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proi Purman Wonders Why
- - Magnates are So Straightforward.
By PAUL PURMAN.
I sometimes wonder at the short-!
(tfghtedness of big league magnates j
Pivho spend thousands of dollars on a
spring training trip to get their athletes
In shape for the start of the sea-1
son and then ruin the entire results of |
the training by bringing their clubs
north on a premature exhibition series i
to pick up a few paltry dollars.
1 do no tbelieve there is a manager i
in big league baseball who is not op- <
posed to these exhibition tours, but I
many managers" opinions go for little I
when there Is a little coin In sight.
After months of inactivity baseball
'i players need several weeks of training
if they are to start playing good
baseball when the season opens early
in April. This training can only be
obtained in sections where there is
warm weather and a hot sun. But the
results of this training may readily be
effaced, especially with the pitchers,
if it is discontinued and there is a period
of inactivity in cold climates before
the playing season.
Every spring the newspapers carry
the same accounts of scheduled exhibi- j
Hnn cmmou Onlv Ilhnut link nf them I
are ever played, the rent are called oh
on account of snow, rain, high winds I
or cold weather and the ballplayers suf- j
ier from the inactivity, while the map;
nates gain nothing.
I have in mind now a National
leane ball olub, which was just rounding
into shape when I saw it in Marco
The pitchers had not yet begun to
"put anything ou the hall" and the other
players had not yet begun to exert
themselves to the fullest extent.
Yet four days after I saw this club 1
it started north on an exhibition loui
which within three or four days.
brought It into Tennessee, Kentucky
and cold weather.
The result was that this club was
not ready when the season opened.
Had the players been permitted to j
stay in the south another week or Id
days the result would undoubtedly j
bavp hppn different.
y Then again, there is always the
chance of injuries in exhibition games,
the gates for which would not liegln
II to reimburse any magnate for the servic^s
of one of his stars should he be
kebt out of the game for any length of j
g,:thfce. This is particularly true when
two big league teams meet.
II saw several exhibition games be
tyjeen big league clubs in the south and
1 found that the men were out there
trying just as hard as if they had been
in a regular championship contest.
And many of them were not in rondi
tion to play the kind of baseball tbey
wfere putting over.
.Exhibition games look very much
like a '"penny-wise, pound-foolish" proposition
and if the magnates don't wake
up to It pretty soon the National commission
Ramsey, the new six foot five Normal
pitcher, who weighs 200 pounds,
says he is a country school teacher.
Pity the poor kids!
Ding Dong (Orrin) Bell, is one of
the most valuable men on the Normal
team. His duties are to keep the other
infielders from going to sleep.
Even before good weather is here
Monongah and Grant Town have begun
arguing over their respective
claims to the county baseball chani-!
Baiter is planning to give some'
teams a run for their money this sea^
if It's about time something was being
i beard of the Eighth Ward Independents.
' It is being hoped, uselessly it is
: feared, that a new chicken wire screen
will be strunk at the South Side park
'Cause it's no fun to have your girl
hit on the head with a ball and have
to carry her out to the street car with
?? everybody lookin' at yuh.
Colts Clouted Twice
TTomdtnn'a PlrMitora and thn Rnff.q ;
broke the Colts In two exciting games
at the "Y" last night. The first game,
between the Clouters and the Colts,
was close and exciting from the Jirst i
threatening contortion of Pitcher Pitser
as he wound up to release the
"pill" until the last inning when the
' Clouters scored three runs, making
the score 9-6 in their favor.
In the second game tho Colts, although
tired from their exertions in
the first game, made it very interesting
for the Ruffs and succeeded in holding
them to an 11-10 score.
Wesleyan Game at
Marshall Called Off
JTONTINGTON. April 10.?Because
Wesleyan Insisted on playing Reeder,
who is the coach of thoir baseball
i team, the game scheduled to be playad
here yesterday afternoon between
Ife; Marshall College and West Virginia
Wesleyan was called off. The Marshall
management entered protest against
the playing of Roeder and Wesleyan
gruels ted In declaring that ho was
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ALL :-: 1
By PAUL PURMAN. j
(The West Virginian'# Special Sport
Writer Now Touring the South to
Size Up the Major League Clubs In
MACON. Ga.. April 106.?When I !
visited t he American league camps j
west of Macon I was constantly greet
ed with the question "Have you seen
I was not surprised for I knew the
Yankees of last year and how their
possibilities were wrecked by a series
of accidents which would have sent
almost any other club into the scrap
Then I came to Macon and saw the"
club llili Donovan and Capt. Huston are
pinning their hopes of an American
league flag on this year.
It is one of the most brilliant aggregations
in baseball this year. It is a
club with possibilities for every branch
of the sport. It should be a hitting
club, a base-running club and a field
It has a pitching staff which should
come through with some remarkable
slab stuff and boasts of two of the
most brilliant young catchers in either ,
i luiuni iu arvt-iui uiciiiui'ia ui me
club and to Capt. Huston and found a
feeling of confidence, but not over-conlidencc.
I found a young ball club,
every member of which will demand
the best from even- other member.
Let us size up the Yankees as they |
BAKER MEETS WHOLE T<
< JL Ca A &
I ^ ;
MACON, Ga.. April 10.?It Bill I
Shakespeare had been in Dublin, Ga., j
the other day when the Braves and
Yanks were booked to play an cxhibi-!
tion game he would never have written
that little garapragh about there
being nothing in a name.
When the two ball clubs arrived at I
the hotel there was a delegation repre j
seating halt a dozen counties to look
them over. t
After gazing with the same admiration
with which they might have sized
up the pyramids cr the capitol at Washington
the crowd was broken as one
man pushed through and inquired of a
newspaper man where he could find
Home Run Baker.
After Baker was pointed out the
man approacned ana introduced himself
as the coming mayor Dublin.
Baker good humoredly talked with
him for a moment but hia good humor
vanished when the coming mayor
dragged a delegation of about 25 out
of the crowd and gravely introduced
Baker is one of tho quietest men in
baseball. He does not like to be sin
gled out of a crowd and the demonstration
in his honor was not at all to his
TIN EVER BEFORE
Clergymen, Lawyers, Brokers, Mechanics
and Merchants Stricken
Our old friend Rheumatiz is having
his inning this year, and a few
words of caution from one who knows
all about it may not bo amiss.
Wear rubbers in damp weather;
keep your feet dry; drink plenty of
lemonade, and avoid strong alcoholic
If rheumatism gets you, or sciatica,
and you have sharp twinges, gnawing
pain or swollen Joints or muscles,
you can get rid of all agony In Just
a few days by taking one-half teaspoonful
ofytheuma once a day.
All druggists know about Rbeuma;
it's harmless, yet powerful; cheap,
yet sure, and a 50-cent bottle will last
a long time. Ask Holt Drug Co. or any
HE "WEST VIRGINIAN?F1
YANKEES, A REAL BALL
looked as they started out for their ex-1
The pitchers are in shape and the
staff is well balanced. Caldwell, Cullop.
Shawkey, Fisher, Mogridge. Love
villi Rlinf?lior will l?? furnia/l otwl Dnu. I
sell may evailo being sent to the sticks. \
Caldwell, when I saw him. seemed a
different man. Repentant over the
loss of more than $4,000 salary money
last year as the result of his bad acting,
Ray reported In great condition. Although
he will not admit it, it is generally
believed that he played winter
hall in Panama, and when the Yanks
left here he looked like the Caldwell of
Fisher and Shawkey are both in
shape, and Shocker and Russell, the
former a now addition to the staff,
look like comers.
At Toronto last year Shocker allowed
only 1.31 runs per game, and at
though Russell's record was not so impressive,
Donovan believes he lias all
the requirements which make up a
The southpaw staff is composed of
Cullop. Lovg and Mogridgc. Cullop
has been ill this spring, but hopes to
be in shape before the season starts.
Love, a giant over G feet 7 inches tall,
won the only two games he pitched in
the American league last year, and is
expected to be one of the finds of this
Donovan has a brilliant catching;
ING MAYOR" GETS BUSY
' ALLOW ME TO J
mssenf- THE / a
liking However he shook hands with
the delegation and then escaped into
his room as his teammates kidded him.
There is something in a name especially
if that name happens to have
come from winning a couple of world's
series with a mighty bat.
Another illustration is that the bellboys
at hotels where Baker stops invariably
page "Call for Mr. Home Run
Our talking much about ourselves
shows how little we are thinking about
others. If we are as much interested
in others as we ought to be. others
would seem to us to be talking of a
stranger when they spenk to us of
ourselves. To talk about ourselves
seems shallow and inane to us, when
we sec how much meaning there Is In
the word "others."
Now is the
Time to Think
of your spring clothing needs,
and have them cleaned and
freshened by our superior methodi.
Footer's Service Is always
safest and best for Ladles' and
Felt or other hats, slippers,
shoes, sweaters, light wraps.
Just now we are preparing to
render better and more efficient
service than ever before.
? ??? _______
R. GILKESON, Agent,
Fairmont and Vicinity.
V- 1 . . - . f\
Three of Donovan's hopes: Wah
ters, sensational young catcher: Plpp,
slugging first baseman, and Hendryx,
staff. Headed by the veteran Leslie
Nunamaker, the staff looks as good as
any in the league, with Alexander, who
proved his mettle last year, and Walters,
who is said to be a second edition
of Hay Scbalk.
The infield is strong offensively and
defensively. Wally Pipp, slugger extraordinary,
will be at first, Maisel at
second, the veteran Peckinpaugh at
short, and John Franklin Baker, the
home run king, at third. The only posi
sible weakness is at second, and the
Yanks are betting on Maisel to come
Baker, who had a bad season last
yeur on account of injuries, should be
i the best third sacker in the league this
year and should bat above .300.
The outfield will be composed of
i Lee Magee, Hugh High and the sen!
sational young Gilhooley, with Tim
! Hendryx and Elmer Miller in reserve.
In case Maisel does not pan out as a
j keystone sacker, Angel Aragon, a Cu|
ban, and Bauman will be tried out for
| tlie job. They will be carried during
It is hard to pick weak spots on this
club. It is hard to figure where there
is a stronger club in the league. This
I is especially true when the 1916 rec.
ord Is considered.
Barring accidents the Yanks should
| prove one of the greatest baseball or
| ganizations of the season.
W 0RTH1N GTON.
Easter was observed in Werihingtor
j by the Sunday school of ihe Chrlstiar
I church. A very pretty program was
| rendered in the evening consisting oi
vocal music, recitations and drills by
the members of the school with some
solos, anthems and duets by members
of the choir.
In the morning Rev. A. M. Ritenoui
preached a sermon at the Baptisl
| church appropriate to the Easter sea
Mrs. Florence E. Tetrick, who hac
j been spending the winter with hei
( brother. Arthur L. Koon at Columbus
] N'eb.. returned to her home here lasl
A. L. Anderson & Bro. who had the
contract tor constructing the Fair
mont-Helen's Run railroad hare com
pleted their work and J. R. Appleby
Has Sold You
Why Not Use it to the
Actual testa have shown that
23 per cent of a bookkeeper's
time Ib consumed by Indexing
entries before posting.
In a properly arranged Loose
Leaf Ledger there is no indexing
We Sell the
Dependable Line of
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Let us demonstrate how you
can save time, labor and money
by using the I-P Ledger. No
obligation on your part
FAIRMONT PRINTINQ &
Fairmont, W. V*.
"NTNG, AP^IL 10,1917.
the superintendent, removed his family
to Connellsmvllle, Pa., on Monday
where he will be located temporarily.
When-leaving be expressed the opinion
that he would be back here soon again!
to do other work but did not indicate.
1 Just what or where it would be.
Jas. I. Michael, who has been a patient
in Cook hospital for several
weeks, returned tb his office here on j
Friday very much improved in health.
Mesdemes I. Mclntire and A. J. lieDaniel
were shopping in Fairmont on
Thos. E. Minnear. of Annabelle, was
a hUBiness visitor here on Saturday.
Lawrence G. Sandy left on Saturdav j
for a visit with friends at Corrv. Pa.,!
and Lackawanna, N. Y.
Z. F. Davis, of Fairmont, is here
this week assisting In the work at the I
First National Bank during the ab
sence of Mr. Sandy, the assistant cash i
Miss Grace Martin, of Shinnston,]
spent Sunday with her sister, Mrs.
Flnley Oakes. here.
A. L. B. Dudley, of Fairmont, was a
business visitor here on Monday.
Edgar Bock, of Farmintgon, was vis I
itlng his son, LeRoy Bock, hero on I
! nocuc urnc Tnntv
ui mo ntnt i uuhi
Normal and Rivesville Willj
Meet on South Side
1 Scholastic baseball will be officially
opened in Fairmont this afternoon at
3:30 p. m. when Fairmont Normal and
Rivesville high school clash at South
Side park. Both teams have been practiclng
but one week and neither arc 1
as yet In the best of form. For this 1
reason the game will be for the most
part a practice game, giving both j
teams a good chance to discover their
defects before their active schedules
Coach Ward of the Rlvesville team,
has developed some lightning fast material
and will this year make a strong
bid for the county high school championship.
With the large number of
candidates that are trying for the team
'he prospects are exceptionally good.
* The Normal baseball team appeared I
at South Side park yesterday afternoon
for the first time In their new uniforms
Because of the difficulty in deciding
who would take part in the first game,
the uniforms were not given out until
yesterday. Among those who received
uniforms were: Miller. Ramsey. Isenhart.
Denton. Park. Thompson. Bell,
Hamilton. Kuhn and Watkins. Several
of the new players who wilt enter the
Normal have not yet enrolled and will |
The car of tod
Not because t
| been steal
And still the b
That is provei
Touring Car or Roadst
is a style every / U
stoutly built man f j
with a good brain is J ! J
beginning to use or / I I
think about. fi
It is a new stout \ /3s
model for heavily S/"
built young men /;f
and for older men //|fev
who keep themselves
looking young. \|
It has a reputa- \
tion for being cor
rect whenever or
wherever it is worn
We present it in
new spring fabric
ideas, tailored expressly
for us. Prices
$20 to $25.
not get to take part in the same today.
The latest candidate to arrive
was Claude Ramsey, the twirler from gt
Belington. who appeared in uniform ri
at the park. Ramsey is six feet, five ?n<
inches tall and weighs two hundred JJ
pounds. Several other candidates will
arrive within the next week. e?
ay is worth more money than tl
he cost of materials have in
ey have. >
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uei;auae liic aismuctrus OI C0I1SI
lily raised?the shoo uractice n
uyers of the first cars, and ever;
red full value.
i by the fact that all of the car
ago they were built, are giving
UI pay you to visit us and examine this ?
le gasoline consumption la unusually low.
The tire mileage 1b unusually high.
er, $835; Winter Touring car or Roadster
(All prices t. o. b. Detroit)
\RD GARAGE CO.
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airmont, W. Va.
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