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SOME WELL KNOWN TRAP SHOOTERS WHO WILL CQMPETE IN SOUTHERN HANDICAPS
DEATH OF "PA" BRADLEY
ENDS NOTABLE CAREER
Virginia's Best Known and Most Uniquc tlorscman
Was Revered by all Followers of the Sport
Brief History of His Carecr.
With tlie death of Robert Bradley,
which occurred qullo reeentiy nt Greon
way his beautiful old country home, near
Wilcox Whnrf, ln Chartea Clty county,
Vn., doubtless the most uniquo character
yet sccn on tho Amcrlcan tnrf pasaed
ttway. Long a sufferer wlth smne nervous
nnd stomach troiible, compllcated more
rcn-ntly by paralyslg of the throat, even
the iron constitution und herculean fraine
v.i-re forced to succumb to the lnevttable,
and death carne aa a r.-li.-r. :;t the ago
r.r seventy-thrce. A gallnnl Confedernte
toldicr, he served through the Wnr of tho
1-1.. t> s, and luter romovea from Ins nattve
epunty, Now Kent, to Charles Clty, where
; ?? purchnsed Greenway. wtilch had bcen
the residence of Governo'r John Tyler, nnd
is known in history ns tho blrthplace of
the lattcr's son, John Tyler, who was
nrtcrward elected President of the 1'nltcd
iitate.s.
Tho turf coreer or Mr. Bradtcy began
aome thlrty yenrs slnce, his flrst horso
belng Starlight, by Deucallon, the son
of Revenuo, with which ho won n number
of rnces at Virglnla Fairs, nnd tlils tead
to more pretentioua venturea on the blg
truclts. For moro than twenty years f.nst
the tall Virginlan hn8 been wldely known,
soelng that liis liorses were wlnners ovcr
every track of nny promlncnco ln this
?country and Canadn.
Perhaps Mr. Brndley's flrst perforxner
OT notc was Blltzen, "Tho Iron Horso,"
with which he won a sniall fortunc. Ho
was tl" n i :tlr<.! to the atud at Greenway,
nnd from his lollts camo Bonoy Boy, who,
while ii..1 .< elenn Ihoroughbred, w:is a
\i-ry uacful horso nnd won many races.
Afterward caine Trnvi rs, . : ucl ..' ..... , of
homc-bred wlnners. n . ??? e < lili Ii were
Robert Waddell and Peter Paul, both by
Aldha, the son .<; Imported ssi. Mungu,
who now rules as premler slro at Oreen
?way. Peter Paul was a conslstent winner
for several consecutlve seaaons; but per?
haps in hls estlmation, likowlso that of
pthers, Mr. Brndley'a cli rlshed f?it was
tho wlnnlng of tho American Derby at
Chieago, a t.-u- y<ars ngo, wlth the home
bred horse, the- son of Aloha. from Vir
gie, by IClng Bolt, th- value of the
event belng aomething liko $40,1100. This
samo mare, Virglo, waa also qulte a good
winner along In tlie enrly nlnetles; when
tho mastor of Greenway won a snug for
tune at th.- Cllfton and Gutt'cnburg
traeks, ln New Jcrsey. At that tlme Mr.
Bradley had a stlff b.ink account, and
could rend hls tltlo cDar to some half
dozen llne farms In his natlve State; but
rturinc; recent years fortuno hnd not been
so klnd to the grand old warrior, nnd
with other worries nnanclal reverses
"were mlngled.
With his advent as owner of race
linrses, Mr. Bradley also begah breedlng
j thoroughbrods, and slnce such stalllons
as Startle, Prospi-r, Milan, Marsac, Chun
. <?? llor, Hampshlro, son of Hanover, Wya
lusinp. full brother to Potomnc; Blitzen;
?'jiiiii Aloha have been in 11.se, but of theso
? only Aloha has been a success, and he
: 1ms now reached the sero and yellow
; lenf.. Years slnce tlie soubriquet of "Vir
i jjinla" Bradley was bestowed upon the
j tall Virginlan, but ns hls locks became
whltened with nge it was "Pa" Bradley
mostly that he was affectionately termed.
Origlnnl almp,st .,to. eeoentrlclty ln his
methods, yet "bra've, courageoug nnd gen
: orous to a fntdt, he was a man 01' broad
Ideas and abliorred uuestionablo metho
IWhile deprived of early educatlonal ad
vantages, yet he seeme<3 guided by
lnnatc sense of gentlllty and honor, and
?Wlth hls possing a great heart. fllled witll
varmth and kindness, ceased 10 heat.
Sllas Sniith, th" veteron tralner,
Kentuckian by blrth, but for neaVly a
SCOl'e of years past Identifled wlth th'
harnoss horse Interests of North Caro
lina, is now quartered ar the State Foir
Grounds mile track here, where he has a
-Ktable of trolters and pacors. Last year
Sniith had out Conroy, 2:10 1-4; Colonel
Partlck, 2:10 1-4; (Jstrella, L*:IH :t-4, and
others that won races and lowered' thelr
records. This season ho cxpocts to mako
his first start at Baltlmore, and then
Joumey on to Xi w York State, returnlng
in tlme tn tak.- in a portlon of ihe Vlr
jiinin and North Carollna ineetings.
Among the horses now ln Smlth's stablo
\ are Nelly McZeus, 2:26 1-4. brown mare,
! by Me/.. us, 2:13, dam Loulse Branch, by
I Woodburn Ilambletonhm; the dun geld
Ing Rock Sand, 0 speedy vr-<n trotter,
by Sable Rnc-k, son of Sablo Wilkes, 2:18;
Waxy Gaunt, bay mare, .".. by Ked Gaunt,
dam Waxy I'... by l.lberty, ?>>? of Fled
?. niont; Prlncess Klngan, chestnut mnro, >'.,
by The Beau Ideal, 2:1S 1-4. dam Princcss
Alma, slster to Lady of' tho Manor,
5:041-4, by Mamhrlno King; bay gclding,
3, by Moko, dam by Jay Blrd; Akar,
Chestnut colt, 2 by Aqullln, dam Pavetta,
by Flstachio, and Berro, bay colt, 2, by
Blngaru, dam Kesh.-uui, by Krcmlln.
Mr. and Mrs. Blalr Johnston, or Wur
renton, Vn. !,nv ? returned from tlie nn
-n ln Virglnl
Bnisli, ilcveloptd aiel iraiii. d l)> Ii 11
Whlcll may he taUen that - ? wns
s, hooled nnd miinnrrud to p> rfi etli n
ln that dirvctlon Ib's we'1-known Vlr
jrinlan haa cxhlbited tho worK of a ...,,.
t..-r i.and I11 ii_numbor of insiunccs.
Among thu tn.it. rs which 1 ounl ltanul
d'Adheir.ar, ol the M isi Ni ck Mnnor
ptud, M"si5 N'eek, Va., wlll huvo trnliieil
tbla'seaaon urt Borun Biufc-vti. l!:c l.ui'id
wmo brown stalllon, flvo yeara old, by
Blggen, 2:08 1-1, il.tm Illnda, by Baron
Rogers, 2:09 .'.-4; l.lttle Quen, 2:25 3-4;
Lord Jenklnaon, dam Lilly Russoll, by
Lord Russell, and Del Bel, bay mare. r>,
by Domarch, 2:11 1-2; dam, Daiy Bel by
Daly Berd, the slro of Bordlna, 2:0S 1-4.
Tho trlo wlll be In tho stablo of M. F.
Ilenson nt Montnzeuma Farm, Rlehmond,
who thlnks well of Baron Blngen nnd
looks for the son of Blngen to make
fast horse.
Tho Hon. Tlenry Fnlrfax, ex-chalrmari
of thc Ejjtato Corporatlon Commisslon of
Vlrgluln, also ono of tlio best known nnd
most successful hackney breeders and
America, has returned to hls elegant and
hlstorlo country home, Onk II111 Farm,
miir Aldle, ln Loudoun county, Va., from
a sojourn of sdme weeks ln Europe,
where ho securcd a hlgh-class hackney
stalllon for hls stud. Ycars ago Mr. Fu
fax Importod the noted MatchJess of Gon
dosboro from England, and the grand
looklng cheatnttt stalllon brought faine
and fortuno to Oak III1I, from which many
notable salos of his get wero made.
Success cnunts, It Is true, but reputn
tlon Is eyen more Instlng, nnd taken
jolntly, It may ba truly sald that rtCver
n breedlng cstabilshmcnt In thls country
hns onjoyed groater run of prosp'erlty
than Oak 11111, wlth lts broad a'crcs and
inngniticcnt landscapes,
? ? ?
Tho Virginih. Huntcrs' Improvement As
sociatlon, recently qfgahtzed wlth llarry
C. Qroome, of Warrenton; os presldcnt,
Dr, James Kerr, of Warrenton and Wash?
ington, D, C, aa vJfco-presldont, and
Chnrlcs Griflln Herrlng, of Harrlsonburi
as secrctary, wlll bo Ihcorporatod, and
many laudablc Improvemohto are con
templated by thls nowly-formed and nierl
torious organlzatlon, not the lenst of
whhh wlll be an effort to get the Unlted
Stati s government to buy lts cavalry
horses dtrcct from breeders, tnstead of
in contract loU. BROAD ROCK.
C.K. fi. BILLIHG5
SELLS HIS HORSES
Amateur Reinsman Formally
Announces His Retirement
from the Game.
Thc scnsntlon lnst week among the
lovers of trottcrs and pacors was tho
annotineomont that C. K. G. Blllings,
tho noted amateur reinsman, had eon.
slgncd every trotter and pacer he owns,
wlth the exception of Lou Dlllon and
her foal, to tho coming May sale to
be held in Cloveland.
Thc horses which Mr. Blllings wlll
soll are as follows: Major Delmar
(l:5'i 3-4), champion trotting goldlng,
by Delmar; Blacklock (2:07 1-4), pac
ing, by Cuckbo; Mazotte (2:04 1-4), pne
ing. by Tennessoo Wllkes; Lucllle
(2:07). by Brummol; Clarltn W,
(2:0D3-4),by Grnttan: Buglu (2:12 1-4),
bv Atliel; Fanny Foley (2:10 1-4), by
Ploneer;'Imogene (2:111-1), by Elyrla;
nlso Uve two-yoar-olds, six yearllngs
and six foals of thls spring, nll slrod
by John A, McKerron (2:01 1-2), and
out of the record mares named in tlio
list to be sold.
The lot makos up the most sensa
tlonal conslgnment of trottora nnd
pacors ever scnt to tho sule rlng h>'
ono man, and without doubt thero wlll
be some sharp competltlon for them
when they pass under the liammer.
Tho doclslon of Mr. nilllngs to soll
nll these horses was. doubtless, catised
by tho advorso doclslon of the court
in the action he brought to get pos
sdsslon of the gold cup trbphy which
13, E. Smathors won nt Memphls ln the
fall of r.Hir, wlth Major Delinnr, do
featlng l.ou Dlllon. drlven by Mr. 1111
IImcj. Mr. Blllings, as the turf world
knows pretty genorally, asserted thnt
hls mare was dofeatod through frnurl,
The failuro to prov'e this, nnd tho do
cIhIoii t h.it tho *rold cup could bo ro
talnod by Mr. Smathers, is thought to
havc caused Mr, Blllings to conslgn
hls fast lot of trotter nnd pacors to
the salo rlng.
BURNS-O'BRIEN FIASC0
! IS ATTRACT1NG N0TICE
I.os ANGELES, CAL., Ma vl.- In
torosl m tho iluht betw.i Tommy
Burns nnd Phllndolphla Jaok O'Brlon
before tho Paclflc Athlotlc Club May
8th Is incronslng. ltotting rematns
ovon, ulthough so rar only scattorlng
wagors have boon mado. Tho mon wlll
IlK'ht for slxty und forty por cent of
a $:!n,ooii purso.
-?-?_
War Among Cyclists.
SKW VORK, May 4.?Thoro prom
l,sos to bo a llvely war ln oycllng clr
clos thlo stimmer. wlth tho newly orgnni
Izad Natlonal Fedoratlon of Amatour
Cyclists on ono alde and tho old
Natlonoi Cycllng Association on the
othor. Thc N. P. A. C. sprnng Into >x
istenco n couplo of woeks ago aft"r ??
niootlng of a largo groupo of rldors ani
th. Ir followers who wero nnt satlsfloi
wlth tho way thlngs wero run hy thf
N. C A.
Neil Wants a Chance.
HAN' FRANCISCO, CA1... May 4.?lf nnj
ono is to flght Abe Attoll in t'alilornia
Fmnkle Noll h< llevea he s'hould bo th(
man, ln a connnunioatlon scnt to thr
nowBpapors Neil scts forth his reosonf
why ho is entltled to a, matoh wlth tlu
champion, Thore wns some disputo ovei
tho doclslon H th. li- laat fight, and Not
lb c'i'uzy lor unothvr chance at Attoll.
AT eis SHOOT
Scvcral World's Record Holdcrsi
Will Be Aniong Those to
Compcte.
RICHMOND AN IDEAL PLACE
Elmer Shaner, Sccrctary-Manager
of Affair, Js Highly Pleascd
With Preparatioiis Madc.
Rlehmond is preparlng to entertain
tho foilowers of Amerlca'a great sport?
trnp-shootlng. Next Wednesdny, Thurs
day nnd Friday tho world's most sktl
ful trap-shootOrs wlll be here to tako
pnrt in tho second Southorn Handtcar.
Tournamont conducted by tho Inter;
state Association for the uncoiirtge
ment of trnp-shootlng on tho shootlng
grounds of tiio Deep Run llimt Club.
Onu year ago the Interstnto Associa?
tion, the controlllng trlbunal of
Amerlca'a trnp-shootors, conducted tho
flrst Southorn handicap at Nashville,
Tenn. Success marked ovory portion.
So gratlfied were the membors of tho
organizatton that they dctermincd to
innkc it an annual affair, nnd tlie lionor
of holdlng t^.im event in 1907 was glvon
to Richmond. Assisted by membors of
tho Doep Run Hunt Club, tho Inter
state Association plnns to glvo a tour
namont which promlses to bo con
spicuous ln tho history of tho sport
Enrly lndtcations bear out the bolief
of the shootlng commlttce that during
the three dnys of tho tournamont thou
sands of shells nnd clay targets wlll
bo consumod on tho splendid grounds
of the Deep Run Hunt Club.
Early last winter when announcc
ment wns mado tliat Richmond hnd so
cured this noted event, the best shota
in the country promptly signllied thelr
intentlon of belng on li.md. They dld
not know at that tlme that Jl.oijO ln
cash would bo addod to the purses, but
this city's fanio for hospitality and
known liborality ln sporting events
was potent euough to make every man
,mark "Richmond, Va., May S, 0, 10" on
hls schedule.
Mr. Shaner Arrives.
Elmer E. Shaner, ot Plttsburg, Fa.,
the secrotary-iiiujinger of tho Intor
stato Association, arrived hero yester?
day to arr.ingo prsllrhinary plans for
tho tournanient. Mr. Shancr rcglstorcd
at tho Jefforson Hotel. He dld not
turry long nt the hotel, but promptly
hurrled to the Deep Run Hunt Club's
grounds to lnspoct tho urrangenients
vyhich hnd been laid out by the local
orgnnlzatlon. Smllos boamed from
,-very part of Mr. Shanor's countonanco
on hls return from a tour of Inspeo
tlon.
"Delighted, dld you say?" remarked
Mr. Slianer last evenlng, "I should say
I was. Tliore ls every reason to be
llevo that tho Southern Handicap,
which is the banner trap-shootlng fix
t'uro ln tlie Southl. will bo a historlcnl
event. The Interstato Association cer
lalniy made no mlstake when it do
clded to glvo Richmond this noted
tournamont. My. trlp to tho Deep Run
Hunt Club's grounds to-day convlnced
me that Rlchmond's trap-shootors aro
an energetic lot. I havo very llttlo pre
paratory work to got ready for tho
flrst gun. Dr. B. L. Htllsman, J. W.
Harrison, Gcorgo Roblnson, W, A.
llaniniond and J. A. Anderson, tho
gun commltteo of the Deep Run Hunt
Club, are to ho congratulated on tho
wny they have handled tho early ar
rangoments Frequently, in many sec
tions where I have gono to conduct
tournnments, llttlo or no advance
work has boen presentod by the local
gun club. Not so here. Malters aro in
such shapo that we could call tho first
sqund of shooters to tho fIrliig-points
to-morrow morning. Under sucli
ausplcious conditlons I look for a fino
tournanient May 8, 9 and 10."
When aslced what noted trap-shoot
crs wlll be here, Mr, Shaner replledi
Best Marksmen to Compete.
"Some of the best ln tho world. Men
whoso namos are famous whorevor the
sport of trap-shootlng ls inclulged in.
We will have with us Walter Hulf, ot
Mneon, Ga., who won tho professlonnl
champlonship at tlie Interstato Asso
ciation's Craud American Handicap
tournamont laat year, at Inclmnapolls,
lud., wlth tho magniflcent scoro of HE
out of 150 from tho qightoen-yard
niark. lluff made an averago of 94.ii
per cent. ln lUOti, shootlng at $,310 tar?
gets.
"One of tho very best ln the world
who wlll bo here, is W. II. Hoer, ol
Coneordla, Kuu.s. Hoer won tho high
ost yearly averago of 1906 by maklng
the magniflcent averago of 90.3 pei
cent., shootlng nt 14,055 targets. Tlil<
was a nuirvelous lest of shootlng abil
lty, und It shows to what a lligh phuu
this steady followor of trap-shootlng
lius devolopod hls sklll."
"Ono who wlll ihake them all sit ui
nnd tuko notlco is W. H. Crosby, o
O'Fallon, tll., who, with Frod. Gllbort
of Splrlt l.nke, la., shures tho dlstlnc
tion of belng tho groatest llvlng oxpor
wlth the shotgun. Crosby'a father \va
a good shot before him, and from hin
tho son inhoritod his foudnoss for th
'scatter gun.' Crosby has shot ln near
ly every State and Terrltory in th
Unlon, nnd won a largo numbor p
medalB, trophlOB, oto, He hplds^-thi
llnziird 1'owder Trophy, Dupont Llv
i'.ird Champlonship Cup, E, ?'. Targo
Cup and the Schmelzec Cup, .Crosb
was a niciiiber of tho all-Aincrlca
team that went to Europo ln 1801, ani
wns hlgh gun for the ontlt'o trlp. H
won high averago by a hundsome mar
gin, nnd dld some phonoineilill shQot
Ing, nnd Impresaod the Kugtishmci
that they had no shooters compoten
to compcte witli the 'flowor of th
Amcrlcun shootlng world,' Shortly af
tor. liis return from Europe, ln 100
he made R stralght run of itir, tnrgoti
which was ti world's record untll, '1001
when he run 4 19 stralght,
"tiiUI apothor craek who wiil bo her
Is C. A. Young, of Sprlngflold. O. By
reason of hls splendid scores nt hil of
Ihe promltiont targct loiirnnmonts dur?
lng the pnst docade. tho namo of C. A.
Young hns booomo qulto famlllnr to tho
trap-s-hooting world. ln 1005 ho made
on avernge of 02.1 per cent.. wlth 10.
r.'jn turgets shot at and 17.70S broko.
ln 1008 ho made an avernge- of 02.3
per cent., wlth 11,450 shot at nnd 10,576
broko. Hls nverng" for ycars hns beon
more tluin 90 per cent.
"An nrtist who wlll be hcro. who
nust not be ovorlookud when the avor
lgcs nro computcd, is Harvoy Mc
tturchy. of Fulton. N. V. McMurehy
las been n trap-shootor for moro than
wo decades, and hls scores durlng
hnt tlme havo alwnys rnnked hlgh.
It wns only lnst year thnt hc wns ',ho
tvlnner of the Intcrstate Asso'clatlon's
Rnstcrn Handlcap, at Phllaflolphla;
,vlth the ilne score of 0.1 out of 100
'rom tho 18-yard mark. McMurchy's
losltlon at tho drinir pnlnts hns long
>oen conslderod the ncme of porroctlon.
"A class man who wlll be here ls
W. G. IToarno. of Now Vork Clty, tho
conlnl representatlvo of tho Marlln
Flrearms Company. There nro few
.iroscnt-dny trap-shooters who nttend
my of the many promlnent tournn
!iients unacqualntcd wlth this gontle
mnn, Hcarno, hns mado many flne
scores, nnd at the Intcrstate Aasocla
lion's C.rnnd Amcrloan ITandlcnp totir
nament of ifior, ho carried off the
Scnrocrow Cup,' donatcd by Fred A.
>tono. Hearne was hlgh profossion.il
in thls competltlon. wlth n scoro nf
97 out of 100 from tho 17-yard mark."
Welles Will Compete.
"II. S. Wellos. a well-known trnp
shooter ,who has beon Ider.tliled for a
uumber of yenrs wlth tho gun and nm
inunitlon hnsiness. will compete, Ho
ls n resident of New Vork Clty. Ro
r. ntlv Welles won first averago nt
Avondalo nnd Borwtck, Pa., thc lattor
a 107 ont nf 170 performance nmong
a flold of for'ty. At many club shoots
around Now York. Wolloa has mnln
ralned n lilgh avernc;.' on tnrgcts dur?
lng tlio tlrst qunrtor of I9i>:.
"Ariothor hlgh-clnss man will he
l/cster P. Germnn, of Aberdeen, Md.,
who Is ono of tho foremost trap-shots
of tho country. German was a famoua
baseball playcr in his day. At one
lime he pitched for tho New York Na
lions. Control, or rather alm. was
ono of hls fortes on th" diamond, and
ho ls just ns skllfu! In poiniing the
shotgun properly as ho wns In send
Ing th0 baseball to tho ba'tsman. Ger?
man averaged 92.7 per cont. fVirlng thc
?,.ar tnoo, utiooting at 4.7 10 targots.
"Anothcr good ono wlll bo R. O.
tlcikes, of Dnyton, O., known as the
?Daddy of Thom All.' Helkoi |s a
ioprosontntivo of tho Union Motallic
Cartrldge Compnny, nnd hns been
shooting for more than two deendes.
and durlng thnt tlmo ho has won so
many cwps, trophies and hlgh avorngos
thnt lt is imnosslble to keop Irnek of
them. Ho was a membor of tho All
Amorican team that went to Europo
in looi, and ho was nlso a member
of the team that 'toured thc Paclfic
coast In lltor, and 1906. Hcikcs ls tho
only mnn that evor won the Grand
Amorlcan Handlcap from the scratch
mark. Hc aecompllshed thls fen? In
1900 by breaklng 91 out of 100 from
tho 22-yard mark. Hls avorage for
190G was 93.9 per cont., shooting nt
12, .03 targcts.
"A star of the flrst magnltudo who
will ho here is Haro'l'd Money. Money
nns hoon promlnently before the Amer
? lcan puhlic for many years a.s one of
the leading experts wlth a shotgun.
and hc is known ln every eorner of this
great land. For tho last two venrs
Money has ranketl well up among tho
eaders ln trnp-shootlng. hls avorage
belng over 00 per cont. for about 12
000 targcts shot at. Ho holds the
world s recorrl for ono of the most
uilHcult forms of targot-shooting
namely, shooting at flfty patrs in u
threo-cornerod race in St. Louis. ir.
1904, ho niude a scoro of 99. Thls is
an almost Imposslblo performance at
this dilllcult klnd of shooting."
A World's Record Holder.
"J. MowoJi Hiuvkins, who came Into
prominonce as a trap-shooter In 1894,
when at the ago or sevontoon ho woii
tho championship of Maryland, break?
lng 4S out of 50 targots, which at that
tlmo wns a State rocord, will also bc
here. Froni thls tlme on he won manj
cups, trophies and indiyidual mntches
also many hlgh averagos at tourna
nicnts, and camo to bo known ns one
of tho best amatours in the country
ln 1902 he jolned the professjona
ranks, and slnco that tlmo has won in
numorable averages, nnd mado numer
ous remarkablo scores.
"Ho has hrolten 100 straight targots 4
different times iu hls caroer. Ho hold
tho world's rocord of 128 straight froi;
tho 20-yard mark, which wns mado a
Baltlmore, Oc:tobor 4, 1905, ln opc:
tournument work.
"A now man in tho buslnesa wh
wlll bo here is 11. D. Froeman, of At
lanta, Ga. Froeman had an onviabl
rocord ns an amatour. He went on th
rond as an oxpert trap-shot about Aprl
1st. and. has hc.cn shooting in oxcop
tlonally good form rlght along. If h
contlnuos to Imprbve as he 1ms don
so far, ho will ho among tho letulln
profosslonals nt tho end of tho proscn
season.
?"Ono of thc 'old guard' of trnp-shoot
fers ontored ls Colonol J. T, Anthonj
a formor rosldont of Rlehmond, bv.
now of Charlotto, N. C. Thero Is not
trnp-shootor south of tho Mnson an
Dixon llno who 'ls not acfittalntod wlt
hlm. tio ls vory popular wlth th
boys.' nnd hls nulet, unassuming way
<>n tho trnp-shootlng grounds have wo
for hlm many t'rionda. Tho eoloni
has a liutuher of hlgh averages to h
CUftdlt,
Tho tournamont wlll starl nt 9 J>
M. onch day. and keep up untll oven
itig. 'I'hi. Leggott traps avn installoi
which wlll onahlo tho Deep Run Huti
ciuh to trap about 25,000 targets oao
day. Mr. Charles A. North, ?f Clovc
land, 0? an oxpert, is here to loo
after tho traps und keop thom ln por
foct orilor.
Adinisslon Is freo, nnd n cordlal Invl
tation Is oxtendod to all who like t
scu shooting stars ln nctlon.
T
Great Thrcc-Ycar-Old Event Will
Inauguratc Real Racitig
Season.
ROSEBEN TO BE FAVORITE
Davy Johnson's Famotis Ilorsc
Rcceivcs Indulgcnce in Wciglit
Over Acconntarit.
I1Y J. S. A. llAtnoXAl,]).
NEW YORK, May 4.?On next Thur.'i
day at Belmont Pnrk ono of tho mlle
stones of tho turf Is reached whcn
the Metropolltah Handicap?an annual
occaslon for a great outpourihg of
metropolltan society and tho Inaugurn
tiou of the real racing season?l<
run. It is an event for threo-yoar-olds
nnd up nt a mile, nnd it stnnds to-day
as ono of our chcrlshed claaalca of
American racing. for the flxturo has
been contlnuously contested for up
war'ds of tlilrty-slx years. At Jeronie
Park in the old sportlng days of New
York, tho Metropolltan Handicap was
the race of all races, but it has been
csso.ntlally a modern turf function
since 1S91, when it saw Its flrst run?
nlng nt Morrls Park. Thero Trlstan
bent Tenny and Clarendon. the ownor
of the winner taklng down J7.500 aa
liis sharo of tho prize.
Already Now York ls talklng of noth
Ing but tho Metropolltan Handicap, so
It would seem that tlie attendance
record for the event may be broken,
which is qulto a momentous affair in
Itsolf, slnce $2,000 person3 chcered
homo Gun Flro at Morrls Park in 1903.
Wlth clear weathor, not fewer than
30,000 peoplo wlll sce the race on
Thursday.
Tlie racing through tiio balmy after
noons of early May at Belmont Tark
ls orio of tho treats of metropolltan
llfe. Here tho best horses are shown,
tho mlllionalro owners violng in the
display of costly two-ycur-olds, whllo
the Metropolltan Handicap, tho Nation?
al Stallion Stakes, the Juvenlle Stakes,
tho Bolmont Cup, tho Withors, and
other valuable nnd hlatorlc llxtures at
tract a great concourse of racing vota
ries. ftaelf tho flnest racing plant in
the world, Belmont Park's clubhouso
lawn ln early May Is a plcturo and
an inspiration. "Let the shoestrlng
necktie brlgade, which would stiilo
n noblo pastime by Ptirltanlcal legisla
tion, look down at the lawn at Bel?
mont Park on somo early sprlng after
noon," advised Congressman Wads
wortU reeentiy ln answering the tlradc
of a contlngent of raco-track reforin
ers at Albany. It ls lndoed an inspir
ing sight.
With the Metropolltan Handicap. but
a few days off, a field of about slx
teen horses is m prospect. For tho
flrst timo in n long whllo, "Davy '
Johnson's Roseben recelves an Indm
gence ln the wetght. He Is asked to
take up 124 pounds, as against 126 on
a t'our-yoar-old, Accountant. Tho latter
horse hns been wlthdrawn.
SPECIAL MATCH RACES
HAVE SLOWLY DIED OUT
Story of thc Famous Old Race BctweelEclipse and
Sir Hcnry Which Was Rcally a Battl Bctwccn
North and South?After Ilistoric Ivcnts.
By tho making of a, mntch raco be
twoen Rhythmic Boll, 2:24 3-4, and Tho
Nativo, for $.">,000 stnkos, a few days
ngo, lurftnen wero rcmlnded that tho
good old plan of plttlng horsc agulnnt
horso on a straight out wager betwoen
owners has of late ycars failcn into
a decllne on both tho trottlng and tho
runnlng tracks. In tho early days t-?
raclng in this country the great mi>
Jorlty of all turf contests wore matches,
but fllnco tho splrlt of commcrclallsm
has como ovor thc sport, tho making
of a inatch Is of such rnro occurrenco
as to aimost characterlze lt as an
cvent.
Raclng for revenuo doos not tcnd to
jiromoto match-maklng. Ownors can
obtain better odds agulnst thelr horsea
hy entorlng them in purses or Btakes.
Those who control tho tracks and de
rlve thelr pronta dlrectly or indlrcctly
from tho bettlng frown on ordlnary
matches, bccauso a two-horsc raco la
usually a poor indlum for spocula
tiuii.
For those who have a horsoman's
lntereat in tlio sports of tho turf thore
ls no othor raco quito like a match.
Tho element of chance, which pluys
so promlnent a part ln crjntosts whoro
largo flolds start, is reduced to a tulnl
inuui. There ls no opportunlty for
holping and llttle for lnterfcring. Tho
raco is a falr, squaro, clean-cut test
of speod, courago and stamlna, in
which all cyea aro foeusea on two
contendlng horsea; und when It ls over
thu best horso has usually won, which
ls not alwaya the caso when many
computo for a purso or a stakc.
South Against North.
Somo of tho great match races that
were trotted and run when the turf wa3
young wlll prot>ab!y llvo ln horso history
long'after all the hitor day futuritlos und
handtcaps have been forgottcn. Umiuos
Uonably the most famous raco in Amc-rl
can turf annals was tho great sectlonal
match between Eclipso and Slr lienry,
now better known as Amcrican Eclipso
nnd llonry, that was run at tho Cnton
Course, on Long Island, in 1S2X Every
circumstanco which could contrtbuto to
excite lnterest in a horse-race sccmed
present.
lt wut, tho North against the South,
John C. Stovens, of Now York, having
offercd In a moment of enthuslasm at a
jockey club dltinor, ln Washington, to run
Eclipso fcur milo hcats against any horse
tho South could produco at tho post six
months later, nnd Colonol .Wllllam R.
Johnson, of Virginia, having accopted the
challonge. Tho stakos v.cro J20.000 a
slde, then nnd now tho largest sum evcr
posted by th..- parties to a match raco
in thls country.
The "Napolcon of thc Turf" started
from Virginia wlth flvo horses from which
to pick thc one he would run against
Eclipse, and lt was uot untll Slr llonry
appeared on the courso wlth colors up
that the backcr of tho Northern raccr
knew which ono he would have to meet.
Thero wero no rallroads In thoso days,
yet slxty thousand pcrsons journeyed to
tho track, then elght mlles from New
York, but now ln tho clty limlts. Tho
wholo country was stlrred with exctte
ment, nnd in many Instances spectators
had trnveled hundreds of mlles on horso
back or by the slow stage-coaches of that
perlod to witness thc race. How Eclipso
lost tho flrst licatlvlth a professlonnl
Jockoy on hls back, I l(l how Sam Purdy,
an nmateur rlder, M'n pulled tho great
raco out of tho flroBy hls brilllant work
ln tho snddlo, Is Jolu atory to moat
turfmon. ?i
At tho Jockey Clu dlnncr which fol
lowed tho contest ,f|hn Randolph. of
Roanoko nettlcd tiio t'orthorn sportsmcn
by sttylng: "It waa ttff Ecllpso that boat
Slr Henry, but tho ubstcra and cham
pagno that Colonel 1'hnson lndulgcd ln
lust nlght," rcferrin'Uo tho fact that
tho owner of the b, \s horso was 111
raco
pro
ct for
The
chaltei o lssued tho very
tho owner of tho ls W horso wa
nnd unablo to bo pr? W- when tho
waa run. Mr, Punklretorted by
posing tho toast, ?T.lt??o, too flect
tho faat, too stout fc'pho strong."
upahot was
rj' agalnst Ecllpso
tho Washlngton
lio nlnu-year-old
be cortipellod to
pounds to tho
or slx pounds
l lon courso. Tiio
on tho ground
Bervice may ono
rength and fleot
nmato sklll have
ct," and Ecllpso
next day to run Slr Ii
for $50,000 a slde <
Clty course, whero
Northorn horso wotl
concede twenty-four
.Southorn for-yuar-ol
moro tlian at the
challcngo waa declln
that "old age ond ha
day aceompllsh what
ness, dlrccted by con
hltU-rio fiiilcd to e
never raced agaln.
The Boston-F^iion Race
Second only to this imorable atrugglo
between Ecllpse and 1 llenry was tho
aectlonal match of lS4ln which Boston
and Fashion run four-* h.ats ovor tho
Unlon for $40,000 utakl Tlds ntco at
tracted hundreds of rlemen from tho
remoteat sectlona of tlL'nion, and f?r
months before lt tookt'eo was every
whero tho thome of refrk and speeula
tlon, not only ln the Irttng circlos of
this country, but ln En nd. It was es
tlniatcd that 70,000 per
thu Northern ohamplo i
rlval to a standstlil la
then on record.
Colonel Johnson. tlu oa'-ker of Slr
Henry ln 1S2.3 was the]
and desplto the crxishl
latter, he offored at tho c?<7 v-.uu ......
ner on the nlght aftor t| raco to match
him agalri to run four ilo heats wlth
Fashion for $20,000 a sld. The offer was
n..t aceepted by Henry BTob-r und Wll
llam Clbbons. of New rscy, wlio had
backed tho wlnnlng mor,
Faahlon was bred by r. Otbbona at
Madlson. N. J.. and vi by lmported
- -,_...? in
?i saw Faahlon,
run her great
fastest race
iKer of Boston,
defeat. of the
ckey Club dln
Bonnets o' Bluo from hljfwn horse, Slr
Charles?ono of the tlvlfocers tralned
for tho .match wlth Eeje? hc parted
wlth tho mare to Mr. ojjona, who In
turn mated her wlth Trro nnd ralsed
ono good enough to bca he best horse
tho Virglnla turfman ol had in his
Btabld. \\
only onco in tho htsH of harnesa
raeliijr has a match bcel Bde for Jli).
000 stakes, and th?To isphie douht In
the mlnris of many hos 'en whether
on this occiiFlon so much?- money was
lost nnd won. Thomas jJCawson and
E. E. Smathers poated U checks for
which Boralma. 2:0". aiclord Derby,
2:05 l-l, trotted at Hnrt.?- on August
2, 1902. Tho race was a sco. Boralma
havlng been in such pno/ondltlon thnt
after wlnnlng ono heat 2:08 ho was
beaten haek In 2:e:)'.j and 8 1-4. About
the only redeeniing featt of the con?
test was the fact that i Lawson dld
not nccuse Mr. Smathersf doplng tho
beaten horse when Boralr collapsed.
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