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Uncle Sam does not believe for one minute that his national pastime is an improved form of rounders played by Britons years ago, nor do the people of the Dominion countenance the idea that ice hockey is merely an advanced form of shinny. Lacrosse by reason of its conflict with baseball does not annear destined oI- linlrl r tVitt TTilto1 Gtatnc finH ' as a matter of fact the base hit and the bunt are making greater inroads (vry year into the Dominion. Ice hockey, on the other hand, is making steady advancement in this country. The absence of a really spectacular game to fill in between the close and the opening of the baseball season has been a long felt want, and the estab lishment of artificial ice rinks in New York, Boston, Cleveland, Pittsburg, St. Paul and Chicago has paed the way for the introduction of ice hockey and its gradual adoption as one of the most popular of the winter sports. Weather conditions in this country have militated against ice hockey out doors, and except in the northern por tions of the states the game has been more or less intermittent. The great necessity for the steady growth of hockey has been artificial rinks, and since the tide appears to have set in prospects arc bright that in a few years all of the big cities will pos sess one or more artificial rinks. So 'magnetic is the sport in Canada that the leading professionals are paid more in proportion for their services than the the diamond heroes on this side of the water. The majority of them are under contract, and compe tition for their services is fully as keen as for those of Lajoie, Wagner or Ty Cobb. The game is played by teams of seven men on each side, and, while the rules in different associations vary slightly, the main points are similar wherever the sport is found. Under the rules of the American Amateur Hockey league in New York the di mension of the playing area must be not less than 112 by 58 feet, the sides of the rink constituting the side lines and imaginary lines at the two ends forming the goal lines. The goals are placed in the middle of each goal line, one at each end. The goal is composed of two upright posts, each four feet in height, which are firmly fixed in the ice six feet apart and joined by a strong netting, which is hung at an angle forming a cage. This is all the setting needed for the game, there being no markings such as are found on the gridiron, no fofiY lines as on the baseball field and no penalty area as in Association football. It is all simple, a sheet of ice with goals at each end, and the arena is ready. Players on skates armed with hockey sticks, a vulcanized rubber puck and the necessary number of officials make the setting complete. No special re striction is placed on the skates ex cept that they must not be pointed or sharpened in a manner likely to be dangerous to other players, the referee being the Judge of these points. Sticks Resemble Hurling Clubs. Hockey sticks resemble the hurling club used In Ireland's national game, but are not as heavy. The sticks are flat on the sides, shaped like the old fashioned shinny stick, but being much wider in the blade, the length of which is limited to thirteen inches and the width to three inches. The puck is a disk of rubber one inch in thickness and three inches in diameter. MANY SUGGESTIONS FOR BASEBALL RULES Checker, Golf, Poker and Cro quet Players Would Change National Pastime The solons of football have so altered the game that a player who has been away for some j ears would only rec ognize his old pastime by the appear ance of the ball and the -markings of the gridiron. If the two major base ball leagues adopted all the sugges tions advanced by rabid fans they would make the re-isers of the foot ball code look like pikers. There does not seem to be a single city, town or hamlet which does not contain at least one man who thinks he has an idea that would benefit the game. Those communities where the winning teams foregathered are satisfied wtffli the present rules. So is the veteran baseball bug of any region. He Is a true conservative and resents any talk of change. It is the men who regard baseball as a pastime instead of the sacred science which it is who wish to alter the rules. Suggestions which originate in their fertile brains are first tried out on their friend and then put into literary form and mailed to some Innocent newspaper. The checker player thinks it would be- a fine ea if the runner, having completed the circuit of the liases, should have the privilege of a kins the moment he touches tho home plate and be allowed to run back in the oth er direction, thus scoring indefinitely until captured. ' The golf player suggests that batting be encouraged by, the coastruoupn of bunkers in the outfield. Into which either the fielders or the ball might fall, thus giving the hitter a better chance of reaching first on a high fly. The poker plrer believes that the game would be improved if more of the element of bluff were introduced, For instance, if the umpire called a man out on a close decision the run ner should be allowed to stand pat and be permitted five minutes in which to bluff the arbitrator out of his opin ion. This man also believes that itfcj niUIld IU 1U1V.C cl 1 UUI1C1 Uii. U1UU IMUd He should be allowed to come in when he wishes. The croquet player wishes hoops used instead of cushions, the entomol ogist desires to equip the fielders with butterfly nets, and the cricket player thinks the game should consist of seventy-two full innings, with an inter mission after every twelfth inning to allow tea and muffins to be served. Other changes that have been sug' geated are that the runner be allowed to steal first; that he shall be entitled to four strikes; that he may take his base on three balls; that the foul strike rule be abolished; that the pitcher's box be moved back; that a man be allowed to bat for the pitcher, the latter still remaining in the game, and that the manager be allowed to take players out and send them back into the game whenever he thinks it best Next season will probably bring the same old came with the same old rules and the same old crowds containing the same old kickers. The true fan is a curious animaL Re can always find plenty to criticise in exltltlng con ditions, but if any one else ventures to Hockey Players Practising on Outdoor Rink In Montreal and Two of the Greatest Amateur Players In New York. ENGLISH COACHING REVIVAL. Following Lead of Vanderbilt, Wealthy Will Drive. Thanks largely to the Initiative and enthusiasm of Alfred G. Vanderbilt, there is a marked revival of the fine old pastime of coaching In London; After three seasons' experience of the Brighton road and its many attrac tions the noted American whip has de cided to continue running the Venture coach down from London to Brighton next season. Preparations are already well ad vanced for putting several fresh coach es on the road in the season, to begin on May day next year, for members of the Four-in-hand club and Coaching club are determined to let the world see what can be done with good horses. Lord Beaconsfield has made arrange ments to bring back to the scene of its famous trips of 1888 the Old Times, and it is hoped this famous coach will repeat its past exploits, when the late James Selby drove It to Brighton and back, a distance of 108 miles, in 7 hours 50 minutes. The Hon. P. S. "Wyndham is qualified to take the place of his brother on the box when he wants the exhilaration of a"vspin. This last sum mer the Old Times ran daily for a cou ple of months between Brighton and Arundel. Among other artistocrats Interested In the revival of coaching Lord Charles Bcresford and Lord Fenrhyn will also be occasionally seen as whips next sea son. Don Miguel Martinez de Hoz, who was second to "W. H. Moore In the first coaching Marathon of 1909, is send ing more of his Argentine bred hack neys to England, and he will once more be seen on the road. The Chester and Shrewsbury coach is also likely to be put on again. Other revivals of a like nature are under consideration, and American visitors to Britain next sum mer are likely to have ,a wide choice of trips in coaches handled by aristocrat ic whips. PLAN PRE- ASSOCIATION TO 'SERVE GAME. Because the state of Iowa has Called to use the $125,000 received through hunters licenses, the sportsmen of Des Moines and the state are planning to form an association for the purpose of speak of beneficial chances the fan Is I preserving th hunting and flshins; In the first 19 mrr,him'Usu. Jhatat WILLIE HOPPE'S STRONG HOLD ON HIS BILLIARD TITLES No One In Slqht Gaoable of Taking Away "Boy Wonder s" Balk Line Honors. By TOMMY CLARK. HOW long will Willie Hoppe re tain his billiard honors? This question is now upper most in the minds of the cue enthusiasts. Finding a suitable oppo nent for the world's 18.1 and 18.2 balk line champion is just as hard as look ing around for a man capable of re lieving Jack Johnson of his pugilistic honors. Hoppe has defeated every cue artist of note during the last year, and with no one in sight able to make the holder of the two titles extend himself it looks as if it will be many years be fore he is dethroned. The youthful master of the cue be gan the 1910 season with no titles dan gling to his belt, but closed it the champion at both 18.1 and 18.2 balk line and in so doing incidentally placed to his credit the world's record for 18.1 with a high run of 155 and an average of 33 5-15 for 500 points. Till last year the best average was 31. made by Frank Ives in 1897, while the high run of HO was made by the same player. Calvin-Demarest was the champion 18.2 with the opening of the year, George Sutton holding the title at the more difficult style of 18.1. Hoppe was without a title through differences with the firm that controls billiards in this country, which placed him outside of the professional game. This matter was adjusted, and experts predicted that in due time he would gather to himself the crown at both 18.2 and 1S.1. In the meantime Demarest was de feated for the 18.2 championship by Harry Cllne of Philadelphia In Chicago Feb. 3 by 1,500 to 1,387. Hoppe got his opportunity at Sutton for the 18.1 title in Chicago on March 16, winning 500 to 223. He grabbed Cline's laurels from him at the 1S.2 balk line in New York on May 26, the score being 500 to 394 thus making him the champion of both styles of play. George Slosson met Hoppe In championship match for the 18.1 title in New York on Dec. 1 and 2, the lat ter easily taking the veteran into camp by 1,000 points to 471. It was on the first night of this play that Hoppe made his record of 33 1-3 average. In a match with Ora Morningstar In Pittsburg on Feb. 3, 4 and 5 for 1,500 points Hoppe made a world's record at 1S.2 in averaging 311 to an inning, low ering the previous mark of 27 average. Some authorities dispute this record. While Hoppe has won matches all over the world and played before the nobility abroad, nothing pleases him more than the fact that he has been entertained by the president of the United States and has grasped the hand of the genial Mr. Taft. An added distinction is that Hoppe is the first man who ever showed the official fami ly in the White House the mysteries of the cue and the ivories. It was on New Year's eve that Pres ident Taft gathered together his family and the cabinet members and their wives and invited Willie Hoppe to play billiards for them. "I had played in many championships where large sums were involved as well as the championship." said Hoppe re cently, "but I never before experienced the nervousness which I felt when giv ing tho exhibition before the presi dent." Mr. Taft, however, made the "boy wonder," as Hoppe is known, feel at home by saying: "My young man. Just consider me an ordinary citizen tonight, for I want you to feel at ease and not get nerv ous." As soon as Hoppe got his favorite cue in hand and started the ivories rolling he says the nervousness van ished, and never did the youth play more brilliantly than in the game with his manager. Burton Mank, when he i ran 100 points, 18.2 balk line. Congress man Nicholas Longworth, son-in-law of Colonel Roosevelt, was Hoppe's next opponent, and, although the Ohio statesman plays, a good game, he prov ed an easy victim for the champion. But it was Hoppe's exhibition of fan cy shots which pleated President Taft most. He closely followed the geomet rical problems which Hoppe solved with his deft touch and was not satis fled until he tried several himself. It was after he had found how really dif ficult they were that Mr. Taft express ed his astonishment. Miss Helen Taft and Mrs. Longworth also tried several of the fancy shots and seemed unwilling to believe that the ivories, which seemed to do Hoppe's every bidding, rolled aimlessly about when they tried to send them down tho side rail in a single procession. In speaking of the game of billiards recently Hoppe declared that the bridge Is the most Important part of the sport. Every man starting to learn the game, he says, should first study his bridge and learn to use it so that the bridge hand never will become cramped. In telling of the proper uses of the bridge and strokes Hoppe said: "I have often been asked why such a small minority of the vast army of per sons who find amusement and recrea tion playing different styles of billiards ever attain proficiency at the game. The answer is simple. They start wrong. And, once having acquired an Incorrect style, it is a difficult thing to unlearn bad habits and begin aright. "There are three thlnss one must learn to play even an average game of billiards, making a correct bridge for all shots, holding the hand properly on the table with knuckles elevated and thumb extended. The cue, slipping easily between the hand and thumb, finds a solid resting place. This bridge I use most for the balk line nurse when the balls are close together and a deli cate stroke is needed. A few minutes" practice will serve to show how simple and effective Is this manner of holding the cue. It gives perfect freedom of action and prevents a cramped move ment. "Then there is the draw stroke bridge. It is made with the hand lying fiat on the table, with the index finger around the cue shaft and touching the thumb in a very firm manner, so as to prevent the cue from taking an irregu lar stroke, which Is ofttimes caused by the executing hand. It will givo the hand a firm setting and hold the cue in position for a terrific drive or a very hpn.vv drawn shot strike, used for gathering the balls into position in most of the round the table shots. "In addition is the bridge I use for close drawn shots when the balls are so near together that a broader bridge is impossible. Only a few inches of space are required, yet a strong, firm resting 'groove' for the cue Is attained. "While all of the bridges I have men tioned are regularly used by the ad vanced player, the third and fourth will serve the needs of the beginner. I Never allow the bridge hand to be- I come cramped. Never start a shot through or over the bridge hand. The whole game of billiards depends upon ' c;se of movement." JACK COOMBS NOT A NOVICE. It is amusing to read some of the speculative Junk about Pitcher Jack Coombs of the Philadelphia Athletics. What is the use of talking about him as if he were a novice? Before the season of 1910 he did good work. 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