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QUARTET OF CINCINNATI STARS WHO w: 3TaFiK', sv Tswrjjfjjvv JWv j vrisxr . :i sri uitir. t m m u m tra no un ivutni . i'i otniH ifntwi' wimt vjimu ill inm u y s .at - - K,.'wEtfBsM . -j;m7f k '- ht s t "V "V fun I ' . r 3 . J i mrws i Ja- ! x v '4- & " A ' sir Isjif- H wit N'&Hi! 6 r.. j ,. . avm-sa jivMiM'a.st ;..fcv, .. '"i s&m, Kxtvm yy Seymour CARDINALS' GOOD SHOWING ENCOURAGING TO PATRONS Fans Still Firm in Belief That They Will Finish in First Division Nichols and Taylor Have Been Doinfi Good Work for Local Nationals McFarland Rounding to Form Browns Phowing Improvement. v.'itrrn::; for the Sunday nEpnnua The Cardinals' feat or taking: a double header from Cincinnati last Wednesday nnd their playing against Chicago has InFptrcd the local fans Tilth faith In the ability of Roblson'a team to play first division ball. When the Cardinals walloped Cincinnati twice they had Nichols and Taj lor on the firing line. Jack showed splendidly against the Reds, and he landed a viln without much trouble, allowlns Kelley's aggrega tion only . few hits. Nlcholi the eame day was touched up a bit harder thin Tailor, but the excel lent support nfforded to the local Na tional's manager, both in the field and at tbe bat. brought -victory to St. LouK Now that McFarland Is back in tho came, and Joe Corbett is rounding to form, tho Cardinals will be well supplied in tho boi- Taylor has demonstrated since Joining the St. Louis team that ho Is a valuable man. H Is Just as grcit a pitcher thls j ear as ho eer was and looks fit to con tinue In tho gaxno for tho next half dozen j ears Nichols l nlw in splendid shape Al though pitching for nearly two decades in fast company, he looks good for at lca't another fixe jears, if ho cares to remain in acthe scrWco that long. Nichols has practically tho same stylo of pitching now as he sed when he v. as the best tnlrlcr In tho National League. He shoofi the Ephere straight over. Ho rarely uses cures. His forto is control, and ho hrs this branch of pitching don to r. fine point. A fan recently ob'encd that Nichols could pitch a pea through a Kejholc, and v,hIlo this statement is a bit too Mrons, it is undoubtedly a fact that Charley has control down to as line a point ai any pitcher in tho business. TA.YI.OIt A CHEAT PITCHER. Taylor uses his brains while pitching. Ho does not lullcve In exerting himself unnecessarily, but ho works hard Tthcn the occasion demands it. '."Old Itollable" has the weak points of tho National League batters down to a fine point, and ho usually feeds a batter nith a ball that he cannot connect Tilth fully. Up to last Thursday Nichols was tho local's bet twirler, hainc won ten out of the fourteen games in which he took part. This is a pretty good record for a pitcher who has been in the heat of each baseball campaign for almost two dec ades. Jack T.i) lor has captured ten of his six teen gajnes, and of the si charged up to him ns defeats more than two were lost by failure of the locals to properly sup port him -nith the bat and In tho field. McFarland was Just beginning to round to form nt the time ho was so severely Jancd by Tat riahcrt at Tltthburg. Hut Charley is back in harness again, and ho bo looktd for to bring many games to St. Louis. JlcrVirland is undoubtedly ono of thr best joung pitchers in tho Na tional League, and for tliat matter there aro few of tho older pitchers who hao an thing on Charles. The Decatuf cadet Is a cool, calculating pitcher, who has an assortment of cuncs, control, speed and chango of pace that is bound to make him ono of the star pitchers of the league this season. It is generally supposed that Selee want ed McFarland instead of Hrown when tho latter, together with Jack O'Neill, was traded to Chicago for Jack Taylor. On their last year's performances McFarland was better, than Hrow n, and from a scien tific standpoint is still the minor's superior as a pitcher. But Charley's mishap at Pittsburg hurt him temporarily. Still, the season is young and unless all signs fall McFarland will be one of the leading Na tional League twirlers when the 1901 sea eon clones next October. .SIIAY'S ABSENCE FELT. The absence of Danny Shay from the Cardinal infield is badly felt. That hustling llttlo recruit from Frisco Is one of the best men In tho country on bases, and, be tides, there nre few more brilliant short slops in cither league. In the forty-three games in which Dan Y haj taken part he' has swiped twenty- II vw ? w - . Ktt&fr&t ...... vJ$i2fe&, 'is"p&i - A one bae?. and on a percentage basis is leading the National League. Shay is a snappy, gingerly ball player, and one thit few teams can afford to adorn the b:nch with BROWNS SHOW IMPROVEMENT. The Biow ns have shown considerable im provement In their pltjlng recently. Their defeat of Cleveland last Monday showed how capable the Browns aro when they are driven to do thing", but there seems to be an incltnatloi to leniency on the part of the local American Iague management wlich 1-t.rts the morale of the team. As a whole, tho Browns lack esprit da corps to an a'armlng extent, and tho sooner thej are goaded into doing some thing noteworthy the better It will be for the American Leaguo locally. A plethora of leaders is one of tho Browrs' trouble". At least three players on tho Browns do practically what thf'v want. McAlcer is a lenient bos. and it looks as If some of his plajcrs take ad vantage of Us good nature to put their personal opinions on a par, if not above, those of their manager. The return of Wallace to tho Browns infield has strengthened them in that de partment very materially, but Hill has dropp"d off so much in his rlaslng as to j render tho Infield much weaker as a who c than it wis last eason DREYFUSS EXPLAINS WHY HE IS AGAINST DOUBLE-HEADERS "My motive in objecting to doub'e-head-crs in the National League has been ascribed to selfishness ' said President Drejfuss of tho Pittsburg club, recently, "and I am accused of having only the In terest of the Pittsburg team at heart when I try to have this arrangement of games scratched from tho books These clnrges do mo an Injustice, for I have only the welfare of the game at heart when I object to its being placed on the bargain counter two g-imcs for one price of admission In order to have a few hun dred more pe le como into the grounds "It has been said that mv objections are based on the alleged fact thit we are short of pitchers, and that, therefore, I am anxious to make our men last as long ts possible That statement alone shows how far my accusers are from the truth Thiro are few club3 in tho National league better off for pitching material by that I mean good, relliblc men than wo arc. Lcever again is in shape, after ills treatment by Bone-Setter Recce, nnd will bo able to work rcgulirly fiom now on "PhlllppI has sufficiently recovered from his recent breakdown to be able to get Into the game within a few dajs, Mike Lvr.ch, our Brown University man. Is go ing to be a star, and needs only a little better acquaintance with National League players to make him rank with the best; Pat Flaherty has demonstrated that he is one of tho best left-handers in the busi ness when ho Is placed In the right com pany: Roscoe Sillier has done remarkably well for us, and young Camnltz is about as good a utility pitcher as any team boasts of. With such a pitching staff, why should we fear double-headers? "Tho only reasons I have for trving to Slave them eliminated from the National Leaguo is th"t they cheapen the game, mako the p'ajers dissatisfied, and tire the spectators " DIVORCE REVEALS MARRIAGE. Kansas City Teacher Now May Keep Place in Schools. ItBPUBUC SPECIAL. Kansas City, Mo, July 0 Katherine V. Belcher, a teacher In the public schools here, obtained a divorce to-da) from John E. Belcher of Texas. They were married In June, 1502. tjlie testified that ho took her with him to Texas and other places and finally sent her home to hei folks, promising to Join her here. But he never came, and she saw him lat in October, 1902. He has sent her onlj JSO It is against the rules of the Board of Education for a marr'cd woman to teach school in this city, but after her hu'band deserted her, Mr- Belcher concealed tho fact of her marriage and taught school. Now that she is unmarried again she may teach as if she bad never been married, i THE ST. LOUIS i in fiMi m mmmm i iiiif MHf HIMl WJ1 a i h isfli.j i uirai :a , ssrsiis v x4- t . .w&sjzsr f .'j i nw iniaii i m nr ni t l i tit w imm 111 , til ElliK'f ,J f VHiSffiafflL1' JX0fiz& rH.rs.,?Ur;J-w-r.W w r mmmmmA. ."- jj m n z grMh?$m' rs.i rym&mMmtimMM8$&i2gm i ' MCFMMiJ BiH mwJBSHBimgisgdmmMigr s MjmwxmmmmmmmmmsmK v Hi 1Jill t lilUlhl rl IB n New York Now Has Commanding Lead, but Western Teams May Decrease It. PITTSBURG A BIG FACTOR. Three-Time Winners of Pennant .Should Show Their Strength This Month Comment of 'Other Clubs. Strength added to tho Western teims of tho National Leaguo without question will make tho race for the pern int In that or ginlzation far moro Infrcsting than It was last year. Indeed, it Is moro Interesting now than It was at almost any time during 1903. The feature of the campaign of 1503 was the excellent work of the Giants when, in di rect opposition to tho judgment of many of the experts, they played such uniform ly consistent nnd well-directed baseball that they held second place it tho end of fie year, and not ku.t as a few judges had predicted If an accurate opinion can be formed as to whit thy fcaturo of this j car's cam paign Is likely to be. present Indications would say that It tends to a spirited battle almost to the very end of the year be tween the New York, Cincinnati, Chicago. Pittsburg and St. Louis clubs At various times other organizations may Ftep In nnd p'ay unexpectcdlv good ball, thus making tho final result more uncertain. While the New Yorks did not have at any time last ycir what might be called a "walkaway" with the teams of the Western section, they did find them a trifle more easy to beat at the beginning of the season than they have found them this year. Chicago is playing fullv up to the stand ard of last year, and perhaps a trifle bet ter, although tho personnel of the team has not been greatly changed. Chicago's greatest strength seems to lie In the pos sibilities of the members of the team as rungettcrs. They aro not particularly hard batters, but they mako everything count. They are ono of the hardest teams to keep from scoring when thev have men on bases of any plajing ball this year. There Is no question about th6 lmprove ment'of the Cincinnatis. It is ln'cvidence in every department of the team Hug gins has made a great difference to tho in field CHAMPIONS ARE DANGEROUS Pittsburg can by no manrcr of means be called out of the rurnlng The team suffered greatly all during the early part of the year by lack of good pitching and by a battine slump that seemed to affect WMWm8mgmwmMLWM assmssmmw-summ w.it.f mxmmgmmm&sax M'iT(nir(f;iir'iirkitM truiir .MHt tkv ij t TaAL2v.i.'it vr tuUi'i nfj'tin :m!iLL iuhil, -m m m i&ws.yi vt.isfs'w j.J-t'rt'i'g-.Exr : .irrx'Tr? iCMiKivit.jtfvxT m r. .' n ii iw wmi an m ii n liSlll -il $ 1 " ii f iA. mhex ,sm ;.-jw ir m KATIQNAI LEfiGilE Jl wiM WfSH REPUBLIC: SUND'AT. 3TLT 10, 1904. ARE AMONG nearl all the plijers on the nlre. but now that tlv champions aie getting back into their old effectiveness with their bats they v 1 1 be in 'very game with a display ef strength that will keep all teams busy to beat them. Another Item that mut be taken into consideration by those who study biaebi.ll form is that the National Leigue pitching forco in gci.eral Is far bitter than it wis in 1533 It is merely tho evolution of th youngsters who, in a measure, compose the National League pitching stafT. Tho old league lost manj of its veterans to tho American League, nnd was ipm pclled to get younger and less skilled men but as time has gone along tho younger men have begun to improvo in morivwavs thin one, and thf National League pitch ers aro now attaining a degree of excel lence that cuts them among tho best In the country, while some of the old timers, as the naturnl result of Increased years and long service in the box, are not up to tho samo standard that they were in tho past. It Is fairly safe to say that the National Lerguo championship will lie in abeyance until tho closing davs of the season. It does not look now as If imy team of the four most Important can go out and at tain a lead that will insuro tho pennant at an early dtte. Baseball natrons will not object to this, since it will rnaki' all contests more interesting o7.I. a star at rmsT. Comlskcj ItcRaril III Hliclilnndrr Best ill the Bnslncss. Who is the best first baseman in tho big leagues to-day, and why should he bo given the preference over others? This is a question often discussed among base ball fans, and as seldom decided hllc ball plajers, who know the weaknesses and strength of tho various members of their profession better than anjono else, will at times discuss a fellow p!icr. the rclativo merits of different ones in tho same position aro seldom talked to the public. To the world the bill pUycr boosts his teammato at all time, but amomr themselves there is keen rivalry and often jealousies Evcrj ball player Is recognized as nav Ing some weakness, be it in fielding, bit ting or base running. In batting there nro grooves that are to his liking and others that are as distasteful to aim. Likewise in fielding some will get ground balls and others will not, some can play to one side of ihcm only, while others rs -flfll Wimp J$ i WP2sH: f -I i -SLJX 5 j 11 i il iWffl I I WlfiWi i I ' ii B :-"V 'ttm mmWUi THE BEST IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE. can go both wavr. It is the corsldcra tion of all theso various qualities that must bo figured in ricking tho leading plajer in any one position, and that makes it hard to give the unrivaled lead ership to an one. In Comlskej's opinion. John Ganzel of the New York American League Is the prince of ail first sacke-s of to-dnv. Co miskey was a first baseman of the first magnitude In his diy and knows a good one when ho sees him Ganzel was signed by Comlskey for the Vvhito Stockings, the local magnnto expecting to pHy him instead of Kbcll. but when the New York club was organized lie turned him over to Griffith. Ganzel's wcikness has al wajs been with tho stick, and In New York, when with the National League, he earned tho name of "Pop-Up John " This season, however, he has been hitting the ball, and it is on that account that Co mlskey picks him forxtho king As a fielder, full of ginger and always fighting. Ganzel probably has no equal, ho thinks. High and low throws are alike tn h'm and whether the bill Is hit to cither tho right or the left or straight at him, makes no difference Many a bill t'eketed for a s.ifo hit is knocked down by him as it is speeding over tho bag closo to the foul lino and tho run ner 13 retired. Trank Isbell. Comlskcj's substitute first baseman, ii anqtlier great fielder, much on tho samo order ns Ganzel. Ho Is a product of Comlskcj's, who retired him from tho pitcher's box to teach him the Intricacies of the job about first But Isbell cannot hit the ball and for that re-ison Comlskey picked up "Jigs' Dono hue. pajing Cantillon S2.;C0 for him last fail Donohun is rot regarded ns In Isbell's or Ganzel s class a.s a fielder, csptciill on ground, balls cither thrown or hit. But ho can hit tho ball timely and hard" and that Is tho icasnn ho is given the pref erence over Isbell. George Lachance of the clnmplon Bos ton team has ono qualification that en tities h'm to be cla&scd as a first bise man and that 13 his hitting. ,As a fielder he is not up to the class ex! Ganzel or Isbell and aa a base runner he i3 a "Joke," Jones of St Louis and Davis of the Athletic i arc also star-. All thu others of tho American League aro one-sided pliyera, troubled with cither a lack of basophils cfr inability to field well. In tl.o National Leasue tho brishtcst nr h TRANK KITSON. Who Is dolns fair work for the Dttroit Tigera on the pitching mound. star Is thought by many critics to bo Fred Tenncy of tho Boston club "Kitty" Bran-field of the rirates is a good one, too, especially as he can hit the ball some, but for general all-round work Tcnney is regarded bj experts and hall players alike as the best in that orgmlza tlon. Tenney's one weakness is a low lull, espcclilly a low throw. Anything above his knees ho eats up with avidity, but lower than that tho result is problematical. Frank Chanco has de veloped wonderfully and i- especlally vnliirfbl" in account of hirf great hitting abSlitj. His effectiveness is somewhat nullified on account of his numerous in juni", h's atrt'uion of rheumatism and lack of perfection In fielding. Sifting the bixtccn first-basemen of the two leagues down appaiently brings the question of decision between GJnzel, Is bell, Jones and Davis as fielders of tho American Leasue and Tenncy and Brans- i u m im field of tho National, with th Odd In favcr of the New York American leaguer. SEEKS DEATH IN STORM. Mrs- Tighc, Despondent Widow, Attempts to Drown Herself. nEI'tniLlp SPECIAU New Y'ork. July 9. During tha height of an electrical storm Mrs. Mary Tlfhe, widow. S3 years old, of No. 91 King street, jumped from tho Recreation Pier at Bar ron street Into the North River. 8h was rescued after a hard struggle; by James Dcgnan and Harold H. Van Cotf, life savers of the Dock Department. Accord ing to the police, the woman is suffering from tome form rif dementia. A crowd of women and children witnessed th woman's act. and peveral shouted to her. but she paid nc heed. The woman Was Saken to Bellevu Won. plt.il. a prisoner, fmc police aid she hail attempted her llf in. a similar mantrti pneo before, and would do so again U r A A V M ! ka ag?,.tta.3fcJfc.