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That at White Plains Was Not j
Managed on Up-to-Date
By James Watson.
Thf (I' -; shows or tile past ??-<. ??
been the NVstchi?trr exhibition in connection
with the hor."?' show at White Phiins
ami t) < <County Kennel Club, hi.ld
at Hat..via as part of the annual asxicultural
t.iir. which ha.-i been a fixture at IJatavia
sina. 1 .v;:??.
'l'l'.e u i en. -.n r imei'i - ? -made
i sin i -'s. but It was not managed in
h:i up-to-date manner, and entries were
?nl y dt llcient with prizes of live and two
dollars and a man who knows a dog as the
awarder of prizes. The result was u total
of f.tr short of one hundred ilngs when the
premium list and judge combined should
have ln'cn good enough for at least a lour
hiin.ir..,! cine- pntrv. The sprinkling of dog
men at White Plains was exeedingly small,
mid the futile attempt to run a show on
"chicken" principles may result in some
good in the way of getting up a show on
up-to-date lines.
* *
"l'p-to-date lines" is a rather elastic definition,
hut its present understanding may
be set down as a show of less than four |
(liys, two for preference, moderate entry 1
fee, non-stereotyped judge list and prizes
Immaterial. There has been such outcry as
to entry fees compared with prize money,
and when we find such anomalies as fifty
entries at $<> each for a beggarly $15 of
prize money at New York it Is justifiable
to raise the extortion cry of prizes not In
keeping with entry fees. But the New York
show is run on commercial basis, in which
the sunervisor is uaid on a percentage ba
Bin, hence year by year exhibitors have had
to |r.ty more and get less for their money.
Next year at New York there will be a
charge for stalls for the accommodation of
the dogs over night owned by prominent exhibitors.
These are the horse show stalls
down stairs, which have always been al- 1
lowed hitherto. Two years ago it was shown
, . that a man who claimed he had the right
to dispose of these accommodations was an
Interloper, and he was shut off. but with exhibitors
it is a case of in the lire and out of i
the frying pan, and while they might 1
evade the interloper they will not be able
to uveivome managerial supervision.
* * i
Quite apart from anything in the way of
p> rsonal profit or benefit stands the Batavia ]
(how. Managed by a few enthusiastic fan
ciers. who think everything of the benefit
others may gain and nothing of their own
time, trouble or expense, the result must
uet-i! glilUIJIUg, even II W1I11HW I1HL
short of expectations which are usually set
at flood watermark.. The exhibit was, how
ever, such a decided advance over its predecessor
that there is evtry reason for congratulation.
it was, to a great extent, pure- '
ly local, Buffalo and Rochester being the
limits <>f over ninety per cent of the entries.
"i ne tine important visitor from further
afield was Alf Delmont of Philadelphia, who
could not have been disappointed with the
results. He had one pie.-e of bad luck, however.
in the serious sicknesB of an Irish terrier.
Thorndyke Tipster, which could not
be shown. The supposition was that ho
caught a severe cold in transit, but it made
a difference of nearly twenty dollars to his
Tl>- host brood 011 try at Batavia was In
Boston t. rriors. and thoy were well jurigod
t>y Mr. Miron W. Robinson. Of the forty
dugs shown all but a. small percentage were
from within fifty miles of Batavia. SO th.it 1
In this, ns in otht r breeds. there is a rapid
growlh and itnre.ige in the number of per- 1
aons w ho own sliow dogs. The best exhibit
was inni "i Mrs. L'hampion ot X?-w Haven, |'
l>ut .Mr- l-Vut'j of l'ark nidge. N. J.. Mr* I:
Shitt:!'.<>n 'if Rochester, Mrs. Quaife of Pal- I
inyr.i ami Mrs. Spern-er of Buffalo also had
coo t .! ,?-? on exhibition. ?> that the prise
?n.>i e> was split up quite freely.
* *
1'ox terriers were a very large entry compared
w i. what has been the outcome at
Atlantic roi.-t shows of late, a total of
thlrt>-three dogs heing immense by coinpar
-on ? i!i ;te Jive to ten d>gs usually
received. Their quality was also surprisingly
g>o<l, and there is no reason to
- ,.1 > .. v lOiill im- UICCU is Ill-IIig
given lip. All It needs is freedom from
iM'Ir.t; overrun by traveling kennels made
up of imported Knglish champions.
9 'Jr.
Tl.e ilog show rules, which will shortly
con.t b- 'ore the American Kennel Club for
ir.i ndn M. are exact:i:e much attention at
pros. nt. ono of the most experienced exNUTBOY
The biggest money winner trotter of the
year is the once erratic Nutboy, U.OTVi, he
having clipped a quarter of a second from
Ms pievlous record at Syracuse week before
lav This remarkable horse has passed
through many vicissitudes, lie first saw the
light of day iit John H. Shults" stock farm.
Lki k Island. From the first he was wild
and ungovernable. Foaled In 1S!HJ. he was
old as a four-year-old under the name of
Bengalino to I>r. Spauldlng of Decatur. 111.
There he distinguished himself as a runaway
and the g -nl.il doctor, to stop him,
would -tt.'er him against a load of hay or a
board fence, much the same as Paymaster
J. A Smith used to do in this city with old
' v; "* L.
' ?
NUTBOY, 2.07 1
R h. ?ir Xutflm-. <l?in lirm<"
Cuyler Clay. From Spauldtng he passed to
* man named Bates of Richmond, V'a.. hut
Qur-Kly rewind the s.iles rins In New York.
Tli'.s wa? !n December. 11*13. By this time
lie had shown a half In 1.07 and a quarter
In 0.83. Ills breeder. John H. Shults, pur
Chased him at the Frassig-Tipton sale, supposing
he was buying a marc. Finding his
mistake, he ordered him resold, and he became
the property of Paul Connelly of
Philadelphia. After running away and
nearly killing his driver he was bought by
(Tbomaa Young of Philadelphia. He decided
to fatten him, cut off his tall and sn.ll
, tilm for a high-stepper. He put him in a
quiet place, stuffed him with hay and oats,
but he worried his flesh off ::s fast as it
(i! hi tort as well as one who has knowiMge
from a veterinarian point of view, draws
mjr attention to the fact that If the proposed
new rule calling for a thorough examination
of each dog entered at a show
goes into effect the outcome at New York
will he something like this: Such an examination
as is called for will take about two
minutes for each dog. for no veterinarian
Will certify to perfect health in less time
than that. With an entry of say l.'KX) dogs
that will moan fifty hours to examine the
jogs, or six (lays worn lor one vcirijnoi.u...
As Dr. Miller has one assistant the work
can be reduced to three days, hence we will
have the New York judging beginning on
about the third day of the show, and on
the first day there will be a string of dogs
expending to 34th street awaiting entry to
the building. Some rules are immaculate
in theory but impossible in practice, and
this is one of them.
It now appears that several of the rules
previously commented upon are altogether
'I'ho umissinn of the reauiremont of
a. win at a three-points show to qualify for
champion honors is an error of the transcriber
of the original draft, so is the
understandable rule regarding the manner
in which past wins shall be computed. No
person has, however, undertaken to say
what the correct reading of any of these
rules should be so that delegates to the
meeting of the American Kennel Club to
be held this week are in blissful ignorance
as to what is or is not tiie correct code
they are to vote upon.
* *
The shows for the coming week are
Trenton, N. J.; Brattleboro, Vt., and
Methuen, Mass., all In connection with
fairs to be held at those places. At none
of them is the entry at all large, Trenton
being the best of the three. There will,
however, be a better entry at Bryn Mawr
on Saturday, and solely for the reason it is
for one day. there being no prize money
to compete for. It is a charity show, the
rereij>ts being donated to the Bryn Mawr
Hospital, and there has been as *hirge a
turnover as j:tOO on more than one occasion.
Kntries have also closed during the week
for Danbury, Conn., and York and New""
- *Huf nnttiiniT- hna sn far been
given out regarding the total of them. It
Is known, however, that Newcastle had
niready over ^00 entries a week ago, and
with that start it is likely to lead the
others. Several of the regular Danbury
supporters are also known to be going to
York, where there is a tirst-class premium
list announced, to say nothing of the
promised presence of President Roosevelt
to attract an attendance. Danbury places
reliance upon a list of thirteen special list
Judges, and Newcastle upon being in a section
of country well studed with towns in
which dog owners abound.
Play Not Covered by Bale.
A correspondent writes: "In the second
Inning of the Agriculture-Foundry game on
Wednesday, Agriculture at bat with two
men out and a runner on first base, the hatter
made a long hit to left center, the runner
referred to crossing ttie plate and the
t>atter third base before the ball was returned
to the diamond. The said batter
was declared out, however, for not touching
second base. Tills play was after the
runner had crossed the plate. In your re
yui I 111 111 ujauoj 3 ya.^^1 LUC . .... .scored.
Please explain under what ru.e
said run is thrown out. I thirk that the
runner having crossed the pinto before the
play (not forced^ was made putting the
runner out. tiie run should have been counted.
F. B. W."
It wan generally agreed by the scorers
that the run was not made until after the
runner had passed second base. It was
an unusual play.
Open to Challenges.
The foot ball team that represents St
Paul's Athletic Association of Baltimore
would like to arrange a game with some
team in Washington whose average weight
rl.ioa nnf *?*pepl IIS nonnrts. the Erninfl tc
be played on Thanksgiving day. Sefid al!
challenges to J. Paul Lantz, 1500 Olivei
street. East Baltimore.
The R. I. M. foot hall team has organized
for ISAM! and would like to arrange games
with all District and Maryland teams fron'
135 pounds up. The R. I. M. team has
defeated most of the best teams In the
District, their goal line having been crossed
:>nly twice In two years. Last year's field,
fronting the south gate of Soldiers' Home,
I.-III. amnio rlr?.?dnir onnnmmnrtatirlTU has
again been secured. \V. \V. LeMat, manager,
2<>00 North Capitol street.
Death of Donna Mobile.
LEXINGTON, Ky., Sept. 22?The baj
Ally by Etgelbcrt, out of Flirt by Faustus
owned by Perry Belmont of New York, ha:
died at hia Horse Haven farm In thii
county. She was a half sister to South
ampton, Koue and other winners. Her own
ei had already named her Donna Mobile.
Ardent and Expert Canoeist.
Miss Henrietta Crosman Is an ardent am
export canoeist. Sho won the women'!
prize for single paddle last summer at I.aki
Sunapee, N. II., and she and her husband
Maurice <"ampbell, captured the prize fo
mafi and woman double paddle canoe. Misi
Crosman won second prize in the womon'i
sailing contcst.
was put on. Aiier a mourns uio.i iuiiu;
became discouraged, and away he wen
again to the auction blo<>k. William Mc
Farland got him and put him ir. the hand:
of a trainer. He was so unmanageable tha
his trainer threw up ilia hands and retired
To the auction block again he posted, anc
as N'utboy (probably because he was si
hard to crack) he passed to Henry Oroas
dale of Avondale, Pa.
At Avondale, where they go to roost wit!
the chickens, he quieted down and showet
some speed. ? reasua'e aia not want a rati
horse and sold him to George Hindermyei
of Philadelphia, fie took him to Belmon1
Park and introduced him to Stote Clark
driver and trainer of Kinstress. Stot<
drove him a llrst quarter in 0.34%. and ?
second in 0.3-Vi. an(l offered $1,000 for hin
if Hindermyer would identify him. Th<
horse was now nine years old and his owne:
could not go back farther than four years
C. N\ Payne of the Point Breeze track now
took a shy at him. The son of Nutpine rat
away with him three times, getting entirelj
JjjM ^
e .Spiuxsle*. by Smuggler, S.15'4out
of the harness once. One dav, in II
fall of 1905. an angel came to Hinaermy*
and whispered in his oar: "Lo, and behol
your nag looks good to me." and after has
gling after his kind over the price paid hii
$5,000 and carried away the horse. But b<
fore the stranger got fairly away froi
llinderinyer, and he had partially recover*
1 rrom an acute attack of heart failure, t
ventured to ask of htm his name. He ri
plied: "I have got the horse and you ha\
the money," and he straightway "skldooed
lllndermyer believed the new owner of th
horse was going to "ring" him, but
turned out that John A. Crahjree was h
owner. The rest the world knows. Ar
this is a romance of a horse.
Unprofitable Summer for Local
Layers of Odds Against the
"The troubles of the Alexandria authorities
and the sports over the house boat lyingofT
the Maryland shore confirm the
fact that not all that glitters is gold in the
sporting world." said a well-known member
of the local fraternity to a Star reporter.
"When the pool room at St. Asaph
wound up its little ball of yarn, chalked up
the last name of a pony on the big black
uoaru?, lurnt-u u 11 liic cieiiiriu ufiiuo unu
sadly deposited the bank roll in the little
black leather satchel for the last time, the
halcyon days of the sports in this vicinity
came to a sorrowful end from the standpoint
of some, and a gladsome one to others,
who, without a place of temptation,
kept their money in their pockets, where It
would do them some good.
"For years this famous gambling resort,
I = Ito Sl.rfrlpnlv
was one of the best known and patronized
In the country. It not only had a large local
patronage, but the sports from the east
and the west, when a good thing at one of
the respective tracks was to be pulled off,
fifties and centuries and sometimes leave
them in the old wooden shell of a building
to go later into the little black satchel, or
they would draw heavily upon the house's
bank, as the case may be, and take the
night train tor home.
"And with its passing, those of the local
fraternity who cherished the delusion that
they could beat the ponies at their own
game turned to the handbooks in town to
en it. even more blindly, away from the 1
track and scene of action, than In the pool
room, where the names of the horses, the
Jockeys, the weights, the scratches of the
entries, the odds, the starts and finishes and
many other minor details of the day's ,
events at the tracks, sometimes three and
four different ones, were posted and chalked
on the long row of blackboards which
covered one side of the wide building.
What Handbook Flay Is.
"The local handbook men, therefore,
had no tears especially to shed at the demise
of tlie Virginia pool room. Handbook
play la a very peculiar one and one that is
not generally understood except by the experienced
on both .sides of the game. The
, first requisite is the book s DanK rou, wnicn
varies anywhere from $1,000 to $20,000. The
next Is a place for operation, usually in
some cigar, billard and pool room or saloon,
and the.n follow the necessary customera
or players, and security of action from
the police and detectives who are constantly
on the lookout to make arrests in these
1 instances.
! "Much of the business Is collected by the
1 "runners' of the book, some books having
but one 'runner' and others two or three. A
'runner' is not necessarily a man who runs.
1 though on the race track the 'runner' of a
book Is the liveliest thing on the grounds
1 except the ponies themselves. The 'runner'
of a handbook In a city walks around from
man to man?the customers of a book?who
may desire to make regular or spasmodic
play, or stands around In certain known
places and accepts bets or 'plays' from
i those he knows, but he never runs unless
, the police are after him, and for this reason
his name might appropriately be changtrt
thft 'hook's turtle.'
' "The 'turtle' receives a dally commission j
1 from his book, varying from 5 to 10 per j
cent of the total sum played, and 'turtles'
with a good clientele when business Is brisk I
I make from $5 to $20 a day, which Is clear j
i profit to them, as they have no rent or j
i other expenses. If the turtle' g<-ts into '
I trouble the book Is supposed to stand by |
t him and see him through.
1 Local Books Hit Hard.
, "Bets are made in a city handbook by
i writing the name of the horse upon a small
' piece of paper, with a distinguishing mark,
such us a check or a cross or a fictitious initial
and the amount of money the bet car
ries noted thereon, like this: 'Dashaway, $5
f to win. XX.' There is no bookkeeping ex.
C(^>t the private memorandum of the book3
maker, and all documentary evidence Is
5 avoided to the least possibility on account j
_ of it being used against the bookmaker In '
. the ease of an arrest.
Local Books Hit Hard.
"These slips of paper are held by the
handboukman when given to himNEgrson- j
1 ally by the player, or turned over to him j
3 at the end of the day's play?which is just j
i j before tlie nour Iixea lor uie nisi rate ui j
, l the day at the various tracks, according ,
r j to the eastern and western time?by the i
s j 'turtle,' for several days thereafter for fu3
1 ture reference. You see, players often
I make mistakes in the names of their selec(
I tions, or in the amount which they may
claim to have put up, and disputes often
? arise as to which side is correct, and where
J neither can agree the decision is left to
some sporting paper. These slips are corn,
I pared with the racing charts the followt
i ing morning in some sporting paper acI
cepted by both parties, and the winning
j I bets are paid off accordingly, or the amount
, | retained by the bookmaker, as the case
_ ) luaj u*..
I "The iooal handbooks in town this sum!
| mer have received at tiie hands of a sucj
| cea'sful coterie a severe drubbing, or in
J sporting parlance, have been 'burned good
; and hard,' and several have had their entire
bank rolls wiped out, and they have
j practically been put out of business. All
of the handbooks in town, both big and
little, have more or less been 'burned' by
these success!ul sports, some of the larger
standing for losses from $15,<J0? to -V-1 >,O-n>,
while some of the smaller try have had
holes burned in their rolls ranging from !
to SIO.ikhi, and all have been 'touched' |
to their grief. Of course^--this wasn't done J
in a minute or a day. but It has been a :
' losing summer for the local bookies, as this i
one coteiie alone is believed to have cleaned I
them out of from ? HW to $45,000 on the j
How Detection is Escaped.
"Of course, the question naturally asked
Is: How do the books and their 'turtles'
escape detection and arrest, since the police
are known to be especially active in Washington
in suppressing this particular form
of gambling?
"The answer is as simple as the question:
You cannot convict a bookmaker except
upon evidence, and good evidence at that,
for mere suspicion that men are engaged
in nanuDOOKing. or even unowieuse ui me
fuct without the documentary evidence?
the actual play with the paper and the
money put up and accepted?doesn't 'go'
in the Police Court, Just the same as any
other violation of the law doesn't stand in
court without the .evidence to sustain the
"The police have made arrests on several
recent occasions and secured jail sentences
of the offenders In these instances,
and now all concerned in the transaction,
from bookie and player to our friend the
'turtle, are especially cautious, and it is
Impossible to get a "bet down' in Washington
unless the would-be pony-bueker Is
eitlser personally known to tlie bookie to
be 'all right," or is personally Introduced
to the layer of odds by a player known
to him. Hence, when the detectives seek
to secure evidence, either by their personal
efforts or by the use of 'pigeons,' the bookie
or the 'turtle' immediately 'get wise,' and
the stereotyped but lill-a-volume phrase of
'nothing doing,' Is at once banded out and
accepted by the other party, who retires
to think over some other plan of throwing
the net around the elusive and sharp-eyed
Less Playing Than Formerly.
>r "There is, however, and it is a fact
Id worthy of note, since we are discussing the
trials and tribulations of our own little
1,1 sporting world, nothing like the handbook
play going on in towu at present as was
.j the case some years ago. This quiet play
le goes on every day in every city in the
country, but it has been greatly exaggerat
'e ed as regards the capital as to a general
custom und in volume, and it is just as
le well that this statement should be made
it to remove false impressions, largely ocis
casioned by the presence of the old poolid
room which was located across the Potomac.
Washington is a large city, and all
large cities have their own particular sporting
element, and will continue to have It
just the same until men's natures undergo
a metamorphosis from those with whlch*we
are now endowed.
"Taken all and all. Washington may be
said to be a particularly clean city as to
gambling, with the wiping out of the poolrooms
and the up-river Joints. Some time
ago, because of the order of the head of
a large government bureau against betting
and the patronage of handbooks on the part
of his employes, and the publicity given to
it, an outsider might gain the impression
that we were a wholesale lot of gamblers.
To the credit of the city let it be said that
this is a false Impression as to its sweeping
terms. I liave had lots of practical experience
and knowledge In this line of sport,
and though there may have been considerable
play among the employes of this particular
bureau, or office, the salary of the
average government employe is too smaii,
he is too close financially, or, as Is the
casd In a great majority of instances, he
is too busily engaged in bringing ut> his
family or paying for his home, to be ponybucking
to any considerable extent. Furthermore,
the 'turtle' is afraid to enter the
public buildings, and as the clerks can't
get out to bet, there is nothing like the
amount done as I have seen it stated. But
tliis is the way false statements about a
town get around, like the alleged unhealthfulness
of this city.
Activity of the Police.
"Of course, I'm giving it to you from the
'inside,' and don't claim that there is 'nothing
doingl entirely, but what 'is doing' is
kept down mainly to persons who make a
business of it more or less. Now, If there
were a poolroom running in town wuero
anybody could get In, as is the case In
many cities, and we had three or four 'quiet
places' where a man could buck the tiger
at the wheel or faro. It would be different,
but they are not here, and that settles the
question, and the police know it, and the
sports know It, too.
"The known activity of the police, and
the recent arrests and Jail sentences for
gambling, has had a deterrent effect upon
this class of sport, and a certain element
who formerly participated in It will not
run the risk now, though these facts, of
course, cut no ice with the 'regulars,' wno
are willing at any time to pit their wits
against those of the detectives. Wherever
the police system Is lax or corrupt, gambling
at once springs up like mushrooms in
a dark, damp cellar, and It has always been
this way, and It will so remain. If the
police let go their vigilance It would soon
be Just the same as in the good old days
when the poolrooms flourished like green
bay trees In the summer time on upper 1
7th street. Those days have passed, and
we know it, so we accept the situation as
we find It. and we let It Ko at that."
I Gossip at Gravesend f
?|fr <?>
NEW YORK. September 22.?Gravesend's
first week has witnessed no abatement of
the public craze for the sport, average
crowds of 12,000 to 15,000 people attesting
its great popularity with all classes. Indeed,
as the fall season draws on apace, all hands
seem to redouble their exertions In the daily
financial battle, realizing that the winter
break-up is not far away, when the fortunate
ones will join the exodus to summer
climes in ine souui anu iar
Thus far during the week the star of the
arena has been the western three-year-old
Cottontown. who at odds of 12 to 1 landed
the First Special from Running Water, Tangle,
Go-Between. Dishabille and other
cracks. The route, a mile and a quarter,
was considered too far for Cottontown,
hence the long price that ruled against him.
But the colt finished like a lion and looks
able to go as far as the best of them now in
training. His merit will boom the reputation
of his sire, Captain S'gsbee.
This leaves Cottontown and Xealon, the
other westerner, at nearly the very top of
the tree in the eastern three-year-old divTslon.
Accountant looking the only one capable
of defeating them at even weights.
Nealon's defeat on Thursday by the turnedloose
Belle of Pfcquest, to whom he was conceding
thirty pounds, was not surprising
under the weight schedule, and the Missouri
colt did not lose much caste in consequence.
The long and arduous season is beginning
to tell on some of tiie best three-year-olds
and a number are already on tile shelf, w th
others to follow. In their absence the doings
of two-year-olds in races with older
horses will be closely noted from now on.
tile youngster 1 ney re ueins me u:si ui
his age to go a mile, which he won in the
rattling time of 1.40 4-0 from a field of older
When one of the b:g operators picks every
winner on the card of seven races, and, beginning
witli a $1,000 wager on the first at
evens, proceeds to partly "parlay" his winnings
on the six other winners, it is not surprising
that he cleans up a large amount on
the daj>
This was the unprecedented success that
fell to Bookmaker Edward Burke on Tuesday,
when he cleared some $75,000 on the
afternoon irom tiie ?i,wuu uegiiniiiis reitrrcu
to. Had he parlayed his money In full on
the'other winners at the ruling post odds
his thousand dollars at the start would have
amounted to U]#ard of $4,000,000! had be
been able to have placed all his money on
the last three races?an impossibility, of
course. But his $75,000 winning, under the
circumstances noted, illustrates afresh the
possibilities of the game.
Roseben's defeat by Comedienne at fortyone
pounds difference in the weight witnessed
a $30,000 coup by the people behind the
latter, and brought about an offer from the
Lady Amelia party to race Roseben at six
furlongs at equal weights, 123 pounds each.
The race will probably take place on Thursday
next, and will be open to all three-yearolds
and upward at weight for age. It will
prove a great drawing card. C. C. P.
Basket Ball Teams Preparing.
The National league of Professional
"Basket Ball Teams at their meeting Friday
evening completed arrangements for the
coming season, which will begin the last
week 111 October. Two games a week will
be played, which will give each team one
game a week, all the games to be played in
the Washington l,ight Infantry cage. Lieut.
J. B. Baker, secretary-treasurer of the
i,; ranoivitiff nlaverj' nfmtricts fri.jn
the various managers, and in a short time
will be able to publish a full list of the
players signed by the different clubs. No
team will be allowed to carry over eight
players at any one time, this being done to
distribute the players and make the teims
as strong as possible, and from the talk of
the different managers it is going to be a
hard fight for the professional championship.
Captain and quarter hack Georgetown Unlrerslt;
foot Ball team.
Expects Roasting by Crowds
and Consequently Gets So
He Doesn't Mind It.
By Clarence L. Cullen.
Probably the most taciturn umpire in
either of the big leagues is Jack Sheridan.
He never was addicted to the conversational
habit since he first broke into
tho game as an arbitrator. If he has anything
to say as to why he has done this
or that on a ball field he makes his report
to headquarters and lets it go at 'hat.
Ha rarely or never has any side statement
to make of the matter to the base
ball public through the medium of the
press. His reserve, not only as an umpire.
but as a man. Is natural. It is generally
agreed that his sense of fairness
on the diamond is equal to his taciturnity
in ordinary life.
But Sheridan has his expansive moments,
like other men, and in one of these
I found him at a hotel in Cleveland a
week or so ago. The echoes of the hostile
roarings of many thousands of Cleveland
fans were still in his ears, for the cranks
had roasted Mm good and plenty ror
some of his decisions during the game
that afternoon. To start something-. I
a?ked him how It felt to know that eight
or ten thousand people. In the passion
born of the game, had been thirsting for
his blood. Sheridan smiled in his slow
way at the question and loosened up on
the topic.
"Did you ever stop to think," he replied,
"that an umpire never by any chance
gets any applause, so that In the course
of time he is bound to accept the groans
and howlings of the crowds as something
only natural? Every umpire must be
roasted. That follows as a matter of
course. It ls,a part of his game. Thsre
never lived, there never will live, a man
who could act as a base ball umpire and
escape the scorching of the crowds.
"I used to take that scorching to heart
a good deal when I first got into the
game. I'd worry about It. I'd gloom
around my hotel after the game and sort
of mumble on it mentally, and I'd even
take it to bed with me and allow myself
to be worried by it through the night.
Seme of the maledictions heaved at mo
by the frenzied cranks would stick in mo
like knives, and I'd feel sorry for myself
and sympathize with my condition in
life?the last weakness of a man bent
upon making a fool of himself. It took
me a long time to overcome all of that
sort of thing.
Aided by PhUosopny.
"My way of overcoming It was by reasoning:
It out. It Isn't In the nature of
cicwds to be wholly fair when they're
assembled In great numbers. Crowds, as
crowds, are bound to be partisans.
They're bound to take only the one end.
They can only see the one side. You must
have noticed. In attending political debates,
In which the talkers for each side
h.ive the platform for specified Jengtns
of time, that few. If any, of the partisans
of the one side are won over bv the arsru
ments of the speaker^ for the other side,
no matter how Rood those arguments
mp.y nctually be. They're not there to be
v/on over. They're there to witness the
talkfest victory of their own people and
to root for that victory. It's a game with
them, and they use their lungs for the
skie they belong to. Fairness isn't a matter
that enters into the thing at all. It's
a case of getting the verdict first, last
and all the time.
"That's the way It is with a game of
ball. The folks are partisans. They're
! there to see tlfclr team win. They mean
| to be fair, and for the most part the;/
| think they are. but they really don't
I thinlt much ,-ihnllt th.it <?nd (if it nt nil.
| When they get the worst of a close do|
oision the flame of partisanship burn's in
. them. Their vision is?jEllstorted. The e*j
citement of the moment makes them ?ake
i an oblique view. Jt would I>e idiotic lo
I expect them all to be perfectly just at
| points of a game when a good deal <le:
pending upon a decision, the decision is
against them. It isn't human nature.
Excuses the Crowds.
"There is everything on earth to be said
in extenuation of the conduct of crowds
A tliov
j see, In onq case out of "twenty, the exact
! angle of plays about which they complain.
Their natural instinct is to see it according
to the way they want it to brealc^and
that's the way they do see It. The wish
is the father to the thought with them.
They've got, for instance, a batsman trying
to beat out an intield hit. They see
that it's going to be a pretty close thing
of it for the runner to beat the ball to the
bag. and they're all hunched up over it.
They're fairly aching to have their man
get on the bag. They want him to land
.nrm-ot u-j? la It a nv
wonder that in these circumstances they
see the thing in their own way when the
Incident reaches its climax?leaving out of
the question the fact that there is hardly
any chance in tihe world for them to see
the performance from a Just angle, no
matter where they may be sitting? One
of the Cleveland team's men today overran
third base and was touched out while trying
to crawl back to the sack and touch it
with his outstretched fingers. The man
had made a fine hit. and it seemed to the
j crowd a pity and a shame that anything
I -.,a his r.vt.rriinnlno' nf the
bag should happen to him after his gallant
effort. But I couldn't justly take any account
of the state of their feelings, no
matter how keenly 1 might have appreciated
them. And so when I called theii
' man out they jumped up and howled at
nie in unison. For the remainder of the
afternoon they tossed it into me, as 11
were. That was the hysteria of a crowd,
and all base ball crowds, as X verily believe
after my years of analysis, are hysterical.
Racing crowds are a good deal thf
same way. Two bulldog hordes plung*
down to the finishing stand neck and neck
One of them Is the public favorite upor
which a vast amount of money has beer
wagered, and, of course, the great majority
of the folks in the stand are wild t(
cnn (hat one connect. Hut in the verv las)
jump, say, the favorite falters, and tli<
other one fetches his muzzle down on th<
tape first. "In how many instances does
the crowd accept the judges' decision ii
favor of the outside horse? The roar goe:
up that the judges have cheated. Peopli
whose position in the stand is away belov
the finishing line and who have no posslbli
chance to set even an approximate ide:
of the actual finish set up the loudest wai
that the decision has been deliberate!:
taken away from the horse they've pu
their coin on.
Spectators Cannot Judge Justly.
"You'll hear fans who ought to kno"?
better criticising the umpire's decisions 01
balls and strikes. Some chap whose sea
Is opposite first base will notice one goinj
up to the batsman at what may bo th<
'rnm (hd 0-T??llXw1 Hilt h<
has no way of Judging: whether It's out
side or inside, and when the umpire call
it a ball he sets up the long roar, withou
the slightest justification. But, as I say
I'm not bothered any more by these things
because I have learned to appraise th
state of mind of folks present at a bal
game. They're out-and-out partisans, com
mitted to one end of an argument in ad
vance and Incapable of being moved fror
their point of view, and consequently the;
are only able to act rrom one angle.
"When ball players themselves are un
able to bring themselves to a fair state o
mind after years of experience on the ^-?a
mond, how could anybody reasonably ex
pect the spectators of the games to be fair
I say it in all kindness, and with not th
slightest Idea of offending, but not one ba
player out of twenty is wholly and absc
lutely fair when in the stress of battle o
the diamond. Nor, as a matter of fac
could this be reasonably expected. Bu
some of them, c- the other hand, could cu!
tivate a little more of the fair spirit, e
"There are two kinds of unfair ball plaj
era: The chaps who actually believe th?
they are right and that the umpire :
wrong and who stand up and make
, howl for their side of the contention, an
the fellows who know that they are wron
r ' ? . ":
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(Photo, by S[
and that the umpire is right and who register
their howl solely for the purpose of
baiting the umpire and getting the crowd
after him. Between these two types, give
me the player who thinks he's right every
time. He Is at least honest in his game. He
may be pig-heaaed. he may be almost Insanely
convinced that he is being deliberately
Imposed upon by an umpire, but he is
on the level, and he is taking what he considers
the man's end In holding out for
something that he thinks Is coming to him.
But the player who knows that he is wrong
and who sticks his chin up In an umpire's
face for the sole purpose of trying to Intimidate
him and getting the mob after him?
that fellow is a mean character and a bad
actor, take it from me. There are not. I
am glad to say, many of that Kind In the
frame nowadays, but there arc enough of
them to keep an umpire busy watching out
for them.
Kicking Ball Players.
"The great majority of players who put
up a kick on the Held really think they're
right. I always take that fact Into consideration
when I'm dealing with kicking ball
players. And I can always tell, at that,
whether they think they're right or whether
they are only letting on. I never give
any player any kind of a hard deal when 1
can see that he aciuany oeneves nniisen iu i
ba in the right, unless his conduct is such i
as to call for summary action. But when 1 ;
see that a player is doing his howling and j
his arm-waving for the deliberate purpose ,
of starting something, as it were, knowing
well that his end of It Is all wrong?well,
he becomes unpopular with me, that's all.
and I don't try to figure out ways and
means to make It soft for him to put it on !
"When a man has been pounding around
on ball lots as an umpire as long as I have
he learns to make a good deal of allowance
for the strain of the game. too. The stress
and storm of the contest g?-ts on the nerves
of ball players. I never forget that. It's
not passing around cups of tea from a samniavino
hail It's hruisine.
nerve-trying, red-hot, blood-seething work. !
and the men engaged at It get worked up ;
to a pitch that few spectators really appreciate.
They're fighting for their team and
they're fighting for themselves. They're out
for blood. And, aside from all that, they're
athletes In training?constant training?
which Is another matter which must be considered
by umpires.^ind is considered by
most of them. Ball players are on edge
pretty much all of the time for more than
half the year. The game they work at Is
one that gets on the human nerves more
than any other I know of. They have to i
keep themselves In shape like race horses. |
They have to deny themselves more things
than ninst folks know about. Some of them I
are under a constant strain to keep down
Impulses In the line of dissipation, fighting
valiantly against habits already formed.
The amount of traveling alone that they
have to perform, with the resulting chang'-s
of diet, water, and so on. is enough to make
them peevish. Taking all of thes-! things
into consideration, the wonder really is
that ball players are not grouchler on the
ball field than they are.
The Mean Kind of Kickers.
"An umpire doesn't so much mind the I
fpllnws He can eot along with ;
J that kind from one year's end to another, j
; no matter how many little run-ins they may ;
| have. I know plenty ot ball players, ster- j
ling, honest, generous fellows, too, who can |
no more help rushing up to an umpire and i
giving him a hot roast in their moment of ;
sudden, quick-lire pan-don than a villas ? |
l boy can help running to a fire. As long as j
| one of these players doesn't stake me to an |
I out-and-out blackguarding, making it nec- '
j essary for me to take some notice of it for I
the sake of the effect upon the crowd. I j
| don't bother with him. He's got to get the j
stuff out of his system, and what's tlie ush j
I know that three minutes after he emits j
the poison he shoots in my direction he'll :
be sore on himself and calling himself a
"It's the slow-burning, clammy, sneering
ball player, that gets it out of him like molasses
trickling out of a barrel in a country
grocery on a winter's day that I'm looking
for. I know a few of that kind who you'd
actually suppose kept awake In bed o'
nights for the purpose of thinking out new
and deadly ones to edg, in on the umpire.
They break 'em ofT in a slow, cutting way,
and after they get the knife in they twist
it around a few times. Well, these c-huns
don't get themselves anything. The best
They get is to make shining marks of themselves.
They're looked out for. There are
autho'Mies in the game of base ball besides
umpires, who've got an eye out for fellows
of this stripe. They tie a bow-knot or two
In their salary envelopes before they get
out of the game. And when they do get out
1 of the game It's generally by way of the
anchor chairs, as the sailors say.
"Finally, an umpire's life isn't anything
' so horrible as it is generally depicted. But
he must grow a little shell of common
' sense around him before he gains happiness.
In some cases that shell is a long time
> a-growing."
Lipton Does Not Know Whether He
Will Challenge Again.
Special Cablegram to The Star.
QUEENSTOWN, September 22.?When
the Celtic arrived here today on her way
to New York Sir Thomas Lipton was interviewed
with regard to a possible race
for the America's cup. He said he thought
that the rules now governing the cup race
were prohibitive to yachtsmen on this side
of the ocean, but the New York Yacht Club
had done everything possible for him and
he could not ask them to do anything more.
He will place himself in_ their hands. He
* did not care to build a boat or tne old type
j and send her across the Atlantic. He advocated
a boat of the wholesome class, such
as compete In the English races. If he
challenged his boat would probably be
built by either Fife or Milne, who were the
' best designers In England. But he had
i until the end of November to decide what
t he will do.
I *
a Sweet Marie Champion Trotter.
e The champion trotter of the world is now
the handsome daughter of McKinney and
? Lady Rivers, by Carr's Mambrino?Sweet
Marie. At Columbus Friday last she lowered
Cresceus' record of 2.02V4, made over
e the same track six years ago, a quarter
1 of a second, and her own record, made
" a few days previous, one and three-quarters
seconds. It is quite possible that she will
n trot a mile in two minutes before the seas'
son closes. McKinney, her sire, lias now
eleven in the 2.10, double the number of any
* light harness horse sire living or dead.
Kushan's Eighth Straight Win.
? Til. TV Hall's Kushan scored his eiehth
[j victory Friday over a field of three fast
>. trotters, at Johnstown, Pa., he trotting the
n first heat to his record, 2.1U>4, and lowering
the'same iri the second heat to 2.1?H- The
third heat was trotted hy liirn in 2.21. The
I- contending: horse in each of the three heats
was the chestnut geMing Iceland. The
second heat, in which Ku*han lowered his
r- record, was a fierce contest. Javlns Bros,
it met with their usual bad luck in the 2.20
Is pace, as the best that their latest purchase.
a Belle Hazel, couia ao was nim hiwui ?..?=
id of the Ave hcata paced. In a field ot five
[ horses.
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LAnut llftLtO UN
Mnet nf thp Fv/pntc HantnrpH hv
the Washington Club?Gala
Occasion on the River.
Without any particular effort the Washington
Canoe Club took a majority of tha
events of the Inter Club Canoe Association
regatta held on the Potomac yesterday
afternoon. It was quite a spectacle and
showed that canoeing has taken h bold on
Washington quite equal to that ?lilcli boat
ing had ten years ago.
It was almost an ideal afternoon for the
sport. Karly in the day it was broiling
hot. Hut later in tho afternoon the suit
went in and it was not only cloudy, lint
almost cool. The sport kept up from
till after dusk and the last event on th?
l:st, the tilting contest, needed the eleetrlo
lights in front of the canoe house to giva
the contestants iglit enough to see.
Over a Hundred Canoes.
There were easily over a hundred canoea
out. There were canoes of all sorts and
colors, black and white, red, brown, yellow
and green, mostly green, running all tin*
way from the lightest sort of n Nile giccn
to the deepest olive. Every canoe except
the racers seemed to have a camera as
much a part of the equipment as the paddles.
and more than half of th-in had Kirls
Of course all the Rirls were pretty. (Jlrli
for newspaper purposes are always pretty,
likewise rich and accomplished. liut th?
ino.st of the girls who were out on the Potomac
yesterday were pretty enough for
a Sunday supplement.
riniclioc KTn* rinco
There were not many close finishes. Most
of the races were gifts to one party or ths
other. But there was a bis upset for tlis
talent in the race of the great war canoes.
These were fully manned by pa (Idlers,
and as it had been impossible for the Analostans
to Bet up a proper crew to take
part, the crack crew of tho Wash ngton
Club was pitted against a crew of "scrubs"
so-called, made up of Washingtons and anything
else that could be had. The scrubs
walked away with the race and won by twj
This may or may not have been due to the
fact that they had as steersman one of tli?
most expert canoeists in this part of the
country, Adrian Se;zer, commodore of
the Inter-Club Canoe -Association.
The novice single race was won by Cleveland
Skinker and this was somewhat of a
surprise, for he upset almost on ihe linisli
line and tresult was in doubt for some
minutes till it was decided that he had
crossed the line before going over, with F.
C. Clark a close second.
The most amusing ?-v? nt was the I a ~ t on
the list. the tilling e?int?*sts. and unfortunately
it was almost dark before they were
completed. All of the contestants fortunately
were expert swimmers. The o.moes
carried crews of two ?ach. 01 man t<? padill"
and the other standing up amidships
with a long boat mop wrapped with a
towel. Tiie canoes wr? maneuvered
against t-ji?-i? other and tin- object of the
two lanoemm wis to ups< t t!? - two men
111 tilt; other boat. The dodging and fencing
and parrying: wore cautious hut spirit).1. tiie
penalty for failure being a bath every time.
The winners and the second crew were both
Washington Canoe Club members. Hangs
and Barnes taking the first place and Marsden
and Sohmitt the second.
The summaries were as follows:
Novice singlet*?Cleveland Sklnker hod; I". C.
Clark. second.
Novice doubles (lay (Barrett and Cleveland
Kklnker of ilie Iliizti I sin to I Canoe Chili won: Clark
ami Clark of the W'asbinstuns. sworn!.
Association championship doubles- Kay tJarrett
and Cleveland Skfnkor won; K. O. Marsden and
J. C. Schmitt. second.
Mixed doubles Mr. Ratios and Miss II!?* * won;
Mr. Hough and Miss Smith, second.
Relay race, triangular coarse with a double crew
on each leg Hotii winners of ta* tri?l heats were
Washington Canoe Club teams and lli?*re was consequently
no tinal. 1 h? winning crows in the tirst
team were Marsden and S<-h:uitt: Itangs an 1 Barnes
and Kla?rl*aca and Craig. Tiie wivnh it crews In
the second team vcre Light foot and Patterson,
Hammer and lhickstein and tiarrett and Skinker.
Club fours. Columbia Canoe Club I,. II. Sciireiner.
<i. L. Livingstone, J. S. Hurruss and 4. C. Pugk
j won.
! Tail end race, psddler sitting in the iiow Instead
j of tiit* sterit Lawrence Eberbscb won; Ktjr ?iar'
rett. seronri.
I Wsr raii't.' r.icp "Scml?" erew. Seizer. Wight,
Cougbliu. Moody, Moody, Rdmuods, PlflliUNl, Stau??!s.
Livli!Ks??nif*. S;ijik i", Cla t?a uzii. I.urr ss am!
Nevius, won; Can*** Club. rrew. ilarr.*!t.
Eberbaeh, A.-is. Craig:. Hammer, Binfs,
lMi<k?ni:i Sk inker. VeoriMiff. Barn***,
Meyer, Ktsc and Siirmny. second.
The course was one furlong. No time
Tiie officers of the day were: W. \V. Stevens
reieree; K. H. Finch, clerk of the
cours>; Dr. J. R. Tubman, staiter; Willard
Pracker, Carl Stodder, J. li. Wh^lpley,
judges; fc-. 1?. Finch, G. L. Livingstone*
j course* l :uhiiuiiitc.
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Joe Rellly,
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