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Big Lcaguers Bat and Run Bases
Better, Says Dave -*
Bascunll us played by college stu
ileiit.i sut'fers mticfi ln eomparlsoii with
tho game us pliiyml by pruCoHHifitiulH.
Anybody who hns followed profcaslonrl
?nnd college husolmll closoly niuul'hnvu
marked the wlde dlfferenco In quh-ilty
between tho two?thnt Is, luklng tho
Iicst collogo basoball and tno best pl'o
tfcsslonnl baseball ns expouridcd by tho
toams of tho blg lengues.
II. lsn't that the ioUeno plnj'^'rn nro
luckiiig In Intclllgcnce os uppllcd lo tlu
national game. Tlie I'e.tioii for tha dlr
fefenco ls thnt bavebutj Ih a buslness
with one. u slde Ibsuo wlth ilio other.
liutlng the ptuy-ng nf the ina.lo:
leaguo tcuins at 100 per cent., tho
rollegc game would bc 75 per cent. In
lieldlng, SO per cent. ln battlng, CO p*r
t.-cht. ln pltchltig ,ind ;;1 1-3 per cent. '.n
btiue* runnlng.
The college floldltu; ls wl'.nln a qunr
tci' nn good us tlio nlg lengu't flelding,
but tho b.-ittlng ls only oiie-hulf as good
end the bacc runnlng only one-thlrd ns
good. In short, tbo college _amo Is
weuker iu liaitlng and ba?w luniilng
than ln flelding and pitchtng.
Tho college player knows less of the
Insfdo gauio, the ofTense of bnseball.
than ho doe.'i of dofonse ns comparod to
the best professlonnl. <
These iigures aro the estlmate of
Duvkl Fuliz, who formeriy played wltli
the Athletlcs, than whom nobody Is
better quallfled to expross an oplnton
on the subject. Fultz wns u tlrst-class
college player, a tlrst-class profeaslonal.
plnycr, and hus had success tfs a coach.
Therefore, he has had opportunltics
lo ucquiro knowledge of the profes
ilonal and college game from all an
"Wlth tho college man," he says,
''basoball ls moro of a concclous cf
!'ort. The professlonal. on tho othor
?and, does the same thlngs by lntul
lon, though an Intultlon born of ex
i boricnce. Eong trainlng along certaln
/Ines makes the gamo second nature
lo hlm."
"Does the professlonal play the gam*
more lntell/gently than the college
. "He does ln so far as lt ls a busl
Tiess wlth hlm. Hls llfe ls glven up to
t, Is spent with men who are the peers
In that calltng. He comes ln dally con
lact wlth tho most advanced baseball
that Is played, and he becomeg capable
of deilng thlngs that the college man
knows about, but hasn't the ablllty to
perform; for lnstance, the squeezc play
nnd the hlt-and-run play."
"But wliy haven't tho college men
the ablllty to pcrform these plays?"
Lack of Opportunity.
"Want of opportunity. Tho college
>nnn plays basoball ttbout two months
and a half ln the year, and then mcets
an opponent about twlce a week.
Moreover. the teams that hls team
lueets are, as a rulc. of the same base?
ball grado a-' hls own.
"And whcn it comes to learnlng tho
wcak und strong polnts of hls oppo
jtc-iit_" play, and making the most of
them. "vou must romoinber tliat he goes
nguins't n partlcular opponc-nt n6t moro
iiiHii three tlmes ln tho season. ut thu
iiio;;t. Tho proftsKlonal has tha ad
vantagc of nlaving a_ainst the same
,.Vf n tf.-f.ii- for t-lx months ut a stretch."
ln answer to a questlon whether
the colleulan had the natural mentnl
ablllty of Ihe professlonal, necdlng
1.1.Iv 'the oxpcrlenco to brlug lt out,
Fultz suld:
"Yes. hls mentnl calibre is such that
wtth the sairic expcrlc-nce and the same
pltysical ablllty hc wouid make a bet?
ter player as'soon aa he overcamo a
ceriuln ncrvousneaa In executing the
game. grew accustomfed to fue, excitu
liiont and the surroundlngs.
"Coltege base-runnlng ls a good way
loliind tho professlonal game," con
tlnued Fultz, "nnd lt Ih an idea of mlnu
that lt ia further bchind thun lt should
he. I've ?ecn college teains that nevar
altempted lo do anythlng ln base
X'Utinlng, seen tlioi'u stand stlll 011 tho
bases whon tho opposlug cayoher was
wc-uk, In throwlng, nnd the opposlna
pltcher dldn't know how to hold them
cIohc to the bases. ,,??.,
Agaln, the opposing batsman. didn t
know how to touch a man slldlng to a
d.asu. Tho chancch consequently were
all ln favor of the baso runner, yet he
made no effort to take advantage of
tho porccntago In hls favor. Tho col?
lege player runs fast enough. but he
ls alowc-r than tho professlonal ln get
tlng a lead and docsn't silde as skil
"I know that whon I was ln colleg-i
I nover attempted to steal as I shoula
have done, though I ,always could run
fast and slldo well." (Fultz-was one
of the best sllders professlonal bubo
ball over had.) "I dldn't reallze untll
later that many a time ln tollege games
I could have trled to steal and got away
wlth it. I suppose I tmproved 50 per
cent. ln buse runnlng after leaving col?
lege and about 23 per cent. ln battlng
and 10 per cent. in flelding. Of course,
I learned a great deal of baseball as
a professlonal I never kncw at college,
cspeclally about tho executlon of plays
and tho tlrnes to try them.
Collcglans' Tlrcd Eye?.
"Baseball almost more than any oth?
er game requires perfect eyesight?bat?
tlng more than anythlng elso ln iho
game. I don't mean that going to col?
lege is bad for one's eyesight, but when
ono is studying a good deal hls eyos nat
? urally get tired, arid that has al lenst
? temporary effect on hls battlng.
"I thlnk lt ls tho tendoncy of tho
coach to expect too much from tho
college players, tho coach havlng seon
a good deal of profe3sional baseball,
whlle somo of hls pupils may have seon
llttle, or oven none of it. For all thc.t
college players somet.lmcs do thlngs in
a gamo for whlch the coach cannot find
nny excuse, nnd ne wonders what coul.l
have been ln thatr minds to proinpt
thom to try such a play."
There was a blg college gamo in New
York last June, ln which tho colluglau'-d
want or alertnoss In taklng advaiitngo
of weaknesses ln tho enemy's urmor
was clearly brougnt out.
The catcher on tho sldo which oven
tually won had a sore flngor, but tho
opponents weren't aware of that faat
nnd never would have been awaro of it
httd thoy not boen so Informed by John
WcGraw, who was slttlng ln the grand
Btttiid and was very friendly' wlth tno
captaln of tho slde whlch eventuallv
lost. McGraw's keen cyo doteched the
fact that tho opposlng backstop had a
flnger whlch bothered hlm when he
threw to bases.; ,
Tiic gamo went along for six lnnlnss
wlthout hls favorltes dolng anythlng in
tho bnso runnlng line, when, under tho
clrcumstances, they shoulil havo boen
taklng ovory chance. Flnally, ho went
down to tho bench. and remarkod to ihe
cuptnln of hls favorlte team:
"AVhy don't you fellows steal? Steal
whenever you get on! Don't you seo
that catcher has a soro flnger und cah t
throw wlth certalnty?" Rlght after thnt
tho captaln of the team MuOSraw was
*ootlng for uot on flrst baso, stole sec?
ond and thlrd and came home 011 n
flunt?Phlludolphla North Amerlcan.
They Wlll Not n? Seen AVhen HIkIi
Inudcrs Come Suulh Next Sinliig.
lt will be dlsappolnUng to tha local
fnns to know that Dutch Revello ana
Jack Quiiin, star twlrlars of lasfseki
?on's champton Lawmakara, wlll not
bo seen In the llne-up ot tho Now A.ork
Amoricans whon they inoet tho local
tenrn durlng Aprll. - .'
Owing lo tho Kiot that Manager
Btalllngs hns twenty-four twlrlers
slgned for. tlio coming season, lt wlll
bo Imposs'lblo to-tuke all of thom 011
tho trainlng trlp Suuth. . -
Au Qulnu and Rovello are aniong tlK
fourtoen pitchers to bo left behind, II
wlll bo Bomowhat dlsappolittlng to the
local fnns, who had looked forward tc
?eolng thom appeur ln a Highlandot
Uniform against tha locala.
Being a Minister Doesn't Prevent a Man from Being a
Very Sturdy Athlete, as the Records Show.
Some of the Examples.
PHILADELPHIA, January 3.?Belng
a mlnlster doesn't prevent a man from
belng a very Bturdy athlete, as the
records show".
Thc Rev. Dr. Ralnsford, who ls
hunting ln Africa now, ls a great
angicr and shot. When golf was first
introduccd here ho wap among tho
flrat to tako It up, and lt is on record
that he played In the ilrst champlon?
ship at 8t. Andrw'B.
College football narturally has had
manv inen who were theologlcal stu
dents and afterward becnme mlnls?
ters. The Rev. Oeorgo C. Cutten, who
was centro ou tho Valo football team
In the lato nlneties, was a cracking
good plvot man, too. Thero was a
storv told of an occaslon when he
faced tho centre of tho Brown Unlver
sltv team. who happened also to bo
a theologlcal studcnt. The Btory goes
that they poked each other rlght man
fallv, and did not re.pect thc cloth.
The Rev. Mr. Galley, who played
football at Lafuyctte, and later at
Princeton. is a mt.slonary. Hc also
was n first-ratc football centre.
Bo~ey Retter, who was a half back at
Princeton that Yale wlll long remem?
ber, was a theologlcal Btudent, but
dldn't ftriish. ?-, , ,,
There have been come shlnlng llghts
in other forms of college sports. On
the track the Revr W. J. Hali, of Yale,
won the Intorcolleglato and natlonal
cross-country champlonships and tho
lutercolleglate two-mlle run in 190,">,
and was fourth ln tho two mllo in 1906.
The Rev. G. B. Morrow, a Canadian
quarter-mller, won tho champlon?
ship of Canada six years ago. and gave
Amerlcan athletes a scare in the cham
plonshlps. .'- ;:" .
Another preacher was the Rev. H- " ?
Work man. who came over hero ln l-oi
m roipiis
Richmond College* Will Begm
Practice This Week in Seven
. tieth Regiment Armory. -
Captain Lodge, of the Richmond
College baaeball team, will issue a call
for cnndldates wlthln tho next few
days, and a large squad ls expected to
report. Arrangements are being mado
to'securo the seventh Regiment Ar?
mory for the inddor work thls wintcr,
battery practice belng the maln featuru
ln seourlng a cage. ?
Tlie prospects are brlghter for a
wlnnlng team next sprlng than for
several years past, there belng somo
sevon or elght men from laat year.*)
nine back in college and a promising
lot ot now materlal on hand.
Among tho likely nowcomers, Cook.
last season's 3tar twlrler for Emory
and Ilenrv College, and Castlo, a fast
plaver from Massanuttep Academy, are
exp"ected to make a strong bld for tho
pltchlng staff. whilo Clark, of Rlch?
mond Hlgh School, and Gwnfney. from
Richmond Academy, are on the list ol
Innchlors. At least twenty-livo rats
aro expected to apply for the outneul,
whlch wlll havo no dearth of materlal.
Of the old players, Captain Lodge
wiirbo behlnd the bat, wlth Smlth as
his substltute; Wrlght and Meredhh
will be on thc business of tho Ili'inK
llne- Snead. .Iciikins, Halsllpp, l__eklet
antl Sheppard. the old V. P. I- tossc-<
wlll dlvide honors in tho iufield, and
Saunilers, S. Wrlght, P. Snead, Danna
antl Welfry aro booked for garden po?
sitions. , ,,,?
i_ good schedulc is near complotlon
at Ihe hands of Manager Long, aml
wlll include an opening game with
Virglnia at Charlottosvlllo ln March,
tosether wlth soveral contests wlth
somo of the hic Northern eoHegeai uml
a week's trlp through North Caio Una,
whoro tho Splders wlll meet the. U)\\
verslty of North Carollna at chapel
Hill,Trintfy Collcgo at Durham. A\ake
Korrest College at Waro I-orie.st, 1). ?
Vldson College at Charlotto, and Agrl
cultural and Mechanleal collego at
Kalelgli. _*?
Selieiue ou Foot for Petersburg to Buy
Thnt of Uonnoke.
[Speclal to The Tlmes-DIspatch.1
LYNCHBURG. VA., January 5.?
Riimora uro belng heard ln local baso?
ball clreles than an offort ls to lu
made at the* mootiug of tho Virglnia
i.eugue horo on the llth Instant look?
lng to the purchase o? tho Ro&noko
fmnchlse by a syndlcato of Petorsbur**
partles, who, tho report says, woubl
rcmove the Tlgers to the Cockado Clty
fcr tho season of 1003.
Rlch aml Turiicr Meet on thc Mat lu
Lynchburg To-Nlsfht,
[Sneolal to Tha Tlmos-Dlipatoh.]
LYNCHBUJ-tG, VA. January 3.?The
forfolts to guarnnteo the -match be?
tween Joe Turner, tho Wa.hlngton
wrestler, and BUly Rloh, the Dunklik,
N, V? wolterwolght, woro posted yos>
terday, aud ovorythlng has been ut
rangod t'or tho bout, whlch is to take
plaoo here at tho old -katlngrlnk Mon?
day plghtj. ? ?'-?' .-?'-.; '..'',,';
Turner, although he starteo. out wlth
an offer of n sldo bet up to $600, re
fuaesito pernilt tha forfolt of. $.5 for
?-.h'tnan to _tand aa a sldo bet, but
wlth the Oxford-Cambrldge track team
to meet tho Harvard-Yalo teams. He
won the balf-mlle and two-mllft -runs
in a slnglo day, both very easlly and
In excellent tlme.
In golf a Cathollc prlest. the Rev.
Slmon Carr, is one of the best of the
socond-class players. He ls tho pres?
ent champlon of Philadelphla. He is
tho most promlnent of the Diiestly
golfers in this country. '
Lawn tennls boasts the Rev. H. J.
Rendall, a former Princeton player.
who has been a euccessful player ln
doubles matches partlcularly. He Is
the Joint holder of several State tltles
ln doubles. Llke Dr. Carr. he ls a
Philadelphiau. Thero nro other min
Isters who play lawn tennls, buC ns
In golf, they do not uppear under their
own naines In open competltions, be?
cause of tho feellnj* that some of thylr
partshloiicrs rnight havo in the matter.
Columbin had a coxsv/ain once, the
Rev. F. H. Sill, who uteered the vie
torlous 1S95 crew on the Hudson. lt
Is related of hlm that he came down
once from the Eplscopal monastery
on the Hudson above Poughkeepsle
and asked that tho coxswaln of the
Columbla crew restraln tho language
that he was uslng Iu dlrcctlng the
He also is nlleged to have told the
young man that in his younger day*
he could have given hlm somo points
on waking up a crew. But this ls tra
ditlon, and ls not to be relied upon
too much.
Baeeball in the colleges has had its
clericul followers, but tliey apparently
have not shon* much. ln the profes
Kional ranks there has been none?
unless an excc-ptlon ia made ln favor
of Bllly Sunday, who left the gamo to
becomo an evangellst.
thls wlll not Interfere wlth the bout.
Turner wns thrown here several
weeks ago by Ed. Adamson, who ln
turn was beaten by Rlch. Both of the
men are well known to the local lovors
of the sport, and It Is belleved that tho
Iargest crowd will be on hand to soo
thls bout that has ever turned out to
a wrestllng match ln Lynchburg.
The match wlll be catch-as-cutch
can style. Police Gazette rules to gov
crn, pln falls and strangle hold barred.
Turner claims the welterweight
chumplonshtp of Amerlca, and Rlch
had been beating all comers at Dun
kirk, N. Y., and he will glve Turner
tho run of his life.
"Lefly" George, tho young PlttsburK
pitcher, wlll not joln tho Boston Na
tional's thls year. He is at AA'ashlng
ton and Lee University. and will not
play professlonal baseball untll hls
colfego days are over. Next summer
he will go on a tour wlth the Pitts
burg Colleglans.
Jimmy" Sebrlng will wear a Brook?
lyn uniform next season if relnstated
! by the National Commlssion.
; President Dreyfuss, of the Pittsburg
iClub,. has awarded tho contract for
bulldlng hls. new ball park and triple
decked grandstand.
I Herman Long, tho oldtimo shortstop,
i is to manage a tcam in Alexandria,
Ed. AValsh, whoso great pitchlng
! mado possible the hairllno flnlsh be?
tween Detrolt and Chlcago, is said lo
have asked for a substantlal Increase
over last season's salar.vy
i From all accounts, the New York
lAmericana have plcked up n line young
I thlrd baseman in Austin, of tho Omuha
j club. Austtn Is a Clevoland boy nnd ln tho
,'AA'ostern Lenguo lnst season not only
i played the bag nlcely and hit hard.
i but also stolo ninety-seven bases.
Flelder Jones hns dellvered his ultl
! matum that ho. ls dono \wlth baseball.
nnd thnt nothlng less than a ?"J0,00O
offcr wlll tempt him to consider an?
other strenuous dlamond season.
Manager Mack, of tho Athlotlcs, has
fourteen pitchers on hls roll for a try
out?namely, Plank. Bender, Dygert.
Vlckers, Coomns, Schlltzer. Flater.
Krause, Salve. Carter, CurtlK, Stowers,
Flles and Lanlgan.
"Socks" Seybold h; not. for Toledo.
He expected to land -thero as team
manager, but, as thnt honor has been
conferred on Catcher Abbott. Seybold
wlll look clsewhere for a berth com
mensurate wlth hls ablllty.
Connlo Mnck is very sweet on young
Jackson, the Greenvllle, S. C. boy.
Jack3on was glven a tryout wlth the
Athletlcs last season and made good,
but jumped tho tenm on account of
homeslckness. He has repented, and
wlll be taken Into the fold whon spring
Accordlng to the nverages of tho
Tri-State League, AValter Moser, the
ex-Lynchbj*rg twlrler, won 19 and lost
15 games for Lancas'ter. He has been
drafted by the Atlanta Club, of the
Southern Leaguc.
"Bugs" Raymond, when he was In
the South Atlantlc League two years
ago. made one of the greatest records
In thu hlstory of that organlzatlon. He
twlrlod flfty-ono complete games, wln
nlng thirtv-ilve, loslng eleven and ty.
Ing flve. Among hls explotts was a
no-hlt contest, ln whlch fourteen men
struck out.'
Arthur Irwln, one of the best judgos
of baseball players in the country.
thinks well of Jack Qulnn, promler
pltcher of tho AMrglnia State League.
Irwln prcdlcts that he wlll do a second
Amos Ruslc. - '?''."?-:?_'?
In a letter to Washlngton frlends
Walter Johnson says ho never felt bet?
ter In hls llfe, and that he fee-ls con
fldent of having a great year.
It is pretty se?eraV.v ?mor?d?,.,1'l
Pittsburg that "Deacon" PhllllppI will
be the next vetcran to walk the gang
plank. .. , , . ??
In Columbia the fans are thlnking of
the tlme when they had this fast in
lield: Kanzler. flrst bnse: Lallv s*cnnd
bnse: Needham. Bhortstop. end Grnn
vllle. thlrd basc. Columbia fans should
have seen thls comblnation: Kanzler.
first base: Ison. second hase; Sandh^rr,
shortstop. and Lipe. third base.
Edwnrd Y. >VrlgM^ Detrolt, Wlll Re
filvcu n Try-Ont Rcre >ext Spring.
Edward Y. Wrlght. one of the most
nromhing amateurs of Detrolt. Mi-i^.
has been'secured by the RIchmond team
and will report hero in the spring.
Wrlght played shortstop on some of the
best nmateur teams in Detrolt last sea?
son. and was considered ono of the best
youngsters in that city.
Wrlght Is a good flelder. has a fine
throwfng nrm and can hit tho ball. The
recommendatlon of Blll Byron.who wns
formerly an umplro ln.Iho ?>??"?*??
cult. had much to do wlth wrignts
securlng the local berth.
Xlnvunn Races.
HAA'ANA. .lanuary 3.?The raccs at
Almendtres Pnrk resulted aa fo lows
Vir?t race_Flve nnd one-half fur
lorgs-HaTk's Fl.ght flTBtgBm %Al"
manac second. Ramble thlrd. Tlme,
1:Seco"nd race-FIve furlons,i-Fresh
flrst, Precedent second, Malta tiilid.
TiThi'rd:04race?Mile and a- furlong
Lad" Ethel first. Maledlctlon second,
Orof.oka third. Tlrne. 1:67 2-5. , .,?
Fourth race?Flve and one-haH fur
longs?Sally Preston flrst L'Amour
second. Tree of Spado thlrd. Tlme, 1:11.
?p-lfth race?Six furlongs?Jack Mc
Keon flrst lmposltiou second. Blll Car
4-lrst. Dewolf second. Onlte thlrd. Tlme,
1:17. ^_,
Tuesday, AA'edncBday nnd Wed?
nesday luntlucc?"TUc Klght of
Thursduy nlghl?"The Quccn of
, Frldny, ' Snlurdny nnd Snturdny
mntlucc?"The Stronger Sex."
"Tbc Kcntueklnu," nll tlie week.
ContiuiioiiH Viiudcvlllc.
Conttutious Vnudevlllr.
"Tbc Rlgbt of AVny."
An evening wlth "The Rlght of
Way," which wlll pay a vlslt to the
Academy for threo performances on
Tuesday nnd AYedneaday and Wednes
Wblttuker, ou the left, and llu_,lu*_, ou tlie rlgbt, nrc iiiuonj. tlie VulveraUy of
i iVniMTlvaulu'. bUMt.
,.-..:?;.-.;: .,':.;, .4'^.\.;__.H_i.iit-,...''__j? vj-'.l'-'.ii ,.....:..? . .- ?, '.?. .',..'... ii . ..
day matlnoo, lu qulto nn good aa a vtt
eatlon Journ.y ihrotigh .Citnudn,
Kugeno W. Prcsbrey, Iho udnpter,
Ima Bucceedod ln trnnsforrlbg to tlio
footllghta tliofo two fas.dnaf.lng ln
?dlvldualf", Charloy Hteelc uml .foa lJor
ttignln,. ln an artl**tlc manner. fluy
Htniidlng Iiiih novor hoon hpiti to great?
or advantngo hero than now as thc
brllllant young lawyer. a slave to
brandy, victim of an assault Ih.tt trana*
forinod hls personallty complotoly,.
L'speelally groat palns have boen
taken ln utaglng "Tho Rlght of Way,*
nnd thc opentng of tlio last act. wlth
Us f;oft Hghls, lts rlyor shlmmcring In
Iho dawn. nnd every 'oTIioi' detnll, wlll
rank among tho memdfiiblo nfferingi
that have appeared hero thls nenson.
Mlss*-* Aniilo Rusaoll's Comlng on
gageniont horo ut. thn Acndomy of
MiikIc on Krliluy und. t-aturrfny, ,fan
uafy Sth and pth, Im already causlng
a stlr of iintlClpallon among tho best
class or theatrcgo.rs. Nor play of
thl.r yenr Is "Tho Stronger Sc.w" a new
comedy whlch ahe hnii preacntod for
upwards ot 130 nl_rbt.i al. Wobor's
Tlleatre, N'ow York. wlth great succosii
Besldes Iho New Vork run the play
hnii thc prostlgn of a year'a on
thtisiastlc indorsenient at tho Aooilo
Theatro ln London, Miss Russell will
travel ln her own epeclal car, nnd
hor elaborate eqiifpment of acenery,
costumen, pvopcrtles and other para
phernalla wlll make a gooa-slzed traln
Whilo movlng from place to place.
'?Tlir* Kcntmrkinn" Hero.
"The KcntUCklan" l<s another of those
henrt-lhtorest play.-i that has mado llal
Reld's namo famous among th__a whu
nttend thoatrea. He 1ms presented to
tho great nniUHement-lovlng public
several flrst-class melodramas, Incltid
Ing "Human Hearts," whlch has beon
prcspiued hore for several years ai tho
Acndomy; "Knobs or Tennessee," "The
1 Nlght BefOi'e Chrlstmas," and others.
, Alr. Reid, after having been ln ro
! tlremcnt for sevoral years, will ho aeen
! ln the play thls season. Ho ls known
i as a stnr of ablllty, nnd Is forceful ln
j his expresslon and conceptlon of char
acter.- Wlth hlm is a company of tal
ont, and they all tell a beautlful story
of Kentucky, which carrles along wlth
it some of tho thrltls lncldental to a
feu_, wlth a streak of love runnlng
thrbugh. Tho company came In from
Lynchburg last nlght.
Three lllg Stara at Mnjcstlc.
Three. blg stars head thls week'*;
blll at the Mujestlc Theatre. King
Kole, Lconard and the Geers are all
top-notchers ln vaudevllle, and draw
b"i_r crowds in all the large cltlos
where they have shown. Thls ls thc
first tlmo for King Yole, king of banjc
experts, and the Geers, gymnastic an.
rlng experts, to appear In any bul
blg cltles. Leonard ls a favorite hero
Wlth thls e.xcellent blll tho con?
tinuous performances, from 3 to 5 ant
from 7:30 to 10:.0, wlll be fllled eacl
afternoon and evenlng. There are nc
reserved seata.
NORTH WALES. PA, January 3.
Exclalming "tlme out," Charles Rtttcr
fouward on North Wales's basketbal
team; sank to tho floor In the game
wlth ."tratton last nlght and dled ln i
few mlnutes.
The game had been on ten mlnutei
when Ritter, who was playlng hard
was overcome. Charle? Bossert, of th<
Hahnemann Hospital, thc blg guard or
the Stratton team, rushed to his as
sistance, and, with Dr. W.. S. Hanley
worked over Ritter for forty mlnutes.
Members of tho two teams took turn'
at artiflclal rcspiratlon, and for a thnt
it looked as lf thelr efforts would b(
Acute indigestion and overexertloi
caused Rltter's death. The victim llvei
at No. 2S Sprlng Street, Trenton, N. J.
and ho had been marrled just a fovi
months. He had played with variou:
clubs In the Phlladelphla League.
Coroner King, of Norristown, wli
probably hold an Inquest Monday.
Bmiebnll Meetlng.
CINCINNATI. O., January 3.?Man*
questions of Importance ln basebal
clrcles are to come before the annua
meetlng of the Natlonal Rnseball Com
mlsslon, whlch opens in Clncinnatl to
morrow. Probably tho chlef subjec
to be consldered Is tho controversy ove
the status of tlio Eastern Leaguo ant
Amerlcan Assoclatlon, which havi
unlted ln a demand-that they bo.glvei
a separate claasiflcatlon and highe!
rating than other clubs, whlch thej
ohargo wlth attempt to-run their af
The Rev. J. Mercer Blain^Formerly of,Virginia, Now a
Missionaryin the Orient, Writes Intcrestingiy to Church
People Here of Conditions Since Rulcr "Ascended
on the Dragon to Bc a Guest on High."
Tlu: following lellcr concarnlng pres?
ent couditlotiH in China hns bfccii ad
(iressed by Rev. J. Mercer Bluln, for
inerly ot Vliglnlu, but now of ma
Mlil-Chtna Misslon, Southern Frosby
tcrian Church, Kashlng, China iligh
Sclfool, to tho Men'a Leaguo of tuo
Flrst l-'rosbytt-ilnn church, of thls city:
?i'ernnps a lew lines us to what la
going on In China durlng thoso epoch
uinkiiig days may bo of somo lutorest
to you. No doubt you havo had plenty
of telographlo hoWB,biit that is usunlly
brlcf, uften sensutlonal, and somu
times unrciiable. 'Iho world wlll bc
giiosslng for u long time Just what has
been tnnlng placo.in Peiting ln the
r'ojial pftlacc. Tho gates of the ...uer
city aro carcfully guarded, and 11 ls
wonderful how uffulrd Inuido aro so
secre.tly kept from the world outuldo.
"However, wo know that tho Em
peror Kuarig Hsu hns, us tho Chlnese
suy, 'nscended on the drngon to bo
u guest on nlgh.' Tlio Empress Dow?
ager has also deparled tlns llfe. Tlie
oitlclal announcements states that the
Emperor dled on November 11th nnd
Ihc Empress Dowager on the 15th ot
November. Both had been reported lli.
buc thelr reul condition nad not been
tcvenled. It seeins very strange that
they should havo pns'aed nway at the
same Ume, and there are vurlous <;x
planatlons glven by tho peoplo?nono
of whlch oxplaln nnything. Tho only
thlng to -do is to accept tho fact thit
both aro gone and make the best of
"The following ls a part of the
notlflcatlon sent out from Peklng ro
the Imperiul Mournlng, as translated
In the North China Dally News:
" 'Whereas, thelr MajOBttes, tho Em
peror and tho Empress Grand Dowager
have aacended upon tho drngon to be
gueatfl on hlgh, it is tliorefore proper
that thelr partlng notlfications ahould
bo Issued. The notlflcatlon will bo
glven to the MInistry of AVar to be
Issued to the governors of each
provlnce. On tho day that tho procla
matlon arrlves in each provlnce the
clvli and milltary olttclals, ln con
Junctton wlth tho gentry and llteratt
old and young, tho frlngo taken off
from thelr hats and ln mournlng
clotheB, wlll go to tho suburbs, and,
kneoling on tho ground, reverontly re
cetve lt. On tholr return to thelr
yamens they wlll kneel threo tlmes
and kowtow nino tlmes, and, stlll
kneeling, wlll llsten to tho readlng of
the proclamatlon. AVhen it ls tlnisned
they wlll rise, and, lamcntlng, wlll
agaln perforni turce kneellngs and
nine kowtows.
"'Tho clvli and milltary omclals will
thenceTorward wear complote mourn?
lng dress for twenty-sevon days, artd
for three days wlll lanieut morning
and ovenins. in conjunctlon wlth the
gentry and llteratl. The wives of the
offlcers wlll also woar mourulng
clothes for twcnly-seven days, nnd all
the offlcers of the provlnces wlll re
fraln from marrylng during tho year,
nelther must they have any muslc. All
tho milltary an_ tho peoplo of the
provinco wlll wear mournlng for
twenty'-seven days; for one month they
will nqt marry, and for 100 days they
wlll not have muslc. The omclals,
milltary and people wlll not oiiave
their heads for 100 days. The viceroys
and governors and such ofllcials wlll
refrain from burning incense beforo
tho gods (acts of publlc worahlp.')
Saw the Cereinony.
"In accordanco wlth the above, rltes
and ceremonles of ofllclal mournlng
wore observed here ln Kashlng. Tab
lets to the Emporor and Empress Dow?
ager were placed on a tablo and In
censo was burned beforo them; tho
ofllcials prostrated themselves beforo
these on the ground and lamented tho
death of Chlna's rulers. All the schools
lu the city, includlng our missiou
school, wero closed for threo days.
"On Sunday ln our mlsslon chapel a
speclnl sermon was prenched on the
duty of Chrlstlan Chlnese ln the pres?
ent crlsls, and prayers were offered
for the government, the church offlcers
leadlng ln theso prayers. On the nlght
before tho public mournlng began tlie
clty was allvo wlth woddlngu. All
nlght long wo heard tho flrlng of
crackurs nnd tho sotind of muslc, atid
at II o'clock raw two weddlng proces
slons on the street, No more weddlngs
can tako plnco for twenfcy-sevon da'y*4,
and even then thero can bo no wed-.
dlng muslc untll tho htinttred daya
havo gono by.
"As thc lato Emperor had no :ion. an
helr to tho thronc waa chosoii by tlie
Empreaa Dowager. The now Emperor
Is a child only two yeurp of age; lils
father, a younger brothor of tho Oo
ceiised Emperor, Is regent for hla son.
Tho regent, though only twonty-five
years of age, Is sald .to bo vory pro
gresslve and wlde-awake. He Ih t.ic
prlnco who was sent lo CSermnny lo
npologls-e for the murdcr of Iho Ger?
man mlnlster by tbe Boxerp.
"The pap^r.t report that he ls takinjc
Into hls coun.el Chang Chili-Tung aml
Yuan H-lh-Kalj two of tho wlaest of
Chinn'a state.-nen; Many thought thnt
the C'lunose would tako advantage of
ihe opportunlty to rselze the tlirone for*
a Clflnaman. thus restlng lt from th"
Manchas. but so far'there ha3, beeil no
dlsturbar.ee al all. and there is every
reason to thlnk notV that tho leaders
against the Manchu dynasty do not
conslder that thc timc has come to
make a change. There 13 a great de
sire throughout the country for tho"
constltutlonal government, whlch ha?
been promlsed. As the regent wlll
likely favor thls and other reforms. thc
revolutton wlll no doubt be averted.
"It Is reported that all is quiet nnd
orderly at Peklng. An attompted mti
tiny of soldlors at Anking. a clty upon
the Yang-tse River, is the only dlf.
turbance that ha'a occurred, and affairs
in tho capital do not seem to have had
anythlng to do wlth that I do not
know what sort of roports news agen?
cles may be spreadlng at home, but
thore ls no reason for our friends to
be alarmed about us.
"Business in thls part of the omplro
has not been nffected by the changes
that havo taken plaoo, and there is no
obstacle In mlsslon work other tlian
such obstacles as wo are constantly
'meetlng with."
Flre Department Wlll Bo First to Flli
Reports for Yenr.
Tho Board of Flre Commlssloners
w'll meet to-nlght to conslder the an?
nual reports of Secretary Lonnle .*?-?
Jones and Firo Chlef Joynes. both .bf
whlch wlll be presented to thc Mayor
Although dated as of January 1st,
few of tho departments of the city
government wlll be ready wlth annual
reports for tho conslderatlon of thn
Mayor for several weeka. In some
cases the reports requlre tho complla
tion of tables requlrlng care and at
teivtion, and on which work couhl not
begin until tho year had closed.
Several members of the Vlrginia
North Carollna Hotel Men'o Assoclatlon
have a+rlvod at the Jcfferson for tbe
scaslons of the convention'. which wlll
open there to-morrow night. The great
majorlty of men In tho hotel business,
both In thls State and North Carollna,
aro expected to arrlve here to-day arto"
to-morrow morning. Arrungemanta
havo been made for tho reeeptlon ot
more than 300 guests.
The auditoiium of the Jcfferson has
been cleared and made ready for tho
cxhlbits of tho pttrveyors. who wlll.
show their wares during thc conven?
tion. The hanqtiet wlll ho hold o*\
Wednesday night. and will be one ot
the most brllllant ever glven ut tho
News Gathered from Southside
Manchestcr Bureau. Tlmes-Dlspatch,
No. 1102 HuU Street.
The Manchester Educatlonal Associa?
tion wlll meet to-morrow night at S
o'clock, ln tho Hlgh School building,
corner of Eleventh and Balnbrtdgo
Streets. As this is the flrst moetlng
of the year. it ls especlally deslred
that every member he presont, as the
association ls anxious to get down to
some deflnlte work. Members of tho
School Board and tho Buslness Mon's
Association are cordlally invited to at?
tend and lond thelr nssistance In mak?
ing this movement a success. Tho Edu?
catlonal Association ls a nowly formod
organlzation, but slnce Its establlsh
ment last fall it. has grown rapidly'ln
membershlp. and hus dono good work
Week of Prayer.
The Wornan's Mlasionary Soclety of
Balnbridge Streot Baplist Church wlll
observo n week of prayer. beglnnlng
thls evonlng nt 3:30 o'clock, In tho
home of Mrs. R. C. Broadilus. To
morrow evening tho regulnr monthly
meotlng wlll bp hold In the home of
Mrs. Durham. Besldes tho mlte boxes,
tho members nro requested to bring
ln 25 cents nddltlonal for forolgn mls
Meetlngs wlll bo held nt tho follow?
ing plnces durlng tho balance- of tho
week: Wednesday. Mr?. D. L. Pulllam's;
Thursday, Mrs. T. E. Tnylor's: Frl
day. Mrs,, Onnrgo ITall's. All women
Are You
in Love
with neat and
Electric work?
Electric Motors,
Electric Lights,
Electric Bells,
Electric Fixtures,
Electric Supplies
of every deacription?
Day Phone 6442.
. Night Phone 4S40.
Southern Electric and
Manufacturing Corporatlon
711 E. Main Street.
are lnvited to attend.
Special Bonrd .feetlug.
A special meetlng of tho board of
I dlroctors of tli6 Mauchestor and Chos
| terfleld Buslncau Men's Associatlou
may bo called for Wednosday aftor
noou, for tlie purpose of fixlng a dnto
for tho annual meetlng and election
of officers. Tho annual meotlng shoujd
have taken plaeo laat Frldiiy nlght,
but aa that was New Year's nlght only
a fow of tho members showed up,
not a sufflclent number to mako up
a quorum, and the meotlng waa not
callod. Tho board will probably dc
clde on a nlght sometlmo in the near
future, us tho members aro anxioua
to get through wlth tho election, and
to recelve tho annual report of tho
Funeral of _lr. Brown.
Tho funeral of the lato John >I.
Brown took place from Decatur Street
Methoditit Church yesterday afternoon,
at S o'clock. Intermont waa mado In
Miuiry Cemetery. Tho firo departniont,
of whlch ho had long been a mombor,
attondedj in a body, and tho pal.l
bcarora wero inembers of tho dlfferont
frntornal organlzatlona to whlch ho bo
longcd, and tho department.
tOiiyiTtulUH I-.iohre Club.
Ontsldo of lts regular Monday meot?
lng, tlie Monday Euchre Club was ififa
llghtfully ontortalned at the home of
Mrs. W. B\ Merchant, ou New Year's
Day. Mrs. J. A. Daffron won tho first
priae, aud Mrs. AV. H. Garnett tho cou-,
Boiatlon. Dr. E. G. Hill capturod the
first gentlomen's prlite, and Mr, George
Turnor tho consolatlon. Thoso playlng
wero Mr. and. Mrs. Gec-'ge E. Gary,
Mr. and Mrs. G. 8i Carpoiitcr, Mr. and
Mrs. A. J. Daffron, Dr. and ? Mrs.
Lawronco Ingram. Dr. B, G. Hill, Mvs.
E.. Howlott Tralnum. Mlss EUa Mayo,
Aliss Mlnnlo Weislger, Mr. McCoy, Mr.
H. O. Carter, Mr. Merchant, Mrs. W. H.
Gkrnett, Mr. George Turner and Mr.
aml Mrs. Wllhs C. PttUlam.
Tlilef Stolo I.tin Ralie.
Mr. E. C. Kock, of Chesterfleld ooun
ly, had tt hnndsome Angoro. goat lap
robe atolon out of hls buggy Satiirday,
ttnd It ia presumed from clrcumstances
that the thlef attempted to maka awty
wlth tho horso and buggy. Mr. Kock
left hls buggy standlng ln front of Dr.
Ruokor'8 resldence, on Decatur Street,
whlle ho pald the doctor a visit. Uuon
comlng out tho vahlele waa misslni*.
Aftor hunting somo llttlo tlme \\o lo?
cated it nbout three blooks away. Thu
rnly thlng of any valuo I" the buggy,
flto robe, waa mlsslng. lt ls thought
that the thlef lntended Dteallug the
whole outfit, but was frlghtonod away.
l'crannitl* nnd Ili'lel--.
Tho publlo HQhoMs wlll raopin thls
.1 _., ?>,./.,t.?ii ... \ .
morning, ufter n ten-dnys*'Chrlsliuus
A largo party of flshermcn will ioowt
tho city thls morning for a two-daya'
outing at the club houso, in Chestcr
fleld county.
Rocky Khlgo Council, No. S6, Jr. O.
U. A. 51., wlll meet to-nlght at Fra
ternal Hall, when offlcers will bc lu-.
Miss Llllie Mny Baird. who has been
tho guest of her parents on Cownrdlii
Avenue. has gono to Alabama. y-hero
sho wlll vlslt her sister.
Mr. Georgo Gary. of AA'Isconsin. is
vlsltlng hls unclo, 'Mr. Gcorgo E. Gnr.y,
of thls city.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Zystrn have re?
turned from a vlslt lo friends In
Churleston. S. C.
Among- tho prej'ly Christmas cittr-r
tnlrinients glven last week was n ".lap
aneso ten)" ln the homo of Miss Mury
Perdue, on Perry Street.
Continuous Performarc.3
Hours: 3 to J an! 7:S0 to X0:S0.
Eapcctally Stroner 1J11I Al! This Woek.
No rtosorvect Sonls,
BWOU-All Week
JIatlnces Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
tlql Itaad. In. Hla Own Play,
A'Story- From Llfe. Better Than "Humaa
At.Bljou l'rivc-a.
Th>? Homo of ruflncil Vaudevllle. tllustratod
tjonss fttiil the AVorld'o Uost
. MoUou Ploluri:*.
Goneral. Adiulsslon: 10c.'; l.itdlca and Chll?
dren at Mutluee*. 5c._
Matlnui) Saturday.
ln tho Charmlnur i.'omeily,
???rilE STUONOHIt .S1'.X."
riicom ilivtlm-o, 'J.ic. i> SI.''U: Malit. fj.Oo. to|3,
At'.UiKMV, ?S'tic*ilii)'fl'Ml W?u!uu?ilny.
Wednesday Mattueo.
wlth ?

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