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ANOTHER DIG AT
THE RACING GAME
Cullen Makes Fun of Belmont
Meeting in His Charac
teristic Way.
By Clarence L. Cullen.
Corir*ponili?nrt! of The* Star.
NEW YORK, May 22. 190P.
Y'ought to attend the Whispering Car
nival! It's all to the buzz-buzz.
It sounds like many summer wynds per
colating through quite a lot of treeses;
you know that zephyrlsh effect.
Where is It coming off?
Why. at Belmont Park.
Belmont Park?maybe you've forgot ten
Is a race track. The turf reporters used
to allude to Belmont Park variously as
"the Newmarket of America." "the finest
race course on the globe." and all that.
It is. It isT But it's going to make the
finest little aggregation of building lots,
and at no very distant date, that you
ever saw or heard of.
Went down to the Belmont track few
days ago just to verify some things I'd
heard.
For example, the race-boosting news
papers over here have been saying right
along, since Belmont started feebly to
give a little racing a while back, that the
^aK was a great success; that seven or
eight thousand folks went out there every
day; that they were enthusiastic; that It
was fine and bully; that it was like old
times, and much more fluff-wuff of that
general description.
On the other hand, a lot of veracious
folks of my acquaintance who'd been
out to the Belmont track told me that it
was a f-l-i-v, fliv, which is the new word
for the saddest frost you can think of;
that It was all to the gloom-glum; that
not more than a thousand people at the :
outside nudged dismally around the'
grounds; that there was no enthusiasm
whatever, and that it was Just as wuch
like the old-time racing thing around
these parts as a railroad sandwich pur
chased at Glenns Ferry, Idaho, is like
something human to eat.
So, y'see, I dropped down to have a per
sonally conducted peek.
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The boys who told me that Belmont was
a fliv win, all right.
Once, back in '03 or *94, a New York
hotel burned down and about eighty per
sons were consumed in the conflagration.
My end of that job, as an employe of a
New York newspaper, was to cover the
morgue. I spent nearly three weeks at
the morgue, while the unfortunates were
being identified.
Well, nothing that has occurred to me
since that time has reminded me so
much of that sad assignment as this re
cent afternoon's visit at Belmont.
It was just as much like an afternoon
at the races us an afternoon at the
Mothers' Congress, and when you've said
that you've plumbed the depths of human
misery.
The Intense quietude of the occasion
was what struck me most.
Still, you couldn't expect anything ex
cept quietude from a concourse of all of
TOO or 800 people scattered around a race
track plant that was built to accommo
date about 90,000.
Once, at a place called Eliot's Grove,
near Chicago, I attended, for the paper
that hired me, a picnic?reg'lar picnic In
the woods, you know?of the deaf and
dumb folks of the Town of Wind. TTwwg
were about 2,000 of 'em present at that
picnic, and they played ball, and danced,
and bowled, and swung in swings, and
shot the chutes, and fizgigged around
.something big?but all the time the pres
ent humble author and the other news
paper men then and thfre present longed
with an ineffable longing to have the
Jesse James gang or tne Bill Dalton
bunch or some noisy push like that hop
along and stake the circumambient air
to about fifteen minutes' worth of one
horrific shrieking number. Just to relieve
the tension, as It wair, and give the
woods a tone.
The Belmont thing reminded me of that
deaf and dumb picnic, too, from which
you will have observed that It reminded
me of quite a heap of little old things.
First, about the crowd present.
There really couldn't have been, aa I
say, more than 700 or 800 men present at
the track.
There was NOBODY In the grand
stand at all. Do you get that? NOBODY.
The grandstand was unoccupied. NO
PERSON whatever sat there. And yet
that grandstand was constructed to seat
not less than 45,000 people. The few
hundreds of dismal ones who mooched
around the track stuck to the lawn.
There was NOBODY in the betting in
closure, for the reason that nobody was
allowed in there. I'd seen 40.000 crazy men
squirming in that betting inclosure. But
there was NOBODY In there on the day
1 visited the track this week.
Vairy well. Now. on the following
morning. Just for curiosity and things, I
peered over the N'Yawk papers to see
what they had to say about the size of
the attendance at Belmont on the previ
ous day.
Not one of these papers gave the at
tendance at Belmont on the previous day
as having been less than 5.000. Most of
them stated it at 7,000, 8,000 and 9,000;
one of them gave it as 10.000.
Y'see, they're boosting the game along,
and they think that the padded attend
ance thing is one of the best little boost
ing ways.
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Now, about that whispering part of It.
The whispering was a part of such bet
ting as there was.
You know what they call It now?"oral
betting." And you know what the former
bookies are dubbed now?"memory
brokers."
Well, the few hundred of sad ones who
were on the grounds were fellows who,
through connections with the chalkers,
knew that they could get little bets down
on the races. But, of course, their way
of getting their bets down was subject
to tho supervision of about 260 plain
clothe# cops and uniformed bulls, who
were nere and everywhere all over the
track grounds.
No money, of course, was allowed to
change hands, either before or after the
races.
No written record of any betting trans
action?nor, for the matter of that, any
other kind of a transaction?could be
made by bettors or layers, either on their
programs, their cuffs or anywhere else.
They simply couldn't flash pencils any
more than they could exhibit bank wads.
And so they had to do the hull thing
in their heads.
Moreover, they weren't allowed to talk
in a regular normal, howdy, heller-feller
tone about what they were doing.
They had to whisper all that stuff.
That's what made It the cunnln' little
whispering carnival that It was.
The bettors, after doping out the races
to what they considered their satisfac
tion, began to Jo* around like amateur
Marathoners to find the ohalker who
would take their bets.
Having found him?not always so easy,
either, hombreys?they'd sort o' herd and
corral h:m into a corner around the lawn
somewhere, and then they'd begin to
whisper things at him.
Just whispered and whispered and whis
pered. till you began to think of the lisp
ing of many little murmuring waters and
th ngs.
To the accompaniment of the whisper
ing they twiddled their Angers in a mys
terious sort of a way. The AnKer-lwid
dlings meant something. too. Apparently
the bettors and the chalkers had spent
the winter perfecting that flnger-twld
dling code, and there were several of
them who really appeared to understand
vhat they were doing.
Well, after a lot of this whispering that
sounded like a bunch of sunbonneted old
ladles at the Home for Superannuated
Gentlewomen discussing the rolled oats
tfjat they'd had for breakfast the bookie
Ud look intelligent, and whisper hoarse
ly; "I #ot ye!" and then the bettor, satis
fled that he'd got his bet down, would
mooch off and wait1 for the outcome to
come out.
If his crab won, then he'd have to pull
another little Marathon and find the
chalker to whom he had handed the whis
per wager. After finding that chalker,
he'd have to whisper to him a lot more
to convince him?the layer?that the bet
really had been made. As often as not
the bookie in such cases doesn't remem
ber a blamed thing about it. and then
the man who's won the bet, or thinks he
has. just whispers his head oft in his wild
attempt to convince the chalker that the
bet really was made according to the way
the named skate finished. If the bookie
finally was convinced, why, the winner of
the little betsky would nail the layer on
his way home on the train and collect the
Isn't that the lovely, comfortable little
gambling system for your taw agate.
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Now about the 'enthusiasm."
There wa'ant none.
As a simple matter of straightout fact,
the 700 or 800 dismal-looking male per
sons at the track?there weren't more
than .ialf a dozen women, by the way?
dln't look at the races at all. Paid no
attention to the actual running of the
races.
All that they bothered with was the fin
ishes. They sort o' grouped themselves
along the rail to see which numbers would
go up.
But there was never a yell: not even a
squeak: none of thai old "Oh you baby
hawse!" siuflf. None whatever.
Th*y Just stood on one leg and then
on the other and watched the horses pa
rade to the post, watched 'em fiddle
arovnd the distant barrier and then they
turned their heads away. The bull-voiced
gink with the "They're off!" holler dldn t
arouse them much, but they just patiently
waited for the cloud of dust to be kicked
up at the bend into the siraiglit and then
waited some more to see if the one they'd
made a whisper bet on was going to get
a little hunk of the change.
That's all for the '?enthusiasm** end
of it.
Showed, didn't It, how keenly Interested
they were In what the sonorous fellers
call "the sport of kings?"
Showed, too, didn't It, how absorbingly
Interested the hull push were In "the
Improvement In the breed of horses?"
Shewed how they did love that noble
hanlmlle, the hawss of thoroughbredness.
didn't it, what?
?
* ?
How long will this farcical kind of rac
ing be carried on?
Well, that's hard to say. The racing
associations, you know, during the winter
got together and made up a big fund
for the purpose of carrying the game on
at a big loss this summer, with the idea
that by carrying it on through a sum
mer despite the betting restrictions they
might succeed in bunking the police and
also in bunKing the race-attending folks
into believing that the anti-betting law's
wiping out is only a matter of a littl*
time.
In calculating upon how long the punk
brand of racing will continue, it is neces
sary to consider what the horse owners
themselves think of it as it's conducted at
present.
What they think of it couldn't be ex
pressed except by a big use of asterisks
and dashes, for their objurgatory phrases
about the picayuneness of the game as
it'8 run now couldn't be put in type.
' Race horse owners, you know, can't af
ford to run their thoroughbreds for tin
tags or cigarette coupons.
That's what the purses at present of
fered look like.
The other day John Madden won two
races with his horses and slid into second
place with another of 'em. One of the
races was a stake. Do you know what
his haul-down was for those two wins and
the second? Why, about one thousand
iron men. When the game was worth
bothering about over here it is figured
that he'd have captured at least $10,000
with those two wins and the second
The purses are so small and ratty that
the owners of horses feel lucky when, if
their horses win, they don't find them
selves in debt to the racing association.
Then there's no revenue from bookies,
wso used to cough up upward of $100
a day for the privilege of laying odds.
And there are just a few folks attending
the sad races every day.
Racing around here is a fliv, and prob
ably will continue to be a fliv, and you
can take it from the above signed.
LANGF0RD HAS AN
? EASY ONE IN HAGUE
NEW YORK, May 22? Late mails from
England show that the matching of
"Iron" Hague, heavy-weight champion of
England, with Sam Langford, the Boston
negro, has called forth a storm of pro
teat from many of the sporting men of the
island kingdom. The men meet for twenty
rounds at the National Sporting Club of
London "May 24. and already the contest is
compelling undivided attention from Bri
tannia's fistic world. Many close follow
ers of the ring game are inclined to re
gard the matching of Hague's compara
tive inexperience with a tried man of
Langford's character as a miserable
fiasco. In speaking of the coming contest
a prominent English sporting man re
cently said:
"With the greatest respect for the Na
tional Sporting Club, is the Hague choice
a wise one against the hero of a hundred
fights? I think Jeannette should have
been chosen and Hague taken to America
to gain experience with lesser men. To
put him against Langford. when we know
nothing of his defense and staying pow
ers in a long inning, mly break h's heart
if he comes to grief quickly, like Moir. If
an old hand like Moir crumples up thus,
is it reasonable to be surprised if a man
who recently emerged from a National
Sporting Club's novices' competition fol
lows suit?
"Of course, we all want Hague to win
a championship, but don't let us break his
back and heart by demanding too much
at first. Boxing demands the same hard
struggle for success as anything else. We
had an example recently in wrestling,
when O'Kelly took on Lemm about a
year too soon. England takes a national
interest in this fine young fellow Hague.
We all want him not merely to be cham
pion of England, but we want him to
bring back the heavy-weight laurels from
the United States of America."
MANY HANDBOOKS
IN CITY OF PARIS
NEW YORK, May 22.?Owing to the
heavy falling off during the past racing
season in the pari-mutuel receipts, the
French government authorities are mak
ing a strenuous attempt to put a stop to
s>treet betting in Paris.
In this, however, they are meeting with
extraordinary difficulties, for the keeper
of nearly every wineshop, tobacconist and
cafe waiter in Paris is said to act a mid
dleman for the private bookmakers. Con
trary to the practice in England, no slips
or vouchers of any kind pass between the
parties, so that there is little tangible evi
dence to go upon.
Street betting, in spite of the facilities
afforded by the pari-mutuel, is said to be
rampant in Paris, and it is estimated that
the amount risked in the French capital
in small bets exceeds $50,000 every rac
ing day of the year.
Practically the whole of this money goes
into the pockets of two person*, who
are well known to everybody, but who
do not come within the pale of the law
against secret betting, because the money
is collected for them by twenty or thirty
agents, who. in turn, have between 1,800
to 2.0U0 smaller intermediaries or agents,
who receive the money from the public.
It is thanks to this secret betting that
one dally sporting paper alone Is able to
sell 40.000 copies in a single hour daily
on the Paris streets.
The police are faced with the fact that
in order to enforce the law they would
be obliged to arrest about 2,000 persons,
and then have to prove the facts in
every case, which would be obviously im
possible. Hitherto the police have had
to be satisfied with making raids under1
circumstances in which they were sure of
catching the agent "red handed." other
wise a prosecution would be Impossible.
. ' ? 9 -
Victory for Tale Sophomores.
NEW HAVEN. Conn., May 22.?The
sophomore crew won the class champion-1
ship in the annual regatta of the Yale 1
University Boat Club here on Lake Whit
ney today. The surprise of the day was
the defeat of the varsity four-oared boat
by the second four, the latter covering
the seven-eighths of a mile course in four
minutes fifty-six and four-fifths seconds
and crossing the line a full length ahead
of the varsity boat.
FREDDIE WELSH WAS
UP AGAINST IT
Had to Knock Out Three Men
to Win His
Fiflht.
Freddie Welsh, who outpointed Jack
Goodman in New York Friday night, tells
of the following experience he had while
boxing on a barnstorming tour through
the Hawaiian Islands in 1906.
"I struck Honolulu along about the
Christmas holidays," said Freddie,
thoughtfully, and then being fairly started
upon his story, he proceeded as follows,
with no interruptions from his interested
listeners:
"I wanted a little extra pin money for
Christmas: wanted to send the folks back
at Ponty a few remembrances, you know;
didn't want them to think that I was on
tlie blink. I had a letter of introduction
to the matchmaker of the Honolulu Ath
letic and Amusement Company, a Mr.
Greenway, I think his name was. He
hailed from the states, and I had been
warned that he was a pretty slippery
proposition to do business with. I was
hard up, however, so I hunted him up
and asked him what he had in sight.
"He seemed to like the idea or using
me 'We hain't had a fight here since
July.' said he. Big Trnnch of Americans
here now, and we ought to do a gooc
business. The only man we could match
you with, though, is a native welter
weight. His name is Walso Bornuilow,
and he has quite a reputation here, lou
want to take a chance?'
Takes a Chance.
?'I was willing to take a chance at any
thing, but I sparred a long time for terms
until I had him tied up tor a pretty com
fortable financial guarantee.
"About two days before the 'smoke
and I were to fight Carter came into camp
looking worried. 'Funny thing, he said,
?this guy, Greenway, is up at beadQuar
tera 1>ettin? all kinds of money that this
lslandei will stay the full twenty rounds
wUh you. As far as I can see, Bornullow,
or whatever his name Is, is nothing but
a dub boxer like all the rest of these In
dians. We'll have to watch out or they H
slip us something here.'
"Well, sir, 1 worked harder than ever,
and when 1 finally did crawl between the
ropes on the night of the fight I was as
hard as nails and would have tackled
anything under a heavyweight. The
house was crowded to the doors?a fact
that gave me much Joy as I anticipated
how I was going to spend my share.
"I had a great deal of curiosity as to
what my opponent looked like, but as
soon as he had taken his chair I could
see that he was just a common, ordinary
looking youngster. In fact, all of those
islanders looked alike to me.
"He wore an odd-looking pair of black
tights, and I noticed Greenway talking
earnestly to him Just before the gong
rang. After that I was too busy to re
call the incident. I played with the fel
low for two rounds, and then, finding out
that I had nothing to fear, I sailed in to
finish him. In the fourth round I shoved
my old bunch of fives up under his Jaw
and he fell like a log. i^ong experience
had taught me that he would not get up.
It was a clean knockout. I turned and
walked to my corner, wnile the referee?
another islander, by the way?wai count
ing Borny, old kid, out.
Out Oo the lights.
"Now, what do you think happened?
Just as the referee had reached the count
of six every last light In the place went
out. An awful lot of confusion followed,
and I could hear Greenway cursing the
electricians to a standstill.
"It was all of three minutes before the
lights came back on again, and there sat
my opponent in his chair ready to con
tinue. I made a fuss, but Greenway in
sisted that we go on, saying that he had
bet heavily on his man to stay, and he
didn't intend to be worked that way.
"It was unfair to me, but I was in their
hands, so I had to go on. I got the sur
prise of my life when I stacked up against
the Kanaka again, for he was as strong
and fresh as a new man. Another thing
worried me. He had on a pair of pink
trunks, when I could have sworn that he
was dressed In black tights a few minutes
before.
"He gave me a hard battle for seven
long rounds before I finally copped him
with a right swing to the chin He
dropped flat on his face, and I 11 be
hanged If the lights didn't go out again.
Five minutes later the place was lighted
up agafn and there was my man In the
hands of his seconds, looking as fresh
as a daisy. I answered the gong and
threw myself at him. We went to a
clinch, and in looking down his back I
was paralyzed to see that he was wearing
a pair of blue trunks, with a big. wide
black belt. I hadn't been Payn/?u?h
attention to his face, for. as I said before,
all those chinks looked alike to me. Now
I took a good look at him, and as he
started to grin I could see that I was up
against a stranger?a third fresh man.
Put His Foot on Him.
"The whole scheme dawned upon me.
Greenway was going to keep on spring
ing a new man on me as fast as I finished
them. His Idea was to win his twenty
round money. It made me so boiling mad
?that I went after fighter No. 3 as though
I was going to kill him. Before the
round was over I had him flat on his back
and then before the referee could start
counting I had put my foot on the fellow
on the floor. Holding ipy gloved hand
up for silence. I made a little speech, as
follows: 'Gentlemen, I have no objections
to whipping three men in one night but
1 11 be hanged'if I am going to flght the
entire male population of Honolulu for
the one price of admission. You may
turn out the light again if you want to,
but I am going to keep my foot on this
kid until he has been properly counted
0l*"That guy Greenway afterward told me
that he had twenty of those brown ras
cals one for each round, ready for me.
Nice place, Honolulu; were you evsr
there?"
T ??
Big Athletic Meet at Pittsburg.
PITTSBURG, Pa., May 22 ?Seven col
leges and nineteen high schools from
western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West
Virginia took part today in the annual
Invitation intercollegiate and lnterscholas
tlc field meet, held on the Schenley Park
Oval here. Fully 6.000 persons witnessed
the various events, in which the Lntver
sity of Pittsburg led the colleges with a
total of 68 points, and the Indiana Nor
mal School of Indiana, Pa., the high
schools, with Rrt points to their credit.
In the collegiate events the Carnegie
Technical School of Pittsburg was sec
ond, with a score of 50%, ?nd Washing
ton and Jefferson of Washington, Pa.,
third, with 24. Pittsburg High 8chool
was second In the school events, with 34
points, and Cleveland High School third,
with 16 points.
Indiana Varsity Wins.
CHICAGO, III., May 22.?The University
of Indiana track team defeated the North
western University team at Evanston to
day by a score of 68 to 50. The Chieago
University freshmen defeated the North
western freshmen at the same place by a
score of 65 2-3 to 581-3. ? Davenport of
Chicago was the star runner in the
freshman meets, winning all his races.
He did the 220-yard dash In .22. James
of Indiana did the same distance in the
varsity meet in .22 3-5.
?
Boston Brokers Beat New York.
BOSTON, Mass., May 22.-The Boston
Stock Exchange base ball team bad an
easy time defeating the representatives
of the New York Stock Exchange In a
game limited to eight Innings by agree
ment today. The score was 8 to 4. Rain
fell throughout the game anjl greatly
hampered the players. Score:
R H US
Boaton Stock Ex.. 021 2 1 02 x?8 9 o
N. Y. Stock Kjob.. 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0-4 9 2
Batteries ? Hayes and Cfcrk; Jackson mud
fikrich.
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high school notes.
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The winning of the competitive drill
by Business has done all the more to
Inspire the base ball team of this in
stitution to put in a strong bid for
championship honors. The
Island avenue school feels itself at la t
in the running with the other bigh
schools, and it is the undented belief
that from now on Interest in the drill
and all the athletics will be Just aa in
tense among the Stenographers as
among any of the other high school
pupils. Although each of the high
schools felt the loss of the drill,
nevertheless, Business was not yery
much envied, as all the loslns hlgl)
schools seemed to be more satisfied
with the result of the drill this sea
son than ever before as it wa?
to have been the first time a
company ever carried oft these honors.
Central and Technical will meet on
the diamond this week and a good
frame is expected, as both teams seem
confident of a victory. It hasnotat
thiq writing: been decided who will
serve them over for the Centralizes,
but Boetier will ro o s tp rob*b' ? bVon
ineloal choice. Parker Rlchard3on,
who has been experiencing somewhat
Tf ?a sluinp "n both his fielding and
hitting this season, has been benched
by Coach Sceller, nad Rawllngs is ftt
present holding down a reK"^rbertn
Sn the nine. All the meTnb?ri of the
team express an earnest des^e to see
"Rich" come back in the game, as Be
SS..J?"? S". K .hey t?l
fi'Sm i h" about
^haX??.Ccur?o UonCp*'T rfw
Jne with the Potomacs. Several high
school athletes will go out for a place
on this eight this season. Mueller, who
held down first base on the Central H kIi
team, is another Central graduate trying
for a position on this crew.
The leaders of the Business High School
base ball nine did everything in their
power to bring about the postponed scrim
mage between Business and Technical
during the past week, but for some rea
son or other Technical was not anxious to
meet the Stenographers till later on. It
recently leaked out that thjie Machinists
were not in the best of condition, and
would stand a better show for a victory
if the game was postponed for a *-'ouple ot
weeks. Bpt Coach King stated the real
reason the game eQuld nQt be played wa
that Tech had several scheduled
for the past week. The Rhode Island
Avenue School team Is in the best P08*1"
ble physical and playing condUion and
was strong for having the game P>*y*J
j the first opportunity offered. It is no
known now when the game will be
played, as several of the ?ther
school contests are scheduled to take
place during the next two weeks.
Howard is catching a much better game
for Western High School this
he did last and is injecting much life in
the team's play by his fast wor*- Wis
hitting has also been picking up, and ta
gether with Robeson, is shar^ the bat
ting honors of the team. Western is still
confident of getting a victory over one
of the high school teamsandmayjet
cause trouble for one of the leading
teams.
Eastern High is playing a ragged, shift
less game behind Capt Whitney his sea
son and is not supporting the bis twin
er in any manner at all. The team 8ee*?S
to be out of condition. judging from the
same most of its members have been put
ting up in the past high school scrim
mages Capt. Whitney seems to be doing
hit part and deserves better support from
his teammates.
Coach Peet of the Business High School
team recently made the statement thet
he had in Fegan. Rawllngs. Naughton
and Davis four of the best base stealers
In the high schools and looks for their
base running to be an important factor
toward annexing the base ball champion
ship. These boys are not only players
of ability, but combine their talent with
hard work and are in the game from tne
start. Donnelly and Whitmarsh are also
no slouches In purloining bags.
Menefee. the mainstay of the Central
High School team, broke into the game
for the first time in the Departmental
League, wearing a Commerce and Labor
uniform. He handled the delivery of
Balzer the Georgetown varsKy twiner,
in faultless style, but did not ^onnect^for
a safety during the contest. Menie is
about the best catcher for his age in the
District and can hold his own with an>
of the fast amateur teams around town.
In discussing who would be the most
likely candidate for the captaincy of the
Business High School team for nextsea
ton It was announced by good authority
that Jimmy Fegan. the team's star
catcher, would be the popular choice. Fe
can has been catching an excellent game
for the Stenographers this season, while
his hitting has been clean cut and time
ly Fegan is a hard worker and with his
knowledge of the game would tit in nicely
as the captain for the nine of 1910.
Kid Herrlman. the Centralites' third
bassman, is banging the ball on the nose
with much regularity this season and is
one of the nine's most timely hitters.
Rheem Is also there with the sti< k this
year and is largely depended on to pro
duce some good hits In the high setiool
games which the O street school will play
this week. Capt. Thomas has not yet
given up hope of getting another whack
at the championship, aa he expects to
beat Tech and thinks it mo?t probable
that the Machinists will defeat Business.
Interest in the spring meet, which was
predicted to be more closely contested i
this season than it has been for several
years, seems to be rapidly dying out, and
It begins to look again as If Central will
be the only school to furnish a full quota
of entries with a scattered nomination
here and there from one of the other
high schools. Central will have to pro
some to defeat the Episcopal High School
track team when they meet Tuesday
and an interesting competition is looked
forward to.
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1 Independence League Notes.
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Games for this week, to be played at
McDevltt's Field. 2d and Rhode Island
avenue northeast, at 5:30 o'clock:
Monday?Advent vs. Twining.
Tuesday?Wallach vs. Agriculture.
Wednesday?Ninth vs. Manhattan.
Thursday?Agriculture vs. Advent.
Friday?Manhattan vs. Wallach.
Saturday?Ninth vs. Twining.
The attendance at McDevltt's Field has
been good and the spectators have wit
nessed good, olean ball. No wrangling
or disputes have aroso on the field of
play and the Independence League bids
fair to have a very successful season.
Agriculture, the newcomers In the
league, are going at a fierce clip, having
won five games and losing none. They
defeated Twining, the last-year cham
pions, both times they have been sched
uled to play, and at the present rate
seem to outclass the other teams.
Ninth have considerably strengthened
their team and sprung a great surprise
on Advent last Wednesday, when they
defeated them, 14 to 9.
Powell, a foflmer Business High School
twirler, showed good form in the game
between Twining and Wallach last Tues
day, when he allowed but one hit, while
his two errors and a wild pitch were re
sponsible for the only tallies Wallach
made.
Mr. Berger. who has handled the Indi
cator very satisfactorily Bince the open
ing of the season, resigned last Monday.
Mr. Finnegan, who was with the Com
mercial League last year, ha* been se
cured as umpire.
Reeves pitched his first game for Agri
culture Thursday, and his Initial appear
ance was a great success. He allowed
but three hits, two of which were of
the scratch order. His work with the
stick figured greatly in his team's vic
tory, connecting for two doubles out of
the six hits made by his team.
Downey scored two of the three runs
made by his team In Thursday's game,
and he also connected for two of the
three bingles made by Twining.
Mr. Worley. president of the league,
handled the indicator in Wednesday's
game, and pulled the game off In great
style. Hooray for Mr. Worley! Keep up
the good work.
MERCERSBURG BEST
OF PREP SCHOOLS
NEW HAVEN, Conn., May 22.? Mer
cersburg Academy won the annual lnter
scholastic track meet held this afternoon
under the auspices of the Yale Athletic
Association at Yale Field. Eleven'schools
were represented. Mercer Of George
School, Philadelphia, wsb the individual
star, winning the quarter-mile and the
broad ump, thereby' scoring 10 of his
school's 15>4 points. Keith of South High
School, Worcester, Mass., ran the mile in
4 minutes 81 seconds, leading the field by
a good margin. GUI of Mercersburg won
the 100-yard dash, in 10 1-5 seconds. The
schools scored as follows:
Mercersburg, 24% points: Exeter, 21;
Worcester, 20: Andover, 16*4: George
School, Philadelphia, 15fc: Lawrenceville,
12: Pawling School, 8: Hill 8chool. Phila
delphia. 6*4: South High 8chool, Worces
ter. 5; Bfown and Niohols. I; Central
Manual, 1.
VICTORY FOR DARTMOUTH.
Wins New England Meet by a Small
Margin.
BOSTON, May 22.?It was not until O.
E. Holdman of Butte, Mont., cleared the
bar in the pole vault against a northeast
rainstorm that Dartmouth won the
twenty-third annual championship meet
ing of the New England Intercollegiate
Athletic Association on Technology Field
today by a score of 32% points. Up to
the decisive leaps In the pole vault there
was a hot fight between Dartmouth and
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and Williams. Holdman cleared the high
jest bar, while Allen of Technology won
> second place for his college and Capt.
George Horrax of Williams clinched third
i position for his institution.
' It was a hot fight for place from start
to finish and the colleges finished as fol
lows *
Dartmouth, 82#; Technology, 27; Wil
liams. 24; Bowdoln, 20*4: Amherst 17.
Brown, 13; Wesleyan, 9; Maine, 6; Tufts.
3, and Vermont. 2. Trinity and Holy
Cross failed to score.
The disabling of N. A. Sherman of
Dartmouth in the broad Jump yesterday
eliminated one of Dartmouth's greatest
point scorer# and threw the weight of the
competition for the wearers of the greep
upon J. D. Hawley and E. B. Palmer.
Hawley succeeded In taking both tne
dashes, which Sherman was picked to win.
and also first place in the discus, while
Sherman's leap in the trials of the hroaa
Jump yesterday were not beaten today
and gave Dartmouth first place in that
'^Then came Hold man's vault, and with
five first places and a tte for first place
In a sixth event, the New Hampshire
College had no difficulty in coming out
with a lead and taking a fifth teg In the
new fifteen-year association cup.
MEMORIAL DAY AT
BRIGHTWOOD TRACK
At the Brightwood Driving Club they
are getting ready for the races Memorial
day, May 31. In the stalls there and at
many private stables throughout Wash
ington preparations are being made for
one of the best day's sport that the local
fanciers of standardbreds have antici
pated in a long while.
Frank Thomas, one of the leading
members of the Driving Club, and a first
class horseman, has the program In
charge. He declares that he now has in
band more than enough entries through
voluntary proffers by the club members
to assure the success of the matinee. With
this public announcement Mr. Thomas is
sure that other members of the club with
| good horses In their stables who per
haps have not been to the club since last
fall, will send In their names to Mr.
Thomas at the club. . , ,
It Is proposed to make the Memorial
day matinee attractive in every way.
With horse owners and fanciers It has
come to be a time-honored practice to
signalise the advent of spring by attend
ing the races on Memorial day, the first
speed day of the season. The Brightwood
Driving Club has associated with It the
veriest romances of turf lore. Here many
sanguinary battles have heen won and
lost?contests that demanded the best ef
forts of hprpes that were the pride of
many local business incn. Ana the inter
est is still maintained. . ,aiome
The Brightwood Driving Club seems
to have mellowed In Its ageing. Situ
ated at the terminus of the Nth street
electric cars, it enjoys an advantage of
location. The ride out to the track is
pleasant and the dyed-in-the-wool horse
fancier never seems to tire of watching
the speedy ones negotiating the half-Tni?e
oval. Since the policemen have fceen
mounted on motorcycles and are even
more watchful than before, the roads
about Washington afford less and less op
portunity for a speed ?o^t amon*
horsemen. Thus it comes about that the
Brightwood track Is assuming newer Im
portance every day. . . .
All the local horses of class will be
shown at the Brlghtwood t^ck Memoriai
riav beginning &t 1 o clock. Tpcrc will
be a free-for-all pace, one-half nri'e, purse
$30, best three in five heatp; a trot
and pace at a half mile, purse $o0, best
three In five heats, and a class C race,
one-half mile, best three in five
During the afternoon a championship
base ball contest between the Brightwood
vs. the Petworth base ball teams will be
played on the track oval. The winning
team will receive a handsome silver cup
?s a memento. The entries for the races
and the personnel of the ball teams will
be announced later.
Special National League Meeting.
NEW YORK, May 22.?President Charles
W. Murphy of the Chlnago. National
L>eague club, is In New York to arrange
for a meeting of the board of directors,
which was called to act on the Cincinnati
team's protest of the game of April 23.
which was won by Pittsburg, 2 to 1.
Usually a mall vote is taken when a club
appeals from the president's decision, but
President Murphy insists that a meeting
be held. If it Is called, the Chicago
president, it Is said, will vote In favor of
Cincinnati. The other members of the
board who will be allowed to vote on
the matter are Ebbetts of Brooklyn and
Dovey of Boston.
American Polo Team Defeated.
LONDON, May 22.?Tfte Meadowbrook
(Long Island) polo team suffered a bad
defeat this afternoon at the hands of the
Hurllngham players, the latter winning by
8 to 2. The Americans at np stage of tne
play showed the same form that, by Jheir
previous games, they had led the PUhlic
to expect, but J. M. Waterbury expla ned
this was largely due to the fact that
most of their best ponies were r*sting
and that the animals they rode to<iay
were bo" owed. On the otSer hand,Jhe
?".m. K the Tm.rlcnn. defeated In
J their earlier matches.
Detroit's Free Academy Wins.
ITHACA, N. Y.. May 22.-Detnoit's Free
i Academy easily outclassed other prepara
tory schools in th* annual Interscholastlc
track meet here today, winning wiih 73Vi
noints Wyoming Seminary was secon.l
with 31 points, Ithaca High School third,
with 19% points, and the Cascadllla Schooi
fourth, with 18 point*.
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CHIPS FBOM THE DIAMOND. I
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The secret of Wagner'* ability to
smother ground hits Is out. He has mag
nets in his hands.
Adams seems to be another ,,Barne>"
Dreyfus# find. The Pittsburg magnate
has a dope book with the names of many
promising young players, which he con
stantly refers to.
The Highlanders are somewhat handi
capped with B.bertield's ankle bothering
him, Klelnow's lame knee and Keeler
having Charley horse.
Jake Stahl is playing about the best
first base of bis career.
That Indian sign which Covaleskl ham
to display whenever the Giants fare hint1
has all of the hypnotic qualities that it]
had last year when the Shamokln wonder'
defeated ths McGrawites three times ii?
one week.
Apropos of Jofinny Kllng, ChaJle^
Murphy says: "There Is no law to pre-1
vent a man quitting the game, and we ara
getting along very well without him. lt d j
the people who are in the game that th?
cranks are interested in, not those wh?
are out of. tt."
Jack Chesbro believes, and always will,*
that a catcher is the must Important man ;
on a ball club. The lumber manipulator 1
believes that the man betiind the baC
should run things.
Warhop and Tree are touted as Indianj#|
in the west. But they are no more ltV*'
dians than Tom Sharkey Is. Warhop
the pitcher's correct name
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f
Jimmy Coffroth, the boxing promotar
of the coast, is talking of organising h|i
outlaw league on the coast. Jimmy ha{L
better think twice. There is one league
there now, and they are having a hard
time getting through each season.
4
oltt
As a human dynamo of base ba'l
ergy, Roger Rresnahan has even ills
tutor, "Muggsy'* McGraw, backed clear
off the boards. "Muggsy" Is In the sulf
cellar berth Just vacated by the (Cardi
nals. Wow! that must hurt in Gotham. ?
Cy Young says that the biggest jo
ever played on him was when he was in
Cleveland. Wl?en he pitched there rtr^t
Cy had just begun to get good and fust
and he clouted a ball that rolled throng t
a knothole in the center-field fence. Cy" *
teammates saw the sphere roll through
the fence when Cy was putting by fir* t
and they lined up on the coach lines an I
told Cy to hurry. Cy did his best anfl
fell flat when he had touched the plata,
only to be told that he could have walked
if he had wanted to. The game was dt?
lay ed-five minutes while Cy recoverep
his breath. >
* Enemies of Base Ball.
Two enemies to young and old Ameri*
ca's national pastime have shown their
faces freely tills season. They are gamp
bllng and 111 feeling between contestants.
Including the umpire. Already there havp
been several serious outbreaks between
rival players In view of the spectator^
and between players, managers and un%?
plres. There have been suspensions ip
both major leagues, which are suppose^
to set a good example for all the minorfs
and amateurs in the matter of 6portsmai?
like conduct on the diamond. Players
who will not reserve their personal splt-eo
and quarrels for private settlement an A
all who attack an umpire, either in pul?
He or private, should be punished so se
verely that the club owners will see to
it there is no repetition, because the
extended suspension of a player often
badly breaks up a team. The spirit of
gambling must be suppressed or the pro
fessional gamester will find himself a
warm uest for a while in the many homes
of base ball and will wreck those ho men
as he has so many others. In several
cities newspapers make a practice of
publishing prevailing odds on the coming
game or games. In others publicity is giv
en to the fact that somebody wants to bet
a stated sum of money on some base ball
proposition or other. There is no greater
enemy to the spirit of clean, honest sport
than the man who has a wager on the
result of an athletic contest of any kind.
He thinks of his money first and is will
ing to see It won by foul means If not by
fair. Every possible obstacle .-houM be
put In the way of that class of sports
men (?) who see in base ball principally
a medium for betting.?Chicago Tribune.
To Have Aero-Nautical Races.
NEW YORK, May 22.?L. D. Dozier,
president of the Aero Club of St. Louis,
was here recently in conference with In
ventors soliciting entries for an aero
nautical contest to be held in St. Louis
next October during the centennial cele
bration week. Mr. Doaier said that h?
is negotiating with the Wright brothers
for the purchase of an aeroplane with
the understanding that one of the broth
ers give a demonstration at the exhibi
tion. He said the only difficulty Is that
the Wrights have planned to return to
Europe in September, and it is a matter
of inducing them to remain over longer.
The 8t. Louis Club already has grounds
and owns two spherical balloons, one
of 80,000 cubic feet capacity and one of
40,000. The contest committee will offer
three cups and $5.0H0 in cash prises tu
be distributed for spherical balloon, dir
igible balloon and aeroplane races.

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