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ARGUING ABOUT MINOR LEAGUE'S BLACKLIST
T ,. - , " - . i ' ' President Powers Answers Pulliam's Charge. CLAIMS TO BE IN RIGHT Quotes Author of Much-Disputed Base Ball Resolution. ST. LOUIS REFORMERS LOSE Refused $20,000 for Chapultepec. Thomas Fights Sullivan Tomor row Night?Notes. President P. T. Powers of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Leagues yesterday issued a statement giving his side of the controversy that has arisen over the consiuietion and pur pose of a resolution pissed last October by the national association affecting play ers who .jumped to the Tri-State League when that organization was out of the pale of organized base ball. President Harry Pulliam of the Na tional League, and a member of the na tional eommission. claims the resolution blacklists twenty-two base ball players for life and is "un-American, unjust and ultra-Russian." During the October meeting a list of the players involved was made public by a delegate to the meeting. Powers refuses to regard the contro versy with Pulliam as a personal matter and says it is merely a difference of opin ion as to the purpose of the resolution, lie gives out a telegram from President cJarry Herrmann of tlie national commis sion in which Herrmann states he is not in accord with Pulliam's views. Powers produces a copy of a lengthy epistle written by James H. O'Rourke. the author of the resolution, to President PuL liam in which O'Rourke says in part: "You call said resolution "un-American, unjust and ultra-Russian.' Now as to your reasons for this: Is it because you believe the said resolution is predicated on an actual blacklist as a living fact, and of this I had personal knowledge before said resolution was proposed and adopt ed? As to the resolution, it was dignified and respectful In language, and not in tended by the author to offend any mem ber of the national commission, nor do Injustice to a single player, whose rights 1 will go as far as any man in champion ing and upholding. Mr. Herrmann wrote me regarding said resolution prior to your Cincinnati meeting. My reply is in his possession. 1 assumed same was read by you as well as by your associates on the board, and concluded my explanation was eminently sayisfactory until your letter came. \ "By the wildest stretch o? the imagina tion I did .not .think It possible that said resolution was susceptible to such an in terpretation asi to discriminate, establish and build up :jnd include within it* op - eration a special blacklist of the players reinstated by/the national commission. Such is not tue scope or purport of said resolution, nor was it contemplated by me when said resolution was offered. "I fully believe, as you do, in the rules find regulations of organised base ball as determined/by honest men and just men, because i$f>on them depend the integrity and perpetuity of the game. I believo no player should be condemned without the opportunity to be heard, if he so wills; and, furthermore, no player should be adjudged guilty of the capital offense fit ineligibility unless adjudged upon the evidence, and the evidence conclusive In ? rteh and every individual case. This is J only just and fair, and I am confident that sach me*i as you, having the courage of >'MR~ convictions and the best interest of the game at heart, will see that no player suffers from the application of this princJ pie. "In conclusion, permit me to say that said resolution is in harmony with this sentiment, and that said. resolution is jiot the father of a "blacklist. un American, unjust and ultra-Russian.' but In instance a reiteration of the agree %rnent adopted by the 'national committee' ^?nd 'national association' at the time of Emission of the Tri-State League." ?Owers says, in conclusion: "I am perfectly willing to abide by the judg ment of the men Mr. Pulliam mentions, members of the national association. Chapin of Rochester. Potter of Buffalo. Bryce of Columbus. Watkins of Indianap olis. Armour of Toledo. Sexton of Rock "Island. Joynfr of Atlanta, Kavanaugh of Little Rock, Shiveley of Kansas City. Carson of South Bend. Ewing of San Francisco and Dugdale of Seattle, as they were all present at the meeting in ques tion and indorsed Mr. O ftourke's resolu tion by a unanimous vote. Have you ever tried to imagine. Mr. Fan. how a minor league player feels on his first appearance in either of the big leagues? Just ask some busher who has jumped from a class D league to the majors, and he will tell you that it's quite a sensation. A crowd of tJO.OOO makes the bush league recruit think that all the peo ple in the world have gathered to see him perform. In his minor league days he re garded a crowd of 5.000 as the limit. Of course, there are exceptions to all rules, but generally the new recruits imagine every eye in the crowd is upon them- they are self-conscious and seem to think that their success in base ball depends on the Initial debut. Working under such condi tions ceneraily has a bad effect on the player's showing and many a man who Was a joke on his first appearance in the 9fg league has developed into a star. The wise manager realizes the strain the young player is working under and takes ?11 tilings Into consideration before pass ing final judgment. Perhaps' no player work* under a greater strain than the minor league pitcher. The twirier is con tinually in the limelight. He has more opportunities to go wrong than the ln tleider. outfielder or catcher, and for this reason his work is watched all the more closely. Good pitchers are not picked up every day and when a team signs a new one the fans always flock to the park to see his first performance. 1'sually the fans are prone to pass judgment too quickly. If the youngster gets away badly in the first inning and is derricked aft.T the opposition has four or five runs, he is immediately dubbed a joke. Others will Insist that he must have broken Into the big league with a dark lantern and a jimmy. On the other hand, let one of the veterans start a game and get hit as hard u the youngster. Mr. Kan will be Johnny on-the-Spot with an excuse. He will as sure you that the veteran had an off day; that he never works well when a high wind !s blowing, and that things might have been different if the shortstop hadn't slipped up on that pop fly that would have retired the sid?. These and a thousand other excuses will be offered to excuse the veteran's poor showing, which mere ly goes to show that there is everything In having a reputation for greatness. It serves to cover up faults Innumerable. - ? ? An illustration of how reformation can flefeat itself by too great efTort was furnished b> the attitude of the national ronnnlsRii'n toward the agitation regard ng the St. l^ouis spring series between the National and American League tennis there. Taking as a mark the suggestion of the National League owner of that rltv that their spring games be played as rxhtbition games tfnly instead of for the <*ity championship. a crusade was a-unched which rapidly was creating the mpression that there was something rrooked in sight by the continual repe tition of invectives against exhibition gam^s. Tills was unintentional, per haps. but it defeated the purpose, which ailght nave been accomplished If the abolition of spring serieR had been ad vocated on grounds of injury to the play ers Instead of danger to base ball. Wh*'ii in appeal was made to the national com* mission to forbid the St. Louis clubs to slay an exhibition series next spring the *rusa<le had gone so far that such a-etion hv the commission would have been taken as Indicative of something sus picious in the conduct of the St. Louis jeries. But for this the commission ttight ha' e abolished spring interlehgi t irriesi Instead 't sharply replied tint It would take no action, iij tin- belief that die honesty of base ball could safely be (eft in the hands of the St. Louis "club jwners. In this connection tlieiv is one ibing the commission might do well to ;onsidcf seriously, ami that is to forbid ?wners of teams who have the high honor of competing In the world s ser'9? rewarding their players by the oig bonuses which have become the rule 01 late. Barney Dreyfuss started the prac tice in 1903. and in each world's series since then one or both or the competing teams has been given money, in addition to the pj a vers* share "of the receipts^ un der the commission's own rules. C. A. Comiskey s?t a ma'k for other magnates to aim at in 1P06, and last year Messrs. Murphy and Yawkey vied in handing their players handsome rewards. No club owner will stop this practice for fear of looking cheap. But it is in the commis sion's power to stop it absolutely, or to prevent, its being done openly. The stakes for which players compete in world's series are great enough under the rules of the .series to make each man do his l>est to share in them. To make the stakes greater Increases the danger that players will do their worst, and forget the rules of sportsmanship to get into a world's series, and that disappointed play ers will circulate reports oT underhanded dealing, to the great. detriment of the game. It already has happened in a mild way. ; . - OFFERS A,TEAM FOB PITCHER PLANK CHICAGO. January 20.?Comiskey has decided to take only thirty of his fifty players on the spring training trip to California. One reason Is that it would be necessary to charter a aipecial train to carry the crew. A second is that he fears he cannot find games for five teams in California, but is assured three can be profitably employed. Comiskey is now ready to trade an en tire team for a good man. providing he can find one he wants. He will trade two entire teams- for two stars, three teams for three. He will give Connie Mack a dozen players for Pitcher Plank if Con nie will listen to him. Tie is the posses sor of eight catchers and is figuring on a huge circus tent with ? lot of cot beds to house his troupe in California. He said it looked like a grand money-saving scheme. There.will be three working teams in the field during the training trip on the coast and a couple of extra nines may be shipped around this part of the country to help pay training expenses. Comiskey is arranging for ah early mobilization of his basp ball troupe in order to look them over for a few days so he can recognize what belongs to him. He announced that he had received the contracts of two more youngsters, Jakey Atz? an infielder who finished the season with the Sox last fajl, and Harry Speer. a pitcher from Wichita. Speer comes highly recommended by Frank Isbell. He went through the season in the Western Asso ciation with Wichita. Atz played a great game with New Orleans in the Southern league. He will undoubtedly be one of the youngsters to make up the party of thirty players to be taken to California, as he will come in handy as a utility man for one of the teams. Two other youngsters signed by Comis key last fall who are likely to be taken along are Purtell and Osteen, both infield ers. Purtell played with Decatur in the Three I League. Osteen played with Springfield, Ohio, in the Central league. President Comiskey will have h^s sched ule for the training trip Completed in a few davs and will then be ready , to an nounce "the names of . players he Intends taking with him. BASE BALL ROTES, r - The Detroit club has sold Pitcher Wil ietts to Indianapolis and Catcher Archer to Buffalo. Hal Chase Is coaching St. Mary's Col lege team of Oakland. Hal is getting about $30 a week fof this work. Krause, the Oakland boy; whom Connie Mack signed for his Athletics, may not be on the job when the bell rings. Krausje is still at- college^, and. hi* .parents object to terminating"His course. Jack Crooks, the Qtie-time noted major league second baseman, has fallen heir to a fortune, acquired, it is said, by his father, In railroad enterprises. Bad Bill Dahlen,. the former shortstop of the Giants, who was recently traded to Boston, uas signed his contract w-ith the National team of the Hub. Bad Bill assured Joe Kelley that he would play his best game. .. ? - . Catcher Jerry Hurley is due to bob up with the Dodgers again next spring- He did such fine work for Toronto last sea son that he is bound to take the tunnel and report to Manager DonoVanJn a few weeks. Another Pulliam is rising is the base ball firmament. P. J., a brother of Harry, the president of the National League, has been elected president of theOshkosh club of the Wisconsin league. Catcher Harry Smith of the Pirates is about to shoot the chutes. The Pittsburg club has a*ked for waivers from the other National League organizations, in order to dispose of Harry to the minors. Balked in their efforts to get George Browne awav from Boston, the Dodgers have turned their attention to Midget Bates who appears to be shoved out of a job at the Hub. Bates and Browne are tied in the batting averages with .260. President Dovey of the National League Beaneaters is preparing for a lot jof new business next season. He lnte?|? l? pew bleachers that will accommodatc 4 000 .restrained bottle-throwers. This will bring Dovey's total seating capacitj up to 11,000. _ Stanley-Robison has lost-,neither^ "1??P nor meals over t he t err i ble **"**** 1 Stoney McGlynn, the Cardinals ^irlei- to quit base ball and rt*ume lils form" oc cupatlon of patrolling a beat in ^orl^ Pa. Stanley would be a sensitive person to lose sleep over such a case, I Mai Kittredge is rooting for Joe KeUe** and predicts that Joe will make goodin Boston. "But you want T?1"??1^* 'ers thing," says Kittredge. It ? fh^ man' that make the manager, and not j^e man ager that makes the players. A regal philosopher is this Kittredge. Kid Gleason. the same kid that In Baltimore and afterward went-to New York and showed them a little bit about Dlavinc third base, will be with the "nu lies* this year again. This will ?\ke his twenty-first season in. professionalbase hall. Ain't it about lme to cu. out "kid" part of the name? Frank Chance, the manager of the Cubs wants to be shown what is the matter with one of his feet that has gone lame. Tie will submit the game a"f X-ray examination to determine If ?ny of the ligaments have gone astray. Chan e is now on the coast. He will not staj to greet the White Sox. About tw.entv-five Chicago rooters will accompanv the Whtte ?Sox on their trip fo the coast. Altogether the party will be about sixty strong when it boar^ tt1Jc special", train Tor California next month The party' will be in command of Chief Comislcey. After a ten-day slayonto slope the Sox will work their naj back east. ? 1 '? _____ Tv Cobb, champion batsman of the \mcrican League, is a marked nian. Last season he had a habit, after landing on first of going from this sack wa> ro"nd to tliird on a bunt or slow infield sroundex\ Each manager will besl'r? to. take hi first baseman aside and tell him to Keep an eye on Ty whenever the champion is in action on the bases. James McKinne>~the powerfully built voung twirler.who is to join the N6*. ? oK Giants, goes into, the, big s mended by President Roosevelt.The Pres Wlent saw the young pitcher work ai Ovster Bay last summer, and pronounced him cool-headed, fast on his feet and the possessor of a gpod arm. Roy Castleton. tliTvankees'twirier, and the only Mormon in the b*g league, will he ^iven a pood trial by Griffith t'1*? sea son Grift drafted Castleton from the O. "and P. League last year, and turned him ovi>r to Atlanta in lieu of rent for the grounds for spring practice. Since the tho nitcher has been known as Ground Rent" Castleton in the south. Castleton. bv his great work, aided Atlanta to wh the pennant, and Griff thinks he is now ripe for faster company. ROUSING RECEPTION FOR COACH VAIL Harrv Vail, the new coach of the Georgetown University crews, was gi\en a rousing reception yesterday afterno?" at the bdatlvouss, above t\ie Aqueduct bridge. Members of the alumni and stu dents from every department of the uni versity were . present to meet the structor In a short talk. Coach Vail gave the prospective, candidates to understand that he alone was to have charge of the ?varsity crews. The stroke to be used tjti& year will, differ -slightly.-from, that of past-years, but .not so much as to-affect the men in the pursuance of tlie worn started uniier X** > tutelage . of Pat Dempsev and Murray Russell. The for mer Harvard coach expressed W?**1' *? creatlv Pleaded ?fthe outlook, and said that t*** carulidai.S/sr-Uo m?t -.x>re the abearance of men who not only had sufficient size, but possewied per^ erance nnd fiffhtin* spirit, qualities tuat wouiu go a'long way toward producing a wln nTdaniler Cliff Woods told the students that'the crew o.eVtalnly would ha\e an In centive to work hard, as he hadganned to enter Georgetown ?in at least four races TWO of tlress races are to be held on tlie Po(.omac, one at M the Henley regatta, and the .last PVlSgrA? M* out tor with Princeton, ated It is ?*^?t*<* A1 Georeetown falls to arrange a dual race with ?>me other easterji university, en deavors will be made to have a raoe 'wrth either the Potomac or the Analostan <^u^ Claude Zappone; .T. Hadley Doyle and J. S Easby-Smith also spoke, and gave the Georgetown, men to understand that their efforts would be with the; oarsmen from U The Candidates for the craw will start n-ork on the machines In the Ryan gym nasium this afternoon. and will father this practice every day until the weather nermhs going on the river. Among those whT are expected to make a strong bid for places for seats in the shell are. <.apt. Fitzgerald. Rice. Murray and ^oods of the 1M? eight; Lynch and La Plants of tlie 100t> crew and subs on the varsity last year: E. Reilly Spalding and Moran and^MunhaH. *1000P McKJnne>\ McC a n n! GaUigan McKuity and Dllkes .1910; Bnm partner. Madden and Jollet of the fresh men. members of the prep crew last year Leahy, Walker. Fred Rice. G. Colllflower, McNamee. Cassldy and Cudahy. A promising candidate for the position of coxswain has appeared in Leo Kelly, who tips the beam at ninety-eight pounds. John Chapman and Duff, two members of last year's crew, the latter being cox swain, left Georgetown last week and will enter schools for engineering courses. Chapman expects to attend Syracuse, while Duflf is going to Tale. LARGE DELEGATION TO BOWLING TOURNEY Washington in all probability will be represented at the national bowling tour nament by the largest delegation whieh this city has ever sent to Cincinnati. From what can be learned from several well known bowlers, no less than five teams from the National capital will be entered. Should this number enter there is no doubt but what tome of the men "will cut a large piece out of the prize cake. It is almost a certainty that four teams will make the trip to Porkopolis. namely, the Bureaus, Interiors. Fat Men and a picked team. On these teams will be found the folldwing men: Cooper. Jacobs, Lemmon. Garrett, Rice, Helmerichs. I^ess, Lord, Hardie. Myers, Waters. Field, Krauss, Rodrick. Brosnan. Allison, Cox, Burdine, Collins, Bontz. Williams and Brown. Fore most among this bunch stands one man whose name will tend to boost the stock of Washington howlers at Cincinnati. As a bowler he classes with Voorheis, Smith, Strong and Johns. If not their superior. The city can well feel proud of him. and he is no other than Harry Krauss. the "Flying Dutchman." The twenty-four hour record which he made only a week or so ago is still ringing in the ears of bowlers all over this country, and. as Leonard Collins said, "such records as John Koster averaging 240 for twenty-one games and Charley Strobel averaging 206 for forty-five games will long be forgot ten when Harry's will still be fresh in the memories of the American bowlers." An event which would create a lot of Interest could be pulled off at Cincinnati by ar ranging a match of twenty-five games between Krauss and either Voorheis or Smith. While the western tournament is causing a lot of talk, the city champion ship tournament, which comes off the latter part of this month, is receiving its share of attention from local bowlers. The pin knights promise to make this a greater success than the one of last year, and from present indications they will more than make good. NO TENNIS TEAM IN OLYMPIC CHAMPIONSHIPS NEW TORK, January 20.?Interna tional lawn tennis plans formed part/ of the Informal discussions of the executive committee at Its recent meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria. That there would be an American challenge for the Dwight F. Davis cup was indicated yesterday by one of the committee. The United States National Lawn Tennis Association will have nothing whatever to do with the English Olympic championships. In speak ing of this Robert D. Wrenn, vice presi dent of the national association, is re ported as saying that the national gov erning body will take no part in an ef fort to send a team to the Olympics, but that any American player who chooses may make an individual entry. That the national association is to ig nore the Olympics was to be expected, according to a committeeman, when In ternational cup matches were likely to be decided upon the home courts. The Inva sion of the Doliertys. on their way to plair the Australasians, is practically assured. Two German players, as a team, may ac company them, and the program pro posed points to be deciding of the pre liminary tie matches in this country, with the winning nation to go on to Australia ' for the final challenge matches. As the matter stands the plans must be ratified at'the annual meeting of the association next month. An effort will also be made at this meet ing to settle upon some plan of action in regard to the Sheaf International cup for women, offered from Boston last season, and for which a team of English women, led by Mrs. George W. Hillyard, is to invade the American courts in August. Women's Indoor Tennis Tourney. NEW YORK, January 20.?Already much interest is being manifested In the forthcoming tournament for the women's indoov tennis championship. A cup em blematic of the title is being made and many women prominent in the sport are busilj' engaged in practice for the tourna ment, which will begin February 10. The entry list this year will probably be the longest ever received, as all of the women experts who have taken part in recent tournaments are expected to enter, as well as many who are new to the tournament. Both singles and doubles will be played. Several players from other cities have al ready announced their intention of enter ing, among them Miss Sears of Boston, the outdoor champion. Penn's Assistant Trainer Dead. PHILADELPHIA, Pa.. January 20.? George Turner, an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Pennsylvania, THOMAS FIGHTS SULLIVAN IN DEBUT AS A HEAVYWEIGHT J&ck"Twin" Sullivan. ~A .. ' ** *. - % * THOMAS AND SULLIVAN CLASH TOMORROW NIGHT NKW VORK. Janua y ill.?Joe Thomas 1 will make his debut as a heavyweight fighter tomorrow, night/ when he me?ts Jaqk .."JCwtu." Sullivan In what is-sched uler to he a,, twenty-rowid bout before th? Pacific. Afckletio ClMb of J^oa Angeles. One year ago Thomas va? lighting In the ,l>'?Jterv?igJ)t, r^nks, and lie went to. tli$ top by defeating that "false alarm." H'ohey Mellody. ;* Thomas was a welter When he first fought Mellody, but he'was growing fast, and when, they met'h sec ond tlim> b*>Tfi were weH'over the 4 welter weight "limit. After being de'eated twice bv Stanley Ketchelh TRotpas- tlwldfd that '"making the weight" w^nkcned htm. and he went into thi- middleweight class. No sooner had he become .econHlftd to this division than" ha* found it' hard to keep at the weight.1 and 110W he has settled the whole thing by announcing- that henceforth he will battle as a heavyweight. Thomas has a large frame, and is I fast for his si*e. He is an exception ally clever boxer, and is always cool un der tire. When not weakened by reducing his weight lie has a knockout punch in either hand, and is altoays dangerous, lie can stand a terrible beating and has great recuperative powers. lie will meet an old master at the game in Sullivan. The Cambridge tight er,* who has a decision over Tommy Burns to his credit, is a most dangerous man in the ring. Me Is also a hard , puncher, though he has iTto shown that i be possesses a "One punch" knockout. His wins over Bill Squires and .lack Palmer aaincd him much prestige, though they were not his best tights. Kxperts pick Sullivan to win the bout with Thomas, though the latter has many admirers who believe he will show his old-time form at the increased weight. If he does, he will have more than ? chance to win and well known to intercollegiate athletes throughout the country, died in the uni versity hospital today from blood poison ing. H? had been suffering from a sore foot and last week blood poison set in. Mr. Turner had been connected with the university for about twenty years, and besides acting as assistant trainer was the official starter of every track meet held by the university In that time. He was born in England flfty-seven years ago, and in his youth stood high as a short distance professional sprinter. t REFUSED $20,000 FOR CHAPULTEPEC NEW ORLEAN8, La.. January 20.? Chapultepec may change owners in a few dn;.a. An offer of $20,000 was made to Bur lew & O'Neill, but it was refused. Nego tiations are still pending for his purchase. Just who made the offer could not be definitely learned, but rumor had it that James B. Brady of New York was the prospective buyer. The fact that "Dia mond Jim" had tried to purchase the colt last spring and offered $25,000 for him, through his trainer. Matt Alien, gives credence to the connection of his name with the report. Chapultepec was practically of unknown quality when Allen tried to buy him last year. He had never started, but had worked so fast that Allen regarded him as an excellent investment. Burlew re fused the tempting bait. At the time Colin had not appeared, and as Chapultepec was engaged In stakes worth approxi mately $150,000 it seemed good judgment on the part of Burlew to refuse the offer. With Colin out of the way Chapultepec would have Increased his winnings last season at least $10,000, for he had to play second fiddle to James R. Keene's cham pion on several occasions. In the estimation of horsemen Chapul tepec, is not only the best thoroughbred racing here this winter, but he is a much faster and better colt than he was during the season in the cast. During the last four months he has improved very much. His big frame is now filled out with hard, firm flesh and muscle. At one time -last summer he looked thin and "tucked up" in the flank. All this has been changed for the better since his arrival here, and the great "gallery" of horsemen that formed a ring around nim and look ed him critically over Saturday were favorably Impressed by his splendid ap pearance. David Gideon was loud in his praise of the colt, and said that he would scarcely have known him. Could Earn His Lost Money. Now that Brady is without a high-class horse, turfmen believe that he is anxious to buy Chapultepec. The latter is exten sively engaged In the rich three-year-old events of this season, and if he could win even a part of them he would easily earn $100,000. Accountant, late In the summer of 1906, was bought by Brady for $55,000, and more than repaid for his purchase by winning $75,000 for his new owner. It lias long been "Diamond Jim's" de sire to own the best three-year-old of the season. The luck that he had with Ac countant sharpened this desire. He has never had a keen appreciation of two year-olds, and was bitterly disappointed, after he had paid $25,000 for Olseau, to find that colt only a lame duck in con tests of speed with Sysonby. He tried twice again with Oiseau to beat Sysonby, but failed. Those-defeats have rankled in Brady's bosom. He is anxious to own a first-class horse, trainers say, to wipe out these drawbacks to his turf career?a career that has been marked with many features of good luck and only one or two failures. He is anxious to beat Jim Keene "just once," and considers Chapultepec the logi cal candidate to administer the drubbing. There have not been sufficient races among the two-year-olds to determine which is the best. . With the distance only three furlongs, the contests have been helter-skelter affairs, with the start a po tent factor In the result. Of the young sters that have raced, Marse Abe seems the best. He has finished first In his three starts and has shown in each race that he possesses plenty of speed and an abundance of courage. For a big colt he is extremely quick and always leaves the barrier as if propelled by some great force.* It was carelessness on the part of J. Lee which caused him to be disquali fied. If he can stand the pace which he has so far shown when the races lengthen to four and flve furlongs, he will be worth a large sum to Louis A. Cella. The lat ter has backed him heavily and won large sums on his recent victories. Cella Has Fast "Baby" Racers. Another of Cella's baby brigade of racers that has shown well is Lady Leota. This filly by Voter?Dovecote has already paid for herself, as she won the only race for which ?sho started. She only cost $300 at the yearling sale of the Castletown stud. At the time she was offered she was not considered worthy to race in the white, blue spot colors of Mr. Keene. But since she was discarded she has Improved both in looks and speed and promises to be one of the best in Cella's string. The racing scene shifts to the City Park track today. Last week it was announced that when the. meeting began at this track the old method of specu lation in the ring would be in force? booths, stationery, slates and tickets for vouchers tc* each man who bets. The racegoers will welcome this change if it does come, for the old style of betting, with Its advantages of open competition, is much more favorable to the player than the present one. Jockey Notter still holds his lead as the most successful rider, but V. Powers is pressing him closely for the honors. During the past week the latter closed up a big gap on his rival, and Is now only four winning mounts behind him. C. Koerner also jumped Into the lime light of popularity by riding many long shots to victory. If any racegoer had religiouslv followed Koerner's mounts during the week he would now be in a financial condition to ignore work and take a long vacation. DISTANCE RUNNING A FEATURE OF MEET That distance running is increasing in favor and popularity among athletes of the south is evident from the large num ber of entries in the mile-run handicap In the George Washington games to be held in Convention Hall next Saturday night. There will -be twenty-four runners toe the scratch in this event, and with the handicaps very favorable to t?he runners of less experience and speed, there is promise of a mighty good race. Johns Hopkins will have Breyer and Griffith, two of the best mile runners In the south. Breyer was the winner of the George Washington New Tear day cross-country and Griffith was the speediest miler in the South Atlantic Association two years ago. Brenton. captain of the Hopkins team, will be saved for the two-mile col lege championship relay. George Wash ington Will be well represented by Schmitt, the former local hlgih school champion. Wenderoth. a very fair man for the distance, and Holcombe and M. S. Biddle. the latter two v thout experience, but with some speed. The recently formed Cross Country Club of Baltimore has en tered Its captain. Elphinsione. and Mc Donagh. The best of the school boy en tries Is Hildebrand of Central High. There Is plenty of "class" among the eighteen entries in the running high j*imp. White of the National Guard. Boettinger of the Baltimore Athletic Club. Randolph of Virginia and Young of tCie Gurley Ath letic Club are just now the best high leapers In this section, all of them good for 5 feet K. Inches, and Randolph and Young a couple inches higher. In fact, the duel between the Virginian and the Gurley captain will be a feature of the games. ' The seat sale at the sporting goods stores has been very good and will con tinue until 6 o'clock Saturday nlg.ht. Launching of Steel Barge. A new steel barge built for M. Oemp sey ??? Sons of Philadelphia was launehed last week at the yards of the Ship Repair Company of .Philadelphia, and is now being fitted out for service. The new barge Is of the latest type of steel hull bonis, and i? vne of the largest'vessels of her class ailoat. The barge was put overboard with appropriate ceremony. Miss Helvn Mc Ilvaine christening the boat Margaret Dempscy 'Wonder What Mertz .Will Say Today?" Store Closes Daily at 6 P. M. Saturdays at 9 P. M. J At the Sign of tho Closing Oiut All v the Uncalled=ffor as Low as $ 0 These are stylish, desirable Suits. They were built to order in the inimitable "Mertz way," but remained uncalled for. Inasmuch as a deposit has already been paid on ? these Suits, we can close them out now at prices scaled as low as Trousers Vests as Low as as Low as ja1?-d.?Su Odd Coats, $2.50; Odd Coats and Vests, $3.50. HERTZ and MERTZ Co., 906 F Street. GENERAL NEWS GATHERED ON THE RIVER FRONT Tj.e owners of power launches laid up for the winter were about the river front in force yesterday regretting that they did not have their boats in condi tion for a spin. If the good weather is to continue they wish to put their boats in service in order to take advantage of it, but If they do they are afraid that be fore the middle of next month a freeze may catch them. Those owners who have taken chances with the weather and kept their boats in commission were out for a run yesterday, and from the number of launches moving up and down it looked almost like summer on the Potomac. The long white oak piles which will be used in the rebuilding of the broken slip wall at the ferry terminal at Alexandria are being delivered on the old pier ad joining the Alexandria ferry wharf, ~nd the rebuilding of the pier will be started at once. The piles are from fifty to sixty feet long and were cut in the woods of Fairfax county, Va. When the work on the silp is completed, it. is stated, it will be stronger than when first built and will be able to withstand the ramming of the big steamer coming into the dock in all kinds of weather. The tug Southern of the Southern Transportation Company fleet, formerly the tug Marion Cameron of this city, has gone In service and sailed from Balti more Saturday with a tow of coal-laden barges for Norfolk. The Southern will be a frequent visitor to this city with coal laden barges from Baltimore and Phila delphia. Arrived: Bugeye Goldie C., pine lumber from a lower Potomac point to the deal ers here; tug Camilla, with a tow of barges and oyster boats from a down river point; bugeye Rattling Joe. oysters from the lower river beds; S. O. Co. tank barge. No.v77, oil In bulk from Baltimore; tug Rosalie, towing sand-laden lighters from Moxleys point. Sailed: Bugeye Maud S., light, for the Coan river to load cord wood back to tttls city; tug M. Mitchell Davis, light, for the capes of the Chesapeake seeking a tow steam barge Daniel K. Jackson, light, for OccoQUan to load wood for the~-dealers here: tug Eugenia, towing a fleet of light scows for a river point. Memoranda: Schooner Isabelle is in : Nomini creek loading cord wood for this port; schooner Sidonia Curley is under charter to go to a Virginport for a cargo of pine lumber for the dealers here; schooner William H. Bixler is at the Potomac oyster beds to load for this market: barge Totosky has arrived at Chesapeake City in tow with a cargo of railway ties from the Potomac for i...a delphia; schooner Five Sisters is ai Oc coquan laid up for the winter. Several smalLflocks of wild ducks were seen on the river between this city and Alexandria Saturday and yesterday feed ing on the flats on the Virginia side of the river. The flocks' were made up of mal lard. blue wings and smaller varieties of the water fowl. The wild ducks on the river below this city have been but little if any disturbed by hunters this winter. The barge William A. Smoot. which has. been lying In Oeeoquan loading for l*nll adelphia, has taken aboard all her cargo that the depth of water in the creek will allow. She will today be towed to deep water in the river'ofT the/ mouth of the Occoquan and the remainder of her car go will be lightered out to her. The barge will complete lier cargo and will sail this week. HOTELS, RESTATTBAOTS A CAFES Where to Dine. THE ST. JAMES, !?X European. Rooms, $1 to $3. High-class Restaurant at Reasonable Prlcea. mrlS-tf.4 BRYAN IN KENTUCKY. Going to Frankfort to Help Boost Gov. Beckham. FRANKFORT. Ky., January 20.?Wil liam Jennings Bryan will come to this city next Tuesday morning to urge the democrats in the Kentucky legislature to elect Gov. Beckham to the United States Senate. The visit of Mr. Bryan to the Capitol at this time is entirely on his own initiative, as he has seen through the press dispatches that the legislature is deadlocked on the senatorial question and he is desirous of using hi* influence to re unite the party. ? The visit will be .made the occasion of a democratic love feas'.. Beckham has ac cepted Mr. Bryan's offer of assistance and a resolution will be adopted by botii houses of the general assembly inviting Mr. Bryan to make an address Tuesday. Democratic members of the legislature sent out invitations yesterday to the lead ers and prominent members of the party in every section of the state to be pres ent. It is believed that a considerable gathering of democrats will take place. Some of the party leaders think that Mr. Bryan will suggest legislation cov ering the state guarantee debit iaw for banks and financial institutions such as he suggested to tne Oklahoma legislature. Personal Service Discussed. Charles F. Weller, general secretary of the Associated Charities, talked on "Per sonal Service"' before the Round Table Club of the T. M. C. A. yesterday after noon. In describing the charitable work among the poor and unfortunate of the city. Mr. Weller declared there were two classes of helpers?those who give money and those who personally visit the hom?s of those in need and give counsel, advice and sympathy. He described conditions where a friendly word was more needed than money or where pride made it im possible to give money to a needy fam ily. Mr. Weller also pointed out that of families assisted last year, leas than !?? per cant were affiliated with any church. These people, he declared, were in need of spiritual aid and counsel as much as of material aid. Dr. Maurice Miller, who has been the leader of the Life Problem Club for the past year, was presented with a hand some umbrella yesterday by the members of the class. ? . a ? ? . Effort to Recover Sunken Cargo. The gasoline bugeye Arthur Stewart, in command of Capt. Kugene Trexler. is at Point Lookout making an effort to recover the cargo of 401* tons of coal aboard'the sunken schooler E. G. Irwin. The latter Is the vessel which was in collision with the tug Dauntless of Baltimore ubout a month ago. and which was so badly damaged that she sank. A ST5<> nugget of cold was found la tently imbedded in tile skull of an ele phant.