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SRISTOL and Hampton were to meet
It was the last big game of the
year. Bristol men, after their
splendid showing against Ktngston.
were confident of \ictory. Already
Hampton men stood shoulder to shoulder
and were ready to stake their last dollar
on their eleven. Such an air of con
. fider.ee was extremely pleasing to the
public and awakened an uncommon
amount of Interest in the approaching
struggle.
It was late Friday afternoon. Before a
big grate fire In their fraternity house sat
Stub Simpson and some six or seven of
Ms companions. Stub Simpson was a
cotable character In Bristol life. Simp
eon had worked his way through college
by writing for the New York papers. |
His articles on football were widely read.
"How many of you fellows have money
up on to-morrow's game?" Inquired Stub.
Everybody answered affirmatively.
Then Simpson entered Into a discussion
\u25a0of the relative merits of the two teams.
He had not progressed very far when the
colored butler pushed his head through
the door end cried "Dinner!" and every
one 6cramb!ed away. Stub had no more
than seated himself at the table when
a note was handed him. This Is what
It Eald:
"Stub, come to training quarters at
once. Must see you before we are all
packed off to bed. Drop everything and
come. ARCHIE."
-The devil!" muttered Stuti, crushing
the note and pushing.- back his chair.
Stub made his way to the training
quarters and found the men just rising
from the table. It was not long before
the newspaper correspondent was closeted
with the captain of the Bristol eleven.
Stub was the first to speak. .
"No\r, Archie, don't make a fool of
yourself."
"Stub, you know as wen as I do that
Bristol can't possibly lose."
"Why, Archie. Bristol has lost before,
and why not now?" queried Stub.
"You will never understand. Stub," an
swered the big fullback, drawing up his
large frame. "Just look at Bristol's de
fensive play in the Kingston game. Why.
man alive, we held the Maroon on our
one-yard line right under our goal posts.
You know, Stub, that Kingston can play
all around Hampton. You told me that
yourself only last week, before the Bris
tol-Kingston game.! What is Bristol's
standing, then? Then, besides, have you
seen Shorty King drop goals from * the
field? Maybe he won't surprise all good
people to-morrow! No, Stub, my mind
is made up. I'm going to bet every cent -
I have. and. what is mor^, I've borrowed
sonic— and up that goes, too. Here is
$500." And us he Epoke young Ferbert
pulled a. wad of bills from his waistcoat
pocket and shoved, it at Stub, adding: J
"You know, Stub, that my position on
the team prevents me from going Into
the betting ring*and putting this money
up myself, co I'm trusting you to place
this amount for me at even money."
"Archie, I can't do this," answered
Simpson,, dropping his eyes to the floor
and snaking his head.
"Quit it. Stub; for pity's sake, quit It,"
entreated Archie.
"No, Archie, you don't understand me,"
answered Stub, speaking earnestly. "I
would do this willingly for you If you
could afford It But you can't
"Think how y^u have had to work to
put yourself through Bristol. Before you
commit such a rash act think of your
mother and sister, who are making every
sacrifice for you? And what do they do
It for? That you may spend lots of
money and have a good time? No, Ar
chie, you know^ better. It Is not for
that It Is because your father's last re
quest was that you get a college educa
tion and study law. It makes me sick
at heart to see you risk everything on
this one game. Just think for a minute
what It means. Should Hampton win. If
means that you quit college, for you
could not possibly afford to go on. That
•would nearly kill your poor mother.
Think better of what I have said, old
man."
"Stub," said Archie, and one could plain
ly see that young Ferbert was having a
hard time keeping back the tears, "I
know that only the highest motives
prompt you to say what you have. I
know you are my strongest and best
friend. You have been kind to my
mother, to Rosamond and to me. And I
honestly thank you for It If I really
thought there was a possibility of Bris
tol's losing I might hesitate— but no such
possibility exists, Stub. Why, man,' 1 and
Archie began to warm to his subject,
"lfs a perfect cinch, and If I could bor
row $500 more I would put It up without
the slightest hesitation. But, say. Stub,
answer me this question truthfully—
truthfully, I say: Do you expect to bet
yourself r*
-For a moment Stub did not reply. He
was painfully counting the seams in the
hardwood floor. Then he muttered some
thing about that being different, and that
their two cases were riot parallel. Archie
kept on pressing the matter, until Stub
finally admitted that he had determined
to back Bristol at even money. Stub tried
to show Archie* that he had no mother
and no sister to support, and that it mad«
little difference no the people at home
whether he continued in college or not
However, It was all to no purpose. "
Archie rose when he heard the head
coacb inquiring for him. lie told Stub
that unless he posted his money for him
he would get Billy Hawkins or Jerry
Rich to perform the task.- This brought
Simpson to terms.
"I'll do it, Archie," Stub added; "but
only under the heaviest kind of a protest
I see your mind is made up, but those two
spendthrifts must not handle your
money.**. "
The Hampton team, with its coaches,
trainers and rubbers, with over forty
men In the party, reached New York
Friday night. The "next morning they
moved into New England. The Hampton
eleven had engaged quarters at the Ven
dome. As Captain Harding pushed * his
big, burly form through the doorway .
there was a big demonstration. Each
man on the Hampton team was cheered
as be came into view.
"An even $500 on Hampton," shcuted a
large man with a big diamond stud, and
Harding did not even try to suppress a
smile.'
"Taken." came the quick response.
Immediately there was a big rush. The
betting was on in earnest.
"Got any more?" asked Stub. The two_
entered a small room and took seats at a'
table. Simpson knew his friend to be an
old Hampton "grad" who was dealing in
Wall street stock for a livelihood. Stub
knew he was up against a real live
plunger, but he never quailed. He had
$1000, so he told McPherson, which he
wanted to put up. He did not tell the
Scotchman that 5500 of it belonged to the
Bristol captain and $500 to himself.
Neither did he tell his companion that
only the day before he had received m,
letter from home telling him of his
father's failure in business. What good
would it have done? It was finally agreed
that $500 apiece, should be wagered. Stub
took a large roll of bills from his pocket
and carefully counted out $500. The other
$500 he put in his pocket McPherson had
come with his money done iip in packets
of $500. In hie business he had adopted
such time-saving devices. So the broker
was not - forced to count* The two men
left the table and; sought^ out the clerk
at the office desk.^ The/ v money was
counted again by the^eierk, who placed
the bills in an envelope. Then the en
velope was carefully marked and stowed
away In the safe of the Vendome. As
Stub was leaving McPherson, Johnny
Snow, the stroke oar of the Bristol crew.
hurried up. ",'v- . * '*' • "ji :^
"Give me $500. Stub. I can get odds et
ten to seven for you."
"Where?" asked Stub excitedly.
"It's a snap and I can't give it away,"
answered Johnny hurriedly.
"You're sure of your man, Johnny?*"
questioned Stub, fumbling In his,, pockets.
"Perfectly." And off trotted the bold
stroke oar with Simpson's other $500.
Stub hastened to a writing table and
scratched these hurried lines:
"Archie, your 500 up. Now go In and
win. STUB." -
Calling a messenger boy. Stub dis
patched him, with instructions to deliver
this note to Captain Jtrchie Ferbert with-,
out fail. Then Stub got ready to report
the game. . ,
It was nearly 2 o'clock. . For the last
three hours big crowds had been passing
through the gates. Fully 20,000 people had
been seated,' and more were still coming.
On one side of the field were massed the
supporters of the Purple, with colors wav
ing and streamers flying. Just opposite
them were located the strong cohorts who
came all the way from Hampton to cheer
their warriors on. Pretty girls in tailor
made jackets, wearing the colors of old
Bristol, vied with the smart Southern set,
who were decked out from head to foot ln~
flaming, cardinal. Men prominent in all .
walks of life studded the stands. From
Washington came Cabinet officers *with
their wives;" Judges of the highest courts
in the land found time to once more rally
around the flag they loved so well; An
napolis and West Point were represented;
men whose faces are familiar in the halls
of Congress shouted their old college bat
tle-cry- In the Hampton delegation sat. an
ex-President of the United States. From
one of the Middle States came a noted
Governor to lead the cheering for his
alma mater. Across the field came float
ing the notes to "A hot time in Hampton
to-night."
Bristol answered vociferously with her
sharp, stubborn "U- rah-rah!" It was a
grand sight, and one that would stir the
most sluggish blood. Every one was anx
ious for the fray to begin. Already the
officials were on the Bide lines. In the.
press box sat Stub Simpson with his -hand
on the tick«r.
It was Just 2.02 when the Bristol eleven
jumped the ropes and bounded into the
field. A mighty roar arose. One might
have thought that the dogs of war had
been let loose, so terrific was the din. The
noise had just started to subside when
McPherson shouted through his mega
phone:
"Here comes Hampton 1" _
like a flash every Hampton man was
on his feet, frantically waving his arms
and shouting madly. Out' trotted'* a long
file of warriors belonging to that "dys
peptic Ice water drinking nation." Striped
stockings marked each man. " ' .
After a preliminary skirmish the ref
eree's whistle brought the two teams to
gether and the crowd to their senses. The
ball was In position -and, Archie Ferbert
stepped back to kick off. As he did : so
Stub Simpson, turned ' In his, seat 'and
caught sight of Archie's mother and sis
ter. He was ready to swear that he had
never seen the girl ; look prettier. ; Rosa
mond's black, wavy hair * and dark eyes
were muffled somewhat *by. tbe_upturned
collar of her jacket, The brisk,; cutting
air had brought a bright, healthy ! color
to her cheeks. Stub took time to notice
that she wore the flowers which he had
sent her that morning. . - . /,;/ .
"Are you ready, Bristol ?" called out
the official.
"We are." came the determined re
sponse. EmSBSSppBGSESS!
"Hampton, , are you ready?"
"We are ready, sir," ana In that ' reply
there was much of the tenacity f of the
bulldog displayed. Bristol braced • herself
on the 55-yard line ready ror the whistle.
On each man's . face was written Eome
thlng Indescribable. You may call It
what you will. Men are: at their best
when they can fight on "nerve." It ; was
"nerve" that was to pull these two teams
through to-day!
A shrill sound— and the whistle has
blown.
"They're off 3" excitedly shouted a Bris
tol man who had horses ; on the track.
"Just watch that pole horse : \ kick," he
continued, by way" of explanation to his
companion. As the old war horse finished
cpeaklng Ferbert started rorward: ..There
was a slight thud; ; ,Down ; the ' field \u25a0 flew
the ball,/ right ; Into the arms of - Hamp
ton's 1 star halfback. .Wright started for-,
ward; arid by ;' 'splendid doCging . ran the
oval back twenty-five ; yards. How those
Hampton' rooters cleared , their lungs ! The'
game" was "on ; In' earnest
"9-42-3-8!" */; shouted Hampton's little
quarter/ // . \u25a0.'_• , .•; / r .. * :
Smack-biff-bang and Wright 'was pujshed
and pulled through left guard and center.
Eleven men got Into that play.
CONFUSION
GOODS
• "First down!" called the referee, . and
the /Hampton , faction '; let \' out an i awful
roar. 'Hampton'used her close; formation
and ' kept hammering /the /Bristol "> line.
Her revolving \u25a0-wedge/was /sure ; to net
something. /Teddy V skirted;/ the'
Purple's : right^. end' for/ a big. gain, and
things ; looked "blue" for Bristol. .
"Hold/thiem, Bristol, hold them!" chor
used many. : \ r '\u25a0 /'..
"Get; down on your .;/ knees*; and play
• shouted j a". Bristol ; partisan.
'.'Grab their, legs!" 'chimed In another./ /
"Smash that Interference!" Interposed
a knowing, one. ::||l|§3££SS
. "—or "get smashed," '. blurted' out ' a
Hampton -i follower. / . /
"Watch* Wright!" - added a man .in ' the
press :. box, "nudging : Stub.
'.' "\u25a0 "Yes/ 2.22," : answered \ Stub, :\u25a0 looking j at
his watch.;. Stub* had 'missed
j^Hampton bad worked thej ball: down,in
to, Bristol's ,i territory, -.when/ the Purple,
urged . on : by's Ferbert's J brilliant •defensive
game," braced 'and ; held the: Cardinal "for,
"downs.". f Hampton (wasl playing the-bet
ter c ball,; and/: Bristol: knew, it Both
elevens kicked; freely .iFerbertgettlng'the
best'of . It \u25a0 on^ "every-! occhange';©^ r punts;:? It
was i Hampton's/ ball; on--; Bristol's sfortyi-*!5 fortyi-*!
yardfline. •\u25a0;. ; ' : : \ \u25a0'-'• '"..'.'.• '"'-."••-\u25a0!•\u25a0'*'\u25a0/\u25a0'. : '
, l"15-18-3;9!"/ signaled -the: quarter./
:-:'.'Tbat's?.Wtight!"| explained the ; * man
next to Stub.;, : VNow..watch!"'
Around ' the - end "shot ). the "; stocky^ half-
THE SAN FRANCISCO. SUNDAY GALL:
back. Bristol's end was completely boxed:
Behind f perfect ;<; < interference 'he escaped v
the 4 savage lunges of .the / Bristol ' back- .
field, and breaking,; away/ froni his : inter-,
ference he^dashed 'down "the" field. V/K'--':/
v. "Go^ it, - old ' man; go it,','] cried a Hamp- 'Z;
ton; man. / . . .-'\u25a0 .'•'•'\u25a0 £\u25a0\u25a0?. '.' '-\u25a0'',:-\u25a0\u25a0>': ? : '.
V "patch /him, ; do /catch China ." and bring
him ;^ back!" : ; screamed ; a pretty'; Bristol i
girl, who : was probably; seeing; her? first 1
big game 7/ Then she colored: and subsided \u25a0
completely,; when -she saw| how every/one •
stared at her. , ' '//'";•\u25a0;// // -/ /;'•.'
But; already Wright ' was beyond recall.
Kverybody vwas on \ his^bwnr of; some 'one/
else's ", feet, '. shouting) like a \u25a0 madman. .;', On?*n ?*
sped -the^ runner/ toward JtheTgoali posts.^
: Suddenly 4out '= from the ' bunch shot 'a' Brls- ?
i tol ?guard.\| Wright s : had atclrcular.'coursei/;
the 1 , big,* 'stalwart guard ' gained fon] hlm;^
'Wright % heard % him 1 come J lumberihg^on^
but dared not look \ back; He imagined he*
i heard 3 the J big. I fellow's * heavy | breathing. %
\u25a0 Over] the ZwhlteVchalk/ marks] flew, : the \u25a0 twol:
"pairs/of i legs:/; The i purple * pair I was tcer-t
\ tainlyj gaining!* Every ;6ne held ' his"; breathy^
-But/ three more chalk /lines/ must Sbe j
crossed— how,; two. the 1 flye-yarda lln«t
• big \ Stanley} made r'a'Tdesperate | lunge?for£|
Iward.Tand^down icame^vWrlghtfon^Brls-^
\ tol's \ one- yard '% Hne3.ltlwas f a fr beautiful \
\u25a0tackle:/ No i signal 'could \ -bel heard . j above t
t that} awful "wave" -of j£ sound.".' Two* times |
Maniptdn 'i battered y. away/ at % that » "stone ?;
-. wall >of< a " line; '"\u25a0\u25a0 and , twice *it > refused ," to .
: yield:" r /--" N> --/?^\u25a0/\u25a0-- : ;-;/ ; /'- t; :;-/^^.v ; ; -\u25a0\u25a0;:
fe/'Third down, five yards to gain!'.' shout- \u25a0>
; edithe/ref eree // ' : ;:/> j. '>.y^.y : ;,'j:;:; ,'j:; : - • -; ; i. ;\u25a0• *J;~ . .;-.;'
- If Bristol could but. hold this time their
goal would • be ' saved. % Every man braced
himself • for ? the final .effort .
;; 4 ,V 27-2-9-4 "; came* the signal. / / •
iKxWrlsbtl^ 8 given; the. bafl; and slipping.
bY just i outside sof J. tackle.s he : rolled over
; . the Bristol goal Hne. r / In the ; turmoil hats
1 were v smashed, canes '.broken \u25a0 and ' heads \u25a0
cracked, ; but : nobody *caredf.'_\ lf they 'did;
" It Jh would S; do them ' little" good ,to < protest
r But { the' game ' did not > stop ' here. It .went <
'"on./ Bristol was now playing madly. "" Fer
\u25a0 bert .was in every scrimmage ! and showed
reckless * abandon. He ; smashed ; Into ' the
•Cardinal . line and broke up i their Interfere
ence repeatedly. .'He bucked^he center, or
: hurdled f the t line V* f or^goodr { substantial :
gains. ".', He and Stanley rwtre -thefmaln- .
stays -of i. the * Purple %. team. .; Bristol/ 1 had
worked i the s ball J down -to : Hampton's 25-; .
yard ; line.l; when/i the > sons < of »;•' old /John
;. Hampton 7 held. -" Then ' the ": -.; Cardinal got \
\u25a0'readyVt6;klck^/V-VV i - ?: '' ; '/. :^ r '-''; \u25a0 '^ •'" .
/ .: "Break-through arid •\u25a0 block the " kick," [
shouted'; hundreds v \of i Bristol men.
VTear f .'em \up^ - Bristol, j tear 'em "\u25a0 up,"
was 'heard^'oni airsldes. > r ' \u0084. ,
/ Back 2 went tthe / balL^ ; Stanley.- was
'•,llkera T : shot,/ and* right \u25a0
hlniUhundered Ferb"er't / Up* wenV Stan- ;
i^ ley's "arms»/and;as" the ;ball : Tose ; under;
i the"V rrffgnty ? klck,^Btanley;^pushed r; his
• hands squarelyi ln^f ront; of .the pigskin,"
rahdfdowri'felliithVjball.i rolling toward
i the;' Hampton |goal."*/ Like; a*, flash, } Fer
;b w ertl,was; after,; It,'; and'asthe piece ;of ;
\ leather." boundedr/behlndivthel ragged
.white \u25a0\u25a0 goal ? llhe'Ferbert ; threw, his cum
bersome : f orm 3 upon I It,; and now. It /was
i- Bristol's ;turnUorcheer.' r ' Bristol^ missed
her try ; for/goal, I ' and.'i when { the ~i noise
subsided, the score* stood. Hampton, s 6 ;
mristdi:s:;- ; / v «//- \u25a0•;:/;-::;* ; ; ;. ;. ' w ...
': Only -a" few minutes were left" In : this
half.- sßristolVgots Bristol Vgot Uhe;b"all- oruHamp^f
ton'stforty-y'ard liner and .Ferbert de
termined^ to \u25a0'\u25a0 try \ for: a goal from: the
field.>-;. True as ;a ;\ dart.: the-
Shorty! Klng^ pu t \ the ! oval \u25a0 squarely,, be
tween; ! the'uprlghts.'>iTbat: kick brought
the* Bristol'menitoHhelrf eet; and -right
lustily did* they/cheerjoldi Shorty?^ /^
Into i the'play. jlThVyJemployed. all \ kinds
of \ tactics^ such? as are used^^ln ' actual
military r warfare ? to-day/- \u25a0 They as
saulted/the 3 Bristol.'* center. i;butcwere
always ? ' : ', They '; massed ? their
columns^ on ; tackle.' : but rßristol's;;reserve!rBristol's;;re
serve! f orce'iwas \u25ba 1 always :'• hurried 'i up.
Then '\u25a0 Hampton? attempted .to ' turn*. their
enemy's' flank,'.but:Brlstol ends/ refused
toj be ftboxed.- > next i tried?; to
Vguard-back';> formation," j'sbutlf. these
heavy > field ; piece's f; v were '*\u25a0 too f siow S in
Btartlngr.V'' The iwhistle ; blew ; and; the
first i half .with ithie ; score" stand
lng/JBristol,: 10;! Hampton.^ 6.^ *
-. The \ two } elevens" were "; hurried off •to
their 'l dressing n«: rooms, \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0-' .where "the
coaches ibegan^thelr "perf urictory^'sys
temTof:chastl3emenL"^ v The*rnen!sweated
and< r steained * under^ the j hard/names ! ap-;
plied|to;theni.j|All|thls;time|theltraln^
erssand:rubbefslwere-glvln^the]rnen?a
hard 'airiassase T treatment."^! No gwonder
those! big.l powerful i frames j glowed ' and
glistened.". '< .J J •--.'-< '-,.'*/' *
¥l Stub^ Simpson i j; sat V In j th^A press^ box
throughout'gthe \u25a0*' ten \u25a0/ minutes'.^ Intermis
sion.^ Helwaslmadlyl excited. If Hamp
tdn^ could fonlylibe^keptj; from % further
scoring I the"game .would • belong : tb>Brls-
tol. One thousand dollars was no, small
sum for two boys to divide.
" Just then a messenger boy rushed up.
' "Is Ralph V B. Simpson here?" he
shouted. ' .' \u25a0 \u25a0 . " •/ v •. ->\u25a0-'.'•
. "Here," quickly answered the ever
\u25a0_' active . Stub, reaching _ forward \u25a0 and
grasping \u25a0\u25a0 the envelope which was
thrust at him. /' Stub hastily, tore ope.n
the envelope, and this Is what it said:
' "Stub-^I could not get 10 to 7 for. you.
Have tried In vain to find you. Have left
your 600 4 at ' the jVendome.— Phil Kennedy
will bet you even; ' The Cardinal is weak
ening." .' V JOHNNY."
•'\u25a0; The seriousness, of the situation dawned
upon. Stub In an Instant. Whose $500 had
McPherson covered— Archie's or his own?
Whose ; ; $500 . was lying i dormant to - the
-vaults sof5 of \u25a0 the : Vendome-^Archle's or his
X own? 'Stub, was about to curse that bold
stroke oar, but thought better of it and
? quit. 'He looked at the note and saw.
that lt.was written at 12:30. Look, these
lines ; had been • scribbled more than two
hours • ago ! *• '.'hen Stub thought of : curs
ing the messenger boy, but that lad had
disappeared.- Already the two elevens,
were ' appearing \u25a0 in . the field. He must
make.his decision at once. \ No time was;
! to - be : lost . Whose ; $500 had McPherson
covered?.- Stub'knew that Archie must
have received* his note, telling him of his
-money., being 1 covered. Stub thought he
$ might divide the $500, regarding $250 ,of It
as Archie's and the other $250 as his own. .
~iThat'certalnly;would be the square tmng.
Then the* awful : thought came to him that
this would never do, as his honesty might
-, be questioned. The boy was in a terrible -
predicament/ . /
/\u25a0• Well, - something ; must be done. A . de
cision. must be reached, and that decision
."abided by come what might Stub turned
. in\ tils j; seat "and stole another, glance _at
/Rosamond. • Rosamond - must have; been
!. looking hla way, 1 for Stub gallantly raised
.; his; hatj ; No^ longer r* did ;.'- he hesitate.
; "Archie mc eds 5 the i money more than I
' do. : "My * money ':. Is "\u25a0 at \u25a0 the Vendome and
> 'Archie's kls ~ ; with- *; McPherson's." . Thus
- muttering ; to } himself, ' he turned again to
: his • ticker V and . began sending off dis
patches to' hispaper:
'. : Click.fcllck.lcllck-f3:05. "Betting slight
ly : favors .the Purplel" \. ; .
>;,Cllck,- click; click. "Bristol is cheering
-] madly. VV}«3SriMefIEB9SBBS£OfSHBKESS
.Click,: click,' click.' line-up
v slightly* changed; lirlstoi's Intact".
.: ; 'Football : teams i never. fought more dcs
- perately. l than did : Bristol and * Hampton
/during: this. second ;half.\i From the klck
/ off 'spectators; went ; mad. / They cheered
\u25a0'* their : : favorites .' until some got . .rea.ly
? hoarse.' The megaphone - man was . using
v his; lungs^ with telling effect- ;The Cardi
nal :. still * showed ; superior ; form.'', and -the \u25a0
\1 Purple v the -better "endurance.
Jwas -i continually^ tnrowlng In.; substitutes.
'% Her, star • tackle - had ? to . be = forcibly . car- *
>rled from •;. the } field. " Next thequarter-
: iback?'had;-tojgo.;/In >came>Blake with
r bandaged , ankle and ' twisted > shoulder.
'./"Nowc they ; have - that rotten quarter
\u25a0/back{in.".- 1 said • Stanley."-: -'.' Jus t: vs '\u25a0
; run up) a> big j score." Blake only ibit his 4
:llp and ;blded;hls time.; y~
•£4 Hampton \u25a0 was certainly^ putting a lot of .
D fresh \ men .Into ', the ;• game,"' and for a team -
/\u25a0 of substitutes they;were' playing . wonder- .
i' fulC football.'; r^The "Cardinal would? force
!\u25a0< the £ pigskin : i Into; Bristol . territory, ; then .
tßristolt Bristol would brace wonderfully and .take
i the- ball £awayV?onVd6wns./ Then Bristol
:lwould ibegln'i to r cheer \as Ferbert - booted -
the ball down tjie field. ...
-.''. • It ,, was i Hampton's j ball ' near .. the .; center -j
7; ; of . th? field.? Ha'mpton'v went '. at \ the Bristol
'^ line. hammer^and; tongs. c.They'were using
•\ their ?i tandem g play H with ". : f telling/; effect ;
«; Down* the i field they marched?/ Big : ; holea j
l^were (opened lin^the j Purple/ line; through *
Hampton s shoved; and \ jammed her i
/ heavy i men." ti Something ; must : be/done j to
\u2666 •save' that terrible; onslaught/Would \u25a0 Brls-/
U tor run lup/the/i.whlte ; nag? I Never.' Hamp-
Uon ; next s made ;' a mass : piny on ' Bristol' s i
'right!. tackle. : It was bravely met Twen-;
ty-two forms were heaped- high, and* at
the ' bottom of the fearful pile lay «th«
right tackle. When .the players wer«
pulled off he lay there -perfectly still.
Out from the side lines bounded %hst.
Bristol doctor. The players gathered
around the " apparently - lifeless form,
waiting the return of consciousness. The
crowd was grimly v silent and awaited
tidings from the battlefield. ' It Is sur
prising how silent a big crowd some
times becomes. . ." • :
"What's the matter. Stanley r* shouted
Simpson from , the pres3 box.
"Nothing much." ; came back the an
swer. "Dillon has broken his collar-boss,
but he will be all right just as soon aj
we get this harness on him."
Bristol men heaved a big sigh of relief
as they heard this - comfortable assur
ance. Three minutes were > given to re
pairs, and at the expiration of the al
lotted time the two elevens were at It
again.
Time was rapidly drawing to a close.
Only a few minutes were: left to play.
On the side lines, wrapped in a blanket,
lay Teddy. Wright,' crying. Long before
he had been removed from the game on
account of Injuries. He fought when the
coaches carried him off the field, and he
had a lot of fight in him yet It was
Bristol's game, so everybody said. Bris
tol held. the ball on her own 25-yard line.
A kick— and her goal would be out of
danger. But, no! Captain Ferbert de
termined to keep possession of the balL
Jusfone year, before. Bonny Kerr. King
ston's doughty. right end, had picked the
oval up and sprinted the entire length
of the field for a touchdown. " Ferbert did
not intend that any Hampton man should
repeat the trick, so he determined to hold
on to the ball. Bristol made three fierce
assaults on the Cardinal line, and then
was forced to hand the pigskin over to
Hampton on her 23-yard line. But one
minute was left to play. '
"Good God! Can't some thins; be done?"
walled a Hampton coach.
But four of Hampton's . regular men
were In the line-up. . Captain Harding
called his men back for a conference.
Stub could not help admiring the splendid
nerve of the men as he saw them file
back. ,
"Look out for a fake play," warned one.
/Captain Harding saw that, with but on«
minute left, something : must : be done.
"A goal from the field," and as he gave
the order he looked nervously at the men
grouped around him clamoring for recog
nition. . Camp claimed the right, a* being
the only; kicker left after the regulars
.had been retired.
"Camp will— " -/•
But he got no farther, for by that tjm«
little " Blake " had pushed himself through
and,, reaching hold of Harding.' hotly ex
claimed:
"Camp will do nothing of the sort. Pm
the ; only j senior left on. this* battered up
team. It's my last year in college, and
you've Just got to. let me kick this goal."
Captain Harding looked at the lad, wav
ered a minute and then. "remembering th»
nerveof the young3ter and his previous
record." replied:
"Blake will kick - the * goal." :
The men" Jumped back Into the line wlta
the alacrity .which , carries a battery into
action. Their faces were pale, but their
legs were steady. This kick would de
cide \ the \u25a0 game. That ; Hampton line had
one more "duty to perform. ; That line
must hold and not a Bristol man must get
through. , When the crowd saw Blake
drop back * some one started , to cheer.
Then as Blake held out his hands for the
ball the stillness was something awful.
Back came the ball true, as /could be.
ATstep forward, a 'swing, a tensUn In
the line,' a snap as when \u25a0 a string on a
banjo breaks— ah, that Bristol : line was
through— but just a second- too -late. Up
rose , the ball in its mad flight and with
it the "crowd: ' It twisted -and turned and
made somersaults In the air, and.lt never
swerved from its true patbi In j a second
It was flying between • the coveted
rights, and the game was >won. The
score stood: Bristol,' 10; Hampton. U. and
Blake knew that his time had come.
Stub Simpson sat tin the * press box
alone. After everybody ; had -left the
grounds he roused himself. Buttoning up
his' long ulster,' with his collar turned up.
and his hands:. deep; In ; his' 1 pockets.'; he >
stalked out tof the grounds. Stub was
intensely absorbed in thought.' "Why
didn't \u25a0 Archie kick?" he - kept say
ing to himself. He.reached the Vendome.
held a brief conversation with * the clerk,
then ; sat down and wrote these hurried
lines: v ~;
•""\u25a0\u25a0 "Dear I; have been called home
suddenly. Will ; not? be- back : again
year, i Through some ; misunderstanding
your \u25a0 money ; was ; never up. ; You •: can get
it' from- the "clerk at the Vendome. Yours
15" haste; .; STUB."
:f,Then'Stub had barely time to catch the
first train jlTome.'
;; Query: DUJ^tub do right?

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