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Nurmi's Speed to Be Tested Tomorrow: Navy Crew Determined to Regain Title
Figured lo be Victor in 5,000-Meter Contest, But
Unlikely to Score at Mile—Latter to Offer
Visitor Difficult Problems.
Nl£\Y YORK, January s.—Predictions as to the outcome of track
events are less liable to go wrong than prognastications concern
ing results of foot ball games. This is because you are dealing
with men individually, not a unit of men. Yes, track prophesies arc a bit
simpler, even granting there is plenty of latitude for erroneous calcu
Now Paavo Nurmi, the Finnish distance runner, is going to make
his first appearance in this country at the Finnish-American Athletic
Club meet at the Madison Square Garden tomorrow night. It will be a
momentous event, the greatest event, in fact, that has ever occurred in
our indoor track annals. He will run in the 5,000-meter race and in the
mile. A lot of persons expect him to clean up in both events. But the
writer docs not think that he will.
He is in every way likely to win the
5.000-meter event—a distance of near
ly three miles —and is just as likely
to lose the mile.
in the 5,000-meter liis best opponent
will bo Ritola, and Xurini should have
Willie dropped some 2uo yards astern
when the tape is broken.
Itut the mile event will offer some
difficult problems for the gifted Finn.
In the first place lie is up against a
field of extremely wise birds. They
are men who know the art of spurting
an holding hack and what they do on
the pitched turns of that small track
—laps lo the mile —is a whole lot.
Should Nurmi start out to make a
sprint of it all the way the field would
use him as nothing less than a tow
boat and in the end distance him.
That is the way it looks, at least. The
winner? Joie Ray. Time? Well, it is
fairly certain that no records will be
broken and if the winner turns in 4.18
he will have done very well, indeed.
Nurmi is like the rest of the Finns,
only a hit more so. That is to say he
is reticent in company. He is not a
big man. but with his broad waist
and tine legs he looks the runner even
in ordinary street clothes, if he loses
tomorrow night lie probably will stay
on to redeem himself; if lie wins lie
may return to Finland shortly, as ob
viously he is not too stuck on our
indoor track conditions.
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK, January s.—Pennsyl
vania, winner of four successive
championships in the Eastern Inter
collegiate Basket Ball League from
1918 to 1922, attained leadership in this
year's race by winning the first con
test of the schedule from Yale at
Philadelphia Saturday night, 29 to 17.
Last year the Quakers and the Elis
were last in the final standing, each
winning three games and losing seven,
while the Cornell five fought through
to the title.
This week three more of the league
quintets will go into action, with
Columbia facing Pennsylvania at
Philadelphia tomorrow, while Satur
day finds Princeton and Columbia
meeting in New York and Yale play-j
ing Dartmouth at Hanover, N. H. j
The Navy, which is not a member j
of the intercollegiate circuit, will
tackle two of the league teams during
the week, playing Yale today and
Penn on Saturday, Annapolis being
the scene of both contests.
SYRACUSE, N. Y., January s.—Ath
letic officials at Syracuse University
have announced that Charles F.
(Chick) Meehan, for five years head
foot ball coach, had presented his
resignation to the foot ball committee
and that the committee had decided
to accept with regret.
Coach Meehan’s release from Syra
cuse, his friends asserted, opens the
wiiy for his formal acceptance of an
offer to coach the foot hall teams at
Now York University.
Meehan, however, refused to dis
cuss his future plans.
NEW YORK, January s.—New York
University officials say tliat nothing
further had developed in the admitted
effort to obtain the services of
''harles F. (Chick) Meehan, Syracuse
University coach, as director of foot
ball to succeed Tom Thorp.
By the Associated Press.
CHICAGO. January s.—Fielding H.
Yost, for 24 years gridiron coach at
Michigan, taking inventory of the
national intercollegiate athletic sit
uation, sounded a warning against
post-season intersectional games,
voiced his objections to professional
ism and declared that not more than
four foot hall games a season should
be scheduled that would require the
players to be keyed up to the highest
Yost sets forth his views in an arti
cle on the “administration of inter
collegiate and interscholastic games."
Briefly he says that sport is good
only as sport; that w hen it interferes
with studies evil results are likely
to follow. If intersectional games
are to be played at all, they should
he scheduled for the regular season.
At all events, the gridiron season
should close by Thanksgiving time
and there should be n.ot more than
eight regular games on any shedule,
he counsels.
"No hoy should ever he permitted
to absent himself from any class for
athletic purposes," Yost writes. "This
defeats the purpose of both classroom
and athletics. Practice periods must
ho arranged in conjunction with class
room schedules and all conflicts
WILLIAM STOW X, January 5. —No |
announcement of the choice of a base I
ball coach to succeed Jack Coombs I
at Williams College has yet been
made, although it is known that a
contract has been offered Andy Coak
lev, former Holy Cross and big league
star, who lias been in charge of the
Columbia nine for several years past.
Ooakley still is under contract with
Columbia, and unless In- succeeds in
obtaining his release Williams may
be unable to obtain his services.
It is understood that Coakley is
anxious to return to Williams, w here
ho formerly coached the Purple nine,
turning out some of tlie best teams
in the college’s history a dozen years
Manager Jones of the Fort Myr
second soccer team wishes to arrange |
uames with second-string combitia- :
li>>ns of Ihe Disl riot. II ■ I'illi he reach
e<i at West 2007.
SAN FRANCISCO, January s.—The
practice of defining the backfield of
the Notre Dame foot ball team as
“the four horsemen” has drawn con-
I demnation from Leo Sutliffe. manager.
Tn a statement to a newspaper, he
“If you want to do something for
us and for Notre Dame that we
would appreciate more than anything
else, please forget about this Infernal
■four horsemen’ business.
"We're all sick and tired of It.
Notre Dame is a team, not a col
lection of four horsemen and seven
Jim Crowley, one of the famous
Notre Dame backfield stars, is in the
St. Francis Hospital here recovering
from a nervous collapse which he
suffered on the train bringing the
squad from Pasadena.
Crowley got through the New Year
game apparently In good shape. He
was taken from the train to the
hospital, where It was said that his
condition, though improved, prob
ably would not permit him to leave
for South Bend with the team today.
His breakdown was attributed to
Charlie Stuhldreher, another of the
j stars, and Walter Camp's all-Aineri
| can quarterback, arrived on crutches,
j with liis leg in a cast, but was able
! to accompany the squad on the tour
of entertainment. A bone in liis
ankle was broken early in the game
but, Spartan-like, he played until the
final gun.
Asked about the report that he
had been invited to coach for New
York University, Stuhldreher admit
ted that he had been approached on
the subject but said there had been
no negotiations yet. He indicated
that he would not be averse to
coaching after his graduation in the
Several members of the Rockne
team bore marks of the Pasadena
fray as they were lionized by
alumni and loot ball enthusiasts.
By the Associated Press.
Five world records will be sought
\ by Illinois Athletic Club swimmers in
| tho trl-color pool at Chicago Thurs
j day night. Johnny Weissmuller will
i go after the 50-yard and 100-meter
free-style records. Sybil Bauer will
try for a new 220-yard backstroke.
Ethel Lackie will att.tnpt a new
mark in the 100-yard free style and
Conrad S. Mila will seek the 880-yard
Kneass, captain of the University
of Pennsylvania basket ball team,
leads the scorers of the Eastern In
tercollegiate League, In which only
one contest has been played. He made
10 points against Yale at Philadelphia
Saturday night.
Eif (Heck) Garvey of Holyoke,
Mass., former foot ball lineman at
Notre Dame, appears in his third pro
fessional pugilistic contest in New
York tonight, facing Ben Smith of
New Jersey, heavyweight.
An offer of 0.800 a day to ride In tho
February six-day bicycle race at Chi
cago has been cabled Maurice Brocco,
Italian crack. Brocco refused to
perform In the last New York and
Chicago races.
Steve Donoghue, English jockey,
who came to America and rode Pa
pyrus to defeat by Zev, under Earl
Sande, finished third in victories on
tho British tracks this season. E. C.
Elliott was the leader among the lit
tle fellows. Archibald, the American
who has been riding European horses
for several years, is tenth in the list
for 1924.
With ten-round bouts legally pos
sible now in California, boxing pro
moters are making a scramble to ob
tain the services of high class fight
ers to top their opening cards. What
appears to be the most attractive
headliner to date is the announcement
that “Bermondsey" Billy Wells, wel
terweight champion of Great Britain,
will show in San Francisco Friday in
an eight-round event. His opponent
will be Chick Roach of Vallejo.
Wells is In Los Angeles.
' •
S«n Franduco possesses the only
municipal tennis stadium in America.
President Izaak W alt on League of America.
I COULDN'T get away to do as much duck hunting as I would have I
liked to do during the Fall. Rut I saw an awful lot of ducks—saw j
i them every day. I saw big rafts of Bluebills, and I saw Redheads and
I Canvasbacks and Mallards. I saw them from my office window. My
• office is in the Chicago business district.
No, they weren't visions. They were real ducks. Every day they
crossed and recrossed in front of my window, flying over Lake Michigan,
alighting and rising again, wheeling and circling just as I Jiavc seen them j
do and every hunter has seen them do so much over the marshes.
My office is right behind the mu
nicipal pier. A breakwater extends
from near the end of the pier to the
shore north of it, forming a sort of
protected lake there. That is where
the ducks were.
That's quite a thing when you
come to think of it—to be able to
look out of your office window al
most any time during the flight
season and watch the ducks. And
they weren't tame or partly tame
ducks, either. They came right out
of the north and probably had never
been so close to a city before. But
they came into Chicago and took re
sorvod seats beside the municipal
j pier. They never stayed very long—i
■ just long enough to get rested, ij
'gin-ss. cud I‘vii they'd fiy away and:
others would come In.
V - Ip) Qj
■psgg/ /pN
&mY cowrd syyyz ■n r \
TEEIED 28 LBS &E A '/?L (If feu V )
Potatoes. * j.p. mcou)N ' • ] '
\ I Daylop, o. has WALKED HHS same NAIL CLIPPER
~ Miles. for 26 Years. fierce, Id.no.
One of the world's greatest auto-racing drivers.
MY oldest and greatest rival gave me the most
stirring moments of my life, for he came as
near murdering himself as any racing driver
ever did, to escape without a scratch. 1 refer to
Barney Oldfield, the first of the great American
riders and one of the public's strongest favorites,
plw Os course, I have had many wonderful thrills
* n my life of racing—from accidents which crippled !
'MgL rne to losing more than $150,000 in purses through
'>* , being jinxed at times when it seemed events had
been won. For instance, many might think the
greatest thrill of my life was when 1 had only one
SjjßtßjA gpp lap to go for the $50,000 prize at Indianapolis in
1916 and yet lost the race because of a frozen
But nothin* like the Oldfield af
fair ever Happened, and I am quite
hure that he thrilled me to the life
moat. Incidentally, hl» art lout a
race for me and gave Him a lead _
In a series of five matches which
we drove.
It happened at Providence, R. 1., in
1917, when I was driving the Packard
twin six—one of the fastest cars in
the world at that time, and Barney
was handling his Miller-made, egg
shaped Golden Submarine, built to
protect him in case of accident by
being completely inclosed.
We were matched at Providence for
three events, at 5, 15 and 25 miles.
The track was partly concrete, but
not banked enough to stand anything
like our maximum speed. However.
1 was so much faster than Barney
that I though I could beat him with
ease In every match.
But I had figured without my
host, as the saying goes, for Bar
ney won the first heat, and 1 had
to go my limit to get the second.
We broke the track record In each,
so you may see what chances we
were taking.

In the last heat I went out deter
mined not to let Barney get me iuid
established a slight lead early. By
experiment I saw I could outrun him
on the stretches, so did not try to get
far from him early. Then, when I
tried to get in front for a safe mar
gin I found the track would not per
mit me to use enough of my speed
and Oldfield always caught me on
the turns, though I got a little lead
In the straightaways. We rocked
along in record time to the very last
lap, when, on the back stretch, 1 let
out and established what I thought
to be a safe lead. 1 held this around
the turn and started down the home
straightaway, seemingly a sure win
I always drive a trifle wide on a
dirt track, but this was so well
banked that I pulled down on the in
side, leaving just barely room for a
car to get by me on the rail, pro
viding it was hugging that rail. I
glanced back to see Barney on the
And these are the same ducks that
are so wary about your decoys, and
which rise into the air, just out of
range, when they go over your pass.
Which shows that ducks do know
something. I have seen ducks in
Lincoln Park, Chicago real wild
ducks from the North that showed
less fear than many ducks show on
the Northern marshes when you are
hunting them.
The ducks know the difference, all
right. That’s why duck hunting is
a good sport. You’ve got to outwit
the ducks. Which also accounts for |
I the fact that experience is necessary I
ito a good duck hunter. As Mutt I
| said to Jeff when asked how to train {
j a dog, '*You've got to know mor.
I than the dog tirst.”
outer part of the track and then j
thought sure I was winner.
So, imagine iny- surprise. all of a
sudden, to see Oldfield snmip down
from the inside, cross the truck j
like a holt of lightning and shoot |
by me on the rail to get a lead of j
life yards. Instantly I shot the |
juice to my car, but Barney heat !
me by the width of a tire in a !
spectacular finish.
I have never seen such a crazy,
foolhardy stunt in my life, for Bar
ney had to come down that banked
track at world-record speed and then
straighten up his car to shoot by me.
It was a stunt requiring super
i human strength, eyesight and skill
—a stunt I w'ottld no more think
of trying than of committing sui
cide, for a variation of six inches
would mean n terrible accident
and almost certain death. •
Yet to beat me In that race Oldfield
took that inillion-to-ono chance and,
incidentally, gave me the greatest
thrill of my life.
Tomorrow—Clark Griffith.
(Copyright by Public Ledger Company.)
Palace Laundry tossers broke even
yesterday, winning 31 to 17 in the
night tilt with the Hagerstown Elks,
but taking a 33-to-32 defeat earlier
in the day from the 104th Medical
Regiment in Baltimore.
In the preliminary to the Palace-
Elks game, t|ie Aloysfu.s Club of
Washington proved no match for the
fast Newark five of Baltimore, losing
12 to 21.
Hagerstown scored the first basket
of the game, but the accurate tossing
of Bonzonl and Cooney, the midget
forwards of the Laundry quint, soon
placed the home team far in the lead.
The score stood 14 to 6 at the half.
Excellent foul tossing by both
teams was a feature of the game.
In tlio preliminary Aloysius trailed
the visitors from the start. A light
ning attack near the end of the game,
after Emery Madder had entered the
contest, failed to improve the Big
Five’s chances.
Poor foul shooting cost: the Aloys
: ians many points. Travers and
I Scheurholz of the Baltimore team
I shared scoring honors, accounting
' for three two-pointers each.
NEW YORK, January 3.—Columbia
i University, for the past 10 years
champion of the “Big Four’’ chess
I league, was to all Intents and pur-
I poses ousted from the organization
I when Yale, Princeton and Harvard
withdrew. The league had been in
existence for 32 years.
Columbia offered concessions in the
eligibility rules to no avail.
Although no reason for the action
was given in a resolution adopted by
three of the members, it is under
stood that the numerous victories of
i Columbia have taken away' the in
terest. for the other colleges.
Another entirely new alignment,
with Columbia affiliated with New
York University, winner of this year’s
I championship of the Intercollegiate
Chess League, City Coolege and Penn
] sylvania. which would constitute the
! strongest combination of college chess
i players in the country, is in prospect, j
| Harvard, Yale and Princeton proba
bly will invite somu oilier coile 0 t |
Co Jotn them in a new organization.
| CHICAGO, January s.—With eight
teams taking the floor this week, the j
Western Intercollegiate Basket Ball ;
Conference will officially open today I
with Minnesota meeting the lowa !
five at lowa City. Four days later lowa !
will entertain Purdue, and Saturday will
see Illinois, Wisconsin, Northwestern
and Indiana meeting Chicago, Minne
sota, Michigan and Ohio State, respec
tively, on foreign floors.
On the basis of pre-conference j
games, four teams, Purdue, Ohio j
| State, Michigan and Minnesota, loom j
jas the strongest contenders for the;
title held jointly by Illinois, Chicago!
and Wisconsin.
Pre-conference games have also j
shown that a merry scrap for the
championship is probable among all
teams, for none has thus far revealed
serious weaknesses. No one quint has
won all of its early games, and three,
Michigan, Chicago and Minnesota,
have each dropped one game to the
Intersectional opponents of five Big
! Ten teams romped away Avith four
j victories out of six games played.
Fred McLeod, professional golfer at
Columbia, has succumbed to the lure
of the South. He will leave Thursday
for Temple Terrace, Fla., there to be
associated with James M. Barnes of
New York in a professional combina
tion to represent the giant enterprise
near Tampa. He will be away three
Already McLeod is hooked up in a
professional match, for he and Barnes
will play Bob CruicUshank and John
Farrell next Sunday over a course
near Tampa. McLeod and Barnes will
form fine of the combinations in the
Florida Winter Golf League, an or
ganization of professionals who play
home-and-bomo matches. Most of the
leading pros of the country are in
cluded in the circuit.
Leo Diegel, a former Washing
tonian, is already in the South, paired
with Gene Sarazen at Hollywood,
near Miami.
DUBUQUE, lowa, January 5. —A
Notre Dame basket ball team com
posed of Harry Stuhldreher. Elmer
Layden, Don Miller and Jim Crowley,
the famous backfield of the Notre
Dame foot ball team, and Capt. Adam
Walsh, will play the Columbia Col
lege quintet here February 7. in a
game dedicating the local school’s
$200,000 gymnasium.
Johnny Farrell Tells:
Three 65s For a Record in One Afternoon.
TOM BOYD, the veteran professional, has been with the Fox Hills
Club on Staten Island for 15 years. During a long period of that
time he held the course record, a dazzling 66. But strive as he
would and did, Toni couldn't better that mark.
Then one day last Summer an exhibition match was staged at Fox j
Hills with Boyd and I playing against Leo Diegel and Mike Brady. Im
mediately after we started out more brilliant golf began to be crowded
into one afternoon than was ever turned out by a foursome in all the
history of the game. I may be stretching the point a bit, but judge for
Coming to the seventeenth hole it
"'as apparent that Boyd would have
a splendid chance to equal his rec
ord. But —a much more astounding
sact —Brady and Diegel both had the
same chance.
I wasn't in it with the three of
them. My golf was good, but it
wasn't record breaking.
All Boyd, Brady and Diegel need
ed was to set a paj 4 on the seven
teenth and a par 4 on the eighteenth
to make a trio of 665.
The seventeenth calls for a drive
and a mashio pitch. All the boys got
good drives, with Diesel having the
longest one, Brady next and Boyd
Boyd, being farthest away, was
first to shoot. lie made up for hav
ing the shortest drive by laying a
beautiful pitch two feet from the
cup, for a sure birdie 3. Brady
next dropped his ball 30 feet from
the flag. Dlegel followed with the
most unfortunate shot of the three,!
a pitch that placed him on the green j
but left him with a 50-foot putt.'
| I Kit there was "where the lircworks J
began. Leo, undismayed, ran down 1
Corby Bakery courtmen yesterday
took defeat, 25 to 16. from Stanton
Athletic Club In the first half of a
double bill, but after a few shifts
in their line-up completed the after
noon's program with a 39-to-27 win
over the Yosemite five.
Early in the second half Tripp, a
Stanton replacement, scored three
goals from scrimmage in rapid suc
cession. giving l Ills team an imposing
lead. Tlie Corby men staged a conn -
back in tho second game. Goetz,
Catlln and Ward scored five court
goals each.
Mlncorn anil Wonders, teams of the
Aloyslus Club Basket Ball League,
oppose each other tonight in the
l street gymnasium at 8:30.
I’etworth tonserw will be enter
tained by the Aloysius Big Five on
the latter’s court tomorrow night.
The .Stantons will oppose tho Yose
mltes in a preliminary which be
gins at 7 o'clock.
Fort Humphreys hnsketers opened
their season by defeating Petwortli,
49 to 19. Fort Humphreys Reserves
scored a 31-to-20 victory over the
Noxton Club.
Iloj-n who wish to Join the Ace 100-
pound team may report to Manager
Ivan Munch at tlie Boys’ Y. M. C. A.
tomorrow night at 7:15.
Joe llyan, manager of Trinity Ath
letic Club, at West 1664, is on the
look-out for games with 135-pound
American Itallway Express quint
J will be host, to the Argyles tonight
! In tho Terminal It. R. Y. M. C. A.
I gymnasium in a game starting at
8:30 o’clock.
Gonzaga courtmen, who have fallen
before the quints of Eastern and Busi
ness; but have taken the measure of
Tech, are furnishing the opposition
for the other two high school teams
this week before tho start of the
I championship series on Saturday.
Western plays in the I street gym- j
J r.astum this afternoon, and Central j
j entertains on Wednesday,
j Business has a game soheduled
with the St. John's College quint on |
j Wednesday, and Western plays the j
j Catholic University Frosli five on Sat- j
urday, while the other scholastic
teams are clashing in the opening j
title games.
Accurate goal toaalng by Werberj
j and Zalin carried Tech High to a !
! 36-to-2S victory over the Hagerstown !
j High School quint In the Eastern j
j High School gymnasium Saturday, j
| Councillor, Koons and McCormick |
; were the other members of the Man- |
ual Trainer team.
After n long holiday lay-off the i
Alexandria High School five gets into
I action today against the courtmen 1
\ from Leesburg High. The Alexan- j
drians make a trip to Manassas on j
! Saturdya to meet the high school j
] there.
One of the most interesting points
which has been raised in discussion
of the writer's all-American team for
1924, is the fact that Yale, although
going through the season, tied for
leadership with two other Eastern
teams and undefeated all season, did
not win a place on the first all-
American eleven.
Any one who studies the history of
Yale foot ball will realize that this
very fact demonstrates the greatness
of the work dono by Tad Jones and
his assistant coaches. Having lost
practically all their stars, they de
veloped In a period of great stress a
real team that finished a very shaky,
desperate season with a united, ef
fective organization, and defeated
both Harvard and Princeton.
Even these coaches were decidedly
"up against it” when they saw their
team barely squeak through the
Georgia game, 7 to 6. heaved a sigh
of relief at a tie with Dartmouth,
when the latter had the hall on Yale's
2-foot line with four downs to get it
over, and again went through another
tie game with West Point.
Certainly that team missed Mallory.
Milstead. Stevens and Rlcheson, four
great men of 1923. But they had the
fighting spirit, ajid after seven weeks
of agonizing effort, developed co-or
dination and came through a finely
working organization in spite of the
lack of outstanding stars.
PHILADELPHIA. January s.—Joseph
P. Willson of Corning, N. Y„ has been
elected coptain of the 1925 University
of Pennsylvania foot ball squad.
The squad Is on its homeward Journey
from the Pacific coast. Willson, who has
has been nursing a broken ankle on
the transcontinental trip, is 22 years
old and a junior. He plays right tackle.
that long putt for a birdie 3.
Brady, sizing up his 30-foot putt
carefully, also proceeded to hole out
for a 3. Boyd, far from having
an edge on the other fellows, with a
solitary chance not only to equal but
better the course record, was com
pelled to sink his ball to keep up
with the others.
This he did. Then, crowning an
effort of years, he made the last
hole in par for a record-breaking
65. But Brady and Diegel, sticking
firmly at his side, attained the same
The peculiar thing about it was
that neither Mike nor Leo had ever
been on the Fox Hill course before.
That surely was a great round. I
was 10 strokes behind the others
with a 75, but I had some pretty
good holes myself. All In all, be
tween us we copped off 26 birdies and
one eagle during the 18 holes.
In the afternoon I got a 6X. But
| Diegel was the star of the day. lie!
followed up his 65 in the morning
| with a 5S la the afternoon, giving ;
him a ISi L/P S 8 holes. I
Will Have Its in Henley and Poughkeepsie
Events—Also Will Contest in Other Races. •
Has a W ealth of Material.
—__________ __ ____ ____
A NN'APOLIS, January s.—The Naval Academy will make a deter
mined effort to win back this Spring the first place on the water
which its crews held in 1920, 1921 and 1922, but which were taken
from it by the University of Washington in 1923 and by Yale last year.
The outlook is an extremely encouraging one, for the Navy crew 10-t
one regular by graduation, and will have available, besides the members
of its varsity and second crews, the members of the strong plebc. or
first-year eight of last season.
Capt. Shanklin, who was graduated, did not row in all of the races la-t
year, so that the Navy will have the services of practically the whole of
last year’s varsity. Most of these have reached the highest physical staml-
I ard for oarsmen.
Basket Ball
How can players be taught to handle
a swiftly thrown ballt
llaMket Hall Conch, \ortliHPNtprn U.
** * *
The l»e»t way to teach player*
till* important lia.*kef hall point i*
to ha\c tli «'in practice under
condition*. In preliminary prac
tice teach them to relieve tlie *hock
of a Mniftly thrown hall, hy letting
tl:r arm.*, hand* and body “rue with
the hall.” If you find that player* are
not handling tlie hall well during
pc rim ni nee*, tell them to keep their
eye* on it a little more closely. Soon,
however, they mu*t learn to handle
| tlie hall without eonMeiou*ly looking
at it, berau*e a player who f* eon-
Ktnntly watch ins: the hall forjee-ta
al out other thing:*. A good pair of
ha~*kct hall hand* is a great asset
to a player who wishes to handle
the hall well.
I (Copyright. 1925. Associated Editors, Inc.)
CHICAGO, January s.—The United
! States has been Invited to send a team
j of five ice skaters to Oslo. Norway,
j next month to participate in a world
i championship tourney. The following
| American Olympic skaters are being
j considered for places on the team:
I ('harles Jewtraw, Lake Placid. N. Y.;
j Richard Donovan, St. Paul; Valentine
j Bialis. Utica. N. Y., and Joe Moore,
j New York city.
Cyril alker's Own Story of His Rise.
IT is of more than passing interest that the two most important golf
titles in this countrj- should at present be held by men who have had
to overcome physical shortcomings before they could succeed —the
national amateur by Bobby Jones and the national open by myself.
In the case of Jones his weaknesses were conquered while he was
still but a lad, and in his early teens he had reached a condition of good
health that has remained permanent.
In my case, however, although a
feeble childhood was succeeded by a
period of comparative robustness, this
latter did not last. The time came
when fresh ailments developed that
made my earlier misfortunes seem
.trivial. These persisted until a short
time before I won the championship.
As a baby I was undersized and lack
ing in vigor. Then when 1 was 2 years
old I had an accident that threatened to
end my life.
Foils Into Boiling- Starch.
Riding my hobby horse in my parents’
, home in a suburb of .Manchester. Eng
land, I backed against a big stone basin
In which my mother was mixing boiling
hot starch, while her attention was
directed elsewhere, and T fell into the
mixture. The scalds which I received
left marks which arc still on my body. 1
was long in the most critical condition,
it being doubtful whether I would live
or die. For two years I was, so to
speak, "on my back." unable to take
part in childish pastimes.
Inclined to ho small in stature, I was,
I believe, additionally handicapped In
my growth by this accident. So when
1 finally began to take part in the
neighborhood games I was not so
robust as my playmates. 1 had always
with me my mother’s injunction to "be
careful" of myself.
My spine bad been affected, too, and
I was highly nervous, a condition of
which I have not yet thoroughly rid mv
Nevertheless, I played a little foot
ball and cricket as the years passed. I
was ambitious to do more, but my ac
tivity was circumscribed by my condi
tion and my parents' watchfulness.
Then, in my 11th year, an event oc
curred that was to affect the whole
course of my life.
Vista Through a Fence.
| We played our cricket and foot j
ball games in open ground, adjacent >
to the school I attended. Beyond the
foot ball field was the nine-hole
course of the Clayton Golf Club.
Sometimes a foot ball would be kick
ed over the high fence that sur
rounded tho course and it would be
necessary to retrieve it. One day the
gate was opened to me so that I
could recover a hall and I got my
first glimpse of the then, for me,
mysterious Scotch sport.
My curiosity was piqued. On a
succeeding- Saturday 1 went with a 1
chum to peek through the afore
mentioned fence and get a better idea
of what was going on upon the links.
As luck would have it. .there was
a shortage of caddies that day. Two
members came up to the first tee
faced with the prospect of having
to carry their own clubs. Then they
saw us. We were invited to climb
over the high fence and make our
selves useful. We responded with
Before the_ day was ended I had
been permanently stung by the golf
ing bug. The six pence I earned, add
ed to others that came later, was used
to acquire a cheap lofter, a club
that approximates the mashic of to
day. Subsequently I acquired a
: brassie, also of poor quality, blit
j greatly to be treasured in my undis
j criminating mind.
' Thence ensued a period of complete
j The squad will start work, unth r
Coach Richard J. Glendon. about Feb
ruary 1, using the machines ami tunic
at lirst and getting on the water as
soon as. conditions permit. The worlc
during the Fall and early AVintor has
been much more extensive and bene
ficial than usual.
In Two Hit; Regattas.
The Navy will have its crew in the
American Henley, at Philadelphia on
May 30, and the Poughkeepsie Re
gatta on June 20, its oarsmen aft> r
the race traveling by rail to the Pa
cific coast to join their ships of the
Summer practice squadron.
There is besides an excellent sched
ule of dual and three-cornered races.
The season will open on April 25, with
Massachusetts Tech at Annapolis On
May 2, the Navy crew will row at
Princeton, arid on May 23, Harvard,
and Syracuse will oppose the Acad
emy at Annapolis.
Races may also be scheduled for
May 9 and 16. The 'University of
Pennsylvania is a possibility for one
of these dates, but as it meets the
Navy both in the Henley and the
Poughkeepsie regattas its usual visit
to Annap.olis may not take place this
The Navy's great period in rowing
! was covered by the year 1920 when,
‘ 1 under the elder Glendon. it won the
. | Olympic championship, and the years
i 1921 and 1922 when, under the same
’ | coach, it took firsts at* Poughkeepsie.
Took Charge in 1923.
1 ! The junior Glendon, Richard J., took
' | hold in 1923. His crew had a good
’ • year, winning all of its preliminary
' i races and rowing second to AVasli
> j ington at Poughkeepsie. Hast year.
' j for some reason, things did not move
! smoothly, though the midshipmen
• [ rowed a good race in the Olympic
| j tryouts, being beaten only by Tale
’ | and the Navy graduates.
The younger Glendon’s work with
the crew of 1923, his first varsity
aggregation, was particularly credit
able. as he had to build almost an
entirely new eight, all of the regulars
of the previous year except one hav
ing graduated.
Glendon, jr., will have this year a
number of the midshipmen who row
ed in his plebe crew of 1922, the first
crew which he coached. There will
be a number of others with two or
one years' experience. In fact, he
will have plenty of the strongest and
most experienced kind of college oars
men, and has his big chance to put a.
crew in the position flinally achieved
by his father.
bliss for me. Practicing in the open
space at the schoolhouse and caddy
ing of evenings and on Saturdays at
the Clayton Club gave me the exer
cise I needed—exercise, too. exactly
suited to me. Gradually I became
more and more vigorous.
Nature and my earlier accident had
decreed' that I never should be more
than a little man. At 13 I reached a
weight of 128 pounds. That was
heaviness for me. In recent year I
have been considerably- lighter than
that. I am in fact the smallest man
that ever held a national champion
ship in this country or Great Britain.
But if I was small, my health finally
had come to he good. It continued so
until I left England to come to the
United States.
As to the strange way in w-hich [
happened to come to this country,
more later. For the present let me
say that the change soon produced a
bad turn in my physical condition.
The climate had an unfavorable ef
fect upon me. But, in addition. I was
temperamentally unfitted and by habit
opposed to the conditions I soon en
countered as professional at an Amer
ican country club.
<luiok Punches a Handicap.
The American custom of hurry was
my undoing. The pressure of my busi
ness proved too much for me. Bolted
lunches and crowded days undermined
my health. In time I developed chronic
intestinal inflammation.
This condition became so had that
before entering a tournament It was
necessary for me to take 'medicines
to stop the abnormal processes which
distressed me and would otherwise
have forced me off the course. This
I was true of the national open tourna
-1 ments at the Iverness Club. Toledo,
| Ohio, fn 1920: at the Columbia Club,
j Washington, D. C., in 1921; at Skokie,
Chicago, in 1922, and at Innwood,
Long Island, in 1923.
Additional]} - , my stomach dropped
down, and all through this period r
was compelled to wear a tightly laced
My weight fell to 110 pounds, my
nerves were shot to pieces and my
stamina was decreased. I could play
well through the early rounds of a
tournament, but the final rounds »1-
ways caught me fading away. I
reached a point where, upon address
ing the ball, I could hardly decide
when to take my club head back.
I participated in none but the inos*
important events.
After the 1923 open, when I had
decided that I could endure the situ
ation no longer, It was decided that
my tonsils were filling my system
with poison. This diagnosis, followed
by an operation, proved to be correct.
I soon showed a great improvement.
This was six months before the
national open at Detroit. By tho
time it rolled around I was In better
condition than at any time since
coming to the United States. But
when I stepped on the scales just
before play began I tipped the beam
at only 116 pounds.
Tomorrowi I Get a Chance.
(Copyright, 1923, iu United States. Canada
and (Jri-ai Britain by North American News
paper Alliance.}

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