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Sporting and Automobile
Pages 65 to 70
Middle Weights Have
An Opportunity Now
With Wolgast and Johnson Out of Running a
Golden Chance Offers
Lightweight champion Ad Wolgast ha* been knocked out indefinitely j
by the surgeons knife, heavy weight champion Jack Johnson says that he i
has retired, feather weight champion Abe Atteil has injured his tender hand
again; there arc no welter weights in the game any more, so it's up to the
middle weights to furnish the music tor the fans to dance to tor a while.
The-r facts, and nobody can get away from them. A few
month- ago, good middle weights were as scarce as raincoats on the fourth
of July. Rut they are coining now. ;<nd coming good and fast at that. They j
will hold the center of the pugilistic Stage for many a month, unless Wol-J
past decides to commit >i:icide or Johnson takes an excursion to Greenland or
Packey McFarland suddenly develops a punch.
The Pacific coa>t is trying out a new man in the middle weight division,
and his name is Frit? Holland. He never has booked a bloomer yet, and j
this is why !>o many admiring eyes are being cast upon him. In the east
they have "Mike Gibbons and Jack Dillon and Knockout Brown and Frank
Now. if the game is proper!}- taped along, and the lighters run at alii
to form, there i* hound to be many a spill and many a mixup in the
ranks of the middles during the coming year. The field is an open one. and
there is a chance for every performer, especially since the champion of the
has been in doubt ever since the passing of Stanley Ketchel. Too bad
that we have no more Ketchels
It's a joke for anybody to claim the honors for Billy Fapkc. even if he
has decided to re-enter the arena after his recent speech on retirement.
Papke is one of the poorest excuses for a fighter that the American ring
ever knew, and its a noteworthy fact that all Americans who love the game
of boxing are ashamed of him. Thi* ii the reason why he is taking another
trip over to Parh. He has just horse -ense enough to know that the Yankee^
neve- »nd for him again. He is through here.
•If Holland beats Knockout Brown at Oakland next Wednesday evening,
then the local tans may look for something better from this youngster. He
i<* a boy on the upward climb all right enough, and he is just the sort of a
boy to rush to the front. He never lias been beaten, and he has shown just
enough improvemeni with each ,-:arr to hold out encouragement.
With the middle weights jv.mping into the limelight by leaps and bounds,
Holland's chance to become famous a= a disciple of Queensberry is better
than that of any }oung middle weight who has started in some time. A
victory over Brown will start the whole country talking about him and will
put him right in line for a meeting with Klause or Dillon or Gibbons for the
l^ng disputed middle weight crown.
A veteran sporting man—one of the old timers, who was a lighter, a
manager and a promoter himself—declared yesterday that Holland shapes up
on even terms with Charley Horn, the new "white h-->pc.'' This is a great
boost for the latter, when one stops to consider that he is only a middle
weight, while the other i<« a big. lumbering heavy weight.
Little or nothing is known about Brown by the local fan?. He is a tough
looking bird—as tough an appearing piece of fighting machinery as ever hit
the town, barring Battling Nelson. He doesn't make any claim to boxing
class or fancy ring tactics, hut he says that he can and will tight, and he is
bent on showing the followers of the game here.
If Brown fight* as he look*;, and Holland shows the class which he
figures to show, then there is bound to be a royal treat in store for the fans
at Oakland next Wednesday evening. Furthermore, the match may lead up
to the middle weight championship of the world, and this makes it all the
more important in the eyes of the fans throughout the United States.
San Francisco is badly in need of a high class performer to represent it j
in the ring. We have not had one for a long time—so long that the fans are
afraid to jog their memories. While Holland was not born here, he learned
the game here, and he can justly pose as a San Franciscan if he makes good
against the Chicago rough and tumble slugger.
The latest advice? from Australia tell us that Tommy Burns wants to
back. And he wants to come back against Jack Johnson, too —a state
ment that will make many of the boys stand right up on their toes and make
high >igns at or.c another. But Tommy evidently is on the square with what
Anyhow, the Australian papers take him very seriously.
"I want to meet Johnson in a battle where clean breaking rules are in
declares Burn-. "I am not foolish enough to try to lead myself to
• believe that I can beat him while he is doing all his rough work in the
clinches. He is too big and too strong for me. But just let us fight as they
right in England, and T am sure that I will be. returned the winner.''
Burns always has been prejudiced against Johnson. When the champion
ted him in 14 rounds in Sydney three years ago. Tommy came out with
atement that big Jack could not punch. And he was backed up in this
hy many of the spectators. It also will be remembered that the light was
.stopped and that Burns wa> battling desperately at the finish.
While Burns unquestionably has been a great fighter, he is hardly in
Johnson'- ckts>. The big black man has it on him too many ways. He is
taller, heavier, more scientific and even a better ring general. What Tommy
might be able to <!" against black Jack in a clean break battle remains to be
seen, but he certainly ha^ no chance in a regular mixup.
A battle between Johnson and Burns would prove just as interesting a
heavy weight event as any other which the promoters might arrange. Burns
made a good showing against Johnson, which is more than any of the other
white hopes who ever met him managed to do. And it is out of the question
to talk about matching two blacks. They would not draw peanut?.
It will not be at all surpri-ing to learn that Hugh Mclntosh, the Aus
tralian promoter, will shortly make this match under the conditions that
Burns suggests. Johnson beat Burns once, and it goes without saying that
he is still supremely confident of his ability to turn the trick again, even if
Burns is armed with a battlcax and a nightstick instead of two gloves.
It i-. useless to talk any more about lightweight matches now that
champion Ad Wolgast is still an invalid, and likely to be one for many
months to come. On top of this, the indifferent showing which Packey
McFarland made against Tommy Murphy here Thanksgiving afternoon tends
to subtract even more interest from this particular division.
It does not look as though we will see any more good lightweight
matches till such time as McFarland shows some hitting powers or Wolgast
is thoroughly recovered or somebody from somewhere digs up a lightweight
who is endowed with a bit of class. The.class is hard to find in these, days
of frenzied financing in ring affairs. It never was so scarce.
The eastern experts tell us that Grover Hayes and Joe Mandot are both
bubbling over with class. This may be true enough, but we can't accept
these statements' as true till we see the boys in action. We have had so
many lemons like Sammy Smith. Young Erne and Leach Cross shipped from
the other end of the Rockies that we have a license to be suspicious.
But a good lightweight i> in a position to become quite a wonderful
chap right now. The present crop, so far as ye know, stands no chance with
the title holder. He lays over the whole flock like a skyscraper over a
temporary shack, and. unless there is a live one undiscovered, Wolgast will
rule the lightweight division for many a day to come.
* • ♦
It is to be hoped that Promoter Harry Folcy will be successful in liis
effort to land Jim Flynn and Al Kaufman for a 20 round mixup here next
month, but he is going to have quite a task to face. Flynn is one of the
hardest men in the business to make an agreement with, and till you have
him in the ring you never can bank on him.
This meeting between the two big fellows would prove one of the most
attractive ring events in months. The fans want to see some of the big
fellows. They have been watching lightweights and feather weights for so
long that a change would be welcome. The interest displayed in the Horn-
Geyer match the other night demonstrated this very plainly.
For an injured man —one whom the New York sports believe never will
: .g am Abe Attell certainly 19 showing plenty of speed and plenty of
mersy. Although laid up with an added injury to his badly injured right
hand, Abe has matches scheduled with One Round Hogan in New York,
Tommy Dixon in New Orleans and Johnny Kilbane in Los Angeles.
Now the fans throughout the country will have to wait and see what Abe
will be able to show in his next meeting. This is supposed to be with Hogan,
but there is a question as to whether it ever will come off. He then intends
to jump down to New Orleans and step around with White after the holidays
and finally wind up with Kilbane in* Los Angeles February 22.
Attell must be classed as one of the greatest fighters who ever answered
the clang of the gong. He ha 6 long been in a class by himself among the
feather weights, and if he is as good today as he was four years ago, he can
stand off any of the lightweights, with the possible exception of Wolgast.
This includes the highly touted McFarland, too.
But Audi's ring days surely are numbered. He has not been the same
man since he injured his hand atod shoulder against Kilbane back in Cleveland
many months ago. Of course, ke thinks that he can come back, but he would
not be human if he thought otherwise. He is just following in the footsteps
of Sullivan, Jackson, Corbett and Jeffries,
THE San Francisco CALL
Rivals Out for Ring Honors
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! Two likely candidates for the middleweight crown. They will'box 10 rounds before the Oakland Wheelmen club j
Wednesdi}} night. ,
Lightweight Champion Leaves
Hospital and Goes Back to
Venice for Two Months
LOS ANGELES, DtC. It.—A3 Wolgast.
champion lightweight pugilist, who was
operated on at Clara Parton hospital
November 29 for appendi.-iri:-. on the
eve of his scheduled fight with Freddie
Welsh of England, left the hospital
this evening and is now at Venii e-b.\ -
the •■ Sea.
Wolgast was feeling "fine." ms he ex
pressed it, and had no doubt that he
would soon be himself again.
W rolgast today denied the report that
he would go to his home at Cadillac,
Mich., as soon as he left the hospital
here. Instead, lie said that he would
remain in Venice until after the At
tell-Kilbane fight on February 82.
"I am very much interested in this
scrap between Abe and Johnny," said
the lightweight champion today, "and
will certainly stay right here until it
is pulled off.
"After that, if I am feeling right. 7
intend to go into the mountains for a
week or two and then will take a trip
through the south. I have promised
my wife that 1 will take her to Savan
nah. Ga., as j»h" has often expressed ■
desire to see that city. Then 1 may go
up to Philadelphia and come ba<*k to
,I,os Angeles and begin preparing for
mv fight with Freddie Welsh, which
will occur about July 4 at Veinon."
Bombardier Wells Wants
To Fight Here
NEW YORK. Dee. 16.—Bombardier
Wells, the English heavy weight
"champion, who is said to be one. of the
cleverest big men produced; in Eng
land since the days of Charley Mitchell;
has decided to come- to this country in
search of flg-hts and will leave the; other
side for America 1 a few days after his
'0 round fight with Fred' Storbeek, the
South African, heavy weight champion,
which takes place• at the National
Sporting 1 club of London on the night
of December 18. An offer of . $20,000
was cabled to Wells by a local fight
promoter to come here and*box under
the Matter's management t for >;$ six
months. Wells is likely to accept this
flattering guarantee.^ "
New Yorker Would Draw
The Color Line
NEW YORK. Pec. 16.—1f Boxing
Commissioner O'Neil has his way there
may be no more bouts between white
and colored men at the clubs in this
state The commissioner is of the
opinion that they are not wanted by
the public, and that colored men like
Sam LaOfrord. Joe Jeanette. Sam Xc-
Vey. Morris Harris and Georpe Cotton
should battle between themselves,
while Kaufman. .Tim Flynn. <'.*r! Mor
ris Tom Kennedy and .lack I^estpr
should compete for the white man's
Napa's Ruggers Make a
Whirlwind Finish
[Special Dispatch lo The Call] s --' .-.; •«-. „ •
;;-;NAPA,l s Dec I*. — TIW vxapa^high
school Rugby football team won an in
teresting gam* : from the Santa.ißosa.
high fifteen this afternoon on the East
Napa grounds by a 1 score of 19.t0-0.'.-"-
Napa won on team'; play and drib
bling: rushes in the second half, scor
ing: all 19 point* in (his period on four
tries,'! two"; goals and one pen alty| goal.
P-'i Mayflcld; jLowrie and 3F. * Robertson^
showed up well If orjNapa.H while"; G. Ma
roney and of Santa Rosa were
in good form: ' .
PRINCETON. N. J., Dec. 16.— ThelPrhic*toa
. banket ball teams startPd off t!n» intercollegiate
\ league J* p^apon % ihi* 3 a f teraoon S by "t defeating | the
strong* rennsylvauia ' five, 30 toi^^rafflfflgto^^^
[Special Diipatch t toyThe\Call]/
i'< >KTI,AXI>. f>r<-. 16.—William ;
I'rmctrni, the Creek •'■wrestling 1!,
champion, has ■ finally accepted'
the challenge flung broadcast by
Johnny - Berg, : Portland light
weight championship claimant,
and the two will meet In the
armory in this city Friday night.
December ;2J>,; for a side bet of
$ 1,00.0,, 1 ie winner to lake all the
wrestlers' percentage of the
gate. Demetral^and his manager,,
Otto Ross, are expected in Port
land some time next week. Ross
is in Chicago, while Demetral is
in Chicago on a visit.
Little "Hobo" Dougherty Has a
Life Job With the Light
weight Champ
Damon and Pythias certainly have
nothing on Ad Wolgast and Young
Dougherty, who was to have seconded
the champion in his bout in I«os An
geles with Freddie Welsh on Thanks
giving day. In their relations to each
other is to be had a glimpse of the
finer and gentler side of human na
ture which the person familiar with
fighters would hardly expect to find
among the exponents of the manly art
of self-defense.
Wolgast and Dougherty were boy
hood chums In Milwaukee. Jt was in
tbOM days while they were "beef and
beaning" together, striving with might
and main to prevent their souls from I
saying goodby to their bodies, that I
they formed a friendship which still
endures, despite the fact that good
luck touched Wolgast while ill for
tune hung on to Dougherty like a
.'odestone. In the intervening years
Wolgast has attained the champion
ship title and all the money 'hat
goes with It. while Dougherty has
never graduated out of the prelim
inary class. Fame and fortune, par
tial to one and unkind to the other,
has been unable to place a gulf be
tween them.
When Wolgast went to L,os Angeles
as an obscure boxer to meet Danny
Webster at Vernon. Dougherty did
not have the wherewith to accompany
him. Something like 12 days after
Wolgast's arrival, and but a couple of
days before the bout with Webster,
an athletic looking youth, wearing
frayed sartorial embellishments and
carrying considerable desert sand in
his hair, showed up at boxing head
quarters and asked for a preliminary
Said youth was none other than
Young Dougherty, Wolgast's "cpllege
chum." Details of the difficulties
whicn Dougherty overcame in making
the long trip are unnecessary at this
time. Since that hazardous hike,
however, It has been impossible for
turn to wholly shake the sobriquet
"hobo." lovingly heaped on him by
Ad the morning of his arrtval.
Wolgast at that time was not over
burdened with wordly goods. His cash
on hand amounted to a dollar, and
this was handed to Dougherty with
instructions to get a "feed" and In
dulge in a general cleanup. Both
boys were In need of a new ward
robe, but when Wolgast received his
winnings from the Webster bout It
was not he who first blossomeJ out
in purple and fine linen. No. Ad re
fused to spend a nickel on nimself un
til Dougherty had been fitted out with
new and needed raiment.
And so it has been whenever Wol
gast earned by the might of his mitts,
Dougherty always has been remem
bered at the cashing in. The win
ning of the lightweight championship
of the world by Wolgast was not fol
lowed by the slightest change in their
Wolgast's first act after winning
from Owen Moran. in San Francisco
was to return to Los Angeles and
present Dougherty with $500. The
champion then supplemented this with
a gift of 5600 to Dougherty's mother
for a, purchase o£ a home in that city.
Some Land Soft Jobs, White
Others Have to Hustle to
Get By
Everybody knows how baseball play
ers, professional and otherwise, en
faffed in fanning bees of the past and
present, recall the great feats of the
diamond and praise the doings of other
days. But did any one ever mix in a
bunch of pugilistic fanners and hear
any more enthusiastic buzzing than
the glove wielders can turn loose? The
answer is "no," for the old time fighters
are just as talkative a tribe as ever
could be got together.
Recently a bunch of f.ghters, past,
present and future, got together in a
prominent gymnasium, and after fights
without number of years ago had been
masticated to the kings taste, one of
the bunch propounded a question of
natural interest:
"What becomes of the fighters when
their days of activity in the ring are
at an end?"
The question set everybody think
ing, and in order to answer it was
necessary to "take cases" on some of
the fighters who in the last few years
have left the ring for all time. It was
discovered that a great many of the
pugilists had become policemen. In
Chicago, the home of many of the best
fighters who ever stepped between the
ropes, there are many of the former
glove wielders who now swing a club
instead of the maulies.
Remember Martin Duff-, who was
one of the topnotch lightweights of his
time, which was only a few years ago.
Duffy can be found any night in Chi
cago traveling a. beat, kle isn't a light
weight any more, but lias joined the
heavy weight class. Duffy certainly
was a star at cleverness, something
like Packey McFarland. Jock Moffat,
the middle weight, wno possessed class,
but failed to become a champion, partly
because he dislocated a shoulder in a
fight, Is a policeman and travels a
beat over Chicago streets. Moffat met
the brilliant Tommy Ryan more than
once in the ring, and Tommy always
gave Moffat credit for being a fighter
of the first water. The bad arm finally
stopped Moffat's ring career and he
donned the suit of blue as a means of
Jimmy Barry, the wonderful little
champion of the ring in his day, also
is living in Chicago. Jimmy continues
to make friends jtist as lie always did,
and is earning a living with something
besides swinging on the other fellow's
Jaw. Barry spends the summer months
working" in the public playgrounds,
where he is considered a huge success.
"Kid" Herman. another Cbieago
lightweight, is a real business man and
success iias brought him plenty of the
shekels. The "Kid" is in Seattle,
Wash., where he is proprietor of a
florist's shop. Herman almost reached
the pinnacle of fame, the obstacle in
his paili being that wonderful colored
lighter Joe Gans, now dead.
Joe Choynskl, who made Chicago
his home for many years after leav
ing California, has earned a living, and
a good one, too, by.teaching the game
that made him famous. Choynski now
Is boxing instructor at the millionaire
athletic club of Pittsburg. Previous
to leaving Chicago he conducted a
physical culture school and also was
Instructor at the Illinois Athletic club.
Tommy White, who gained fame by
his great fights with "Terrible Terry"
McGovern, still holds forth in Chicago.
For the last couple of years he has
been employed in construction work on
a big underground telephone tunnel.
The once great Australian middle
weight, George Dawson. who fought
many battles of note, is boxing Instruc
tor at the Chicago Athletic association.
Then there is Eddie Santry, who at one
time claimed the feather weight cham
pionship. Eddie a couple of years ago
was proprietor of a saloon, but now
is officiating as referee of bouts in
Wisconsin cities.
>: LEXINGTON,^ Ky.. Dec. 16.—1t was semioffici
ally * announced 4 here & today that! the Kentucky
Horse Breeder*' association has decided;to change
the KentueVy futurity for 3 year old trotters, a
three £in fc five i heats, to Ja g two sin i three 1 event.
The t Kentucky futurity is R worth | $4,000 to the
winner,'and' is the richest; stake on the "American
trottln* turf. : .
I Sporting and Automobile
Pages 65 to 70
Sportsmen Welcome
Wet Weather Spell
Duck Shooters Find Game Is Plentiful, but
Hard to Decoy Inshore
When the wind veered around to the south, bringing indications of ram,
the day before yesterday, the division of the duck shooting- army that makes
the Sonoma tulc lands it.s base of operations commenced to think that things
were at last coming their way, and as a consequence there wa? a big increase
of travel in that direction yesterday. The shooting grounds along the
I Sonoma valley branch of the railroad have been drawing good crowds of
weekenders all season, but the shoot
ers, have, been handicapped by fine
weather, which j made it possible for
the ducks to loaf out on the bay in
the day time and ■ come in to do their
feeding at night. There are myriads
of canvasbacks and bluebills on the up
per reaches of San Pablo bay and
hunters are hoping that the changed
weather conditions will cause; them to
change their habits and become more
friendly with the decoys ; strung out
j around the inshore blinds. ■• .
-Last Sunday the country around
Sears point. Reclamation, and Black
point-was crowded with shooters, but
results were slim.as "a rule, there be
ing several hunters to every duck that
took a chance on coming- in from the
open water. The .beat shooting, was had
along toward evening.»when the birds
commenced to come in from the bay,
but the flight did no: commence until
a majority of the hunters were pack-
I ing their equipment preparatory to tak
| ing the afternoon train for home. '§
The experience ■ of 'Lincoln club
shooters near Reclamation gives a fair
idea "of ; shooting conditions last Sun
day. Pete Ashcroft and Edgar Forster
of > this club spent the greater part-of
the day in blinds getting a shot now
and then, and when they were just
about striking their gait a warning
] shout told them flint train time was
drawing near. They s bagged seven
"cans" between them an.-nour or so
before quitting time. George Christ
man, and Billy Schindle fared a little
better, making a joint, kill of IS. birds
in the waning hours of the afternoon.
Billy t Murdoek and the ' Klevesahl
brothers accounted for a joint bag of
one dozen birds, nearly all of them be
ing late comers. . " " : ;
■ The abundance of game out on the
bay proved ,too strong a temptation for
market hunters up San Pablo, way to
resist and some of them went- after
th« birds in launches,, shooting Awhile
the (boats were in motion yin violation
of the law. This practice was brought
to the attention of the game, commis
sion and it reported that some ar
rests were' made. • ■> ' : . > ■ :, ;
';V Weekend visitors to the Holmes : Gun
club preserve, which is one. of the best
locations toward Sonoma;:-had- some| ex
cellent" shooting at sprig, and teal, sev-
limits being bagged by members
and .guests last Sunday and on the
following, Wednesday. . * ■ *
r Bill Cryer, of water front promi
nence, and Ed I Ilendfickson were
among the * fortunate few " who suc
ceeded in locating a. good- duck pros
peel near Black Point where they
could shoot without interference from
the market hunters, who are much in
evidence there. These two have sent
several bags of ducks to: the city for
distribution among their friends re
cently. A few, days ago Albert Porter.;
Frank . Maloney. Harry Johnson , and
several' other' water front notables en
joyed a feast of ducks that were sent
down from the Cryer-Hendrickson
winter resort.; * : i - " ,_*
Widgeon shooting Is said to be very
good along the Sonoma county shore,
particularly on Limantour* bay • and
Butler's lagoon. VR. Bocqueraz. M.
Girard and A. Dubedat took limits of
widgeon in Butler's lagoon last ; Sun
day and they also picked up some nice
Best of the Local Players Tak
ing an Active Interest for
Coming Season
HILLSBOROUGH. Dec. 16.—P010 en
thusiasts of the San Francisco penin
sula will be treated to some rare sport
the afternoon before Christmas, when
three picked teams of local players will
engage in the initial tournament of the
season. The matches will be played on
the San Mateo Polo club's field in El
Cerrito, and the first ball will be thrown
in at 2 o'clock the afternoon of Decem
ber 24.
With the exception of Walter Hobart,
the veteran mallet wielder of the Bur
lingame four, every poloist along 1 the
peninsula will participate in the tour
nament. Hobart has not been riding
much of late and will not take part In
the early matches of the season, but
may decide to take to the saddle later
in the polo year.
Arrangements for an active polo sea
son have been going on for some time
and the prospects are bright for some
brilliant exhibitions of "the sport of
millionaires." J. Cheever Cowdin of
New York, who has played with the
best eastern teams, will play here this
season. Cowdin appeared in the Bur
lingame lineup two years ago In the
games against the British team cap
tained by Lieutenant F. A. Gill.
Dr. W. A. McEnery, the English club
man and sportsman, is another ardent
follower of polo who is here for the
season. McEnery lias not yet an
nounced whether or not he will ride In
any of the local games, but his pres
ence will add zest to the polo life of
the winter.
A general meeting of all the polo
players will be held at the San Mateo
polo club house at 11 o'clock New Year's
day when plans for the seaeon will be
fully discussed. The season will last
until the middle of May, during which
time the local enthusiasts are promised
some exciting matches. A tournament
is proposed between a picked Hlllsbor
ough four and teams from southern
The teams that will play in the first
tournament Sunday, December 24. are:
A —O. C. Pratt Jr., F. J. Carolan, G.
Parsons, J. Lawson.
B—E. McAllister, H. C. Hastings, W.
L. Breese, T. A. Driscoll.
C—Paul Verdlen G. S. Garritt, C.
Cowdin, It. M. Tobin.
ALAMEDA, IVc. I«.—The Kreig & Halton nine
of this city will m'*«et the Al Stars at Lincoln
park tomorrow afternoon, weather permitting.
Game will be called at 1 o'clock. Spark? and
Perry will form the battery for the K. ft H.
tram. Tap Mackfe brothers, Paul and Jamie,
will be in the points for the All Stars.
U KANSAS CITY, Mo.. Dec. 16.—Robert Lee
Hedges,! owner } of t the | St, Louis Browns •of th«
American loague, who is here j.today, on-iaccoaat
of illness among, members, of his family < residing
la Kansas City.i pays be does not fear a big
war. Hedges said Bobbie Wallace i» to,
k.>aL>i<•»)■> miniutr for the Browns next year.
PAGES 65 TO 74.
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I strings of quail on the ', north end of
! Point Reyes. Dave and Harold Hear
| field. Captain Jack : Lemmer and* Ned:
I Bosqui are shooting:-.-' widgeon and
i whatever other birds may come along
!on the Salmon Creek club preserve
j today.
All through' the San Joaquin valley
i as far as Firebaugh teal and widgeon
i are plentiful, but sprig have suddenly
j become scarce at many of the resorts.
I The Los Banos, West Side and Gustine
| preserves are well supplied with fresh
I water and tiptop sport is in order at
those places again. . „ . »*
The full membership of the Field and
Tule club was in attendance on the
j organization's valley shooting pre
serve last Saturday and Sunday and
i there were several guests, Including
Clarence Ward, Kills Parrlsh, Ned
Dimond. Louis Sloss and Dr. N. .E.
Short among those present. Both mem
bers and guests had good shooting,
j limit bags being the rule.
Charles Huber of the Newman Gun
i club informed Otto Feudner. last
{Thursday that the preserve was cov
j ered with .ducks and he backed up the
information with ' a bag of 2-1 teal
drakes, which reached the city the fol
lowing: day. The receipt of the duck*
I dispelled "whatever doubts Feudner
may have had as to the truth of Hu
ber a report and he and his son. Mason,
took the hunters" train for the valley
yesterday ; afternoon.
• George Franzen took an assorted
limit, consisting principally of sprig.
I while sculling in a brush boat- off
Newark and Alvarado last Sunday. On
I a previous visit to the east shore
a previous visit to the ea.st bay shore
, Kranzen and Ed Convey sculled a flock
j of widgeon all-day, the birds leading
them 1 over toward Redwood City. They
accounted for a limit each of fine; fat
birds, most of them-being drakes.
Sprig and widgeon were used to, fill
) the bags of Bill Hogan. Con .Reynolds
and Ed Hoag on the Leslie club pre
serve near San Mateo a week ago.
This preserve Iris been found good for
full bags almost, every Sunday during
the last two months. ;-•-,
Limits of sprig, .widgeon and other
I ducks were many on the Suisun marsh
j last Sunday and Wednesday, all of the
| preserves being"' well". supplied with
I everything in the duck line except
. canvasbacks. ' - j .-■ : -
Dr. James D. Murphy. Herman Van
Ijuven and Charles O. Brown have been
jin Plumas county > hunting bears' for
i more than a'■ week. >Black -and brown
• bears are ' numerous ? in the country
where these hunters are operating and
* it is not so very many years since an
occasional grizzly fell before -the
rifles of big game seekers in Plumas
Quail shooting has been fair in M?.
--i rin, Sonoma and San Mateo counties
during the 5 last few weeks, but the
lack of moisture has been somewhat
of a "drawback to this; sport. One or
6 1 two good rains, would bring about a
' marked improvement, particularly in
! the northern bay counties. "■
Unless' the weather necessitates a
; change in the arrangements for the
I Exposition City Gun club's turkey trap
i shoot, there will be a big- attendance
' of wing shot experts at the Presidio
I shooting grounds today. The trophies
will be fine, fat gobblers for Christ
mas dinners, the birds being appor
tioned at the rate of one to every five
I entries. ' .-. y : : '.- .-"//■ ■ ; ' •":...
New Year's Run to Beach With
Swim and Annual Ban
quet on Card
The Dolphin Swimming ar.d TCowins:
club held its annual meeting yesterday
and elected the following offWrs for
the ensuing year: President. A. A. Ber
trand; vice president, J. J. Phillips;
financial secretary. F. C. Stalb; secre
tary, E. Odeon; treasurer, A. I* Schun
pert; captain, Tom Harris; lieutenant
captains, F. Figgoni, W. Johnson, S.
M. Farrell. A- F. Ambrose; board of
directors: J. J. Cronin, R. Ohea and
Captain Babe Burgess.
The club will hold its annual run to
the beach New Year's day, which will
include a swim in the surf. The var
ious rowing clubs about the bay hay..
been invited to join the run and a larpn
attendance is anticipated. Prepara
tions are also being made for the an
nual banquet, which will be held on
January 6.
A new gig is in course of construc
tion for the club at a well known local
boat builder. It will be modeled after
a yacht yawl.
Ward Would Give Bat
ter a Helping Hand
XEW YORK, Dec. IS.—lf John M.
Ward, chairman of the National league
rules committee, has his way, the
strike-foul rule will be modified so
that the first foul only will be called
a strike instead of the first two, as at
present. "The present foul-strike rule,"
he explains, "is too great a handicap
for the batsman to overcome and gives
the pitcher an immense advantage.
Perhaps it might be better to call
strikes on fouls that drop within a
certain radius of the home plate. Tt
is possible that I shall advocate the
leveling of the pitcher's box."
Rain Halts Racers and
Aerial Flights
OAKLAND, Dec. 16.—Showers caused
the postponement of all eventß sched
uled today at the motordrome. Barely
SOO persons turned out and rain checks
were Issued when the showers made
the track slippery and too dangerous
for motorcycles. Money was returned
to many who demanded it. Aviators
Cooke and Maeson made no attempts
to fly. owing to the wind. The man
agement announced that the program
scheduled for Sunday would be run off,
weather conditions permitting.
I CINCINNATI. Dec. 16. — National Baseball
commission,*v in « a sdecision promulgated .today;
dismissed g th» « claim : j of Third v Baseman "'.Harry
St»*af*ldtt for salary from* th« ;Boston .Nationnl
lech's club, j but declared him to be a ' ti-rs agent.

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