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HEART
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SUNSET
By REX BEACH
Author of "The Spoiler *," "The Iron
The Silver Horde." Etc.
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Ooprrlfffct by Harper A Brothel*
CHAPTER IV—Continued.
Blaze, In truth, was embarrassed by
the size of his holdings, but he shook
his head. "No, I'm too old to go ram
pagin' after new gods. I ain't got the
imagination to raise anything more
complicated than a mortgage; but if
I was younger, I'd organize myself up
and do away with that Eld Austin. I'd
sure help him to an untimely end, and
then I'd marry them pecan groves, and
blooded herds, and drug-store orchards.
She certainly is a heart-breakln' de
vice, with her red hair, and red lips
an
Father !" Paloma was deeply
shocked.
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Complete isolation, of course, Alaire
had found to be impossible, even
though her ranch lay far from the trav
eled roads and her Mexican guards
were not encouraging to visitors. Busi
ness inevitably brought her into con
tact with a considerable number of
people, and of these the one she saw
most frequently was Judge Ellsworth
Of Brownsville, her attorney.
It was perhaps a week after Ed had
left for San Antonio that Alaire felt
the need of Ellsworth's counsel, and
sent for him. Ellsworth was a kindly
man of fifty-five, with a forceful chin
and a drooping, heavy-lidded eye that
could either blaze or twinkle. Judge
Ellsworth knew' more than any four
men in that part of Texas ; information
had a way of se<^ng him out. He w'as
a good lawyer, too, and yet his knowl
edge of human nature he considered
far more important than law. His
mind was like a full granary, and every
grain lay where he could put hlA hand
' .upon it.
JHe motored out from Brownsville,
and after ridding himself of dust, in
sisted upon spending the interval be
fore dinner in an inspection of Alaire's
latest ranch improvements. Not until
dinner was over did he inquire the rea
son for his summons.
"It's about La Feria. General Lon
gorio has confiscated my stock,'' Alaire
told him. "I was afraid of this very
thing, and so I was preparing to bring
the stock over. Still—I never thought
they'd actually confiscate it.
"Hasn't Ed done enough to provoke
confiscation?" asked the judge. "I
have it pretty straight that he's giv
ing money to the rebel junta and lend
ing every assistance he can tf their
cause.
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I didn't know he'd actually done
anything. How mad !"
Yes—for a man with interests In
federal territory. But Ed always does
the wrong thing, you know.
"Then I presume this confutation is
in the nature of a reprisal. But the
stock is mine, not Ed's. I want your
help in taking up the matter with
Washington."
Ellsworth was pessimistic,
won't do any good, my dear," he said.
"You won't be paid for your cattle.
"Then I shall go to La Feria.
No!" The Judge shook his head
decidedly.
I've been there a hundred times.
, The fédérais have been more than
courteous."
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strongly advise against your going.
You'd better send some man.
Whom can I send?" asked Alalre.
"You know my situation.
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I can't go, for I'm
fore replying,
busy in court. You could probably
accomplish more than anybody else, if
Longorio will listen to reason, and,
after all, you are a person of such Im
portance that I dare say you'd be safe.
But ft will be a hard trip, and you
won't know whether you are in rebel
or in federal territory.
Well, people here are asking wheth
er Texas is in the United States of
Some
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Mexico," Alaire said, lightly,
times I hardly know,
ment $he continued: "Since you know
everything and everybqdy, I wonder if
you ever met a David Law?
Ellsworth nodded.
"Tell me something about him.
"He asked me the same thing about
you. Well, I haven't seen much of
Dave since he grew up, he's such a
roaraer.
"He said his parents were murdered
by the Guadalupes.
Yes. It happened a good many
years ago, and certainly they both met
a violent end. I was instrumental in
saving what property Frank Law left,
but it didn't last Dave very long. He's
right careless in money matters. Dave's
a fine fellow in some ways—most ways,
I believe, but
self in frowning meditation.
"I have never known you to damn a
friend or a client with such faint
praise," said Alaire.
Oh, I don't mean it that way. Pm
almost like one of Dave's kin, and I've
been keenly interested in watching his
traits develop. I'm Interested in he
redity. I've watched It in Ed's case,
for instance. If you know the parents
It's easy to read thglr children." Again
lapsed into silence, nodding to him
self. "Yes, nature mixes her prescrip
tions like any druggist. I'm glad you
and Ed—have no babies."
Alaire murmured something unintel
ligible.


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CHAPTER V.
A Journey, and a Dark Man.
Alalre's preparations for the Journey
to La Feria were made with little de
lay. Owing to the condition of affairs
ioeroas the border, Ellsworth had
thought it well to provide her with let
ters from -the most Influential Mexi
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ALAIRE AUSTIN MEETS GEN. LUIS L0NG0RI0 OF THE
MEXICAN FEDERAL ARMY WHEN SHE GOES TO LA
FERIA AND CAPTIVATES HIM COMPLETELY
Mrs. Alalre Austin, a handsome young matron, mistress of Las
Palmas ranch, gets lost In the Texas desert and after an all-day strug
gle wanders into the little camp of David Law, a ranger hunting a
Mexican murderer. Circumstances force her to stay 24 hours In camp.
Law catches his man, kills another, and escorts her home. "Young
Ed." Austin, drunken wastrel, upbraids his wife and makes insin
uations concerning the ranger officer. Austin Is secretly In league
with Mexican rebels. Mrs. Austin starts for La Ferla, her ranch in
Mexico, to secure damages for cattle confiscated by Mexican fédérais.
more, In order to pave her way toward
settlement of her claim he succeeded
in getting a telegram through to Mex
ico City—Ellsworth's Influence was not
bounded by the Rio Grande.
Alalre took Dolores with her, and for
male escort she selected, after some
deliberation, Jose Sanchez, her horse
breaker. Benito could not well be
spared. Sanchez had some force and
initiative, at lenst and Alalre had no
reason to doubt his loyalty. The party
went to Pueblo by motor. On the fol
lowing day, Alalre secured her pass
ports from the federal headquarters
across the Rio Grande, while Jose at
tended to the railroad tickets. On the
second morning after leaving home the
party was borne southward Into Mex
a
ico.
The revolution had ravaged most of
northern Mexico; long rows of rusting
trucks and twisted car skeletons beside
the track showed how the railway's
rolling stock had suffered in this par
ticular vicinity ; and as the train pene
trated farther south temporary trestles
and the charred ruins of station houses
spoke even more eloquently of the
struggle. Now and then a steel water
tank, pierced with loopholes and ripped
by cannon balls, showed where some
detachment had made a stand. There
was a military guard on the train,
too—a dozen unkempt soldiers lonÄed
down with rifles and bandoliers of car
tridges, and several officers, neatly
dress(#l in khaki, who rode in the first
class coach and occupied themselves
by making eyes at the women.
At its frequent stops the train was
besieged by the customary crowd of
curious peon»; the same noisy huck
sters dealt out enchiladas, tortillas,
gcat cheeses and coffee from the same
dirty baskets and pails ; even their out
stretched hands seemed to bear the fa
miliar grime of ante-bellum days. The
coaches were crowded; women fanned
themselves unceasingly ; their men
snored, open-mouthed, over the backs
of the seats, and the aisles, were full
of squalling, squabbling children.
As for the country itself, it was %
ing. The ranches were stripped of
stock, no carts creaked along the high
ways, and th.o roads, like the little
farms, were growing up to weeds.
Stores were empty, the people were
idle. Over all was an atmosphere ci
decay, and, what was far more signifi
cant, the people seemed content. *
All morning the monotonous journey
continued—a trial to Alaire and Doh>
res, but to Jose Sanchez a red-letter
experience. He covered the train from
end to end, making himself acquaint
ed with everyone and bringing to
Alalre the gossip that he picked up.
It was Dfct until midday that the flfst
interruption occurred ; then the train
pulled in upon a siding, and after an
interminable delay it transpired that a
northbound troop-train was expected.
Jose brought this intelligence : "Soon
you will behold the flower of the Mex
ican army," he to'0 Alaire.
see thousands of Longorio's veterans,
every man of them a very devil for
blood. They are returning to Nuevo
Pueblo after destroying a band of
those rebels. They had a great vic
tory at San Pedro—thirty kilometers
from La Feria. Not a prisoner was
spared, senora.
Is General Longorlo with them?"
Alaire inquired quickly.
That is what I came to tell yof.
It is believed that he is, for he takes
his army with him wherever he goes.
You will
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"I Wonder If You Ever Met a David
Law?"
He is a great fighter; he has a nose
for it, that man, and he strikes like the
lightning — here, there, anywhere."
Jose, it seemed, was a rabid Potosista.
"When the train arrives," she told
her horse-breaker. "I want you to find
General Longorio and ask him to come
here."
"But, senora!"- Jose was dum
founded, shocked. "He Is a great gen
eral—"
"Give him this note." Quickly writ
ing a few lines on a page from her
notebook, she gave him the scrap of
paper, which he carefully placed in his
hat ; then, shaking his head doubtfully,
he left the car.
Flushed with triumph, Dolores took
the first occasion to enlarge upon her
theme.
You will see what a monster this
Longorio is," she declared. *Tt was
like him to steal your beautiful cattle;
he would steal a crucifix'."
"I've beard that," Aiair#said gravely.
In the course e< time the military
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train came creaking along on the main
track and stopped, to the great Interest
of the south-bound travelers. It was
made up of many stock cars crowded
with cavalry horses, and penned in
with them were the women and the
children.
were clustered thickly upon the car
roofs. Far down at the rear of the
train was a rickety passenger coach,
and toward this Jose Sanchez made his
way.
There began a noisy Interchange of
greetings between the occupants of the
two trains, and meanwhile the hot sun
glared balefully upon the huddled fig
ures on the car tops. A half-hour
passed, then occurred a commotion at
the forward end of Alalre's coach.
A group of officers climbed aboard*
and among them was one who could
be none other than Luis Longorlo. As
he came down the passageway Alalre
identified him without the aid of his
insignia, for he stood head and shoul
ders above his companions and bore
himself with an air of authority. He
was unusually tall, at least six feet
three, and very slim, very lithe ; a
young man; his cheeks were girlishly
smooth and of a clear, pale, olive tint ;
his eyes were large, boTd, brilliant ; his
nostrils thin and sensitive, like those
of a blooded horse. Disdain, hauteur,
impatience, were stamped upon the
general's countenance as he pushed
briskly through the crowd, turning his
head from side to side in search of
the woman who had summoned him.
Not until she rose did he discover
Alaire; then he halted *, his eyes fixed
themselves upon her ewith a start of
startled amazement.
Alalre felt herself color faintly, for
the man seemed to be scanning her
from head to foot, taking in every de
tail of <lter face and form, and as he
did so his expression remained unal
tered. For what seemed a full minute
The soldiers themselves
Longorlo stood rooted ; then the stiff
vizored cap was swept from his head ;
} 10 bowed with the grace of a courtier
until Alaire saw the part In his oily
black hair.
"Senora! A thousand apologies for
my delay," he said,
not dream—I did not understand your
He continued to regard her
'Caramba! I did
message,
with that same queer intensity.
"You are General Longorlo?" Alalre
was surprised to note that her voice
quavered uncertainly, and annoyed to
feel her, face still flushing.
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Longorlo, with a brusque command,
routed out the occupants of the seat
ahead, and, reversing the back, took a
position facing Alaire. Another order
and the men 'who had accompanied
him withdrew up the aisle. There was
no mistaking his admiration. He
seemed enchanted by her pale beauty,
her rich, red hair held him fascinated,
and with Latin boldness he made his
feelings crassly manifest.
You probably know why I wished
to see you," Alaire began.
Longorio shook his head In vague
denial.
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denial.
"It is regarding ranch, La Feria.
Seeing that the name conveyed noth
ing, she explained, "I am told that
your army confiscated my cattle.
"Ah, yes ! Now I understand." The
Mexican nodded mechanically, but it
was plain that he was not heeding her
words in the leist. As if to shut out a
vision or to escape some dazzling sight,
he closed his eyes. Alaire wondered
if the fellow had been drinking. She
turned to Dolores to find that good
woman wearing an expression of stu
pefacyon. Jt was very queer ; it made
Alaire extremely ill at ease.
Longorio opened his eyes and passed
a brown hand across his brow as if
to brush away perverse fanoles that in
terfered with his thoughts. Alalre no
ticed that one of his fingers was deco
rated with a magnificent dlamond-and
ruby ring, and this interested her
queerly. No ordinary man could fit
tingly have worn such an ornament,
yet on the hand of this splendid bar
barian it seemed not at all out of
keeping.
Dios!" Longorio continued. "Your
ranch has been destroyed; your cattle
stolen, eh? We will shoot the perpe
trators of this outrage at once.
Bueno!

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"No, no ! I do^jt want to see anyone
punished. I merely want your govern
ment to pay me for my cattle,
laughed nervously.
"Ah!

Alaire
But a lady of refinement
should never discuss such a miserable
business. It is a matter for men.
She endeavored to speak in a brisk,
businesslike tone.
La Feria belongs
to me. I am a woman of affairs, Gen
eral Longorio, and you must talk to
me as you would talk to a man. When
I heard about this raid I came to look
Into it—to see you, or whoever Is in
charge of this district, and to make a
claim for damages."
"Valgame Dios! This is amazing."
"There is nothing extraordinary
Rbout It, that I can see.
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"You consider such a woman
yourself ordinary? The men of
country enshrine beauty and worship
It. They do not discuss such things
with their women. Now this sordid
affair is something for your hus
band—"
"Mr. Austin's business occupies his
time; this is my own concern. I am
not the only practical woman la Tex
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Longorio appeared to be laboriously
digesting this statement
said at last
this—you came, eh? You came alone
into Mexico, where we are fi ghtin g and
killing each other? Well! That is
spirit You are wonderful, superb ?"
He smiled, showing the whitest and
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So!" he
"When you heard of
Such extravagant homage #vis em
barrassing, yet no woman could bn
wholly displeased by admiration so
spontaneous and intense as that which
Longorlo manifested In every look and
word. Alalre knew the susceptibility
of Mexican men, and was Immune to
ordinary flattery ; yet there was some
thing exciting about this martial hero's
complete captivation. To have charmed
him to the point of bewilderment was
a unique triumph, and under bis hun
gry eyes she felt on adventurous thrill.
While he and Alalre were talking the
passengers had returned to their seats ;
they were shouting good-bys to the
soldiers opposite; the conductor ap
proached and informed the general of
his train orders.
Longorlo favored him with a slow
stare,
said he.
"SI, 'senor. But—"
The general uttered a sharp excla
mation of anger, at which the conduc
tor backed away, expressing by voice
and gesture his most hearty approval
of the change of plan.
We mustn't hold the train," Alalre
said quickly. "I will arrange to see
you In Nuevo Pueblo when I return."
Longorlo smiled brilliantly and lift
ed a brown hand. "No, no! I am a
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selfish man ; I refuse to deprive myself
tffls pleasure. Now about these
cattle." He thought for a moment, and
his tone altered as he said: "Senora,
there seems to be an unhappy compli
cation in our way, and this we must
remove. First, may I ask, are you a
friend to our cause?
"I am an American, but what has
that to do with my ranch and my
cattle? This is something that con
cerns no one except you and me."
Longorlo was plainly flattered by her
words, and took no trouble to hide his
pleasure. "Ah! If that were only
true! We would arrange everything
to your satisfaction without another
word/' His admiring gaze seemed to
envelop her, and its warmth was un
mistakable.
"Why did you take my cattle?" she
demanded, stubbornly.
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Alaire is flattered by Longo
rio's extravagant attentions, but
they soon become mighty irk
some—as described In the next
installment.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
QUEEN IN HER OWN RIGHT
American Girl a Combination of All
That Is Exquisite in a World
of Beauty.
We may be asked, "Well, what is
an American girl?" She is Just this:
A vital person, with combination of
health, vigor, wholesomeness and
beauty. The fact that many American
girls have in some instances a certain
amount of hereditary blood makes
them, as a class, a delightful combina
tion of personalities. The typical
American girl Is usually described as
being a tall, slender person, with free
and graceful carriage, plenty of poise,
and a face that bespeaks a well-bal
anced mind. One is apt to visualize
her as a person who can adapt herself
to any and all circumstances and be
an Interested and Interesting conver
sationalist in groups of young and old.
Taking her all in all, she is a person
who is a delightful companion.
The American girl is generally con
sidered beautiful. If technically an
alyzed, the main charm of her beauty
lies in the fact that her features are
chiseled, while many of her contem
poraries are beautiful from the stand
point that their features are molded.
There is a subtle difference. It would
be difficult to state authentically Just
what the coloring of the American girl
Is, for she is invariably a blending of
nationalities, and thus is a variation
of type.
Bud* Which Never Bloeeom.
There is nothing that supplies so
prolific a subject of conversation for
the uninitiated in things automobllistic
artificial flowers in the auto vases.
"If I could afford an automobile," an
nounces Mrs. Bunk, with a disdainful
stare at the offending blossoms, "1
guess Td have real flowers." For the
sake of the many Mrs. Bunks it may
be stated that there is another rear
besides economy for those peren
nial buds. Real water need not be
used, and that saves many a gown
and motor's furnishings from drip*
pings and drenchings in sudden Jotbh

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Passing Strange.
A parrot can kiss LOOO times an
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SMITH FAMILY IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES
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the 1917 pennant races get under way. The Smiths lead the representation
of all other family trees in the majors, a distinction which for many years
was held by the Joneses.
George Smith, who first won fame at Columbia, Is one of the new players
to be added to the Giants. Over in Brooklyn one finds another pitching Smith,
this being Sherrod, wiu^pitched such sensational ball in the world's series last
October. On the same team is Jimmy Smyth, but the difference In spelling
and pronunciation keeps him out of this family reunion.
Jack Smith and Fred Smith take orders from Manager Miller Huggins
of the Cardinals, and J. Carlyle Smith still operates at third base for the
Boston Braves. In the American league tw'o more members are found. Elmer
Smith Is one of the regular outfielders at Washington and "Popboy" Smith is
a pitcher at Cleveland.
The Browm family once w r ns very prominent, but now It is about extinct
in major league circles.
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DUBUC WILL BE BIG WINNER
-Ed Spencer, Tiger Backstop, Predicts
Jean's Slow Ball Will Puzzle
Pacific Coasters.
Ed Spencer, who has had plenty of
experience in the minor leagues and
especially in the Pacific Coast circuit,
says Jean Dubuc will be a big winner
for the Salt Lake club this season.
"Dubuc's slow ball will fool those
Pacific Coast leaguers," declares the
Tiger backstop. "The air is so rare in
Salt Lake City that it is almost impos
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pitchers simply buzz them through,
trusting to throw them by the batters.
"Dubuc will be a different hurler. A
slow ball, such as his, is unknown on
the coast and it will float past the bat
ters. He will do a lot of hitting, too. I
wouldn't be surprised to see him bat
above the .300 mark.
MACK WANTS GOOD PITCHING
Consistent Work on Mound Will Make
Athletics Greater Factor in
Race for Pennant.
"Give us good pitching—not the best,
but just good, consistent work on the
mound—and they'll have to look out
for us.
That's the way Connie Mack sized
up his rejuvenated Athletics.
"We've reached the point where we
are likely to do anything. We have a
club that is peculiar. It is composed
of men who can do many things," said
Mack.
ent. They're not recognized stars yét,
but they can hit and they can run the
bases, and the pitchers are finding out
how to pitch. They'll make runs, and
they'll hit most any kind of pitching.
All I need is good, steady work on the
mound."
Mack said he was depending a great
deal on the work of Bush, Meyers,
Johnson and Noyes.
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WHY LEE FOHL KEPT 'WAMBr
Cleveland Pilot Teils How He Sized
Up Second 8acker—Erratic in
First Efforts.
Lee Fohl, pilot of the Cleveland In
dians, has told why he did not follow
the advice of critics, self-appointed
and otherwise, to dispense with the
services of Bill Wambsganss when
"Wamby" was erratic in Vs playing.
"I'll grant that Bill was erratic in
his first efforts as a second baseman,"
said Fohl. "He used to mess up a lot
of plays. But a couple of years ago
Heoly, a young third sacker Connie
Mack tried out, hit oue over second
base. It looked Jibe a sure biugle, but
'Wamby' got the ball and nailed his
man at first. I said then that 'Warn
by' would make a good man at second,
tçr a player who could pull such a
stunt could be drilled to gobble up the
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pitcher at the losing end.
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White Sox, long overdue, are win
ning the price paid for them.
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The Washington Senators are show
ing very little fight this year.
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The release of George Davis by the
braves came as a real surprise in base
ball.
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Bean Ball" is stirring lead pencils
to protest its use, but who's going to
be its judge?
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Philadelphians accuse the Braves of
making more noise on the bench than
with their bats.
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Fred Merkle's bat Is landing harder
and more effectively than the club of
any of the Giants.
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Jinx is accused of pursuing Ray
Caldwell. Perhaps last summer's va
cation hasn't worn off.
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The Reds do not miss Bill Mc
Kechnie with Groh at third base and
Dave Shean covering the middle bag.
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Jack Barry, the new manager of the
Red Sox, is as uncommunicative as his
predecessor, and that is going some.
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Cactus Cravath, the veteran slugger
of the Phillies, Is doing some excel
lent work with his stick again this
year.
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The kaiser's promises to democrat
ize Germany after the war listens like
Clark Griffith's winter pennant prom
ises.
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Some well-known pitchers would
make excellent material for the avia
tion corps. Going up in the air is their
specialty.
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One Brooklyn report has It that the
Chicago Cubs paid $13,000 cash for
Fred Merkle.
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The Cardinals are getting first-class
pitching, and also are batting heav
ily. These qualities combined win
ball games.
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Ty Cobb would make a good fighter
in the army. He tried to whip a whole
grandstand full of spectators at a ball
game once.
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Outfielder Bob Bescher of the Car
dinals is one of the stockholders in the
St. Louis Cardinals "community" of
700 stockholders.
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The baseball rules for this seasod
have no mention of capital punishment
for the boob who tries to steal second
with the bases full.
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Dave Davenport, the Brewers' star
pitcher, is able to work again,
gunshot wound in his breast kept him
idle for many weeks.
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Stallings opines that when Tom
Hughes and Dick Rudolph begin to
pitch In their best form nothing can
stop the Boston Braves.
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league has instructed his umpires to
introduce each player as he comes to
the bat in every game during the sea
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Fabrique, the Robins' shortstop, has
two faults—Inability to make rapid
returns to the plate to kill a double
steal and a pronounced weakness in
batting.
ASSISTS PEOPLE TO FORGET
In Times of Gloom and Depression
Populace Crave Diversion to
Break Monotony.
Someone has opened a discussion
as to what effect actual war would
have upon baseball interest In the U.
S. A., says New York Tribune. The
affirmative and the negative here each
have good arguments. War news and
war interest would, of course, far out
shadow any sporting news or sporting
Interest, and In that way have a de
pressing effect. On the other side of
the hill, the populace In times of gloom
and depression always has seemed to
crave some diversion to break the mo
notony of constant anxiety. As proof
of this last statement, Toronto and
Montreal last season In the Interna
tional league had very good seasons
despite the fact that Canada has been
head high into this war since the start.
Sport In time of war is nothing like
as Important a matter as it is in time
of peace. But it still has Its uses as a
diversion—as a section of the program
that is cast in lighter vein. For that
reason sport will not be shelved by any
means. No nation, even In war times,
is going into sackcloth and ashes un
less It Is being crushed or pressed to
the limit. Those not actually engaged
will stick to-old habits of diversion,
just as one in time of trouble craves
tobacco more than at any other period
of his life.
FAILING INTEREST IN WEST
Absence of Championship Teams in
Last Few Years Has Been Sub
ject of Much Conversation.
The inability of the western major
leaghe clubs to produce championship
teams the last few years has been the
subject of much conversation. The
monopoly that the seaboard represent
atives have had on the pennant of late,
both in the National league and the
American league, has been the cause of
failing interest in the pastime in west
ern cities. But if reports this year
can be taken as a criterion, the som
brero section of the American league
is going to burst in among the leaders
with a bang. Chicago already is
claiming the pennant in the younger
body, while Detroit, Cleveland and St.
Louis, the other western clubs, appear
strong enough to make a fight for
first-division berths. The situation in
the National league is not as promis
ing for the western clubs, as the
Pirates, Cubs and the Cards all are in
a constructive period. But some sur
prises may be sprung that will perk
up the interest west of the Alleghenies.
M'KECHNIE IS GOOD NATURED
Does Not Mind When Beaten Out of
Job by Some Likely Youngster—
Must Take Chances.
Bill McKechnie has been on many
big league teams and is still on one, if
the Cincinnati Reds can be considered
that And because Bill has been beaten
out by so many youngsters for jobs and
yet has remained good-natured about it
we do think he's a pretty good fellow.
He is also somewhat of a philosopher.
In this game," Bill figures it out
"you have to take your chances. I've
been pushed off two or three ball clubs
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by fast young fellows who looked bet
ter at the time than I did, and I have
pushed some other folks off ball clubs
because I was lucky enough to show
apparently better form. And I was
never sore when I got the hook, nor
were the other fellows sore when I
beat them out. If any kid player can
chase me to the bench, he's welcome,
and I'll root for him every time he
comes to bat.
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LOYALTY OF ATHLETES
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We're listening to a lot of stuff ,,
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! France, Great Britain, Italy, « »
J Australia, and Canada provided J |
» whole battalions of athletes.
J The United States is seeking to
« enlist volunteer soldiers, but * *
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J player, or even pinochle expert, Î
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Don't Appreciate Drilling.
Hughey Jennings complains that the
fans of Detroit and Cleveland do not
appreciate- the drilling of the ball
teams fft their cities. He says that it
is a serious business with the ciubs,
and should not be taken as a joke, a*
some of the fans consider it
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