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Nationals Will Have to Improve Stickwork Before Thev Can Win
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The execution was turned over to Deputies Winter and Metzger, and they found out by telephoning to the office of the Nerw York club that Marquard would undoubtedly pitch. The deputies knew Sheriff Harburger's .?rithusiawm, and on the advice of Albert .''lum<-nsttel, counsel 10 the sheriff, they decided to call up Harburger at Balti more. ? You say Marquard Is going to pitch to day." the sheriff said over the phone. "Then by al' means do nothing to inter fere with his success in the fefame. It is your duty to obey the law, but I would suKgest that the law would not be broken or even wrenched if you waited until the j<anie was over to serve the execution. Br yuided entirely by what you are told when you reach the Polo Grounds." The deputies then set out for the game, and when they reached the grounds they sought out Secretary Joseph D. O'Brien and explained that they had to put the execution in Mar quard's hands before he left the grounds. "If you want to take a chance of making Marquard lose his eighteenth game you can serve him before he foea to the pitcher's box. but if you ave an ounce of iocal pride and pa triotism behind your badges you will wait until the game is over." Metzger and Winter said that was what they thought of doing all the time, and bo they waited and served Marquard at the clubhouse before he left the field. Marquard was so pleased with the consideration they had shown that he gave Winter the ball with which he won the game for Winter's eleven-year-old son. Secretary O'Brien of the Giants mailed a check for the amount of the execution to the sfieriff'n office yester day. and thanked the sheriff for the courtesy shown by his deputies. BASE BALL COMMISSION SITS. Holds Short Session and Then Ad journs to See Game. CINCINNATI. July 2.?The national base bail commission met here yester day, and after a short session went to the base ball game as the guests of Auffust Herrmann. Th* commission reinstated Belcher of the St. Louis Cardinals, who had gone into business and failed to report, but who requested reinstatement. It decided that Mclntire, the pitcher once with Brooklyn, still belonged to Chicago, the Milwaukee club having refused him on the ground that he was not in condition. Chicago asked for the purchase price, which was not allowed. The commission did not take up the new national agreement which it was expected to ratify and sign. This will be considered at a later meeting. Canoe Clnb Camp Opened. The Riverside Canoe Clnb camp was formally opened Sunday, June 30, and in spite of the threatening weather which prevailed throughout the day the affair was an entire success, the membera feel ing satisfied that their efforts to make it such were fully appreciated by the fifty-odd visitors' that were present, if some of their remarks could be taken as a criterion. 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[ Boston Beats Highlanders. BOSTON", July 2.?Boston made It five straight over New York yesterday, win ning the game in the fourth inning. The final score was 4 to 1. McConnefll pitched a three-hit game for the Highlanders, but was unfortunate In having two of these come in the ertxth Inning, when he issued his only base on balls and the team behind him made one of its two errors. He passed Speaker purposely after Hooper had singled, and Lewis followed with a double and later scored on an error. Hall was on the mound for Boston, and managed to keep his six hits well scat tered. The score: R.H.B. Boston 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 Ox?4 3 1 New York OOOIOOOO O?1 6 2 Tigers Trim Cleveland. DETROIT, Mich., July 2?Mullln held Cleveland to five hits yesterday, three of these being made by Lajole, who had a perfect day at bat. Detroit hit Gregg hard and won easily by the score of 8 to 2. The Tigers made seven of their runs after two men were out. Score: R.H. E. Detrott 00003300 x?8 11 0 Cleveland 10000000 1?2 5 3 HORSEMAN DIES IN SULKY. And Animal Keeps Going and Fin ishes First in Heat. SANTA ORTTZ. Cal., July 2.?T. M. Ferguson, near the end of a trotting race here Sunday, fell dead from his sulky, but his mare finished first In the race and trotted to her stable. The races were called off It appears now that George Stovall stands ready to take some of the players Manager Davis of the Naps has threat ened to let go. Stovall undoubtedly thinks that trouble within the ranks is the main cause for the poor exhibitions some of the Nap players have given and that in new surroundings they wlU show their real I worth. GRIFFITH'S TEAM CAN'T HIT BALL ON ITS OWN GROUNDS Falling Off of Sticfeworfe Is Puzzling? Trading of Knight for Roach a Business Move. BY J. ED GRILLO. For some unaccountable reason Grif fith's team does not put up the same ar ticle of ball at home that It does on the road. The present slump surely cannot be attributed to climatic conditions, for the weather has been extremely pleasant. Primarily, of course, the trouble is with the hitting. There 1b not a. man In the lo cal line-up who la batting up to his stand ard and it is a mighty hard proposition to win games when a team is not hitting. Weakness at the bat always aids to show up other faults. Errors, for instance, are always costly when a team i* slumping, for the reason that It does not make enough runs to offset ml splay a. If the team had played the same kind of ball against the Athletics here that it played on the road recently every one of these games would have gone to the right side of the ledger Instead of being defeats. There is no getting away from the fact that the absence of Morgan and Moeller upset matters. When a team gets to working smoothly it usually ruins it to have one or two of the regulars out of the line-up. Since the two players referred to have been out of the line-up but one game has been won by the Nationals. The Athletics grabbed their fourth straight yesterday, and play the final game today. Then the local team s troubles should be over, for easier games seem to be in sight. New York comes to morrow for a double header, plays two games on July 4 and the final one of the series Friday. Five games in three days. If the Nationals take a brace they should win a majority of these games. The switeh of Jack Knight to Jersey In return for Inflelder Roach was a busi ness move pure and simple.^ Knight was one of the highest salaried men on the team, yet he has never shown enough since coming here to warrant his being played regularly. Naturally Griffith fig ured that Knight was getting too much money to warm any bench, so he made the trade for Roach, which gives htm every bit as good a utility player at a much smaller salary. Roach was with New York for a cou ple of seasons two years ago. He did not play regularly, but held his own whenever he had a chance to break into the game. He is a peppery youngster who will oome In handy in the event of any of the regulars being incapacitated. Knight left for Jersey City last night and Roach is expected to report to Grif fith here today. Had Rob Groom received good support he might have won his frame yesterday. His fielders put him in the hole several time's, and he was not able to pull him self out. Groom's worst inning was the sixth, and yet, if he hadi been properly supported he would have gotten out of that round with but one run being scored. He should not have been scored on In the seventh either, but Baker's single went for three bases because Walker allowed it to pass through his legs. The spectacle of an assistant umpire being reversed twice in one inning was the rather unusual procedure which the crowd at yesterday's game witnessed. It happened in the sixth. Baker was on second when Mclnnis hit to Foster. Fos ter touched Baker as he passed him, but ? Westervelt, who was expecting a play J at first did not see Foster touch Baker and called him safe. There was an ap peal made to Umpire Evans behind the bat and he ruled Baker out. Mclnnis, In the argument, had left first base and after some minutes the ball was thrown 1 to Gandll who touched Mclnnis, and ! Westervelt called him out. Evans also reversed that decision on the ground that he had called time a minute before while the players were arguing with Westervelt over his decision. It is a good system and a fair one to have umpires help each other out in such instances. If one man is not In a posi tion to see a pnay which is right in front of the other there can be no objection to having them consult before maKing a decision. Westervelt, however, is prov ing himself incompetent, and it does not seem right to place him in charge of the game at any time. Today, for instance, he will be the umpire-in-chlef, though he was> twice reversed yesterday by the official who will be his assistant today. If the Nationals were hitting up to their form that Athletic outfield would be made to look foolish on several of the local batters. This was demonstrated yesterday. Mack's fielders seem to be laboring under the impression that both Foster and Gandil are decided right field I hittem and they play in that direction whenever either of them Ls at the bat. The fact of the matter is that Foster and Gandil hit into left as often as they do into any field. Foster hit a liner into left yesterday and he got three bases because Strunk was playing far over toward center for him. Gandil got a | double Into the same territory for similar reasons. But hits have been so scarce that the fact that the Athletics^ outfield was playing wrong did not cut much fig ure. Ivong Tom Hughes will In all probability ! work against the Athletics today. Hughes 1 has pitched splendid ball against the champions this year, but, of Course, his | team will have to make some runs behind him if he is expected to win. Either Coombs or Bender will do the twirling for the visitors. Brown, who pitched for the victors yesterday, will have to be reckoned with in the future. He has won his last three games in most impressive style, beating the Nationals twice and New York once. He seems to have a lot of stuff and is sure to help out the champions' pitching staff considerably. Early In the season JJrown was unable to finish a game, proving rather easy for the batters, but he has greatly improved since then. Believing that the present batting slump is the result of lack of practice. Manager Griffith had his players out Oils morn ing doing hitting, in the hope of improv ing the general offensive work of the team. No teim could have hit better than did the locals on their recent trip, and yet there was no morning practice indulged in then. Eddie Collins has not boosted his bat ting average during his stay here, hav ing made but one hit in the four games*. He has been on the bases a whole lot, though, and incidentally has hit the ball hard, but has been unable to get it safe. Were it not for Baker the Athletics would hardly stand a chance to be in the race. The value of this wonderful hitter has been shown here, for every* one of the four victories can be directly attributed to Baker's timely hitting. It seems to make no difference to him who is pitching, for whenever a hit is necessary to get runs Baker seems able to come through with it. He has been a thorn in the Nationals' side all season. There has not been a game won by the Athletics from the lo cals inis year in whch Baker did not have a hand. For five innings yesterday it was a splendid ball game. Groom was pitching gilt-edged ball, and Brown was not far behind hlro. The score stood 2 to 1 in the Nationals' favor, and it seemed that the losing streak was on a fair way to be broken But in the sixth the hopes were shattered. Oldring. the first man up, hit the first ball pitched for three bases. Col lins filed out and Oldring was held on third. But (Milan muffed Baker's fly. Mc lnnis hit to Foster, who touched Baker as he tried to pass him. Westervelt de clared him safe, but Evans said he was out. At this juncture Strunk s hit passed I Shanks for a home run, and the goose was cooked. In the next inning a pass to Collins and Baker's single, which Walker allowed to get away from him, followed by a hit by Mclnnis and a passed ball, gave the -visitors their last brace of runs. The Nationals scored in the third when Henry walked, Schaefer hit safely and Foster brought them both home with a rattling triple to left. The visitors' first run was the result of a hit by Lord, two put-outs and Baker's single. The score: WASH. AB. R. H. 80.BB. SB. PO. A. E. Seliaefer. 2b 311010830 Fostor, 3b...... 801010280 Milan, cf...-.? 401000202 Gandil, lb 40 1 000 10 00 Walker, rf..... 400000401 Shanks, If...... 2 0 0 1 2 O 1 0 0 McBride, se._ 400000040 Henry, 300010810 Groom, p.?.... 210100011 Pelty. 000000000 Williams*....^. 100000000 Cash lout. 1 00000000 Total# 81 ~2~4~2 5 ^ 27 11 "i ATHLE7TI0S. AB. B. EL SO.BBSB. PO. A. B. Lord, rf 011100100 Oldring, of-.-.. 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 Collins, 2b 410010240 Baker. 3b.MM8 1 2 0 00 1 8 0 Mclnnis. lb...? 411 110 14 80 Strunk, If...... 411010100 Derrick, s?.?.. 801010861 Lapp. c........ 402000210 Brown, p 400200180 Totals ...35 6 0 4 4 0 27 201 ?Batted for Groom in the seventh. tBatted for Pelty In the ninth. WashinRton 00200000 0?2 Athletics ? 10000829 0?6 Iieft on bases?Washington, 7: Athletics, ?. Flrat base on balls?Off Oroom. 8; off Pelty, 1 Innings pitched?By Oroom, 7; by Pelty. 2. Times at bat by opponents?Against Oroom. 20; against Pelty. 6. Hits made?Off Oroom, 0. Strnck out?By Groom, 4. Home ran-Strunk Three-base bit? FostCT. Two-base hit?Gandil. Sacrifice fly?Baker. Sacrifice hit?Oldring. Dou ble play?Derrick to Mclnnis to Baker. Hit by pitcher?By Pelty, Baker. Wild pitch?Oroom. Passed^ ball?Henry. Umpires?Messrs. Evans and Westerrelt. Time of game?2 hoars. GIBBONSJASY WIN Makes Quick Work of Sid Burns at Bout in Gotham. FIGHT LASTS FIVE ROUNDS Big Crowd Out to See the St. Paul Phantom Box at Top Speed. NEW YORK, July 2.?Mike Gibbous, rated by some critics as the greatest welterweight In the world, completely outclassed and stopped Sid Burns, Che self-styled welterweight Champion of Great Britain, In five rounds at Madison Square Garden last night. Burns was knociked down In the fifth round, hut the bell sounded Just before Billy Job, the referee, counted ten. Bums was carried to his corner by Gibbons, the referee and his seconds, and was in such 'bad condi tion that he was unable to come up for the sixth round. When Gibbons entered the ring it was announced that owing to the fact that the St. Paul boy had to catch a train "Young" ShugToe and Johnny Dundee would close the show. The crowd laugh ed at the announcement, and It was noticed that Gibbons had a businesslike look in his eyes that boded no good for hie rival. The train was to leave at 11 o'clock, and Gibbons didn't enter the ring until 10:10 o'clock, but he made It all right. ft was the same Gibbons, the shifty, fiddling Mike, Dut with his masterly skill, his speed and rare Judgment of dis tance, he brought a burst of infighting that the crowd had never seen him use before. He wasted no time, either, and when he hit, he hit hard. The first round was not two minutes old before his pis tonlike left hand had the Briton Jarred and reeling. His speed and skill at slip ping leads kept the crowd applauding, and when BurrTs missed Gibbons landed. For a few minutes Burns showed flashes of fighting ability, and there were many who believed he would make the great American box at top speed, while some predicted that Mike would miss that train. Evidently encouraged by his showing in the first round, Burns came up full of fight in the second, but it didn't last long. He poked a left for the head, but Gib bons, slipping inside, drove a terrific right hand cross to the head. The blow landed high, but It carried the force and Burns was badly hurt. Walking In steadily. Jab bing and hooking his left, the American lad forced the pace and when Burns sought refuge in a clinch Gibbons bat tered him with left and right to the body. In the fourth round Gibbons left an opening. Burns led, and Gibbons hooked a counter, but missed. It was his first miss of the contest, and Mike giggled over it. Then ho leaped in and banged home a volley of punches with both hands. Burns retreated, but as he drew away Gibbons nailed him on the chin with a one-two punch and dropped him to the mat. At the count of four he was up and doing, but weak and groggy and tired out. Then came the last round. Unmarked, save for a slight abrasion over the left eye. Gibbons went at his man, and, after beating him severely, dropped him with a left hook to the Jaw. The largest crowd, save that which saw the battle between Mat Wells and 'Knockout" Brown, was on hand. At 9 o'clock there was not a seat to be had at any price, and even standing room was at a premium. In the opening ten-round bout Freddie Hicks easily outpointed Jim Smith of Westchester. STRIKES OUT TWENTY-TWO. Pierce, Released by McGraw, Pitches Remarkable Game. SCRANTON, Pa., July 2.?Shading Scranton's sensational -victory over Wilkes-barre in thirteen innings here yesterday was the remarkable pitching of George Pierce, the southpaw, recently purchased from the Chicago Cubs. He struck out twenty-two of the hard-hitting champions of the New York State League. Every one of the Barons fell victim to his curves and Outfielder Craig whiffed five times out of as many tries. So good was Pierce that not one of the visitors walked and not one was hit. Only one reached second. Brieger, in the tenth, hit ting a high fly that Burnett misjudged. It went as a two-bagger. Pierce, instead of getting weaker, as the game went by the ninth inning, seemed to grow strong er, as eight of the last twelve men who faced him were struck out. The Barons never had a chance to win against him. Pierce got an ovation. He is the port wheeler let out by McGtsw. Falling to the lot of the Chicago Cubs, he was sold to Scranton without even a try by Chance. He leads the league in strike outs, having double the number of any other pitcher. ? ~ the Sign of the Moon. 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Boston.... 47 21 -691 -696 .681 Philadelphia 39 25 .609 .616 -600 Chicago-... 38 28 -576 -582 .567 WashfaftM. 38 31 -551, -557 .543 Cleveland.* 33 33 -500' -507 -493 Detroit.... 33 36 -478 -486 >471 New York.. 18 44 -290 -302 .280 St Louis... 18 46 -281 -292 -277 NATIONAL LEAGUE. Teama. W. L. Pet. Win. Low. New York.. 51 11 -823 -825 -810 Pittsburgh. 37 26 *581 -593 -578 Chicago-... 35 26 -574 4381 -565 Cincinnati. 36 32 -529 >536 .522 Philadelphia 25 34 -424 -433 -417 Brooklyn.. 25 37 403 -413 -397 St.Louis... 27 43 -386 -394 -380 Boston.... 20 47 -299 -309 -294 YESTERDAY'S RESULTS. AMERICAN LEAGUE. Philadelphia.. 61 Washington.. 2 Boston. 4 |New York.... I Detroit 81 Cleveland 2 CHICAGO-ST. LOUIS?RAIN. NATIONAL-LEAGUE. New York. ...91 Boston 6 Cincinnati... 121 St. Louis 6 Philadelphia .101 Brooklyn 7 Brooklyn.... 141 Philadelphia.. I Chicago. 1 | Pittsburgh... .0 SCHEDULES. AMERICAN LEAGUE. today. Cleveland at Detroit. Chicago at St. Louis. Phila. *t Washington. New York at Boston. TOMORROW. Cleveland at Detroit. Chicago at St. Louis. New York at Wash'n. Boston at Philadelphia. NATIONAL LEAGUE. TODAY. Chicago at Pittsburgh. Boston at New Yortt. Brooklyn at Phila. TOMORROW. Philadelphia at Boston. Brooklyn at New York. MINOR LEAGUE GAMES. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION. Minneapolis 4; Kansas Cltr, 1. Columbus, 4; Indianapolis, 2. Milwaukee. 9; St. Paul, 2. Toledo-Louisville, rain. INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE. First game?Buffalo,, 6; Montreal. 3. Second game?Montreal, 7; Buffalo, 3. First game?Toronto, 7; Rochester, 5. Second game?Toronto, 3; Rochester, 0. Jersey Olty, 7; Newark, 3. Other clubs not scheduled. TRI-STATB LEAGUE. Harrisburg, 3; Johnstown, 2. Atlantic City, 5; Trenton, 4. Allen town. 4; Wilmington, 3. York, 8; Reading, 1. SOUTHERN LEAGUE. New Orleans, 7; Memphis, 6. Nashville-Montgomery, ra.n. Birmingham, 6; Chattanooga, 4. TEAMS SPLIT EVEN. Adams Strikes Out Fourteen Men in Second Game. In the second game Sunday at District League Park the Ex-Giants played the X?e Droit Tigers off their feet In an In teresting game of base ball, much to the delight of many faithful fans, who fol low this favorite team. Thursday, July 4, two games, as usual, will be played and a rare treat is In store for all who may attend. The Ex-Giants have played clean ball with fairness to each contest. FIRST GAME. R H Bit Le Droit Tigers 8003 1000 0?12' ? 4 Wash. Giants... 00012003 O?6 7 11 Batteries?Tigers, Ford and Given; Giants, Epps and Hau. SECOND GAME. R H Ei. Le Droit Tigers 1 000100?223 Wash. Giants 0 1 5 5 0 1 x?12 9 2 Batteries?Tigers. Bally, Ftord. Hughes, Tyler and Given; Giants, Adams and Han. Dick Hoblitzell, who <had a run-in with Manager O'Day in the fourth inning of Thursday's contest with Chicago and was pulled out of the game, was lined $50 and returned to first base. HoblitzelT, after he was benched by O'Day, told the latter that he never again would play with the Reds as long as O'Day was manager. The trouble arose over the way Hoblitzell played several batted balls. President Herrmann upheld O'Day in the way he handled the first baseman. There have been rumors current to the efTect that all was not tranquil in the Red camp. BT J. ED GBILLO. While It la undoubtedly true that Marty O'Toole baa proven a disappointment. In that It was naturally expected that a t wen ty-two-thou sand-five- hundred - dollar pitcher should never lose a game, the former St. Paul star occasionally shows marked ability, though he does not ap pear to be a consistent performer. So far as the investment In O'Toole Is con cerned it proved a good one. The Pitts burgh club more than got back what it paid for the pitcher last fall, and he Is still an attraction these days. When Pittsburgh bought O'Toole It was for the purpose of making one final effort to win the pennant. Had (/Toole come through as was expected last fall the Pirates might have beaten the Giants to the wire. It was a gambling chance, and while no pennant was won it was not a losing game a? that. Were It not for the faot that New York hM so long a lead that it seems impos sible to overtake ft, the Pi rates would make the old league race an Interesting one. The way the team is going It seems cer tain to eliminate all the other teams from the race and should finish well up with the Giants. Jack Knight has no one to blame but himself for his failure to remain in fast company. No man can make a success of ball playing by using it as a side is sue. Knight's desire to become a den tist will eventually drive him out of the game, and the chances are It will be a good many years before his new profes sion will net him aa good an Income as has base ball. Knight is still a young man, and if he had given his time to the game he could be a major leaguer for several years yet. It would naturally be supposed that a position which nets a man about 16,000 for six months, would be worth looking after, and yet Knight did not think enough of it to report here in time in the spring to get himself in playing condition. Had not the winning, streak of the Nationals created pennant hopes, the team's present standing would be her alded as a great achievement, for it is fourth in the peennant race and has a goodly margin over the .500 mark. But the fact tnat it hovered near the top for so long makes the present showing a disappointment, and yet it is so muoh better a showing than any Washington team has ever made that there is real cause for praise. It was not to be expected that Griffith would build up a young team in one year and win a pennant. To finish in the first division would be a really remarkable achievement and would perhaps assure that thA-e would be more progress in the future. Let the Nationals finish as they stand today and there will be no cause for complaint. A first division berth with a team that was made up mostly of minor league material last spring is all that can be asked and should satisfy patrons of the game here. The Athletics* strength lies principally in the fact that when the team is Intact there is not a player on it who is not apt to ibreak up a ball game with his bat. Batting strength backed up by good, con sistent pitching is sure to make a win ning combination. There is nothing par ticularly brilliant about the performances I of the champions, but it is an earnest working, consistent lot of players, who can score a lot of runs because of their bat ting proclivities. Asking of waivers on George Muilin seems to have had the desired effect, fo the Tigers' big twirler has gotten himself In condition and is again pitching the kind of ball he is capable of. There never was a chance for Detroit to l?-t Muilin go, but just to show him that be was standing In his own l!ght by failing to live up to club rules, waivers werw asked on him. There Is not a club In th? league which would not gladly have handed over a bundle of coin to get Mui lin, for there Is no doubt that he has many more days of good pitching left. Reports as to the condition of Johnson and Flynn vary to such an extent thai It Is absolutely impossible to get a cor* rect line on the two heavyweights who are to battle for the world's title Thurs day. Johnson is described as being no? where near rhe shape he was in When ha fought Jeffries two years ago. Ha ia said to be fat and much slower, while Flynn is trained to the minute. If this be true, there is no question that Flynn stands a good chance to win. Condition is everything In a long fight, and If Flynn should be able to stay away from Jonhaon for a while the champion's lack of oondi* tion would be sure to tell. But it is not hke* ly that Johnson Is as bad off as he Is re? ported to be. He knows the game to? well to take any chances with a tougft customer like Flynn. He knows that he cannot go Into the ring unfit to fight and that if he is in condition he should have no trouble. He has too much at stak* not to be fit. for to lose to Flynn would put Johnson Into oblivion for all time to come. MORE LAURELS FOR YANKEES. United States Clay Bird Team Vic torious at Olympic Games. STOCKHOLM. July 2?The United States added yesterday another to their list of victories at the Olympic games by winning the clay bird shooting competition. The American team took the first prize and gold medal with a score of 532 out of a possible 600. Great Britain won the second prise and silver medal, with a score of 511, while Germany was third, with 510. The best individual scores of the members of the victorious American team were: J. R. Graham. Chicago Athletic Asso ciation, 94; Charles W. Billings, captain, 93; R. L. Spotts^Larchmont V. C., 90; J. H. Hendrlckson. Bergen Beach G. C., 89; Frank Hall, New York A. C, 86. At the 600-meter range in the Indi vidual rifle shooting. Lieut. Carl T. Os burn, U. S. N., Sergt A. E. Jackson, Iowa, and Colas, representing France, tied with a score of 94 for first place. They will shoot off the tie today. Capt. A. L. Briggs, U. S. A., was fourth, with 93. A. P. Lane, representing the United States, won the individual competition for revolver or pistol at a distance of fifty meters, making a score of 490 In his sixty shots. The highest possible was 600. P. J. Dolfenz of the United States was second in the individual competi tion for pistols at fifty meters, witlv a score of 474. Stewart of England and Laval of Sweden tied with 470 for third place, but as Stewart's shots were better placed he was awarded tha third prise. 2 BASE BALL ROOTING. By Frank A, Gotch, Woi The best kind of exercise is the kind with enthusiasm back of it. The recrea tion does about as much ?ood as the exercise itself. Base ball rooting combines the big: ele ments; it makes the business man for get his troubles; it sets his muscles into activity; it rejuvenates him. The popularity of the national game is not dependent wholly on the ?'in side" playing?the art and mastery of the sphere and stick. Its greatest pop ularity is its license for noise and en thusiasm; Its scope for championing the cause of one team or another; its activ ity in the grandstand and on the bleach ers. If the business man does nothing else to put the "pep" back into his nerves he should become a fan. He should root. He ought to disgrace himself in the eyes of the lovers of peace. He should call the umpire names and pull for the boy with the club facing the spit ball artist. It is a fact that the real rooter keeps his muscles in greater I play than is the case of the man with the golf sticks. He comes back from the park dripping with perspiration? but wtth a glint in his eyes and a smile on his face. He has seen the latest thing in the arena, and it meets his modern ideas at contest?where there is cfs Wrestling Champion. neither blood nor war. He sees science and skill combined with rivalry, and he is a dead one, indeed, unless he arises to the occasion, and rend* the atmos phere with his own ribald shouts. Now, back of every game there ifl some Impelling instinct. In horse racing the real magnet was not the bugle call or the pattering of trained hoofs. It was the betting ring. It was the Ramble on the outcome. The odds made the sport attractive. The various states started to curtail gambling. Horse racing fell into disrepute. It had lost its charm. Rao? tracks were plowed up and platted Into suburbs. It was not the horse that ap pealed?but the bookmaker. Base ball witnessed with muzxles on would soon cease to draw a crowd. The innocent schoolgirl who knows just where and how to UBe "should" and "would" and "shall" and "will" sets aside all hep academic education in the grandstand, and yells "Run, you rummy; beat it whil? the beating's good: Skin him, you terrier, or you're a dead one!" The sedate banker calls down ter rible curses on the head of the umpire who rules against the home team. They are all savages, having the time of their lives. They are there to cheer?to thrUBt their own personalities, minds and bodlea into the fray. Base ball rooting, therefore, is a means of health-building. It Is natural?out la the open. It is logical. It works out, and it makes many a business man forget his overdraft, or the red entry In hi* passbook.