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" S) VRDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1923.
Egg WASHINGTON TIMES SPORTS WHITE SOX WILL STAND PAT ON PLANS FOR BATTLE-LINE X By HAROLD JOHNSON. CHICAGO, Feb. 24.—Business is slated to pick up with leaps and bounds in the White Sox camp now? The hot stove league went into the junk heap today with the arrival of Manager Kid Gleason, primed to assume command of the advance guard oi Ste-hosed athletes scheduled to depart next Monday for Marlin Tings, Tex. Everything has been prepared for the getaway and Trainer William Ananias Buckner is packing the uniform trunks with regimentals, bandages, liniments and other highly essential paraphernalia which will be used during the two months’ absence of the Comiskeyites. The Sox officials are determined to stand pat on their present battle- • front and believe that the young hurlers, Blankenship, Leverett, Mack and Robertson, who exhibited flashes of real greatness last sea son, will be even more effective during the coming grind, as each will have profited by his experi ences under the guns in 1922. The week of baths and hiking, coupled with the actual business of hurling baseballs during the sojourn at Marlin, Tex., long the condition ing ground of the Giants, should put the battery, artists in splendid trim for the actual baseball en deavors to follow when the other members of the team report at Seguin on March 8. Gleason proposes to start the heavy work involving every mem ber of his party at the latter point en March 9 so as to have a finely groomed machine lined up for the initial engagements with the Giants, who will be met in no fewer than nineteen practice games in Texas and on the Journey across the Southland to New York, where they split forces on April 15. ' According to the regular program, ten pitchers and three ca.cnexs will . ratly 'round Gleason at Marlin wnen the fighting strategist assembles them for the initial operations. With one exception, Joubert Lum DaveniMirt, the Arizona collegian, all the i lingers are right-handers. •Joube” was been attached to the roster for two years in the hope that he way eventually fall heir to centio!. .omething that few south paws acquire. .. .. has a hunch that th* • Seuthwesitrner will come through this season.and prove his worth on the firing line. Sox fans are familiar with Faber, the Blackenship brothers, Leverett, Roller son, Dutt and Mack. George Connally, a right-hander who ac companied the Hose to Texas last spring and later was shunted along to Toronto, is -scheduled for a re turn engagement with the Hose, but in a letter from Los Angeles recently he informed us that he might not remain m the national pastime this year. Phede Lambke, another rookie, is a robust youth from Kalamazoo who comes highly recommended. * . HORWETS TO FLORIDA r WITH PALS Fertica and Ainsmith Motor With Him From St. Louis. BRADENTOWN, Fla., Feb. 24. Rogers Hornsby, Bill Pertica and Eddie Ainsmith, of the Cardinals, arrived here yesterday morning cov ered with dust. They motored all the way from St. Louis and report ed that no serious mishaps were en countered. “It was an enjoyable trip," said Hornsby to the delegation of local fans who received the big league star. “Gee, but this is wonderful weather down here. When I left St. Louis is was cold enough for a fur cap.'' The three Cardinals spent the afternoon at the golf course. Rog doesn't go in much for golf, but he chipped several shots with an Iren and sent one drive Sailing down the fairway. Finishing their golf work-out the players immediately sought Trainer Kirby, who is here, and picked out their baseball uniforms. The ball park is a short walk from the Mana vista Hotel, where the players will be quartered. TBfifflS 11 lILIBE FDRMEET Georgetown Weakened b) Sending Team to Games In New York. Athletes from Georgetown, Georg< Washington, Maryland University Tech, Western, Central and Episco pal High, together with the Wash ington Canoe Club and other or ganlzations, will be in Baltimor tonight to compete in the mee sponsored by Johns Hopkins Uni versity, and the Fifth Regimen Athletic Association. Georgetown will be unable t put forth its full strength at th n:i et as the medley relay team i in New York for the N. Y. A. € games. Despite this loss Georgi town will have twenty-two athlete or. hand. Maryland will make a strong bi for honors, with the relay teat running against Hopkins and th frosh meeting the Hopkins free! men. George .Washington Uftive shy's relay team also is entered. THE DAY’S Biggest Lie By SKILLET FINN, Esq., 1731 Columbia Road. FEBRUARY 24. President Harding today gave the post of Former Director Forbes of the Veterans’ Bureau to For mer Director Wihneth, of the Bureau of Printing and En graving. Can you think of a biggsr ha than that? If so, send it to Bi<- geet Lie Editor today. Battle for Title. Frankie Genaro and Psycho Villa will battle .March 1 in New York f6r the American flyweight champion ship. LOOKING ’EM OVER By LOUIS A. DOUQHER THOSE “OFFICIAL” AVERAGES. MR. B. B. JOHNSON, president of the American League, and Czar of Baseball, ’ as the baseball writers used to J— » «. hlm ’ employs what he terms an “American League statis l. lc . ,a Jh was the action of this “statistician” in compiling the “of r’athlr / r ? m Chicago morning newspapers employed official scorer in New York that caused that tempest m the baseball teapot back a month or so ago. This statistician” awarded the immortal Tyrus a hit when m^de C ?lhhT Xnh w° rk Z* A? f rror for Scott The deference made Cobb a .400 hitter for the third time in his glorious career. Mr. Johnson, who is a stubborn'^ —; guy, either for or against, stuck to his “official statistician” in this instance. Well, all right, thought most baseball writers, Ty’s a good scout. Nobody en vied him his record of hitting | •400, least of all the scorer in I New York. Scoring baseball games is not ‘ a personal matter with the < scorers. Somebody has to do it, i that’s all, and hitherto it was‘ always . thought better to have' the scorer in the press box of the : park whefe the game was played. I Now it has been found quite as i efficacious to have the scorer I some 1,500 miles away from the j scene of the fray. The world “sure do move.” Shortly after Mr. Johnson had j top the hide off those daring Spirits who opposed the action by the “official statistician,” Sid C. . Keener, The Washington Times’ | baseball correspondent in St. | Louis, discovered that George Sis-; ler had not been awarded the cor-1 rect batting average for 1922. 1 Where Cobb—yes, Ty Las unfor- ■ tunately mixed up in this case;' too—had been given the benefit. of the fractions, Mr. Johnson’s “official statistician” had not done so with Sister’s figures. Keener, who is an energetic' cuss and a good guy with it,' wrote to the American League l leader, calling his attention to the excellent work of his “offi-■ rial statistician.” Mr. Johnson thanked him, etc., and promised to “have corrections made.” i The official averages, now on sale everywhere at Spalding’s steres, have the incorrect figures. Sister's mark is given as .419, when it should by right be .420. Mr. Johnson once more promises to “have it corrected,” probably by next year. More Fine Work. BEFORE getting away from Mr. Johnson and his “offi cial statistician,” we must ask all you fans to find in tha 1923 “official” batting and fieku ing averages the names of Allan Russell and Leslie Nunamaker. Yes, try and do it! Among the pitchers it may be noted that A. Russell appeared in thirty-four games as a member of the Boston Red Sox. He is credited with pitching one com iplete game and winning six and (losing seven games. Nevertheless, though Russell ap peared in thirty-four different ball games, he has no batting or fielding average in the “official” records. I>eslie Nunamaker, according to the unofficial figures kept by Al Munro Elias, took part in twenty six games with the Cleveland In dians, generally as a pinch hitter. The “official statistician” fails to mention Nunamaker as being in the league, either as a batsman or as a fielder. In climbing all over the basebail writers, Mr. Johnson told thorn through their president, Fred Lieb, of New York, that “they i ■ should first put their own house > in order” before attacking the “official statistician.” Mr. Johnson might now follow his own advice. His “official sta- KID GLEASON WILL LEAD WHITE SOX TOWARD MARLIN SPRINGS MONDAY Indoor Sports - - - - w Z if'S y THei ewe I z/ 1 1 PLM S / FH \. elmer y \ i got caught- I /// 4 .V w-siwn< J. tHil ®|gl HI ; WV-HMO 3 ACT HoTf ||s| j | |jj . . Ooo* W A H9-XT GAME tistician” should get the air, if vou get what we mean. Passing of “Stuffy.” CAN’T help it, we’re human, that’s all. i One day last summer, act ling on what we considered the i best of information, we wrote a ' ( Jong piece for the paper, predict- V}* th .® <arly passing of “Stuffy” ; Mclnnis froqi fast company. In deed, unless we’re now wrong, we j said he was doomed to drop back | (Within a few weeks. . And the next day into town i with the Cleveland club came; I Mclnnis. For four days he pro-• ceeded to make us look bad. He I i played wonderful ball. He hit I *ll the pitchers, especially tha 'southpaws, and in the field he was the same Mclnnis who opce .starred with the Mackmen. He had read tha piece in the paper. But, once the impetus was gone, back he slid into a heavy, I sluggish veteran, trying his best I but unable to overcome the i years. Now he has been released un i conditionally by the Cleveland i club, his American League days done. Even catching on with the National Leafcue, he cannot con tinue the struggle much longer. It’s against nature. And that’s what we said last summer. Let Harry Do Jit. George Washington GRANT saw the handwriting en the wall. He sold out. Now let Harry Frazee do it and ■ these may be. hope for big league baseball in Boston again. Boston is a charter member of the National League. The kids eat and grow up on baseball as soon as they finish the milk I bottle. Frazee has been trying to kid I folks wiser than himself. He J should wake up, sell out, wrap ■it up and get out of town. Until • he does the American League is i carrying too heavy a burden in the Boston Red Sox. DUGAN VOLUNTEERS FOR SECOND BASE ON YANKS NEW YORK, Feb. 24 —ln sign ing hts 1923 contract Jo® Dugan has become a regular for the com ing season, but not necessarily at third base. Indeed, Dugan has volunteered to go over and play second, permitting Aaron Ward to go back to his old place at the hot corner. “Sure. I'll do anything that will help the team,” said Dugan yester day. “I played second for Connie in 1919 and 1920 and I had good i years both seasons. I'm ready to go back to that job and work my head off.” Harris is Ready. i Stanley Harris, Washington’s ’ rapid-fire second-sacker, has been i playing golf at Tampa for a couple of monihs and writes friends here i that he is ready to begin playing ball. He will have his chance in- | side of ten days, now. Uhle Is at Work. k I J George Uhle, Cleveland’s fine - young right-hander, is at work at ’Hot Springs, Ark. He wants to get V an early start along the line leading - to mound victories. GREB GIVEN RAW DEAL, EXPERTS’ VERDICT By DAVIS J. WALSH. NEW YORK, Feb. 24.—That ft is quite possible to feel some of*the people all of the time, including a referee and two judges was proved when Gene Tunney was gjven th* official decision 6Ver Harty Grob, and in consequence the Hght-heavyweight chgihpidnship of America at the end of fifteen rounds at Madison Square Garden last night. The announcement of the verdict divided what had been a distinctly pro-Tunney crowd against itself. Many believed that Grab had out scored his man in the majority of the rounds and hence deserved whatever honors went with a mussy, unscientific bout The writer was one of these. Os course, one cannot go behind• an official decision any mote than jpc can go l>ehind the nape of One's neck. The fact, however, remains -hat a championship was taken i way from Greb with a honest inf erence of opinion prevailing. That s not equity. The referee in question was Patsy Haley, who is good and bad by turns and strikes a fair average. The judges were Charles Meighaa and Charles E. Miles, who seem to have something in common with Adolphus P. Clotheshamper. You don’t know Adolphus? That’s all right. We don't know Messrs- Metghan and Miles. Nor du we knew by what rea soning they arrived at the con clusion that Tunney had won. He carried only the second, third, fourth, fifth and fourtoeath. rounds,- according to our score sheet, while Greb had an advgn* Lage In the sixth, seventh, eighth, tenth, twelfth and thirteen rounds. The rest were even. - That we wer* not alone in this impression is indicated by a ‘per sonal canvass of ringside opinion, with the following result: Grantland Rleo, Now York Tri bune: "It was a poor decision. If any one won, Greb did.” Harry Newman, Daily News: “A draw would have been more like it.” Charles P. Mathison. New York Herald: "Greb deserved the decision.” •Jimmy Dawson, New York Times: “I thought Tunney won.” Walter Trumbull, New York Her ald; “A draw would have been the fairer derision.” Jack Lawrence, Tribune: "A draw would have been Just.’’ Igoe, the World: “Tunney deserved the decision.” Ed Curley, New York American: “Tunney won." Ed Van Every. Evening World: “Greb should have been credited with a draw.” Sid Mercer, Evening Journal: “It was another one of ’those decisions.* Greb should havo been given the verdict.” Warren Brown, Evening Mail: "It was a poor decision.” Louis Jaffe, Philadelphia Eve ning Ledger: “T can’t see how they B»ve Greb anything worse than a draw.” And so it went. The majority of those at the ringside and hun dreds of spectators, who yammer ed their disapproval for minutes’ end, were of the opinion that an injustice liad been done. They conceded, as does the writer, that Tunney fought a more strategic fight than on the occasion of their last meeting when the title changed hands, and they also granted that Greb was guilty us rough tactics from time to time. But this latter should have no influence on a decision. Greb did hold and hit in unison throughout, but as long as he was not disquali fied, it stands to reason that these violations were not deemed Impor tant. As for Tunney, he gave over the fatuous policy of trying to f*int Greb and rushed to close quarters at every opportunity, even going so far as to outrough the Pittsburgh entry on occasions. Tunney scored at his best while slipping, some of Greb's leads and countering to the body. It was his constant attack here that convinced a few critics of his right to the decision. However, Greb landed the moat punches, although neither ceyld have dented a Charlotte Russe. He also forced the pace throughout, i and even when Tunney staggered him with an overhead right behind (Copyright, t92>. *y intorMt'aaal News Service.) “I Was Jobbed,” Cries Greb Over Bout With Tunney By latarnajleaoi Mews far vies. NEW YORK, Feb. 24.—1 n eemmentiiig en the decision 1 timt deprived him of his Aiher* ean lisht-heavyweltht title, Hapry Grab was quoted today as having made tee following statement: waa jobbed. I was told several days ago it was all fixed for the title to be handed back to Tunney. I won the majority of rounds, but Tun ney gets the decision. _lt is , a ptatty cheaply won honor.” The difference of opinions between Greb and Referee Patsy Hale came to a head in the twelfth round, the bout halting white they held an ac rimonious debate in the center of the ring. The official charged Greb with holding and hitting at the same time. ths ear in the fourteenth, h|s best punch of the night, it was Greb who carried the honors in the furi ous exchange that followed. wiloeTofight PANCHO VILLA IN JUNE World’s Flyweight Champion Coming to New York for Title Battle. By Xstaraatieaal News SrrrUr, LONDON, Feb. 24.—The of Jimmy'Wilde- flyweight champ, n of the world, announced today that Wilde will fight Pancho Villa, Ameri can flyweight champion, in June or July, probably in New York. The ; fight will be promoted by Tom O’Rourke, It was said. FRANK BAKER SAYS HE IS DONE WITH YANKEES EASTON, Md., Feb. 24.—J. Frank Baker announced today that he Is through with baseball as far as the New York Yankees are concerned. He says h® has no grievance with the club, but has decided to stay at home. During the last few days a number of letters have been re ceived from Miller Huggins, asking him to report for Hot Springs and also to go south. A contract has also been received by Baker, but this, he says, will remain un signed. Baker SB’d that he will open ask for his release from the Yankees. It Is known that Cambridge and other Maryland clubs have made overtures. NEW HAVEN PURCHASES PITCHER BAUMGARTNER NEW HAVEN. Conn., Feb. 24. ' Stanley Baumgartner, southpaw pitcher for the Philadelphia Na tionals fer the past four years, has i been sold outright to the New Haven Club, of the Eastern League, I Gedrg® M. Weise, president of the I dub, announced today. - - - - By TAD • SID MERCERJ SCOTT IS NEAR GOAL IF the Yankees run into thre4 er four postponements in April the club may be able to celebrate a special day for Everett Scott the first week in May at the new Yankee.stadium. The fourteenth game on the schedule of the Yankees will signalize Scott’s achievement in playing in 1,000 consecutive. American League games. No other player in any league at any time has ever ap proached this record of faithful attendance to his duties. It is an accomplishment that calls fer generous appreciation. Last season Seott set I,ooo' games as a mark to shoot at, and he may go much further. The fan may not realize what this means until he recalls that the “Deacon” has not missed a game in the last six years. He began this remarkable run on June 20, 1910, with the Red Sax. That season he playbd 103 games without bains absent or tardy. He participated in all 157 gamsa pfeyed by thd Sox in 1917. The schedule was cut to 126 games in 1916—a war yean—and again Scott required no substitute. He was in 138 games in 1919 and in 154 in each of the years of 1920- 21-22. This brought his total up to 986. If there should be no postpone ments for the Yankees in April the date of Scotfs one-thousandth consecutive game would fall on May 2, when the Yankees are in Washington. Two postponements would throw it into New York, as the team plays at home with the Athletics on May 4, 5 and 6. A half dozen postponements before that would force Seotty to cele brate in Cleveland or Detroit. The New York club plans to make *it a memorable occasion wherever the Yankees may be, for there probably will ntver be an other one like it. Saving the Record. SCOTT’S record has been threat ened many times. He has played on days when he was I ill and should have been in bed, and several times nearly lost out by failing to make train conncc- I tions. His most sensational “close J shgve” occured last summer In Chicago. When the Yankees went West on their second trip, Scott obtained permission to stop over for a day at his home town, Au ! burn, Ind., about four hours by 'train out of Chicago. The next day the club opened a series in .Chicago but Scott failed to arrive from Auburn and Mike McNally went in at short. A wire from Scott imparted the information that-he had been held up by a train wreck. Here was a story. The valiant scribes accompanying the Yan kees dug into the records, figured out the number of consecutive games for Scott and spread.them selves on tales of his hard luck. Then Seotty came along and those stories, wired into New York from the field, had to be knocked down. In Comes Scott. THE Yankees were going to bat in the seventh inning when Scott appeared in uni form and warmed up by tossing a ball. When he went to his position in the last half of that inning and again when he went to bat in the next round, he re ceived applause which indicated that the spectators knew he had made a great effort to save his record. And it was quite an effort 1 Leaving his homo early in the ; morning Scott was held up by a ; wreck fifty mites from Fort i Wayne. He persuaded a passing motorist to convey nlm to that city and there he caught an in terurban trolley that landed •him SCOTT VIEWS COLLINS LOSS LIGHTLY r HOT SPRINGS, Ark., Feb. 24.—Manager Miller Hoggins ami other Yankee officials may feel a bit put out over their failure to win Eddie Collins from the White Sox, but their feeling of disappointment isn’t and' will not -be shared by Deacon Everett Scott. The Hardy Hoosier feels that the Yankq are plenty strong enough without the Chicago star, and not only claims another pennant for them but predicts that they will win 100 games this year. “Collins might have helped us,** the deacon said today, “but I figure we do not need him, and would have believed that someone had made a mistake if we had parted with Hoyt to complete a deal for him. Hoyt has the makings of the greatest right-hander in the game, and he might better do his stuff ror the Yankees than against them. ,7 Hoyt was a bit of a disappoint-4- ment to oom* of the fans last year," the Deacon continued, “but he should be good this season, and I look for Carl Mays and S?.m Jones also to show improved form. If they come back we will have five right handed pitchers of more than aver age skill to shoulder the bulk of the flinging burden, and Southpaw Herbie Pennock to boot. “Pennock is a good left-hander, the only really good one the ,Yanks have had in yean, and figures to be especially effective against the very clubs which promise to make most trouble for the Yanks. Prior to last season, when he labored with a tail-end club, he was uniformly effective against the Tigers, the Browns, and the Indians, and even last year, with a bad Club behind him, he was far from easy for them. .“With five right-handed stars and g Pennock to handle the pitching, we should be* tremendously strong in thia department, and we won’t be ' weak in any other department. “We will have Joe Dugan With 1 us from the start this year, and ' at Gary, Ind., a suburb about twenty miles out of Chicago. The game was already under way at the South Side grounds when Scott hopped off the trol ley ear and engaged a taxicab, in which he dashed through the streets of Gary and South Chi cago at an illegal speed. It cost him >4O to make his cross-coun try dash through Indiana and the last lap in the taxicab. ■mm CONTEST IN NEW mN Georgetown Flyer Invited by Western Union A. A. to Bishop Mile. NEW YORK, Feb. 24—A field which will include some of the best middle-distance runners of the coun try is expected to start in the Henry A. Bishop Trophy special invitation one-mile race, which will furnish one of the feature attractions at the annual indoor athletic meet of the Western Union A. A. in the Twenty-second Regiment Armory on March 7. Invitations to compete have been extended to Joie Ray. redoubtable little Illinois A. C. runner who en joys the distinction of being one of the greatest middle-distance stars ever developed in this country; Jimmy Connolly, Georgetown star who has demonstrated admirable indoor running ability during the current board floor season, Mai Douglas, and Billy Burke. The officials in charge of the meet yesterday received the entry of Willie Ritola, Finnish-American A. C. distance running star, for the 5,000 meters Schiff Trophy race, another special attraction. In this event Ritola, the holder of ftie national t%n-mile run and cross-country championships, will make an assault on George Bon hag’s old record of 15:05 4-5 for the distance. Walter Koppisch, of Columbia, holder of the Metropolitan A. A. U. quarter-mlle and 500-yard titles; Mike Devaney of the Millrose A. A., local two-thirds mile and three quarter-mile title holder; Vance Lally of the St. Anselm’s A. C., 600-yard district champion, and i Clarence Sherman have been in- j vited to start in the Metropolitan ’ A. A. U. 660-yard title race. CONNIE MACK IS AFTER McINNIS FOR HIS TEAM PHILADELPHIA. Feb. 24 —Man ager Connie Mack of the Philadel phia American League baseball club announced today that he whh negotiating with John H. (Stuffy) Mclnnis, recently unconditionally re leased by Cleveland, and that he hoped to obtain the services of his once famous first baseman. Mack said that he had made Mclnnis a liberal offer and that he expected to hear from him within a few days. Mclnnis, who was a member of the Athletics’ famous “Hundred Thousand Dollar” Infield, wtts sold by the local eluh to the Boston Red Sox and later went <• Cleveland in a trade. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY French Was Tossed For Loss By Bit Os Turf Walter E. French, two years ago famous back of the West Point football team, goes South this year with Connie Mack's Athletics in an effort to prove himself a big league baseball player. There, at least, he won’t be bothered with mid-year exami nations. It would *be interesting to figure out whether even the roars of a world series crowd could make French forget a certain day at the Polo Grounds when a pesky little piece of muddy turf threw him for a loss after he had evaded about every Navy man there was in sight. Ward will very likely be a bettor second baseman than he was last season. With Ruth In his old-time form the outfield also will be stronger than it was in 1422. “Os course, a hundred games are a lotta games for any club to win in one season. Not many have done it in the major leagues, and it looks as though we were going to have some real opposition this year, not only from the Browns, but from the Tigers and the White Sox at wel). “I do not believe the Tigers have been improved as much as some peo ple imagine, but they will be a tough club to beat if they get away to a good start.” BILLINGS HIS THIININt BEHTN Will Earn 1923 Salary If Ha ' Turns Out Capable South paw in Pruett # Although Josh Billings seldom appears in a box score for the Browns he is regarded as a val uable member of the squad by Manager Lee Fohl. Josh’s duty is to prep the pitchers in the warm-up station each day. Major league ball players thrive on work. They prefer the scene of action to a substitute seat. However, Josh is one fellow who doesn't sulk although he does not participate in the daily battle. * With Hank Severeid attending to the regular catching assign ment and Pat Colling serving as Hank’s assistant, Billings confines his labors to the receiving end with the pitchers each day. Billings was the first to hand out the hot tip on Hubert Pruett as a pitching prospect at the Mobile camp last spring. Billings will direct t/ie young pitchers again this season and if he. discovers another youth equal to Southpaw Pruett he will earn his salary for the 1923 campaign. GIRLST FOR BASKETBALL TITLE . Hurricanas and Capitals Open Three-Game Series at Coliseum Tonight. The Hurricanas. fast-passing girls basketball team, and the Capitals clash in the first of a three-game series to decide the championship of girls teams of the District, at the Coliseum tonight. In each of the other four times that these teams have met in a title series, the Capitals have been returned the winners. This year the Hurricanas are hopeful of land ing the banner. They have ''been defeated but once this season, at the of a Baltimore six. The champions have not been beaten this season. At 8 o’clock the preliminary game will start, the Epiphany Midgets meeting the Wilson Normal School. Expect Ruling Soon. Judge Landis is expected to cive his ruling on tbe case of Rube Ben ton within a few days. ARCADE 14tb * Park Head POCKET BILLIARDS IS VP-TO-nATIB TAJBLKS > to « P. m i After • p. m. 60c X, 75c ANY NI’MRRR 07 PLAYKRS 7fie Kate Applies Sat’daye • Hal I day x 24, 1923.