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DON'T LET 'EM MAKE YOU SQUEAL, JIM!
.summer's Olympic games.
They do say, too, that the A. A. U. desires to put Jim in the
.blackguard class by making him confess who were the other col
league amateurs who played with him on the same team for money
,and their daily bread.
Don't -you squeal, Jim !"
Do you know, Patrick, the difference between an amateur and
r It's great news we hear, Patrick, about the disqualification of
;the Carlisle Indian, Jim Thorpe, the world's greatest athlete, as an
Jim earned his bread and butter and a bit of beefsteak a few
summers ago by playing on a southern hotel team for money. The
Amateur Athletic Union of America has just discovered it and,
bedad, they're going to send back to Sweden the prizes Jim won
when he blazoned America's brawn before all the world at last
It's an English difference and there's no sense to it all in
America. Track sports originated in England the English have
always been "sports" with black quotation marks. And the Eng
lish people are the greatest snobs on earth. Hence they had to
separate the sheep from the goats in sport as well as socially. So
they established two classes of performers, at the beginning the
gentlemen sportsmen and the men who worked for a living.
No man who worked with his hands would ever get into ath
letic games in England except as a professional.
All the amateurs were "gentlemen." The idea was imported
to America, and instead of calling the classes "gentlemen" and pro
fessionals we called them "amateurs" and professionals. And we
haven't changed our style since.
Suppose we held strictly to the English idea, our team for the
next Olympic games might be picked from this type of "gentlemen:"
Jay Gould, son of George J. Gould; one of the niftiest little ten
nis players in the business; also good at squash.
Harold Vanderbilt, son of W. K. Vanderbilt; has a "trial" en
gagement with the athletic Miss Eleanor Sears, which would prob
ably qualify him for the pentathlon and decathlon events.
W. Vincent Astor, son of the late John Jacob Astor; his efforts
to keep out of the way of eligible young women ought to give him
good training for distance runs or at least for the sprints.
Fowler McCormick, grandson of John D. Rockefeller; ought to
dcelop into a shot putter unless his having once caught a ball
thrown by Three-Fingered Brown disqualifies and makes him a
Percy A. Rockefeller, son of William Rockefeller; if there's