Newspaper Page Text
PLAYERS OF GOLF
Something About the Winners in the
INTEREST IN THE SPORT IN THIS CITY
The Principles o? the Game as Ex
plained by an Expert.
DUTIES OE THE CADDY
crowded every day.
HE SUCCESS OF
the recent tourna
ment of the Wash
ington Golf Club has
assured the popular
ity In this city of the
"sport of kings/'
The bad weather of
the past week has
not been sufficient to
damn the ardor of
tlie playera, and with
the coming of pood
weather the links
are certain to be
The last day o& the
" ?* ? ?* ??= utty ul? i
tournament the playing was done in
pouring rain. It was enough to kill any
other outdoor sport, but Mr. Henry May
the president of the club. Insisted that a
game which Is played In a Scotch driz
stand the effects of an American shower,
zle or an English fog could surely with
The surprise of the tournament was the
prowess of Mr. A. J. Parsons, who won
both the stroke an<j the hole match. He
t has not been a golfer for a great length of
time, but he has made wonderful progress
since he first learned to handle a club. His
chief opponent in the stroke match was
Mr. May, and although he was given a
handicap he still surprised himself and his
friends by winning from the president of
J?!.e ,?lu!\Jjy excellent Play. His score of
101 in the stroke match was one of the
best ever made on these links, and marks
nlm out a3 a most promising player.
Mr. May, the president and a member of
the governing committee of the club, was
the only scratch man In the stroke or
medal match, in which he stood a good
second. He waa one
of the organizers of
the local club, and
Is one of the most
In this country, hav
ing played on all the
principal links on
both sides of the
Atlantic. He Is a
splendid example of
a well-developed man
and is good at al
most every sort of
In 1885 Mr. May
played at Pau, In the
Bouth of France,
where he ? was the
winner of four foursomes that year, all
money prizes. In 1S8G he played on the
Bern bridge links, Isle of Wight, and was
the winner of two of the main prizes that
were offered. He won the medal for the
stroke match, and also a foursome, the
silver cup and a money prize.
Mr. Arthur Jeffrey Parsons has only been
playing golf since February of last year.
He has been a member of the club since
Its inception, and is a member of the gov
erning committee. In the hole match he
won the president's cup, a handsome
trophy that was well worth the winning,
and in the stroke match the medal that
was presented by Mr. Henry White.
Mr. Edward F. Riggs, who won second
prize in the hole match. Is the popular
secretary of the club, and in his work in
the tournament shows that he has in him
the making of a first-class player. He
Is a member of the governing committee
of the club, but has only played since
April, 189-4. He played in the finals in the
hole match with Mr. Parsons, and carried
off second prize, a silver golf scorer. It is
quite likely that Mr. Riggs will enter for
the tournament to be played this spring
at the Tuxedo Club.
As Explnlned by an Expert.
The literature on golf In this country Is
rapidly increasing, but as there are plenty
of people who do not understand"the prin
ciples of the game, It may not be out of
place to quote from a
recent article on golf
In the Boston Jour
nal. The article 13
by Mr. John Laird
Wilson, formerly a
well-known player in
Scotland, but now a
resident of Brooklyn.
In the course of his
article Mr. Wilson
"It has already
been stated that golf
belongs to the class
of ball games. Some
of these games, such
as foot ball and hand
ball, are played with
A. J. I'nr.HotiK.
out any Intermediate agency. In others
the player must have his tools. It is the
object of the player to drive the ball from
one hole into another until he has com
pleted the circuit or round, and to do this I
v/ith th'e fewest number 6f strokes. To ac
complish this two-fold purpose he needs I
his instruments and other appurtenances.
"The ball, it ought to be mentioned, 1
usually weighs about two ounces, is made
of gutta-percha, and" is painted white, that
it may be easily seen. A set of clubs, as a
rule, consists of six different implements;
but an absolutely complete set may com
prise as many as ten. These are the play
club, the long spoon, the mid spoon, the
short spoon, the buffing spoon, the driving
putter, the putter, the sand iron, the cleek,
the niblick or track iron. The last three
have iron heads, the others are of wood.
"These weapons of golf warfare are all of
them specifically useful. As it Is needed,
each is put in requisition, and each Is well
adapted for itr special work. Those who
are not familiar with the game will nat
urally ask how the golfer, in active play.
Is able to take care of all these implements.
The answer is easily given. He does not
take care of them at all. This duty de
volves upon personal attendants, who are
known as caddies. Every golfer has his
caddy, whose duty it is to carry the clubs J
or golf instruments of his master for the
time being, and to be on hand and ready I
with the driver, the cleek or the track iron
or other instrument as It is needed or called
The Ca?l<ly in Important.
"It results from this that the caddy Is a J
somewhat important personage on the golf
course. There are professional caddies and
cz.ddies non-professional.* On what are
known as the free green there is generally
a. crowd of inexperienced persons?men and
boy s?from which
caddies may be
chosen. An inexperi
enced caddy is better
than none: but a man
of skill an<i taste,who
is thoroughly familiar
with the game, is al
ways to be preferred.
Not a few of the
most skilled profes
sionals, however, are
given to drinking
habits; and if you
have such a man for' fj/j]
two days in succes
sion yuu have reason
to fear that you may
not have him for a
third day*. K. F.
"if he Is steady and well posted, the cad
fly is of great benefit to the golfer. His
words often impart courage. His advice
not unfrequently is worth gold. Running
with him and ever at hand he becomes as
much interested in the game as his chief;
the pains inseparable from defeat and
Joys attendant on victory being as keen
and In every way as intense. It is the
duty of the caddy not only to carry the
Qlubs, but to 'tee' the balls- and when the
golfer Is perplexed with the hazards, as
they are called, the knolls and pits, and
such like, eager to avoid or to escape from
them, his attendant Is often able to render
most efficient aid.
Some of tlie Plays.
"The rival players are either two In num
ber, or four. In the first case there Is one
player on each side. In the second case
' " T- $ -
there are two on each side. There is but
pne ball to e^tch side. When there are
two partners they strike the ball on their
side alternately. The object of the game
is to drive the ball, starting from the first
hole, into the next hole, and from one hole
into another, and so on round the course,
with as few strokes as possible. The play
er or players whose ball is holed In the
fewest strokes has gained that hole. The
match is usually decided by the greatest
number of holes gained In one or more
"Sometimes the match is made dependent
or. the aggregate number of strokes taken
to 'hole' one or more rounds. Mr. Horace
G. Hutchinson, one of the golf experts of
the day, and one of the principal contrib
utors to the Badminton treatise of golf,
tells us that he took the trouble to initiate,
while at Oxford, his logic tutor into the
mysteries of the royal and ancient game.
His tutor amused him on the evening of
the same day by describing the game as
'putting little balls into little holes with
instruments very illy adapted to the pur
"Mr Hutchinson accepts the definition,
with the addendum that the victory is to
him who achieves the least number of
strokes; and in regard to the instruments,
he considers the experience of all the golf
ing ages to be of quite as much value as
the opinion of an Oxford tutor in logic.
Golfing has much to recommend it. It is
healthful, and it is highly respectable. It
is free from that violence which character
izes some of our sports. If it should be
come popular, it will be an important ad
dition to our out-of-door amusements.
They Are Not Reliable and Often Very
Artificial and Inaccurate.
From the Illackburn Times. ?
In cycling there is one constant process
of record cutting going on, until it is hard
ly safe to declare that such a time is the
best for a given distance. I am tempted to
think, and not without good reason, that
much of ithis cycling record breaking is of
a very artificial character. A wheeler
breaks a record one day, but he is careful
not to smash it tc smithereens. He general
ly leaves himself a reserve force so that
he may live to break the record some more
another day. This is part of the game. It
is so not merely to keep the rider's name
before the gullible British public, but also
to duly advertise Knockem's machine, to
boom Bubble's marvelous tires, to sound
the praises of Jones' perfect saddle, to con
vince the world of the sustaining power of
somebody's^ essence of food, and to even
demonstrate that no oil is equal to Smith's
lubricator for the machine. I do assure
you that this is not an exaggeration.
You know some of these wheel wonders
who dash over Europe like "greased light
ning,'" who cross Asia and are chased by
the Chinese as flying devils, and who toil
ceaselessly from Land's End to John o'
Groat's, are not all guileless sportsmen cf
the most approved and chlvah-ous pattern.
It's very easy for any company to pay a
man to use their wares so as to advertise
them. Indeed, it is quite the custom of the
country and of the cycling community.
And I don't see any great harm in it. Still
the public ought to know, you know.
Again, in cycling I think we should be
careful to give the right share of praise
to the wheeler and to the manufacturer.
Personally, I do not think the cyclists of
today ar-j any superior to those of twenty
years ago. The men may have developed,
but the machines have improved almost
out of recognition, and tracks are now
almost perfection. Between the cycle and
the track friction is reduced to a mini
mum, and the rest depends upon the pedal
ing powers and the stamina of the rider.
To estimate the true value of some figures
It Is necessary to know all the conditions,
to know whether it was a calm and still
evening or whether the wind was at the
back of the rider. As a matter of fact,
many a handicap performance has lnfinlte
| ly more merit in it than some of these
I records, even If It be many seconds out
side the best possible figures. A fellow
may have difficulty in getting through his
I men, may have to ride round a whole
trcop on the outside, may have to battle
with a htad wind and may have no one to
do any "donkey work" for him. All these
things have to be taken Into consideration.
Which May Be Cnnitldered a Curiosity,
If Not a Satisfactory Device.
A Frenchman by the name of Gauthier
has recently brought out the unicycle
shown in the accompanying picture from
Cassell's Magazine. The idea is not new,
but M. Gauthier seems to have succeed
ed better than any one that has attempted,
heretofore, to construct a machine of the
The diameter of the wheel is a little more
than six feet, and the spokes are all bent
in one direction, so that the rider's center
of gravity is below the center of the wheel.
This device is an interesting novelty, but
its coming into general use is extremely
doubtful. No data have been given as to
the speed of the wheel.
IN BOATING CIRCLES.
PotoniaeN Preparing: for the Coming;
Regatta?The AnaloMtan Crew.
There is not much to tell of local boating
yet. The bad weather of the past week
has put a quietus to the sport, for there is
very little fun in rowing when the rain is
coming down In torrents. The boat houses
along the Potomac have been practically
deserted for a week past, and at only one
of them has any regular attempt been made
to send out a boat.
The Potomacs have arranged for an
eight-oared race with the Middles at An
napolis. It is to be rowed on May 18. The
crew have been practically named and
they have been out on the river every
aiternoon since a race was decided upon.
Rain or no rain, they have gone'for a
good, sharp spin up the river, and have
done the mile and a half already In a time
that leads their followers to think they
will at least give a good account of them
selves at Annapolis. It is hardly to be ex
pected that they will win the race, the
most enthusiastic members of the club not
asking that much. The Middles are In bet
ter training by long odds and have been
practicing hard for their coming race with
the University of Pennsylvania.
Boyle will stroke for the Potomacs and
the balance of the crew as it stands at
present consists of W. Nolan, J. Nolan,
Roulette, Oliver, Cockerill, Offley and Ball,
in the order named, with Berry as cox
If this crew shows that it is made up of
winning stuff the chances are that it will
be sent to take part in the Harlem re
gatta on Decoration day and also in the
people's regatta at Philadelphia on July 4.
It is quite possible that Washington will
also have a second crew In the regatta of
the Schuylkill Navy. The Analostans have
planned for two crews this season, who
will go on the river regularly as soon as
the weather settles, and Caj>t. Franklin
Moore is planning some hard work for
them. The juniors will be picked from the
following: O. C. Hine, Robinson, James,
Taylor, Upton. Teel, Vaughn, Weaver, Bal
lantyne and Hawes. The seniors who are
looked upon as timber for the second boat
are Ross, Howard, Moore, Chandler, Leet,
Perry, Stearns, Mills and Longstreet. If
either eight goes to Philadelphia it will
probably be the Juniors.
Before the rain set In last Friday It look
ed as though the Analostans might de
generate into a fishing club. Some one
made the discovery that perch fishing was
never better, and that the best place to
hook them was right off the Analostan
float. Two members the club caught
over 200 in a couple of hours one after
noon last week. These figures are known
to be accurate, as thev were furnished by
the fishermen themselves. If It had not
been for the fortunate coming of muddy
water there Is no telling but that the river
might have soon been cleaned out of perch.
THE BIG RACE MEET
Plans for the 0. A. 0. Bicycle Con
TO BE HELD ON DECORATION DAY
Society People Who Have Gone in
SOME PRETTY COSTUMES
?T HE DECORATION
day bicycle meet un
der the auspices of
. ^e Columbia Ath
11 letic Club, to be held
ffllJII on the club s grounds,
li Van Ness Park,
TiW-promises to be the
IjEubiggest affair of the
# sort ever seen-in this
])|||| y > city. Although the
??*, / s, entries do not close
^"^jT y/V'/ until May 20, there
is every reason to
believe that all the
events will be well filled, if not actually
overcrowded. The rules of the L. A. W.
prevent the holding of any other race meet
on that day within two hundred miles of
Washington, and ths will insure a good
attendance of wheelmen from all the neigh
boring cities. The committee In charge of
the meet have received assurances from
a number of crack riders in Philadelphia,
Baltimore and Hagerstown that they will
be on hand and take part in the contests.
W. Fred Sims of this city, who won the
championship in class A last year, is now
in training on the Baltimore track, but ex
pects to come over to Washington as soon
as the Columbia track is in condition for
fast riding. A lot of entry blanks were
sent to him for distribution among Balti
more wheelmen, and he reports that a
number of the best men from the monu
mental city are putting in some good work
in preparation for the big event here. Sims'
friends in this city are expacting him to
give a good account of himself this coming
Prof. Crossley has had a big force of men
at work for days past on the C. A. C. track
and the chances are that it will be in con
diton for use by the latter part of rext
week. The club has spared ric expense in
making the track as good and fast as pos
sible, and it has been gone over and over
again to make the surface hard and
A contiact has Just been closed for the
erection of a new grand stand in the C. A.
C. park, and this will be completed in time
for the meet. It is to be a tasteful and
pretty structure of wood, with a seating
capacity of about 070. An excellent view
of the track will be had from every point
in the stand. The track is a bit more than
Ave laps to the mile and the llnish will
be just to the left of the stand.
Events and Prize**.
On Decoration day there will be races in
both class A and class B. For the benefit
of those who are unfamiliar with bicycle
races it may be said that class A is made
up of strict amateurs, who have never
raced for cash or for prizes of more than
$50 in value. Class B men are as a rule
men who are employed to ride in the inter
ests of the different bicycle companies.
They are not professionals and the value
of the prizes for which they may ccn
tcst is limited to $150, and these they are
supposed never to dispose of for money.
On May 30 the events in class A are as
fellows: One-mile novice, one-quarter-mile
open, one-half-mile open, one-mile open,
one-mile District championship, one-mile
handicap, two-mile handicap, and one-mile
lap race. In class B there will be a half
mile open, one-mile open, and a two-rnile
The list of prizes is not yet complete and
will be officially announced later. Among
the piizes already arranged for, however,
are two bicycle suits, a gold league pin and
a handsome bath robe. These are to be
given in the lap race, one prize going to
the winner of each lap. A double-barrel
shotgun and some handsome medals will
also be given. A Victor, a Rambler and a
Columbia bicycle have been donated, and
these will be given as first prizes in class
B. In the District championships the prize
will be the News cup, which was offered
a couple of years ago, but lia3 never been
contested for. As this is an annual trophy
and does not become the property of the
winner, its value is not necessarily limited
by the rules of the league.
Features of the Day.
The big meet will last the better jait cf
the day. It is the expec:ati:>n that the
various events will be so well filled as to
make it necessary to run off preliminaries.
These will be held in the morning and the
finals will begin about 2 o'clock. Tickets
will be good for admission both morn
ing and afternoon. A band will be on hand
to render appropriate mu3ic and every
effort will be made to make it a gala oc
casion. The program has already been de
cided upon. It is to be in th9 form of a
book, with a handsome cover, gotten up
in fine style and printed in red and blue,
the club colors. Inside will be all the de
tails of the meet, together with pictures of
the club house, the field and the boat house
on the river.
Interest in racing is not confined to the
C. A. C., but one of the other flourishing
clubs of the city has already begun to
make preparations for a big race meet.
The Potomac Wheelmen have written to
Chairman Gideon of the raoing board of
the L. A. W. applying for a league sanc
tion for a meet to be held in this city some
time In the latter part of June. There Is
no doubt that the sanction-will be granted
and a date assigned, and in that event the
races will probably be held on the Colum
bia's track. 4r G
The interest in cycling in this city is
really amazing. Time was when people
said that cycling was-a transient fad and
that it would soon' go to the wall. So far
from this being tjie case the outlook for
the season is the v#$y brightest. Of course,
in. this city wheeling is not confined to any
season, but summer is the time for the
best country runs, and in the spring the
dealers do their biggest business. They say
that never before iif-tlife history of the sport
have they done such a rushing fade as
they have during theipast few weeks. All
the big factories of the country are way
behind on their orders. One of the eldest
of them is working twenty-four hours a
day, employing three shifts of men at
eight hours each, and yet they are unable
to keep up with their orders.
The local agencies and riding schools are
crowded all the time with enthusiasts and
lots of people who have only gone in for
wheeling in a half-hearted way before have
recently bought their own wheels and are
making the best of the pleasant spring
weather. The rainy days of the past week
have been a great disappointment to many,
but when the sun has a chance to get in its
wcrk and dry the roads wheeling will be all
the more popular. A few weeks ago The
Star spoke at some length of the way inter
est in the wheel was spreading in "upper
tendom." A list of those who have gone in
for the silent steed would include pretty
much all of Washington society and the
fever seems to be on the increase among
the members of the Metropolitan Club
and other organizations of social stand
Society and Wheeling:.
On one of the days of the recent golf tour
nament the audience was made up of well
known society women who sat in the shade
of the big trees by the club house and
watched the golfers from afar. It is a
curious fact that the principal topic of
conversation, as they waited for the men
to come in from the links for luncheon, was
bicycling in a^I its phases. A year ago it
would have been spring gowns, horses and
plans for the summer campaign. Last
week it was nothing but wheeling, proper
costumes for the sports and the relative
merits of the different makes of wheels.
Among those who have recently adopted
bicycling, people whose names are well
known in social circles, are Mr. and Mrs.
Truxton Beak', Prince?_ Iturbide, Mr. and
Mrs. Henry May, Dr.: May, Mr. Henry
White, th$ Misses Brfce, Miss Cameron,
Mrs. Blair Lee, 'Mr. and Mrs. Oscar I).
Amaral of the Brazilian legation. Assist
ant Secretary Ade&, the, Misses Pauncefote,
Senator Wolcott, Mr. Theodore Roosevelt,
Mr. Charles C. Bhiney,-Mr. Wm. C. Endi
cott, jr., Count Buisseret of the Belgium
legation. Count Sceoheftyi, Count Galarza
of the Spanish Ipgatioft. Mavroyeni Bey,
M. de Routkowsky of the Russian legation,
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Macauley, Mr. Bax
Ironside, Mr. Henry Adams, Mr. Herbert
Cassard, Mr. Cecil Sprihg-Kice of the Brit
ish embassy, Mr. Clarence E. Ingling. Mr.
George Helien, Mr. J.ojin Hayden, Miss
Todd, Mr. John Sidney^ Webb, Baron Le
Ghait, Mr. Akx. B. Le^are, Dr. and Mrs.
Ingram, Miss TWgua<la, Lieut. Kellogg,
Lieut. Lansdale, Mr. Cramer Kennedy, Miss
Alley, Mr. McKim, Mr. Walter Van Rens
selaer Berry, Miss Patten, Miss Tucker
man, Mr. Sowers, Miss Belknap, Dr. Jen
kins, Dr. Evans, Mr. Robert Gordon, Mr.
Arthur T. King, Mr. A. J. Bispham, Mr.
Thomas Nelson Page, Mr. James G. Blaine
and Mr. Robert Chilton.
What to Wear.
Mrs. Westinghouse, who has been spend
ing the past winter in Washington, left a
few days ago for Lenox, Mas3., taking her
wheel with her. She is an enthusiastic
rider and has explored all the nearby roads
on her bicycle when at her country place
A problem that troubles women who ride
is that of providing a suitable costume for
the sport, and hints upon this subject
should be particularly timely at this season
of the year. The Pope Manufacturing Com
pany have just issued a series of sugges
tions for riding habits which are especially
attractive. A few of these are reproduced
by permission herewith.
The first costume is one that was design
ed and is now worn by Miss Georgia Cay
van, the actress, who is an enthusiastic
rider of the wheel. It consists of zouave
trcusers and a smart Eton jacket with full
sleeves, worn over a shirt which may be
either loose cr close, or a dainty sweater or
tight-fitting jersey bodice with or without
sleeves. Around the waist is a belt of
suede, drawn through a buckle. The trous
ers are made without lining and in light
serges for summer wear. Leggings of jer
sey cloth, when wanted, are worn from the
shoe to above the kneek th? Jersey cloth
being elastic and nffording full play to the
ankles. A sailor hat with chiffon at the
side and Mercury wings completes the
The second costume 'was designed by
Kraemer of New York, and is particularly
adapted to those who are in awe of trous
ers or bloomers. It consists of a medium
plain skirt and a ?iodinidation of the Eton
jacket with soft roll collar and ends fall
ing In front. With it is worn a dainty
sweater or such waist fts taste may dic
tate. The material majf be serge or any
of the soft woblens. Leggings of jersey
cloth or other elastic material, with trous
ers under the skirt, are optional.
Redfern designed the third costume es
pecially for the Columbia bicycle people.
It is very popular among the French women
who affect .the wheel. It consists of the
famous bloomers, with Norfolk coat, made
of dark green tweeds, with collar and
waistband of green cloth of very deep
shade fastened by gold buckles. The long
gaiters are of slate-colored cloth to match
the hat and gloves.
Another ExcKlng Finish at Seranton.
There was another exciting finish In yes
terday's Scranton-Rochester game. At the
opening of the ninth the score was 5 to 2
In favor of Rochester. Two runs were
scored, and one was out. Radford tried to
score, but the ball was returned so quickly
from the field that Radford was cut off at
the plate. Umpire Doescher's decision de
claring the player out was greeted by a
gtorm of opposition. Ward's pop fly re
tired the side and gave the victory to
THIN OR GRAY HAnt AND BALD HEADS, SO
displeasing to many people as marks of age,
way be averted for a loug time by using Ilall's
Hair Renew er.
TO BE OPENED TODAY
The Season of the Departmental Base
TREASURY U THE ARMY AND NAVY
Speculating on the Winner of the
A GEEAT DEAL OP RIVALRY
The playing season of the Departmental
Base Ball League will be fairly under way
this afternoon, unless the weather should j
disappoint the well-wishers of the league.
The contesting teams will be those from
the Treasury Department and the Army
and Nfivy contingent, both of which are
about evenly matched. Owing to the bad
weather of the past week, the first game of ;
the season, which was to have been played I
Thursday between teams from the District j
Commissioners' office and the bureau of en- |
graving and printing, was postponed, and
the game which was scheduled for yester- I
day was also postponed, thus making the
opening game of the season between these |
two teams above mentioned. The list of
the players and the positions which they j
will occupy in this afternoon's game has '
already been printed in The Star.
Oil Good Financial Stun diner*
The financial standing of the league is in j
excellent condition, due partly to the sue- '
cess of the concert which was given for
the benefit of the league at National Rifles* !
Armory-Tuesday evening last, and no fears
are entertained by those interested in the |
welfare of the league that it will get into a
rut before the completion of the scheduled
season* Kach club is also in good condition
financially, and altogether, the outlook for
| the success of this season does not seem to
I be darkened by a single cloud, but gives
! the promise of a season which will eclipse
every previous effort of any amateur league
of this city. Every man on each of the
several teams takes the greatest amount of
interest and pride in the workings of his
own especial club, and each manager of the
several clubs is working as hard as he
Knows how for the maintenance and sup
port of the league.
A great deal of enthusiasm and interest
is also manifested at all of the leaeue
meetings, and although the rivalry between
the different clubs is, of course, very keen
it never crops out in unpleasant criticisms
or remarks, and, In fact, is never alluded
to except in the way of good-natured chafT.
Where the Gamea Are I'layed.
One of the bright strokes of the manage
ment of the league was in securing Nation
al Base Ball Park for the games. It is the
oest and the only place in the city where
j the game can be played as it should be
| played, the ground at Capitol Park being
so cut up at the present time as to be un
lit for such a purpose. Another good move
was in securing the services of Mr. Joseph
K. Strasberger to act as general manager 1
throughout th? season. All arrangements
essential to the comfort of the patrons of
the games, the players and the games
themselves have been looked after by Mr
President A. A. Sousa is also a hard
I worker in the inteiests of the league, and
with his two able associates, C. F. Dickens
secretary of the league, and M. C. Hazen,'
the vice president, who have done more to
ward setting the league upon a sound basis
than any other two men in it, form a trio I
that is hard to beat in the hustling line. I
The clubs now composing the league are
teams from the District Commissioners* of- j
, fice, pension office. Post Office Department, 1
government printing office, Treasury De
partment, city post office, bureau of en- j
graving and printing, Washington Light
Infantry and the Army and Navy club
This makes nine clubs in the league, but
as only two of them can play at the same
time, on account of only one park being I
available at the present, the odd num- 1
j ber will not affect the standing of the
clubs at the close of the season. I
Speculating; aa ?o the Leader.
-Speculation is rife among those who have
been watching the Departmental League
since its organization as to the outcome of
the season In the way of the percentages
and standing of the clubs. The team from
the District Commissioners' office captured
the first place honors last year, with the
bureau of engraving and printing, however
only a neck behind. Although both these
teams seem pretty confident of retaining
their places this year, and the money-mak
i ing boys hope to go even one better, some
of the other teams in the race are offering
I strong bid3 for the coveted positions.
One of the teams in the league is decid
edly a dark horse, about which not much
is known just at present, except the names
of those that form the club. This is the
team representing the Washington Light
Infantry, and it is composed of some very
excellent material. It remains to be seen
I only what they will do in their first game,
? which takes place Thursday, May 9 with
the Army and Navy club.
Believed to Me Pennant Winners.
The government printing office team is
| another which is not well known. The
managers of the club, however, say that
they have a pennant winner, and as they
had some 2,000 men, all familiar with the
| national game, to pick from.it would not be
surprising if they were somewhere near
the top of the heap. Havens, the captain
of the team, is a good, steady player and
uses his head with as good judgment as he
I does ins hands. Richards, who will play in
the outfield, is a heavy hitter, and so is
Mutchler, who will cover first base The
latter is also a very excellent fielder, as
well as being handy with the stick. An
other man that the team places confidence
in is Rowiett, who at one time played in
the Kentucky State League, earning a
reputation as the best all-round player of
the league. The team as it is picked com
prises Richards, Mohler, McKean, Smith
Singleton, Montgomery, Rockwell, Horens'
Havens, Porter, Mutchler, Berber, Dough
erty and Rowiett.
A game between the champions of last
season will not take place this month as
the opening game, which was postponed
was to have been played between these
Opening With a Flourlnh.
It is expected that a large number of
people will make the Journey to National
Park this afternoon to see the opening
game. The boys intend to do the thing up
in style, and will Indulge in a tally-ho
coach parade and a band of music before
the game. Every one who attended the
concert Tuestlay evening received compll
menturles to the opening game, and this
will doubtless swell the number very con
siderably, as a large crowd was In attend
ance at the concert.
A number of ladies' tickets have been
issued, and it is expected and hoped that
a large representation of them will be in the
grand stand this afternoon. The same ar
langements that prevail at National League
games will be in vogue at these games,
the tiest of order being maintained at all
times, and the managers are determined
that it shall be no fault of theirs if the
games are not popular with the people.
COOGAS MAY PLAY SHORT.
More Fault Found With the Wash
It Is a good thing we did our shouting
for the Washingtons in the first few days
of the season, for It looks as though we
shall not have another opportunity to ex
ult. The team is now far from home, and
the boys are likely to have trouble before
they return. The fatal hole In the infield
has been recognized, and this morning the
local base ball patrons were assured that
Danny Coogan is likely to be found at
short. It is not yet determined who will
follow Coogan. Hitherto the Washingtons
havo left on their western trip in sixth,
seventh or eighth place, expecting to take
a drop, but this year they start in the ten
hole. Philadelphia is Just below, but every
one knows that the Phillies will go up the
list. I.ouisvllle Is Just above, and St. Louis
In last place. These are likely to be our
rivals for the rest of the year. Boston had
a perfect picnic with Washington yesterday
at the Massachusetts capital, although In
the early part of the game it did look as if
the visitors might make things merry for
the home club.
At the close of the fourth inning Wash
ington was but one run to the bad, but in
the next two innings the home club rolled
up fourteen runs off Pitchers Mercer and
Anderson, and that settled things.
Washington put up the rockiest fielding
game it has this year. Nicholson was sim
ply not in it for a minute, scarcely fielding
half the balls that came to him. He was
very much butterfingered.
Then Abbey repeated his performance of
the previous day in muffing a fly ball he
should have caught easily. Again the ora
tors failed to do much at the bat, and the
streak of five runs in the seventh inning
was a gift, pure and simple, Hermanicus
Long getting two very roseate throws in
that inning which caused mischief.
The Bostons did not have any respect at
all for Winny Mercer, and how they did go
at him. He fled in the fifth, and then An
derson came in for some strong medicine
and failed to show how he was the great
find he has been claimed to be. Score:
BOSTON. I WASHINGTON.
R.H.O. A.E.I R.H.O.A.E.
Lowe. 2b... 6 5 2 3 lCrooks.2b.. 4 0 1 3 1
Lonp.ss.... 5 2 6 3 2Joyce,3b... 10 2
Duffy,cf.... 4 2 10 1 Abbey,cf... 0 12 0 1
McCarthy,If 3 3 0 0 0 Selbach.lf. .113 0 0
Nash.8b.... 2 2 16 1 Has'am r.rf 0 12 0 0
Tucker,lb.. 2 1 11 0 1 McC.ulre.c.. 0 0 2 0 0
Collins,rf.. 8 2 1 0 0 Ma honey.c. 1 0 4 0 0
Tenny.e.... 2 15 1 oCartw t.lb. 2 19 12
Warncr.c... 0 0 1 0 0 Nicholson,ss 2 0 0 3 5
Sullivan.p. 0 0 0 4 0Merccr,p... 0 0 0 2 0
Dolan.p.... 0 0 0 1 0 Anderson,p. 0 0 0 - J)
Totals ...27 18 27 17 0 Totals ...11 5 23 13 10
Warner out for interfering.
Boston 8 4 }. J ? ? ? 5 a-?i
Washington 13020050 0 11
Earned runs?Boston, 12. Two-base hits?Ixjwe
(2), Duffy, McCarthy, Collins. Three-base hit?
Abbev. Home runs?Long (2), Duffy, McCarthy,
Collins. Stolen bases-Lowe. Double plays-Long
and Tucker, Lowe and Tucker. First base on balls
-Duffv, Nash (2), Tucker, Tenny, Crooks, Joyce,
Cartw'rlght, Mercer. Hit by pitched hall?I*>ng,
Crooks, Selbach. Struck out?Sullivan, polan,
Jovce, Cartwright, Nicholson (2). Passed balls?
Tenny (2). Time?2.30. Umpire? Keefe.
The Otlier Leagne Game.
Philadelphia McGill S 15 4
New York German 5 0 1
The League Reeord.
Clul* W. L. P.C. Clubs. W. L. P.C.
ru?targ... 8 3 .727.Baltimore.. 4 4 .BOO
Cleveland... 7 4 .636 Chicago 4 6 .400
Brooklyn 5 8 .025 Louisville... 4 6 .400
Uoeton 5 3 . 625 Washington. 3 5 .375
New York.. 5 4 .550 Philadelphia 3 6 .333
Cincinnati.. 6 5 .645,St. Lx>ulb... 3 8 .2,3
Quite a Shake-Ill.
These games played yesterday make
quite a shake-up in the standing of the
clubs. The Baltimores retain their place
at seventh, Cincinnati holding cn to sixth.
Pittsburg and Cleveland remain at first
and second, respectively. Boston's victory
brings it up from fifth to take '.he place
of New York and lie Brooklyn for third
place. New Y'ork's loss dropped It from
a tie for third to fifth. The loss of W ash
ington pushes It down two points in the
scale, from eighth to tenth. Chicago ami
Louisville, by virtue of Washington's loss,
climb into eighth and ninth, respectively.
The victory of the Quakers pulls them
from the bottom of the heap, getting elev
enth place and pushing St. Louis to the
Base Ball Notes.
Philadelphia has recoiled the release of
Mark Baldwin, owing to the poor showing
of the other pitchers.
Pitcher Will Hutchison of the Chicagos
adheres to his resolution not to play on
Sunday. His contract with Anson exempts
him from taking part in ft Sunday game
Capt. Nash has placed himself third from
last In Boston's batting order.
A Chicago correspondent unkindly puts
"Washington" down by the foot?did you
ever notice what a rotten shortstop Nichol
son is playing?
"It's dead easy to tell some who won t
win It," says Albert Mott, the Baltimore
sporting writer, referring to the pennant.
"In that catalogue you can place Philadel
phia, Chicago, Pittsburg. Cincinnati, St.
Louis, Washington and Louisville."
The new Louisville club has now partici
pated in seven championship games, three
each against Pittsburg and Chicago, one
against Cleveland, and has demonstrated
that It is a decided Improvement over the
team of 'l>4, and gives excellent promise of
giving a good account of itself during ^the
season just started.?Louisville Correspon
PfefTer's preference Is undoubtedly New
York. He seemed to enjoy the errors Staf
ford made In a recent game. If Manager
Davis Is out for the pennant, Fred can give
him valuable assistance in that direction.
"Poor old Louisville has struck her gait, '
says a Cincinnati sporting writer, "and
again it will be a question of whether
Washington or the Falls City team will
grace the tall end. On form the Senators
ought to beat out their nearest antag
About the greatest surprise of the new
men on the Cincinnati team Is young Gray.
He was not touted as being a remarkable
batter, but in the games he has played at
Becond base he has hit the ball for an av
erage of more than two safe ones per
Good luck, good pitching and good base
running is the resume, and no other, for
the nine has not been hitting or fielding
overly strong, says a Pittsburg base ball
Jake Morse writes of the Boston pitchers:
Stivetts appears to be in rare form, and
Nichols is pitching good ball. It looks,
however, as if the young pitchers of the
team were far inferior to the veterans, and
that the third strong pitcher is lacking.
From the way the Cincinnatis played ball
against Cleveland, the ginger they put into
the contest, and the team work that was
done, I am inclined to think the Reds
would be close to the top today if Ewing
had been in the last few games, writes
Elmer E. Bates, the Cleveland sporting
writer. His great knowledge of the game
and his ability to get honest work out of
every player were big factors in those in
Possibly It is a little too early to pass
judgment on the ability of Dusty Miller to
hold his own in fast company. A half
dozen games of ball are a 6a fe criterion to
tase an opinion on, but on the form he has
shown I feel rate in claiming that he will
prove one of the greatest finds of 1805.?
Cincinnati Commercial Gazette.
Von der Ahe is trying to make a deal
with Philadelphia, trading Clarkson for
Turner. Turner, if secured, would, of
course, play In the outfield regularly.
Frank Richter of Philadelphia writes: Joe
Sulilvan h-ts made rapid improvement since |
he Joined the Phillies. The ex-Senator is
covering a great amount of territory, and
he is batting with greater science than any
irar. on the team.
Richter says about the Phillies: The chief
trouble Is with the pitchers, none of whom,
with the solitary exception of Taylor, have
shown up at all strong. One of the most
unpromising things about the team is thu
apparent lack of confidence behind all the
pitchers, except Taylor.
It Is said that a deal is on foot for the
exchange of Reilly for Joyce and a cash
bonus. Where would the Phillies play
Joyce??Exchange. On first base, that's
where Irwin wants to put him.
Hart has caught on in Pittsburg. He is
said to be pitching better ball than he did
for Brooklyn several years ago.
Kennedy says Brooklyn will be one, two,
three, and that the team will beat out New
Capt. Tebeau is going to have his Cleve
land men do more bunting than ever, rules
to the contrary notwithstanding.
Umpire Murray is the same build and
has the general appearance of Stage.
The Washington scribes are trying, hard
to make stars of Abbey and Selbach.
What's the use? Do they want to help
along the sales game??Exchange.
The record for penalties Imposed upon a
single player in one game is now held by
Buck Ewing, who was fined seven times
by Umpire Curry at Washington about
three years ago.
"Dad" Clarke wants his release from the
New Y'ork club. He says he has not had
a fair trial since going there, over a year
ago and he declares that he does not wish
to earn his salary by sitting on the bench.
Infielder Irwin, just released by Chicago,
would be a good man for more than one
league club?Washington, for Instance.?
Joe Mulvey is playing third base In place
of Shlndle, who was Injured In Baltimore.
Shlndle Is recuperating at his Gloucester
Monte Cross Is doing most of the base
stealing for Pittsburg, and he also leads
the team In run getting.
Pitcher Chamberlain has accepted the
terms offered by Cleveland.
Avoid premature exultation. It Is a long,
long way to the close of the season.
Meekln Is outshining Rusie as New York's
The will of the late John Ewing was ad
mitted to probate in Cincinnati last Mon
day. He left $15,000, all in bonds, as the
result of his base ball savings. Of this
amount J10.000 goes to his father and
mother, and at their death the cstat. will
be divided between his brothers and sisters.
At Boston yesterday Long made two
home runs, while Duffy, McCarthy and Col
lins each made one.
Manager Selee of Boston !s elated over
the receipt of the contract of Pitcher Frank
Sexton, now of the medical school of the
University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor.
Sexton will join the Bostons In June.
Cleveland claims Hodson,released by Bos
ton, but he is said to have signed "with the
Phillies. Manager Hanion would also like
to have him. President Robison of Cleve
land yesterday notified President Young
that he would take the matter into the
Fred. Dunlap, the famous second base
man, who played here in 1891, is a rich land
owner in Philadelphia.
Manager Selee of Boston sent Pitchers
Nichols and Stivitts and Catchers Ganzel
and Ryan to St. Louis last evening, so that
they should get a good rest before opening
in that city on Monday. Stivetts has not
lest a game this season.
Some of the Philadelphia spectators guy
Irwin when he gets out on the coaching
At Detroit's opening the mayor of the
city pitched the first ball into the hands of
Charlie Bennett, the famous old-time catch
Anson says he is opposed to Sunday base
Stafford seems to be "worrying along" at
New York's second base. A little bad luck
and his way will not be strewn with Flora's
choicest blooms.?Baltimore Sun.
It is a patent fact that the Baltimore
pitchers, in their present condition, will not
suffice to win many games. Neither Hem
ming. Esper nor Gleason has given any
proof of ability to pitch nine innings, the
less of three games at their very close
showing that something must have weak
ened, and that something was the pitcher.?
EXCITIXG for awhile.
Cp??," ?? St. Wu Vro(e., AKnlBKt
There was an exciting time at the St
Asaph track yesterday afternoon, and as
he indignant'110 nsfat.ons of
the indignant crowd the stewards sun
Street i?Ckey NaCey' wh0 r?de S- W
Th? nf. mertime ln the fourth race
The filly started in the betting at even
money, and, after the money of the bis bet
tors and the general public had gone on at
that price, it was suddenly shouted in the
price ' Summ?' tlme was "dead," and her
price went up as high as 4 to 1. The race
sustained the report, as Naeey got off W
?ra"t? i flUy back and forth across the
in .h 1 at th? wlre had her head high
J?'. I' Se,COnd by a head to Lambent.
ears! a"d ",raud" ?ting the
ew\pslalHnV,iat he rode ?? or~
eySClub" andretherU"J,t0 'he^Tttonaf j^k
furtherlrfveitlgaled WlU- " 18 8aid- *
positions were If. \esterday the
Coming Ball Ployrrx.
The Crackajacks will receive challenges
from all teams whose members are under
ertson A"dreS8 Francis Ro"
Fred E Eaines, champion billiard p'aver
of SteWlir;STd' defeated Ll0>d Ro'oinson
Mil. , S a match at cushion carom
billiards at Boston last night. The match
was for a $iou trophy. "
been matched against Joe Wolcott for a
been matched against Joe Waleott for a
twenty-live-round go. The men will meet
Island, Ma^a"UC AthhU? C'Ub ?<
T^anr,C?Cd0n has 1,een matched to meet
prior to^he V Syracuse for rounds
u twenty-flve-round coniest be
? la '' and Marsha", Mitchell's pro
u Hl*nmeJ his intention of
and?th rtyan-SmTth bouf'for^K
ia?-pohundC^Dl0nShU> ?f the *?rld
tel^of agEK broke ^the
sportfre "if ?"e hundred Baltimore
errant M,fll accompany him. and be
present Monda> night, when Kilrain has
h',? twenty-five-round "go" with Steve
ODonnell at Coney Isiand.
John L. Sullivan has telegraphed tho
managers of the Seaside Athletic Club that
nin in hi Impossible for him to second Kil
m -ht w 1 Wlth O'Donnell on Monday
"ht. He announces his intention how
?T "Challenging the winner.
. f.Va,0r^ss,e t6bm of the Crescent Ath
th? h defeateu the representatives of
; aJ Lacrosse Club at Brooklyn
>esterday by a score of 4 to 2.
Owen Ziegier, champion light-weight of
the world, meets Charlie Gehring, light
weight champion of Amateur Atlantic As
n?^if.tl0.n',i,Wtl? bcsted three men in one
S'fht at ?the tournament given at Madison
Square Garden. N. \last fall, by the At
lantic Association. They will light six
rounds to a decision, at the Eureka Ath
letic Club. Baltimore. Thursday, May !).
Another for llir Araennlx.
The Arsenals won from a picked team
from South Washington in a close and ex
citing game yesterday, 9 to 8. The Arse
nals put up a snappy game. The batteries
rndeSmithmm0ni1 anJ Myer3' Fitzmorri.
Money Expended In Sports.
From the New York Advertiser.
A pamphlet has been issued ln England
in which an attempt is made to show that
British sports?hunting, racing, fishing,
yachting, etc.?are a great national bless
ing, and it cannot be said that the effort is
a failure. In hunting there is an invested
capital of $55,000,000, and the sport calls
for an annual outlay of $30,000,000. In 1S91
nearly a M>jO.OOO was expanded in racing.
In shooting $20,000,000 is invested and the
annual expenditure is $35,000,000. The dis
ciples of the rod and reel spend annually
in "whipping the complaining brooks that
keep the meadows green" the sum of $5,
0!X),01K). On top of all this is the t-um of
$28,000,000 invested in yachting, not to
mention the millions which Its votaries ex
pend every year.
A vast army of laborers Is required in the
production of material, manufacture, care
of property, etc., and in this way the mil
lions spent by rich sportsmen goes airect
to the people. On the topic of racing the
writer says that "any serious interference
would mean not only the diminution of a
good 75 per cent of the value of blood
stcck, but the throwing of many thousands
of men out of healthy employment, and
the plugging of the source from which,
every year, incalculable sums of money
are distributed?and that, as a rule, among
the poorest members of the community."
A Difference ln Time.
"Hullo, Patlon?haven't seen you for
"No. Went over to Philadelphia day be
fore yesterday and spent a week."
From Ring to Rostrnm.
Manager (at the first rehearsal, enthusi
astically)?"Well, Pennerly, what do you
think of my new star?"
Dramatic Author (in surprise)?"Why,
you must be crazy! He hasn't the slight
est touch of h<stronle ability!"
Manager?"Histrionic ability? Why, thart'f
the man who fought Brute Brauy to t