Vnle. Pennvvlvanhi and th 111; ivltli
the mam from small collets, were mart
ly try out for the big teams with the
results never in doubt. .Vow when
Brown. Dartmouth, Carlisle, Army. N'avv
penn State and several other m.,ll teal is
line up Hg-auisl the best of tbem it means
haul from the very start And thh
is good for the
Harvard Uaa Good Men.
lar.;ri v;u be in the game nei
vearg. She has a freshman team which
has won all Its games snd ban never bad
Its goal crossed. Kreahman foothill .1
a rule, does not amount to much, snd
1 of little Interest even to th colleges
games are ol Importance onlv because I
they give some son ir line oh u. col I
lego's prospects for other years, pros
pacta, Inclden tally, thai are noi always
What they seem to be.
These youngster at Harvard, however. !
arc an exceptional lot. The team is thai
heaviest fnslnnun eleven Harvard has!
ever had. Hardwlclt, a 178 -pounder, is 1
the highest man In tin- backfleld, bar-,
ring Quarterns lc l.og;m. and the linos- j
men. a weil-balanoed set as to weight.!
average around i"z. KuilbjuJ Grickicv :
is a delicate sort Ot child who oau maae I
isS i) training hard.
.Me is not only a line plunger of Un,j
oinmon "ilrength. but hah shown such
wonderful hKIH In the drop -kicking lin-1
that he is sJreadj considered a rertainty
for nc.t year's varsity. Not In year I
ban Harvard had s back coiiibinmc such 1
rushing slreneih an.t kicking ability, j
Hrirkley, tnoro than any other man.,
has been rejjwjiistbt.. for Die Hatvard'
cubs' preeent exalted position among the J
freslpnan tcauis. Harawlck nn Bradleo
Ait: 'otb Ko,,f punier and consistent
ground gainers bm the line. though
heavy. Is rather weak. Ti.- s' f oiulai 1
defense has done more to foster that I
scoreless record than the forward?.
Hrtckley wt .ti !.!:, h! gg a drop
kicker when Harvard, '15. defeated the
Princeton freshmen, li to ". That morn
ing the stookv Crimson fullback kl ked
four Weld pouls. scoring all lit-, team's
points at ilUuincp. rangiiiK up to 'i h I
Boat Lymph tabjef'
Johnson. Oruajav "Tils Ncvei -fiunstitn-
seven swde. Ail told, he had ix ohem
to score, all bul the first a placemen) ef
fort from the thlrty-aeven-Vard line
ditficuii anglea. Onlj Tliorpe, who
kicked fMir aKiiiufi ill" Harvard v.u-ii;.
Ia.il week, has equaled thin record (
Brickie y '..
Though mo-t of the strength "f the
fain it- concentrated in the back B Id
uuartette, there are two youiiplcin 1
unusual ability In the rush line, both
bearing familiar names. There in another
Withlngton, youBger brother of Paul and
Lathrop, as well as :t second VPlggli
worth There was a Prothingham G the
l-a. k held, bul he had the bridge of his
nose broken at Princeton and his fa 1
genarally badly mussed op.
Yale and Princeton are not so Well sup
plied with star fi flimen The TlgCl
! CUbs have been beaten or fled by vcr
, nearly every team thev have played, and
the Bulldog's pupt-. though boasting of
n better record, aie no strong.-,- There
are promising men on both, but !i will
I tak- a lot of couching to bring them up
I to vai sity foi ni.
Yale pigytra Ornduato
It look as though Tale Is going to 1
up against it next year Nine or 1 -
'..1' .' i'.'itij:. i. i'iii siad-.-ate j.ext J-io.
And the worst of it Is that the young
mulei IssVat New H.iven hart not shirwil
tip any too well this vear. The mi n
Iweming blue tog.- tut the !at time ;u
r raucis. wcuny, i niajfi. .Mcucvnt. I'aul.
Howe. I-Teemau. l.oree, R'-illy and gtrout.
Camp, bpauldlnc. Bomeisler and Ketch
am are the only tirst-striug men 01
this keason's eleicn that will be on
the job when ihe call fur candidates is
issued next year.
The only eleven, east or west. Which
baa been able to make any cotialsteni
headway with the rushing game t fllen
Warner's "thin ted line and bBcklleld
heroes'' from Carlisle.
The Indians have shown the Strong
est scoring inachtno In the e,ast. with a
fat. powerful, mailing attack well bol
stered with the fine kicking sblllty. De
ferflvly the Indians are not as strong
I as Princeton. Yale. Dartmouth or West
Poin i u t llicv deserve cr d ' ' r
L tempting mote lonov.-r- 1; .
team, and thereby giving thai new- game
g i.-iiicr teat
Dartmouth lost botb her sig ganiai tins j
year lliroiigb 1 h- .,,,,.. Mukes. and ly j
xo doing has v,et the record for sodi
bi-vc.-. Princeton s Held goal, resulting
from ballet dance nil by ir- If. hns
made a football record to lust for years,
if not fore ye r. Her defeat by Harvard 1
came from a blocked u. . on a muddy
field. The Hanover gladiators should re
iv.- sympalhy from all. for undoubtedly
Dartmouth lias; one of tho most powerful
elevens ot the season.
O'Brien of the Iowa eleven looks to
be the atar among the western tirop-kh-kors.
account; soliciteo.
Natioual Dank of Ihe Republic
A thoroughly modern savings depart -n.er.t
conducted in connection with thU
bank. Salo deposit boxes lor rem. U. 3.
Frank Know, president: James A Mur
ray, vice president: W. W. Earls cashisr;
C. A Culbeitson, assistant cashier.
Capital paid Id, 13Uo.UuJ. lniere: pall
cu time deposit.
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loweil It had never dawned ujj6r3 t hie '
atmpfominded Indian that bo possessed
any mole ability tha.i tlit .., n- .net
Age youth, and even now he eeenbes liis ;
u-ccnt successes more 0 v.in'.-n or 'he
the part ot his opopnent t!,nu in any ;
specially remarkable abiht' on his own
port If this careless Indian 1- ver
called upon to discard his nonchalant !
manner nnd really exert himself, we j
tremble for all past, records
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