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Motto: May the best team win; But ours is the best By Hugh S. Fullerton (CupyrighL., bI, bp W. G. Chapman) "'Wow! Wow!! Great eye, Eddie! Make him put it across! Bust a fence! You can do it! Wow! Wow!! Wow!!! ROIER! All right Tough luck, Eddie. Two and two. Make her be over. Home run. Eddie. old scout. Break the gate. Wow! Wow!! We---.', The red-laced, apoplectic young man In the front row made a trumpet of his hands and yelled until the veins in his neck turned purple. In the middle of the final "Wow" he col lapsed, looked disgusted and turning to me said: "What do they keep that hunk of cheese for? He can't hit. Never could. Striking out in a pinch like that!" The fan, howling encouragement or bawling abuse at the ball players is the spirit of the town. Just how great an influence this spirit exerts upon the playing strength of the team representing the town or city is im possible of calculation, but it is cer tain that it is part of the national game. He and his fellows exert al most as much influence upon the team as does luck, and this spirit is so In extricably mixed with the element of luck that it Is impossible to deter mine cause and effect. There are cities in which the loyalty of the fans has waned and turned to gibes, and in these cities no player does well There are crowds that remain loyal in victory and in defeat. These in. spire the players to give their best efforts to win. Ball players will tell you that teams invariably play bet ter with friendly crowds applauding. The fan invariably will respond that he would be loyal provided the club would win games enough to justify loyalty. The players accuse the fans. the hns accuse the players, asd both are In a measure right. The major ity of patrons will "root" when the home team is winning. Any team will play better ball and win oftener it the patrons are loyal. The fan. volc lag the spirit of the town, is a pow er for victory or defeat. Conditions In different cities com pristag the circults of the major leagues assert a powerful Influence over their teams. Players will tell you they would rather play for the Chicago White 8ox or for the New York Giants than for any other teams. They will assert that twenty Cobbs could not win a pennant for Cineta aati under conditions which the man agement is now striving to change. The fanatical loyalty of the White 8a rooter and the Giant patron, the angry abuse of players by the an aially disappointed Cincinnati pub. the sarcasm and raillery of Wash 6Uti'towds, trained for years to , eapect nothing but defeat. have an immense effect upon the players and teams.' They make or mar players, and weak men win for one type while brilliant ones fall and lose for the other. The baseball fan is an unique Amer loan species and the most rabid of all Pithffiasts. Compared with him the tlf fan, the bridge fan, even the , bowling fan are mild. Baseball is the most serious pleasure ever in- i vested. Probably the most blindly loyal erewd In the world is that which fol. Iows the fortunes of the Chicago Americas league team, and to one whq is dislnterested the Chicago sit ration is acutely funny. The White t6a park Is located on the south side li ii ~y~' ·.·· Ir I&1"Pane" of the city; the Cubs' on the west, and the city is divided into two great armed camps. In 1896 when these two teamth winners of the champion shlps Ia their own leagues, met to eustest f the world's championship, it Wa the loyalty of the south side crowd heyoad doubt that won for the team. That fall the Chicago Tribune's composing room was about equally divided between the followers of the two teams and so bitter was the feel tag that the foreman was compelled to separate them and send them to different sides of the building to main tatn peace. It was civil war all over Chicago. It is a magnificent crowd, wonderful In its spirit and In its intense loyalty. There are few things that shake an opponent like the incessant: "Get a bit." "Get a hit." which is the war SOMETHING TO CAUSE LAUGH Typographical Errors, Not Infrequent, kSldom Give Rise to Feeling of Maliciousness. Typographical errors come only too eq,ýeatly from even the best regu d nrewspaper presses. They are hmRtlatiag, often a cause of ad doeoionafly dangerous, but I th they are distinctly is latemr quality thLy are Io have wloe they are made song of the Sox rooters whe~n they scent victory One of the most dramatic displays of loyalty I e":',r saw was In 1907. when the, team, beaten and displaced trom the championship, came home to close thie season. They had gone away in high hopes, and failed. It was Sunday. and as the defeated team marched down the field 17.000 men and women stood silent and un covered for a moment, then broke into applause that swept the stands. It is small wonder that a team back ed always by such loyalty won even during years when it seemed much weaker than its opponents. I have heard opposing players de clare they would rather face anything in the game than the grinding "root ing" of the Chicago south side fans. The only duplicate I know is the rasping, nerve-racking, long Yale yell. Not all players are frank enough to admit that the rooting has any effect. Indeed it is a common pose to pre tend that they do not even hear. But they do. Even among themselves they pretend they do not care; but once in a while they tell their inner feelings. They know that half the men who quit the major leagues are driven out by the voice of the fan. I have seen men break and go all to pieces, rave and swear and abuse everyone after suffering a cruel grill ing by a crowd. Walter Wilmot, one of Anson's fa mous old Chicago players, came to a game on the old grounds fifteen years after retiring. He looked across to ward the left field and said: "There's some of them out there now I'd like to choke." Yet the roar of the crowd does not break them as quickly as does some sharp thrust of sarcasm or biting wit from an individual. Perhaps that shaft is only the last straw, but when a player Is In a nervous collapse he usually rages at some individual who said something to hbli. Josh Reilly. one of the merriest, happiest players I ever knew. "blew up" one day and had to be restrained from assaulting three or four thousand men in the bleachers. 'Did you hear what he said'" de manded Reilly as the other players tried to restrain him. "What did he say?" inquired some one. "He said: 'Reilly. you're a disgrace to the Irish'," and then he raged again. One of the quickest things I ever heard was a remark from a Wash Ington fan which upset Frank Isbell. the veteran, completely. lasbell's head is as bald as a concrete pavement. and usually he kept his cap plastered tightly on his head to shield himself from the gibes of crowds. This time he tried to steal second and made a desperate, diving slide around and un ier the baseman only- to be called )ut. He was so enraged that he ran at the umpire, grasped his arm, ar gued and raved and finally in sheer anger, jerked off his cap. hurled it Dnto the ground and jumped upon it. -is bald head glistened in the sun light and the crowd roared. Then, above the roar came a voice: "Put on that cap. They pinched Mary Garden here for less than that." Possibly more trying than any con ierted rooting is the incessant nag sing to whch players on the Polo grounds, New York, are subjected. The one great bit of rejoicing among the National league players last year when they saw the wonderful Brush stadium was that the crowd could not make itself heard on the field as it did In the old stands. The Pole grounds crowd is odd. Somehow fans who occupy box seats either are not as rabid as those in the cheaper seats or they are on their good be. havior, and a fringe of box seats is an effective shield for players. Strangely enough the crowds on the New York American league park, al though quite as noisy, are much fair er. than the crowds at the Polo grounds. One would think that visiting play ers would like to play on grounds where the home team is unpopular through defeat or other causes, but they do not. They rather resent the home crowd abusing the home men. in the office of a Journalistic neighbor. a fact that probably explains why we can read with smiling composure an elaborate editorial apology which ap pears in the Hartford Courant. Its able political commentator tried the other day to say that "unfortun ately for Connecticut." Ebenezer J. Hill is no longer a member of con gress. Printer and proofreader com bined to deprive the adverb of its negative particle! At least the able political eommentator so declares, and we wouldn't question his veracity for In Cincinnati. Brooklyn and Washing ton, during most of the season, the crowds are bitterly sarcastle toward the home teams, although the Brook lyn crowds are decent except on Sat urdays. St. Louis affords a queer study of the crowds. When the Browns are at home the crowds are ugly and vent their temper upon the. players, yet half a dozen blocks away, on the rival park, there assembles a crowd wilder and more frantically In favor of the home team and more un reasoning in partisanship than almost any in the country. Just where this feeling arises is hard to discover. The crowd is violent in temper when the team is winning, worse when It is los ing. Perhaps long years of bitter de feat have caused it. In Boston and Philadelphia. on both major league parks, the home players and visitors are almost upon equal terms, and the spectators applaud good plays Irrespective of the players. They see baseball under the best con ditions. with both teams encouraged and giving their best efforts to the work. Pittsburgh Is bad because of the gambling that has become almost part of the game in the Smoky City. The temper of the crowd is ugly and the losing element is In evidence no matter whether the home club wins or loses. Detroit is a loyal, rather violent crowd, tamed now because the fans have learned to endure victory as well as defeat. The crowds were mad with enthusiasm the first year De troit won and have since tamed down "They Pinched Mary Garden for Less Than That" One of the queer things in that city Sis the baiting of George Mullin. the s veteran pitcher. Mullin is a jolly. quick-witted joker and years ago he began talking back to the bleachers. He was warned that the bleacherites a would put him out of the business. but persisted. Every afternoon he would walk down in front of the bleachers and engage in a verbal skirmish with the crowd, trying to hold his own at rough repartee with hundreds. He abused the crowd. laughed at them, accused them ofi "quitting." and enjoyed It. If he had f taken it seriously the result might have been different, but after a time it became part of the game and now the spectators in the bleachers would not be satisfied if Mullin forgot to start a skirmish. Last summer, go ing out on a car in Detroit, three young fellows were talking. t "Oh, I've got a peach of a get-back! at him today," said one, and. at the urgent request of the others he drew out a card and read what he was go-n Ing to say to Mullin if he came near I their seats. It is not the great crowds that at tend the crucial games that exert the strongest influence over players. True there is a natural nervousness among all the players when a tremendous throng gathers to see them, as in world's series games; but the ones that help the home team, or damage it, are the crowd of from six to ten thousand, stirred up by the "regulars" who, day after day and season after season, Incite those around them There are thousands of these regulars. self-appointed claques or cheer mas ters, and some of them feel as if they are doing as much to help the team to victory as if they were out there on the mound pitching. The large crowds usually are the fairest and most sportsmanlike, for in these great gath erings the rabid and partisan fan is lost and his utterances are smothered. These crowds police themselves and the players feel safe and assured of fair play. and, after the first nervous ness passes, they play their best. A baseball crowd is much like a mob. Without a leader it is just noise and turmoil, but with one recognized leader it can do much. A few years ago a number of Chicago men at tempted to carry out a theory that the crowd needed leaders and the result was one of the most dangerous ex periments ever attempted. The White Sox rooters organized, a band of men far above average intelligence. who laid daily plans for inciting crowds and stirring up enthusiasm. The'] Board of Trade Rooters operated at both Chicago parks, being organized primarily to attack McGraw and the Giants. They wrote and circulated. songs. Invented ingenious methods of; harassing a worthy foe. and to force undeserved victory upon the home'H teams. The idea spread rapidly. "Rooters' clubs" were organized in 1 many cities and towns to help the ' home teams. For a few weeks it looked as if the new movement would seriously endanger the national game. The crowds grew more and more vio-, lent. Then, suddenly and without warning almost, the wildest efforts ofi the world, but sorrowful experience t has taught most of us that it's safer t to get that sort of editorial disclaimer t of responsibility into print before I looking up the copy, and perhape- the world-enlightener who "knows" that he wrote "unfortunate." because t that is what he intended to write. I didn't rashly chance the discovery of , his own guilt before he convicted the t composing room of it. I Be that as it may, the mealing of t the sentemee was cruelly changed, sad c a friend was grieved or ofteded. Not i the cheer masters fell Bat-In ChIt cago at least. The harder the leaders of the rooters worked the more apa thetic the crowds became. It was an interesting phenomenon and I set out to discover the reason. The first H bleacherite I met solved the problem. "Dem guys ain't on de square," he said. "Usuns out in de bleachers don't want to rob nobody." There was the solution. No matter how partisan a baseball fan may be come, or how wild in his desire to see the home team win, deep down he wants fair play, and, after a time, he will insist upon it. The rooters' clubs died. al There are few of the noted fans in now, chiefly because the papers sel- Ca dom mention them. Perhaps they ex- br slt. In the old days almost every na club had one or two such followers. pr Probably the best known was "Hi Hi." This was General Dixwell, of as BIoston, who for many years followed no the fortunes of the famous old Boston Lt club. He is wealthy, intellectual and Ki a cultured gentleman who became ha completely absorbed in baseball. He on followed the team wherever it went Ti and became a familiar figure all over cu the country. He occupied a front seat in the stands. kept a careful tr' score and studied the game with a ag seriousness that was appalling. He an maintained a deep silence during al- no most all the game, but when a really great play was made he emitted two th' sharp staccato barks: "Hi! Hi!" and 3b then dropped to silence again. His w' war cry gave him his name. He quit attending baseball games years ago but still continues his deep interest i. the sport, and in his apartments he keeps a wonderful set of books show ing the averages and performances o1 players for many baseball genera tions. "Well, Well, Well." was anothei character who was named because of his cry, which followed Just after a big outburst of applause on the pair of the crowd. The moment the ap plause subsided his "Well, well, well.' wou'ld boom over'the field and nevel failed to start the cheering again The average crowd is cruel, because it is thoughtless. Few of the fans who hurl abuse and criticism at the players stop to think that the men they are addressing have the capacity to feel and to suffer Many a thought. less. barbed jest has wrecked the ca reer of some ball player. It took the players a long time to discover the fact that their popularity and their safety from abuse lies in presenting a good-natured appearance, no matter what happens, and in answering ques tions when possible. If you go rbrough league after league, team by team, you will find that the most popular player, in nine cases out of ten, is some outfielder. He probably is not the best player, but he has the most devoted follow ing, because he keeps on friendly terms with the men and boys who sit The Baseball Fan Is a Unique Amer. ican Species. behind him. In fact, almost every outfielder has his own regular pat* rons, who attend games and seek seats as near to him as possible, and who defend him against all comers. To them he is the best in the world, a "Greater than Cobb," nor do they forget him; the player who finally dis places an idol has a hard time. I have known them to follow a player around the field when he was shifted from one to another position and to battle for him with the retainers of the other fielder who dared criticise him. Biased, prejudiced and distorted in their views as most of them are, they are very human and very lovable in their blind devotion to the game, and In their unreasoning hatred. And a word of warning: Never try to ar. Rue with a real. dyed-in-the-wool, thirty-second-degree fan. In the. first place the chances are he is right, but even if he is wrong there isn't a chance to win the argument. so long ago a more astonishing error han this one crept into a book review af ours-a very solemn and scientific ook. It consisted of the substitution )f the word "caribou" for the word 'carbon." in a paragraph dealing with he chemical comlposition of the stars. n that case the writer's fierce self. txplanation is at least highly plausl ale, as it seems hardly possible that •e wrote "caribou" when he intended o write "carbon." but even he was notious einugh to make as deep o-i riry into the matter. ROMANTIC LAW SUIT t Hero of Novel Sues Ruler for a' Large Sum. A. M. Jacob, Aid to Marion Crawford, Rudyard Kipling and Madame Bla e vatsky, Seek $1.250,000 From e Present Nizam of Hyderabad. e - s London.-One of the most sensation al and romantic lawsuits ever heard a in India will be up for a hearing :i 1- Calcutta shortly. Action has been E. brought by A. M. Jacob, late of Simla, y now living in Humbay, against the a. present Nizam of Hyderabad. [I Jacob Is widely known in America f as the hero of Marion Crawford's d novel. "Mr. Isaacs," as the original o, n Lurgsh Sahib, maker of rich pearls mi d Kipling's "Kim." He also is said to e have taught the late Mme. Blavatsky. e one of the founders of the American t Theosophical society, more about oc r cultism than she had ever dreamed of. t The suit is a sequel to an amazing il transaction, almost twenty-five years a ago by the late Nizam of Hyderabad s and Jacob over the imperial diamond 1. now in possession of the new Nizam. y This diamond, one of the finest in o the world and worth a fortune, was d bought for the late nizam by Jacob a when the latter was at his power in Simla. Only part of the money was paid, but the diamond was never given up. Again and again Jacob has sought permission to sue the nizam for the recovery of money owing, $1,250,000. That permission has always been re fused, but at the Durbar, through th, help of Maj. Gen. Stuart Beatson, aide de camp of King George, Jacob's long Standing grievance was put before the king, who said he would see wha't could be done. Lord Hardinge, viceroy, has now agreed to the action and when the case comes on some names that are house hold words, including two viceroys of India, one of them Lord Curzon, the private, as opposed to the public life of viceroys will be given. Financed by a friend and confident 6f a triumph ant verdict, Jacob undertakes the task with all his heart in it. For years he has been living in Bombay with little money, due to the disastrous diamond transaction; whereas he was one of the richest men in India. Former adviser of no less than four viceroys and confidante of every fashionable and beautiful woman-in fact. uncrowned king o! Simla-he taught Kipling much of what he knew of India. He made name and early fame for Marion Craw ford, who sat at his feet in Delhi. Simla. When at the height of his fame and power when all Simla was flocking to his wonderful seances and his house. stocked with precious stones and or naments, was the most fashionable in r Simla, the story of the fateful imperial 1 diamond began. t The story is a long one and per t baps the most amazing that could be told outside of fiction. It shows in trigue at its height and the action of r Lord Lansdowne, who at the time was viceroy, in the sale of the diamond was remarkable. I Put very briefly, the case which is to be recalled in a sensational fashion i is this: Jacob was approached by the late Nizam of Hyderabad to purchase for him the famous imperial diamond, then on sale in London. Jacob obtained the stone and offered it to the nizam for $1,250,000. The nizam accepted and paid Jacob $250,000 on account. He took the stone and never paid an other rupee. The sale had been stopped by the president of Hyderabad, who acted, it is alleged, under the Influence of Lord Lansdowne, who had quarreled with Jacob. Not only did Jacob lose the money he paid out to obtain the dia mond, but soon after was sued by the nizam of Calcutta on the charge of cheating. The case lasted 57 days and ate up most of Jacob's money and drove him from Simla. He won the case, but never received the diamond back and never got a rupee of the money due him. At last Jacob will have a chance he has long awaited to sue the present niaam. He could not sue without the permission of the government of Inda. CISTERN FULL OF HARD CIDER Cause of Neighborhood Drunkenness Discovered After a Year Had Gone By. Bonner Springs, Kan.-The discov ery of cistern filled with "hard" cider on a farm near here solved a mystery that has baffled the law enfordement C omcers of Wyandotte county for more C than a year. Frequent complaints have been 1eld with prosecuting attorney that many men and boys in this vicinity were be ing ruined by strong drink, but the utmost vigilance on his part failed to locate either Joints or "boo leggers." The cistern was found by one of ' the prosecutor's assistants, who has been in the neighborhood a week dis guised as a farm hand. A chemist's analysis showed that the cider wasu about six per cent pure alcohol. The farmer who owned the cistern t was enjoined from selling or making cider and the cistern and its contents were destroyed. Husband "Tranferred" Wife. c New Brunswick, N. J.-Arrested for deserting her husband, Mrs. Elizabeth Bloomfield of Perth Amboy, declared her husband had "transferred" her to c William McFarland, who was also ar a rested. Both received Jail sentences. o UMBRELLA CAUSES SHOOTING Constable Cunningham's Explanation of Wounding Two Miners Who De manded Shelter. Pittsburgh.-Because they woulda not desist in their requests to be al-. lowed to walk under bhis umbrella dur- b lag a heavy rain storm, Constable a Thomuas Cunningham pulled his re . volver and shot lamuel Culp ad James Code, both of Smes township C CELEBRATING THE END OF A STRIKE ..4, Standing on the ledge of the twenty-lourth r tor. t l n ,ul.I i. , ;my. scraper-the Union Central building at Fourth and Vine et'eets -orknies rained flowers and blossoms down on the passing street cars in honor of the end of the traction strike. Only a few days before from theo same building blocks of granite, iron bars and bags of cement w'ere thrown down by strike sympathizers. BRYCE IN LETTER OF REGRET COFFINS USED BY SMUGGLERS Former Ambassador Writes to Wash ington Friends of Love for Amer ican People. Washington.-James lBryce, former ambassador from Great Britain just before leaving American soil. sent back from San Francisco a letter of appreciation and affection to the American people. The letter, made public here, was in reply to one from residents of Washington expressing regret at his leaving. It referred to i i. James Bryce. his well-known interest in the plans for the beautification of the national capital. "I am glad to think that an Englishman who loves the United States and its people," the former en voy wrote, "is not debarred byPtn official position from taking in all your projects for the artistic deveL opment of the national capital an in terest as keen as any that your own citizens could take." ESQUIMAU GOES FOR BRIDEi Gets Schooling, Lack of Which Once Caused His Rejection by Girl. Seattle, Wash.-Paul Patkotak., an eighteen-year-old Esquimau, has sailed for Point Barrow, the arctic extremity of Alaska, on the schooner Transit to claim the hand of Miss Alice Ahlook, native teacher in the Point Barrow government school, who refused to marry him three years ago because of his lack of education. When he was rejected by Miss Ah look the youth trapped enough arctio foxes to pay for a year's tutelage arid worked his passage to Seattle. Hewr he was permitted to enter one of the grammar schools because of the knowledge he had gained at the Point Barrow school. His summer vacations were spent with a fishing fleet. During the last year he has learned short hand, typewriting and bookkeeping in addition to his other studies. Patkotak came south clad in furs. He will return dressed in American clothing. One-Legged Man Drowns. Philadelphia.-Leopold Glick of this city took off his wooden leg to go swimming. He took a cramp in his other leg and was drowned. Culp is in Mercy hospital, where it is said he can not recover, while Cole is at his own home with a bullet wound in the breast. Cunningham told the police be was walking along the Washington Pike road when he was accosted by Culp and Cole, both coal miners, who asked to be allowed to walk under his uq brella. He refused the request, but, according to Cunningham. they be came so insistent he was forced to shoot them to enforce his refusal numiagham wa Strd~. German Authorities, However, Pens. trate Trapping of Woe and Find Saccharine. Berlin.-Smugglers of saccharine. on which there is a high import duty in Germany and a higher one still is Austria, are ever inventing new tricks to elude the authorities. A short time ago the inhabitants 4 a Bavarian village on the Swiss fro tier were amazed to see a modest t neral procession, comn., pallbearet mourners and undertaker, all in orde, pass through the village with polic men and inspectors acting apparently as honorary escort. A balt was made at the police sta tion, the coffin was opened, and from it about I0o pounds of saccharine, which the smugglers had attempted to introduce in this pjay. At one of the railroad stations to Berlin, one of the roomy furnit re vans which in Europe are tilled with household goods, loaded on a flat car and shipped to any desired city, was opened accidentally. Railr ad eam ployes were surprised to find it loaded with broken furniture of no value. As the car came from Switzerland. the police were called in. and a thorough examination for illegal articles was made, but without effect. Finally a policeman noticed the unusual thick ness of the walls of the van. Inves tigation showed a space two inches wide between the side walls and a commodious secret garret tnder the roof packed with saccharine. The same ,van had made the trip between Schaffhausen and Berlin at least once before, according to the railroad records. Van and contents were confiscated, but the consignee disappeared. Most of the saccharine smuggled into Germany is destined for Austria, the smugglers finding it much easier to hoodwink Austrian officials with shipments from Germany than else where. Besides, the Austrian duty if higher. A classic trick, now exposed and as longer practiced, was to send candles to be blessed to the pilgrimage monse tery at Einlsedein, in Switzerland. af ter which they were exported to Al. tria. Here they went, not to the . ous, but to a refinery, to be melted and the saccharine in them removed. Both the monastery and the cue toms were for months taken in by this device. WOULD SELL HER DEAD BODY Woman Says She Is in Immediate Need of Clothes-Fails to Make the Sale. Cincinnati.-A woman, plainly bat rather well dressed. sat patiently for an hour in the r'ceiving ward of the Cincinnati hospital and when her turn finally came she startled the receivilg clerk. Mr. Walsh, by stating that sh wished to sell her body to buy Sue clothes. The woman said: "'My t.ame IM Eleanor Muchmore, and I've coms here to sell my body." "You don't want us to kill you'" said the astonished clerk "Oh, no," replied Miss %luchmore, "but I want new clothes badly and I thought I might 'e able to sell ay body to some doctor in this instte tion to be delivered after nmy nntural death." Miss Muchmore seetmcd re _tiyy de appointed when it was. -xlIiued e her that her propo..i';1, 'o ..d nSot ht entertained. Seek New Trial: Plea Is Novel. Los Angeles., t' . -I ', tr ring that George I1. I'ck, a mil:lonair' realty operator of Sa n I'edro, hai falles asleep and .:nor. d durmnr 'he' rial, Lee Rial, found guiltl of saf td'ing. h asked for a neew triusl $1,500 for Small Dog. New York.--A four pound pomersal an, which arrived front Europe on thi Carmania, was bought by Legget Plls or $1,500. The dog is the most sal able one of Its kind in te worid.