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Pfwwunpp '-"'.Hr a-"- 2 iA a 3 rs- '"('J. V t- ' -AM - -3-wp THE WASHINGTON HERALD, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1915. Training Season So Near Players Are Already Starting To Limber Up Foster, Wintering Here, First To Start Training y r5tac1?iiTs-vrw m JUAREZ FEATURE TO BROOKFIELD Scores a Close Victory in Sell ing Handicap in Record of Meet. of Aquatic . I Harry Elionsky Is a Human Seal Sport In Local Ranks; ai i i i' i --... Midget Infielder, Now Over Weight, Will Play Handball to Get Into Shape. OTHER SPORT COMMENT Walter Johnson Also a Trifle Heavy. Due to Simple life Watch the Browns. II WILLIAM l'KKT. In about eight weeks the Nationals kill start preparing lor the reason in the training camp selected by Manager Grif fith, and when that time cornea there Mill be found one young athlete, whom we liappen to know, will be In good shape phjsically. The ball plajer referred to ia Eddie Foster, the midget infielder who, strange to relate, is the only regular on Grif fith's club who is claiming Washington as his home this winter. Foster has been resting up at Trainer Mike Martin's Cherndalc chateau feed Ins the chickens and helping do the chores. Since October 5 Foster has gain ed probably ten pounds in weight and never looked better in his life. "I expect to start playing handball soon, in order to limber up my muscles and get rid of the soreness before the time to start the spring training grind." "I was glad to be able to take on weight, for I needed building up; and, believe me, I shall start the season in good condition," said Foster. Walter Johnson is also doing about the same stunts this winter, only on a bigger scale, for Walter ovns a large farm and considerable adjacent .territory in Coffey- Me, Kans , and in a letter to a friend the great pitcher declares he has also taken on a little weight, but that will easll come off before the ISIS curtain Is yanked up. Change of ownership in the St. Louis American League club is a welcome one to President Ban Johnson and possibly some of the managers, for Owner Boo Hedges, of the Browns, is not popular among the magnates, although personally he is a fine chap, a good talker and knows considerable baseball. Hedges is one of the few in the Ameri can League who owns outright his ball park, stands and grounds. With Phil Ball ajid Otto Steifel at the head of the St. Louis Americans and Fielder Jones the manager, that team is one which will bear a whole lot of watch ing nets ear. for Jones Is a shrewd, crafty pilot, and with considerable base ball talent from which to pick a team the Browns may cause a whole lot of trouble. Give St. Louis a winning team and the Mound City will turn out crowds that will tax the capacity of the pane The American League club In St. Louis is popular with the fars. and If Jones can produce a one-two-three aggregation there will be a lot rmoney'made by the new rluh owners, incidentally the other American League teams will profit hand-i somely. Manager Griffith plans to -visit Char lottebville after the first of the ear to look oer conditions and see If arrange ments cannot be made for proper lodging quarters for his official baseball family next March. Failure to obtain just what ho wants in the matter of training facilities means that the Washington club will spring train in some other city or hamlet. Trainer Mike Martin, who looked over the ground a few days ago. reported that the fraternity house in Charlottesville, which for the past three years had been retained and used for headquarters, was not available next March, and that there was nothing else which appealed to him. Grin may solve the problem. if looks at if the Oljmne games would have to be pased up for the coming ear. Not since 1836 have the revived Olympiads been missed, and once mey were held in between times, to open the Athens stadium But 1916 bids fair to be devoid of the world's greatest athletic struggle. The bijrscst thing In this line which will be held this coming J ear will be the A A. I', meet at Newark. That thev will be a fit substitution for the bigger competition there Is no doubt for the American teams have swept the boards at every Olympiad as they will again at Newark. If by chance the Oljmpiad it. held In 1916 there is not the slightest doubt but that the Yankee ath letrs will again lie the winners, due to the. fact that athletic, of all sorts are at a practical standstill in Euroiie. It is possible that the g lines may be switched to America before the summer rolls around If Jim Callahan can teaih Hans Wag- ' mr how to stand at the plate, the new . manager of the Pirates .should be a whale i of a buccess I When It comes to putting oer big stuff Joe Vila, of New York, is one sport writer I who seldom gcti. left While the storm kins reigned supreme in Manhattan Ide James Gaffney, Bar-1 " Drejfu.-. Garrj Herrmann and J. K Toner of the National League held an ' all-n'sht conference with Harry Sinclair, , George Ward and Jim Gilmore of the i T. Peace was declared and the story I was tinned off exclusive! to Joe Vila, or- i R-tnizcd baseball's principal booster In ' New York Joe was strong enough to put I the jam over In the home edition of an, afternoon paper. Joe's rivals .-how ed the ' fctorv to the National Lniriu magnates then In session at the Waldorf. Tener and Herrmann denied that it was true, and the press associations carried the denial officially. Later President Tener is sued an official statement confirming the fact that the conference had taken place ana preliminary plans ror peace adopted. All the baseball writers on Gotham's tw ilight sheets spent the remainder of the week rapping Tener and Jim Gttmore. who denied the story. Joe Vila's boss presented him with a big bonus and told him to Epend one month In Havana at the paper's expense. Another Six-day Race. Chicago, Dec Z. Chicago is to have another six-day bicycle race. The event, according to plans announced today, will start on February . Instead of contin uous racing of twenty-rour hours a day, the riders will race only twelve hours a day. Practically the same riders who competed in the recentTivent here and In New York hac been entered. Football Player Dies. Pittsburgh. Pa.. Dec. 25. Harrv Shnf. a medical student in the University of Pittsburgh, died in a hospital here as the result of injuries received In the foot ball game between the University of Pittsburgh and viasmngton and Jeffer son College two esrs ago. He was carried oft the field at that time, and until his death yesterday was UBdar tha cr of a physician. ttXSgSifrw Hurler Michael Xeehan Dies of Pneumonia Michael Keehan, of 1101 Twentieth street northwest f the leading members of the Waaalafrtoa Raven Hurllng Club, aad probably the heat kaowa devotee et the spert ef barling Im the District, died em Friday et paeumoala at his residence after a ahert lUat Became of Keeaaaa death, the game scheduled for today la Fetomae Park has heea ! altely postponed. It la ex pected that maay of the aess hera of the horllnr dab will at tend Keehan's funeral. FAMOUS CANADIAN OARSMEN ENLIST Toronto. Ontario, Dec. SS. Coach Joe Wright, who has been appointed to suc ceed Vivian Nlckalls at University of Pennslvanla, baa lost his Argonaut crew of champions by enlistment The crew, consisting of Butler and Dlh ble. which enlisted yesterday, scored a victory over tho Undines of Philadelphia at the Canadian national regatta, in au mist- Evard B. Butler, who rowed No. 2, la former champion single sculler of the United States and Canada, and Bobert Dibble, holds both titles for 1915. They have both competed in Philadelphia in recent years. Balfour and Gregory, who enlisted some time ago, were members of the famous crew which was unbeaten in preliminaries, or finals of the ex American and Canadian national regattas of 1911. That crew was stroked by Lieu tenant Geoffrey Ta)Ior. recently killed in France. Butler competed in two Olympic re gattas at Stockholm and at London, and both he and Dibble reached the final heat of the famous diamond sculls at Henley, England. Kertland, who has been coxswain of all the great Argonaut crews for several years is also in khaki Coach Wright, who leaves shortly to assume the job of coach of Pennsylvania crews, would have had to recruit an en tire new senior crew had he remained with the Argonauts next season. MORAN SUBSTITUTED FOR FRED FULTON Pittsburgh. Pa.. Dec 25. Frank Moran, Pittsburgh's heavyweight received an un expected Christmas gift here today In the shape of the news that he was to be substituted tor Fred Fulton as Jess Willard's opponent In the 20-round cham pionship bout on March 4 at New Orleans. MoVan had slipped away from his train ing quarters In Westchester County, N. T., where he was hard at work for his tight January 7, at Madison Square Gar den. New York with Jim Coffey, to spend Christmas day with members of his fam ily here. The Willard offer will not make the slightest difference in his plans to meet Jim Coffeey. Moran fairly oozes con fidence In his ability to put Coffey's claims for preferment to sleep and de clared tonight before departing for West chester to resume training while "tickled to death" at the opportunity to meet Willard, he wanted first to make his title clear by cleaning up on Coffey. WHITING IS AGAIN BEATEN BY DONNELLY Carroll Donnellv, the Southern roller skating champion, again showed his heels to Billy Whiting, of the Grand Central ColUeum Rink, last night, when he finished In front In a three-mile event. Although beaten. Whiting pushed the lo cal skater all the distance, and It was not until the final half mile that Don nellv got out in front to stay. Donnelly took the lead on the getawaj, but after one lap Whiting forged ahead, and he held this position for over two mile", when the champion breezed to the front, never to be headed. The time made of 9 10 Is considered exceptionally fast for this track. MANAGER DUNN FINED. Johnny Kllbanc'a Mentor Ccts a fSO Penalty for Assault Elxrla. Ohio. Dec 3 Jimmy Dunn. manager of John Kllbane, feather-weight champion of the world, was fined IX and costs o juase inompson In Common Tleas Court here. He admitted having as- saultcd J. P. Garvey. former Cleveland newspaper man arid manager of Gilbert Yankee, Cleveland boxer. In this city ahout two months ago Johnny Kllbane was Indicted Jointly nlth Duin. "t denies his guilt. He 'a,ma that Dunn and Garvey came to blows oer n press agent story Issued by Garvey and that he acted as peace- maker, with the usual result In such !ts: Ga"'ey alleges that Dunn knocked n'm. f ow rom behind and Kllbane kick- cu """ """ ' as aown. UIDane wm stand trial, but Judge Tnom.pson continued his case until the jv. .i. ""- 1 raw nis nno nd " " returned to their homes In -"" Horner. levinsky Beats Flynn. New York. Dec 2S.-BattI!ng Levinsky tra nis annual victory over Jim Flynn tne Pueblo fireman, at the Broadway ii.iig, v-iuu mia aiternoon. Lawinsky outboxed Fljnn In every one of the ten rounds. At no time did Flynn show any thing but bis vaunted aggressiveness. Levlnskv simply tojed with his more rugged adversary. Flynn outweighed the Battler by thirteen pounds, but this weight adantage did not help Flynn. ex cept in me clinches, which were few. Flynn weighed 192 pounds. Ertle Wins Again. Philadelphia. Dec SS. Johnny Erte, of St. Paul, won over Joe O'Donnell, of Gloucester, in six rounds at the Olympic iuo. ine nrsi inreo rounds were even, but from that time on Ertle got the most ont of his body punches. The bout was arranged at catch weights, both boys being under the 116-pound mark. Camp Wins Over Touhey. New York. Dec 25. Eddie Camp de feated Tommy Touhey in a fast ten round bout at the Fairmont A. C. thi afternoon. In the seml-wind-up Frankle McCabe defeated Charley Marshall In ten Interesting rounds. Eddie Moy. Freddie Welsh's sparring partner, went ten rat tling spasms with Willis Rh.tri. to a. draw. 1?&&AJ&3S$ X2A&&: BONANZA SET FAST PACE Star of Love Comes Up with Rush and BeaU Wilhite for Third Place. Kl Paso. Tex., Dec. 23. Showing re markable Improvement over his last four starts, in all of which he was a distant trailer. Brookfleld scored a close decis ion in the selling handicap at one mile, the feature of the card at Juarex this afternoon. Incidentally, he raced the mile In 1:38, the fastest time for the distance hung up at the meeting. . The wise brigade backed Brookfleld to the limit, forcing his price from an open ing of I to 1 down to 3 to 1 at post time. When it came to running, Brookfleld was a speedy horse. He lay close up with' Bonanza, me pacemaKer, ana alter rac ing the latter Into submission managed to stall off the bid of Star of Love to win by a neck. Star of Lore beat Wil hlte a head for the place. Wllhlte open' ed favorite at 6 to G. but for lack of sup port receded to 11 to 5 Summer-like weather prevailed and one of the biggest crowds of the season turn ed out to witness the sport. Summary: FIRST RACE-HeWns; Ijear-olda sad upward; air. furlonra- Frances a., 100 (Henry), 4 to 1. 1 to 1. arm. mm; Hardy. 100 (Matthews), 3 to I. mn, acoond; Mia Edith, US (Hawkins). 3 to 1. third. Time, 1:11 little Mild. Iloisinztea. Lofty Hr wood. Taper Tip, Vino, Terto, Wairnull. Ial s. Willia, and Swede Sua aim iu. SECOND RACE Six furlossa. Brooks, IB (Shill ing . 7 to 10, I to 4, out. won: Douna, MS (Phil lips). 7 to 5, I to . aamnd: Sarlno. IU lloftusl. 1 to J. third. Tune. 1.12 SS. Andrew Johnston. Water Warbler, and Thelma Marie aim ran. THIRD RACB-Flr furloiyjs. oarmary, 103 (SchtmurhorB), 3 to 3, 1 to J. 1 to S. won; Pan-harhar-l. MS IRuaaell). rren. third. Time I-M1J. Blue Beard, Maes B. Eabanka, Veniaon, Typr. and Brtehouae also ran. TOURTH RACE One mile. Breekaeld. SC (Marco), 3 to 1. 6 to 5. J to 5, woe : Star of Lota. VS (Stoma), errn. 1 to 6, aeeond; WllhiU, IS (Hunt). ! to 5. third. Time, 133. Bard Ball, Cur licue asd Boaanaa alao ran. FIFTH RACE Su fnrloora. Metropolitan, IB (Groat), Stoz.Ito2.lto 4, won; Choctaw. 1(0 (Scbmnerhorn), 7 to 19. 1 to 4. ssrond: Oldamobtla. 104 (Hajeil. 1 to 2, third. Time. 133. Butter Ball, Cordova, Runs. Fand. and Delaney alao ran. SIXTH RACE Six furlctm. Cfrizbt. 1W (H. Shilunr). 4 to 1. 2 to 1. eren. won; Knidebnn '.05 (Gross). 4 to 1. 2 to I. aeoond: little Jake, 105 (R. Shlllinrl. 1 to t third. Time. 1J2S-I. Aimtl. Curl. Bertha V., Ortyx. Cedl. Mandare. Ilo-iy ia, t.uBuni nouae, ana caniorauv jack alao ran. JUAREZ ENTRIES. FIRST RACE-SelUnx: 3-rear-oIda; fife and one half forlonca. Happinev. SS; 'Jennie Small 80. Rand Max, 55; 'Enjene Sues, 5; Pan. 109. 'In dustry. 18S. IVhleprrlne Hope, 105; BMt Colbert son. 105: tola IM: Heal TSckrt. IB. SECOND RACE-Thrre-jear-oldi and npoard; one mile. Bloomms Poeer. It; 'Peter Stalwart, : Vlrale Dot. 91: Bean SrUler. 96; 'Endurance. : Sharper Knlcht. 104: "Sheffield. US: Hcfle. 105: The Monk. 16; rrotrslla. Ml. THIRD RACE-Selllnxi rear-oId and upward: Are fortonrs. 'Northern Usht. 57; Blllr Joe, 104; Moneymaker. HE; sinal. 101; 'PaajarcaU II, MS Joe Blair. KB. Seneca. 111. FOURTH RACt-Handiep: all area: aerra fur locta. little Strlnr, SO; Striker, SB; Purlonr K: Star of Lore, S; Marnlk, 102, Kins Box, Ml; Koote nar 103. FIFTH TUCE-Seninz: yrar-olds and npward; (Ire farlonia. 'Lady James. St; Tordlllo. S; 'Mm Fielder. 1CJ; Matter Joe. 105; Ortyx, 185; InoulfU. MS: Franria. 105; Hnaky tad. 105; Aemnen, 165 Eaatraan. 10X: Dr. Douahrrty. 10; Ben Ixrr. IM; Canapa. 108; Bailee. IM; Mercnrlum. Ill MXTH RACK-Peltim: J-year-olds and upward: one mile, relit Bleu. 55; "Lad. 95; Gano 103: Idy Innocence, 104; Dare Montxomrry, 101- Key 104. Cordie P., 104; Nannie McDer. 112. 'Apprentice allowance rtalaed. HAVANA RESULTS. FIItsT RACB-nre fnrionn: Jrearolda and np ward: mr. WOO. aelllni Mae, 114 (Connellr). S to I. een. 1 In 3. won; Bi Luteal. Ill (Taplinl. Z to 1. 1 to ; aecnnd: Bnnlre. Ill (Dnrlel. nut. thud. Time. la. Pare tVhlte. Frontier, and Cart Elliott aim ran. SFTOND r.AOB-Purse, H00; Ijrar-olda and np ward: tllina: ore and one-naif ftnionca. Enrrr Hej. 114 (Hinphr). J to 1. ercn. 1 to 1 wnn; Min strel. If (Uraille), S to I, eren, aeeond: Briar Path. 110 (TirUn). 1 to 4. third. Time. 1TU. Heflection, YHlow Yjea. and Enry also ran. THino IUrE-Plne. ; Srear-nlds and up ward: maidens, telling; one mile. Emily P.. 107 (Domlnlrtl. 3 to I. 4 to 3 I to 5 won; gmllar, 1(C (Parrlnetanl. 1 to 4. ai-mnd: Dancm? Star 99 (Prarre), to 1. 3 to 1, 3 lo 3, third. Time. Irtl Vedado Arcument. JIary Blaekwond, Granado and tlelle of the Kitchen also Jan. FOURTH n ICE-Pnrae. pn; 3-yealoldl and np ward; rlllnr: one mile. Maiini'a rholee, 10T (Wll liaml. tn 3. 3 to I. out. won: Aftentlow. 101 (Pamnaton), 4 (o 3, out. arrond; Rlue Mw lfB (Whnnarkl. Z lo 1. third. Time. 1-40J5. Chinct, IVather DuKter. and Autumn alw ran. KIPTH RACB-Pure. ttOJ. 3-year nlda and np ward: fellini: all hirlonisa. rrotorna. 114 (Wol etenbohn), C to I. 5 to 1. 5 to S. won; Quirk. 114 (ltran), 6 to 3. 3 to 5. semnd: Pierrot. 109 ffa. fertjl, out. thlnl. Time. 1:13 4-3. Almeda Law rence. Lnulae TraTera. llmond Adama, and Shad rach als ran filXTII R.VCE Sli furlonn. Dr. Cann. 1(9 (Rran). 3) to I, I tn I. 4 to I, won; lord Welt's, 111 (Hanorer). 6 to 3. 3 lo 5. aemnd; laervabibble. IK i.iuu!i-r. i ir, i. uiini. lime, i ua. Lo-uiii-Jlay. Ford Mai. Montreal. Vandrr. Ben Hnru. ana Beaumont Belle alao ran. HAVANA ENTRIES. FIRST RACE !ii furionsa: 3-iearo!d and tro- ward; purse. J40O; aelllnir. Miai Oenrriere. lot; Cooater. 1(0, Enerjetir, 1W; Mo-srowa, 109; Maaae- net. IC9: Mr. Kniaxa, 114. hnCOVD RArE-Sn furlonja; year-nMa and up ward: pane, S; aellinc. Coin. lot; -Malik, 9J; Bob R.. 1(9: "Unb'l Tall. 109; 'Marram Men. 1(0. Bordello. 114; Mlas Klnittnury, 114. THIRD RACE-Six furlonca; 3yrar-oIda and on ward: purae. JIM), aellinf. Sepoy, J4; Moonstone, W; Tanlmn. 91. nasfanr. 59; 'Meda. 102; Roae Water. 103. Tcny Failiion, 105; 'Jess. 103. roORTII R.lCE-One mile and fty yaMs. 3-year-nIdi and npward; puree. K00; atulnz. Haber daeh. 94: "Merry Jubilee. 9J; 'Jxmim Trarera. 103; bt. Lazanan. 103: Tom Hancock, 105; Tfat Rmnn, 110; Peila Mack. 110: Baxter Star. 110. rir-tn KArs-riTe rurionga; an area: parse. tMO; erBlnr -Blue Roc. 94; LItUe Alta. 4; Quean Aprl'. f; Idler, KB; Jane. 103; 'Hurh. 103; Stoninston 100; Nino Mudbarbo, 113; Gltana, 113: Dayllcht, 113; Orotund, 113; rata Leaf. 113. SIXTH RACE Fire and one-half furlonrj; 3-yrar-oldi and upward; purse, (too; aelllnf. 'rellow Ejea. 9T: Jesae, Jr. K0: Clanbel. 1C1; Snlfty Allen. 1CJ: Moncrief, 109; Lilly Orme. I0S; Warcr ln. 10); Elwah, 100. Arrrentioa allowance claimed. Has Fans Stirred. Pasadena. CaL, Dec K. The football game to be played on New Year's Day between Brown and Washington Stats University Is the theme of constant dis cussion and speculation all along the Pacific coast. Word has come from both universities that the teams have been practicing 'dally since the close of the regular football season, and the game promises to be a hard-fought struggle. Agrees With Travers. New York. Dec. 25. It was some time since that Jerome rTavers expressed the opinion that some day the amateur championship would be decided by all medal Trtay. Francis Ouimet has also gone on record as favoring medal play for this classic Apparently Travers started something bat September, Mjh,:v,ri.;,v... 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At the right Elionsky is shown as he was lowered into the icy water of New York Bay. shackled and bound in a straitiacket, in which he swam around as much at home as if he were attired only in a bathing suit. Basket-ball Has Made Great Progress In the Past Twenty-five Years ' Dy JACK HAAS. The game of basketball originated oer twenty-five ears ago. It was Invented to satisfy the need of team competition under indoor conditions In which large numbers of relatively untrained people could take part. The majority of games that were being piajed prior to basketball failed to achieve any great Influence, nor did they gain any wide popularity All of our standard games are the result of a gradual evolution and have developed because they possess ed those qualities that appeal strongly to play or the fighting spirit. The demands for special skill, speed and strategy that is required in those who indulge in baseball and football, are great factors in the real pleasure and interest that accompany the playing or watching of these games, and are in a large measure responsible for their development and wide popular ity. "Until the invention of basket-ball there was no Indoor game that was in any way comparable to baseball and football In these respects. The need for an Indoor game that could be used by active, sturdy men was keenly realized by the faculty of the Y. M. C. A. Training School at Spring field, Mass. Dr. James A. Naismlth. now a member of the Collegiate Basket-ball Committee, was an Instructor at this school In 1S91 and undertook to devise an Indoor game which should satisfy these general specifica tions. Basketball In Its first form was very simple in Its plan and technique. It was designed to be plajed by as many as could occupy the playing space, nine to fifty plaers on each side. It soon became apparent that too many plavers In a gams hindered the development of team work; so after a time the number of players on a team was reduced to nine. A little later, about 1S94, the number of play ers on the teams was determined by the area of the floor on which the game was played. For the first year or two, at the start of the game, the men were lined up at the opposite ends of the field and rushed for the ball when it was tossed by the official Into the middle of the playing space. This was modi fled in 1S94 so that the ball was toss ed up in the middle of the field and had to be touched, by the center men, to make the play legal. In the meantime. In 1891-91, the good qualities of the game were rec ognized by Miss Berenson, the direc tor of physical training at Smith Col lege, and she Introduced It as a part of the gymnasium work for girls. In order to lessen the physical strain, which was found to be too severe for girls playing the men's rules, the floor was divided Into three sections by lines running across the Held at right angles to the side lines. The centers (the girls' teams under these rules, which are essentially unchanged today, haye two centers), the two guards, and the two forwards, are re stricted to their own sections of the floor, so that the players in a given section have an opportunity to get a breathing spell when the ball Is in any other part of the field. This de vice not only made the game less strenuous but also favored the de velopment of team play. It U doubtful If the history af coat- jt-JVV A,-evi.- . petitlve games contains an example of more rapid growth than that shown by basket-ball during the first two or three years of Its existence. Even .... ...im. nwwic pjnrau ji iM?cuail ill the jears immediately following the civil war was second to this. The rapidity with which the knowledge of basket-ball spread throughout the world was due. first to the fact that the game was so constituted that it met in an adequate way the real need for a vigorous Indoor game, and, sec ond, the game was developed In an institution which sent Us students, all of whom had learned to pla) the game, to all parts of the world. The movement which has resulted In the formal co-operation of the rules committees representing the Young Men's Christian Association, the Ama teur Athletic Union, and the National Collegiate Association, promises to be a most valuable Influence In promot ing the development of the game of basket-ball along right lines and should mark the beginning of a new epoch in the history of the game as a most desirable and useful indoor sport. Basket-ball makes no uncertain de mands on heart and lungs and on en durance generally. It develops alert ness, self-control, skill, i-peed and team work; and It brings Into action every part of the body. A good game of basket-ball arouses Interest and enthusiasm In both player and specta tor. Its essential simplicity and the small amount of inexpensive apparatus required, taken In connection with Its other qualifications, make it one of the most valuable of our competitive games. Along about 1900 or a few years be fore that time, those who had plajed basket-ball In Phlladelnhln mil v. York City came to the conclusion that ! they could make a little coin for them selves and the National Professional League was organized. Their conclu sion was certainly Instilled for the national league, now known as the Eastern League. Is still a successful organization. The Central, in West ern Pennsylvania, the Hudson Blver, the New England, and Peunsjlvanla State Leagues have been organized in the last ten years, and from the re ports received they are very success ful and are ail drawing capacity houses. Philadelphia Is the banner city in turning out good basket-ball players. It is stated that there are 5.000 boys playing the game In and about the Quaker City. The reason for the success of pro fessional basket-ball is, that the game is played In a cage and Is just about 50 per cent faster than games that are played without the net. In 1907 local amateur players, hav ing heard of the wonderful success of professional basket-ball In the north, jumped the traces and organized the District League. Nearly every player of any marked ability became a pro fessional. It is stated by one who ought to know, that the league was a big success financially, and the hall was packed to overflowing at every contest. The league games were played under Chase's Theater and after the first season had to be discontinued for the reason that the owners refused to rent the hall for basket-ball and there was not a suitable floor in the city where the sport could be staged. Basket-ball in the District since - c .1. C.V.-O . that time has been a dead Issue. Am ateur leagues have been organized but had to be abandoned for the rea son that there was not enough inter est taken to maintain the sport. This was partly caused b the very tame rules under which the amateur game as played The game this season Is taking on new lease of life. Every hall that can be obtulned Is now being used by leagues and Independent teams. Under the new rules. If the are strictly ad hered In. the game should be much faster and more cleanly played. Although the girl's game had been plaved since IbSI. not much had been heard of these contests, especially in the District, until the organization of the Ingram Memorial Church girls' team in the fall of 1910. The game became greatly advertUed because of the much-talked-of success of the In- gram girls who in the season of 1910 II. and in 1913-12 plujed forty-five games, of whiih fort) -three were vic tories. The team was conceded the championship of the South in the above seasons' having defeated every team of any note Goucher College, of Baltimore; Na tional Park Seminar), at Forest Glen, Maryland: George Washington Univer sity and Ingram Church have very formidable teams, although the In gram girls are not nearl) as strong as In the two seasons In which they won the championship. There are a half dozen leagues In the District that are bound to be suc ceesful. The Mrongest among them is the Hll-echolastic, pla)lng their games at the Arcade. The George Washington "Frat," Sunday School. Y. 31. C. A., and Noel House Leagues have been pla)lng for some time, and arc having great suc cess. There are two Important factors in regard to basket-ball In the District, that If promoted will make It most popular. One l. that the officen. of the Arcade where the best ftoor and also the greatest seating capacity Is located, install a cage. The way the playing floor Is located now at the Arcade, there Is so much out-of-bound space that the game Is slowed up con siderably. By having a cage, the game will be 50 or 60 per cent faster. The faster the game, the more enthusiasm will be created, and a larger attend ance at the games is assurel. The second is this, that Georgetown and Catholic universltyles patch up their differences by next season, ana the formation of a District Collegiate Basket-ball League with Georgetown, Catholic and George Washington uni versities. Gallaulet College and two outside colleges, near by. possibly Lojola. of Baltimore, and St. John's, of Annapolis. This would make a mighty strong organization and the city would go wild with excitement and enthusiasm. This matter should be thought over this season so that everything will be ready for the next. "Get together" G. U. and C U. for the good of all branches of sport. Want Basketball Major Sport. Providence. Dec. 25. The resumption of basketball at Brown University as a major sport has been a topic of discus sion and Interest, and 43S undergrad uates have petitioned the faculty to ap prove It. but it is not likely that they will be successful. Cross to Fight Hommey New York, Dec 25. Leach Cross and Packey Hommey will box ten rounds to morrow night at the Harlem Sporting Club. It Is the match that the boxing commission forced on Cross, the latter having his choice of fighting or drawing a suspension of sixty days. Hommey, and Cross met about six months ego. On. this occasion. Cross received tha popu lar decision, but It was gruelling go. r tsWsJi Kxnra bouts t&lb week TUESDAY. DECBMBKR 38. Willi Kltekle vb. T4 Lewi. It raaada, at Jtw York City. Mllbara Parlor vs. Kver Haaa aner, IP rounds, at Unrr, lad. JC. Brlttpa, vs. Jaaaay tirlf ataa. IS rwaads. at Akroa. Oklw. WHD.MSSDAY, DECBMBKR 3t). Bllrkcr Sherldaa vs. Jake Abies. 8 rounds, at Ckatlaaowca. Teaa. HATUKflAV, JtNUAItY 1. Hlehl Mitchell T. Johaay Kll kaar. 10 raaada, at Cincinnati. Okla. Ted I.ewln as. K. 41. Breaaaa, 10 raaads, at Baffalo. Jf. Y. Itatty SfcCae . Freddie As drevTa. 10 rounds, at Haelne. Wis. Johnny OXenry vm. Kid ealr. IS rannda. at Edataalen, Urlllsk Columbia. a anas; Uradnell in. Hunt Ott. 12 round", at Akroa, Ohio. Jokaaw HaltTFjr v. Willie Reeeher. 10 ronads, at Colamhua, Ohio. 0UPHANT HAS WON FOUR ARMY LETTERS Philadelphia. Pa., Dec 25. E. Q. Oll nhant. the West Tolnt cadet, who wreck ed the Annapolis football machine, has been awarded his fourth "A" and this Kites him the distinction of halng won more West Point letters than any athlete in the army ever had. Eastern followers or coii'ire ainietira mav not know it, but Ollphant was re garded as one of the best athletes in the Middle West before he entered the Mili tary Academy. He won his letter at eery snort he tackled at Purdue and a iife- slsd picture hangs in the Purdue gm of Ollphant In football, baseball, track and basket-ball togs. There are 4W men today who hae won the West Point "A" and no man eer won more than three until Oliphant came along. He could win liis fifth "A ' at hockey, the final "A" possible but he Is p'ajln? basket-ball and this eon"ta with hockey so he will be limited f u-r letters unless next ear he juwn up basket-ball, and he is the Har of the team, and tries for the hockrj team. Ollphant won his first letter at basket- balL When he caught Dob NeJ land, the Cadet pitcher, and took his second letter at baseball. He proved to be the star hurdler at West Toint in the spring and with but little training he ran the - vard hurdles in ZZ seconds, breaking the West Point record, which gave him his third letter. He also fought In the heavv -weight Iboiin; champions-hip. but was outpointed bj Bob NeMand, the champion- Had ne won this bout he could not have secured a letter, for the "A" Is not granted for boxing He was green at the K.ove game, but since that time he has improved so much that even NeMand would not be a match for him. II. s work on the football team was sen sational last fall, and he won his fourth letter, and was picked on a few AII-Amer- icans. Ollphant was trained by And Smith. the former Penn coach, who was at Pur- , due for three )ears. Smith, who Is in this new men to make up the crew city, savs that Ollphant Is the best half It required much effort and time to back he ever saw. and that in his next teacn tnee green men tne art or row tun snri hair vesrs ho will nuLf .. ing and then a great deal more atten- reputatlon at West I'oint that will stand for many a )ear. CI I flr-ClTV A niIP" CilalUilOlV I A DUVl. FOR REAL EXERCISE1 New York, Dec 35. When Harry j Elionsky wants to take tome real l'-t Dcmpse). the man who had strenuous exercise. If that time ever None so much for Potomac as coach comes, he probably will arrange lo I" the past, was unable to give his have the Flatiron Building strapped "me from his business, and It was to his back and swim across the At-1 necestar) to look around for some lantic Ocean. For Elionsky considers j one eUe It a mere breathing exercise to swim After a vain search among the pro a few miles all bound up In shackles. ! fesslonal coaches for a competent straightjackets and leg Irons. I man the club was up against it as to His latest midwinter swimming I J""1 wht they were going to do. stunt was done during the blizzard Claude It. Zappone. vice-president two weeks ago, one of the worst wm-tof ,ne clul a"d a follower of the ter storms that has visited New York I rowing game for over 30 years, seeing In years. While the snow and sleet ' he hopelessness of obtaining a good was being pelted against the windows professional man to coach the crews by a seventv-mlle gale, and most of I a,,d on th rnest solicitation of th New York was cozil) enconced as near the steam radiators and open-, l" "" preparing ine crew mem grate fires as possible. Elionsk) wentjbers for the Middle States Regatta at to the water front at the Battery. Un der his street clothes he had a thin i bathing suit, and he stripped down to I this In a jiffy. Then after rnlllnir srnund In the snow and indulging In some deep breathing exercises, he permitted him- self to be bound In a straitjacket and submitted to handcuffs and ankle Irons. Rigged out like a raving in mate of Bellevue Hospital's insane ob servation ward, he was lowered into the water for one of his long swims 111., n.iljllln avminn' foe n mil,, nt- two he was fished out. and after he had dressed he said he had better in his life. nev f-i. BA1TTM0EE KICKINO UP DUST. Cincinnati. Ohio, Dec. "2. Reports from Baltimore received here last night to the effect that the owners of the Baltimore Federal League team objected to the terms of the peace treaty between or ganized baseball and the Federals, caused Garry Herrmann, chairman of the Na tional Commission, some concern. "I do not believe the Baltimore people should take this view. Inasmuch as the Baltimore matter is still pending." said Herrmann. "We have done nothing re garding Baltimore and the final outcome mav be very advantageous to the Balti more Federal League owners. That mat ter la still in the hands of the committee appointed to settle that question. The Baltimore people may get more than they have anticipated." It is said that the Baltimore Federal club officials will try to block the plans for ending the war by requesting that the anti-trust suit before Judge Landis be not dissolved. Tinker Is Improving. Chicago, Dec S. After a slight re lapse the condition of Joseph B. Tinker, manager of the Chicago Federal League Club, was reported as Improved at the hospital today. Tinker underwent an operation a week ago. Physicians say ho will be able to leave the within another week. hospltal Colgate to Play Brown. Providence n. I- Dec. r-,-The Brown University football schedule, anotmced1 last night, discloses that Colgate has is-cn given the Thanksgiving date, which ror the past six jcars has been allotted to Carlisle. Rutgers will meet Brown for the first time on October 3. i &&&Af &. stfvS. Jej. Washington Oarsmen, Canoe-t "S isls and Svvimmers Are on 1i Par with Best in East. - SCULLERS SHOW CLASS- Br KL'UENK M. POSTEBU A review of 1915 athletic activities will show Washington's water ath letes with a record equal In merit U that of any other city In the East. In rowing-, canoeing: and swimming, reprtxentatlves of the Washlnston' clubs have participated In a numbet of out-of-town events and have navel failed to site a good account of them selves. The two Washlncton boat clubs. I'otomacs and Analostans, sent crews to the peoples' regatta at Philadelphia on the Fourth of July and to the Mid dle Slates Kecatta in the same city on t I-nbor Pay. and in each of these events made a showing that marked them as of class far above the average. There is no city on the Atlantic coast that turns out a higher per centage of winners in the rowing game man does Washington, and icme realise that the are up 'uHdiu-i a luugn proposition any lime they are entered In the same race with oarsmen from either of the local club.. Canoeists Show Class. Hut rowing Is not the only water sport in which Washington excels, for the Washington Canoe Club has pmt many a winner across the line in both canoeing and swimming. Not only has the canoe club given a good account of itself In local re gattas, but in the past season canoeists from that organization Invaded for eign territor) and showed that Wash ington Is well represented In other branches of water sports by defeating some of the cracks of the Atlantlo coast States and Canada. In swimming the Washington Canoe Club has put across a number of win ners in both local and South Atlantlo A. A U meets. -, While the canoe club specializes on canoeing and swimming the Potomac Hoat Club has aIo gone Into the game to some extent and has been that club's clo-est rlal In a number of the j local regattas But the Potomac club has made row ing its ppeclalt). and in the Middle Staes Kegatta at Philadelphia on La bor Day last showed that they pos sessed real rowing ability Without Junior Crew. hen spring opened last season the Potomac Boat Club found itself up against the proposition of breaking In practically a whole new junior crew, as on the preceding Labor Day four of their juniors graduated into the senior class, when they won both the junior and intermediate gig races In. the Middle states Regatta at Balti more, and three others gave up the game The club had only one junior oars men left who had been rowing long enough to learn the game, and seven other men had to be selected from the ! tlon in welding them Into a smooth wording macnine Another stumbling block was that ia ton'Petent coach must be obtained before any good results could be ex pected from the oarsmen. aftaavvvatw; w uauaru l vamrata ciuu memnersnip. agreea to una up Philadelphia. The result of his efforts was shown on l.abor Day when he had two of his crews come across the line in the lead and his quad row a close sec- I ona in inrir race. . Double Prulla In Front. The next win of the day for the Po tomac club was when Cape. Frank Chamberlln and Lieut. Bill Powell romped aw a) from a field of eight in the Intermediate double sculls. They were so far ahead of their l"""8 rixal. ,,u", they eased up when iJ . iui ici O. IIIIIO iium no 1111- ish and merely peddled over the line. Theso two men make one of the best double scull crews In the East and are expected to beat Smith and Kelly, present champions, when they meet this coming season. On that da)'s work the Potumao club could show two first and a closer second out of three events, while the other Washington club, the Analos- tans, were a close second In the only race they entered. The crew that represented the An alostan Boat Club on that day had only been training a little over two weeks and lack of condition lost the race for them. Nevertheless they gave a good ac count of themselves and were only beaten out a few yards by the fast Vesper senior crew. The Analostan senior crew was com posed of four men from the interme-. dlate boat that had but a short time before rowed the dead heat, while the Undines who defeated them had a' fresh crew. They were second, how ever, and beat out the fast New York Athletic Club crew, which In itself is some feat. Locals Meet Class. Washington canoeists in these events meet the class of this country and- Canada, and their showing is one that this city should well feel proud. From the above review It will be seen that Washington's water repre- sentatives are on a par with the best i in tne country anu ine Anaiostan noai 1 Club, the Potomac Boat Club and the Washington Canoe Club deserve the support of every public spirited Wash- lnKtonlan , tner efforts to maintain tnIs clty m the higi, standing It now' has as a supporter of water sports. It is a poor Saturday In and about rhil adalnhla when there ian't at Itaat twenty-lira trtpahootissl tournamenta scheduled at the various clnha, - Vth f4-r ,fr... -Si