UHTTEBSITT MISSOURI!, TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 1913:
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University MIssourian Association ( Inc.)
J. Harrison Brown, president ; Robert
S. Mann, Secretary ; James . May. Ward
A. Neff, I'anl J. Thompson, II. J. McKay.
V. K. Hall. T. S. Hudson, Iran II.
SOCCER FOOTBALL HERE NOW
Game Played as Practice for Track Work
How the Modern Pastime Was Evolved
From Ancient Sports.
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Excessive speed. Inferior equipment.
Inferior organization and the attitude
of the public arc the four principal I
reasons why American railroads as a
whole are unsafe. The greatest rea
son of the four is excessive speed.
The other reasons refer back to it.
In the year ending July 1, 1012, 10,-
000 persons were killed and 170,000 in
jured, according to the report of the
Interstate Commerce Commission.
The public, while it lays the blame
upon the railroad, is itself at fault.
When a train is late everyone who is
waiting for the train, even the laziest
village loafer who never paid a fare
in his life, abuses the railroad for its
tardiness. The tardiness of a train.
however, is often due to precautions.
Then, too, railroads arc sometimes
supplied with defective rails and
other inferior equipment. The defects
cannot be discovered until they are
tried out. Then the railroad gets the
blame when the fault really lies with
The competitive sjstem also plays
n part in making our railroads un
safe. Railroads must pay big divi
dends to get the proper support in
the stock market. Otherwise the
bonds of the railroad remain unsold
IT the money made by a railroad
must be paid out in dividends it can-
i.ot go inlo new equipment and nec
essary repairs for better service.
When the railroad attempts to meet
the competition of its more fortunate
neighbor by putting on fast trains, it
has serious wrecks. We find on many
reads, rails that arc far too light
for the fast and heavy trains, unsafe
wooden coaches, gas lighting systems
instead of electric lights, rotten ties
and poor signal systems. The wooden
coaches are turned into kindling wood
when the first wreck occurs and the
gas light often sets fire to the wreck
age. With electric light and steel
coaches these dangers would be les
sened. The railroads must be given the
credit of discharging employes who
are drinking men. No pilot or train
man should be permitted to get drunk
whether on or off duty. One railroad
las gone so far as to discharge any
employe who Is seen entering a sa
loon. In this way there can be no
plea of "merely looking for a friend."
The railroads, the public and the
trainmen are all at fault. Until we
do something to remedy the more
noticeable dfeects, we can continue to
look for a great loss of life on our
American railroads. So far there
have been too many words and too
little action. Let us hope, however,
that the many words may move the
Authorities to some action.
1'ralxes Course in Geoloprj.
Editor the MIssourian: There is a
course in the University of Missouri
that every student should lake. The
courso is called physiography of
North America and It is given by the
Among the people of this country
today there is a woful lark of knowl
edge about their own land. Few peo
ple indeed know what Is meant by the
Fall Line Cities; and few people know
anything at all about the glaciated
part of our country to the northward.
The primary aim of this course,
.as I understand it. is to
remedy this lack of knowledge about
our own country. The geographic and
physiographic feature of the United
States are dealt with in the course,
and at its close the student has a
healthy desire to visit the spots of in
terest in his native land, rather than
go to Europe or other foreign lands.
G. T. T.
The II. & P. Tailoring company on
south Ninth street has been sold to
O. C. McCullough. t (adv)
Soccer football has reached the
University of Missouri, as a practice
game for the training of 'track men.
The Introduction of the old Eng
lish game into American colleges be
gan in the earlier part of the last
century, but for some reason it has
never been used to any great extent
in the University of Missouri. The
game furnishes valuable training for
track men, according to one of the
physical instructors In the University.
It helps to develop heart and lung
power, furnishing virtually the same
physical training that the American
game does, without the accompanying
danger of the latter.
Soccer is a desirable game for high
school pupils, athletes say; bet
ter even than basketball, which is too
strenuous. It is easily officiated, for
there are no complex rules as in
the American game. It is very popu
lar in the Eastern colleges, especially
in New England, where a regular
schedule is played each season. A
form of the old English game is also
used by the Pacific coast teams. It
is the opinion of men here within
the next live years a regular schedule
will be played in the Missouri Valley,
although they do not expect it to sup
plant the more spirited American
"o Armor Seeded.
Soccer is played without the use of
armor. The players use only shin
guards and often play in regular
track suits and shoes. The game is
played by eleven men on each side,
consisting of tiie goal keeper, the
only man on the team who is allowed
to pick up the ball and punt or bat
it, two full-backs, three half-backs
called left, right and center half
backs, and five men constituting the
rush line, called center forward,
right and left forward and right and
Running interference is allowed,
but no tackling. The goal posts are
six feet farther apart than in intercol
legiate football and a score is made
when the ball passes under the bar
and between the posts. The game is
played principally with the feet,
though any part of the body may be
used in handling the ball with the
exception of the arms.
The game Is 90 minutes long and
no time is taken out when a goal
is made. An interval of five minutes
is allowed between the two halves.
The game is started by a place kick
from the center of the field and when
the ball goes over the side line is be
longs to the opposing team.
The game of soccer football origi
nated in England. It is closely akin
to the Rugby game, practically the
only difference being that In Rugby
all the players are allowed to use
their hands in handling the ball while
In soccer this right Is granted to but
one player on each side, the goal
keeper. One of the other of these
two forms of football Is already in
general use all over the world except
ing only in America, the vigorous
American youth prefering the more
strenuous intercollegiate game of this
country. The Englishmen are ever
more enthusiastic over football than
the Americans and the great Rugby
games are often witnessed by one
hundred thousand people or more.
A Game for Cold Days.
Soccer is distinctively a winter
game and is often played on frost
bound ground where it is diffi
cult to maintain a foothold; yet one
seldom hears of an accident. One
reason for this Is that the rules of
the game allow no player to be tack
led or interfered with in any way un
less he Is in actual possession of the
ball. Mass plays, piling up and
"bucking the line" are unknown.
Football is one of the oldest if not
the oldest, of our sports. The an
cients inflated a bladder and kicked
It about In Greece there was a game
played in much the same way as with
us, only by a larger number of per
sons. Then the Romans played a
game called "harpastum" with both
hands and feet. These were the foun
dations of soccer and Rugby. There
can be little doubt that It was passed
on to Great Britain by the Romans
from "harpastum," where they
strove by a conquering cast to throw
the ball Into each other's goal. Cen
turies before cricket was born in the
south of England, football was com
mon in the north. Tradition has it
that one of the early footballs was
the skull of a Danish invader kicked
about on the Roodee at Chester on
Shrove Tuesday just before Lent.
Whole townships engaged in the
game in those days; sometimes the
goals were the towns themselves and
the game lasted all day. "Over
hilles, dales, hedges, yea and thorow
bushes, briars, mires, plashes and
times see twenty or thirty lie strug
gling together in the water scramb
ling and scratching for the ball,"
says one old writer.
"Football Dajw in Early Times.
As early as 117:
"History of London"
game was a great Sh rove-Tuesday
we see football in history it is Latin
ized in the law as "pila pedina" and
Edward III is trying to abolish it in
13C3. Richard II tried it again in
13SS. Three other kings, besides
both th'e Scotch and English parlia
ments, attempted the same thing, but
rather to the middle or lower classes,
though James I had to forbid his
heirs to play it, saying that the game
was "meeter for maiming than mak
ing able the users thereof." Under
the Puritans football, in common
with all other sports, was decadent,
but the prohibition was finally raised
in the eighteenth century and "foot
ball day" came in again. It is re
lated that both sexes took part, that
shutters had to be put up, that
houses were closed to prevent dam
age, and that fatal accidents oc
curred frequently. As a result it fell
Into disrepute again and gradually
died out about 1S30.
"Tom Brown's School Days" tells
of the game at Rugby with carrying
the ball and tackling the Roman
"harpastum" again. Not tiir 1860
was there a general revival of Inter
est, and three years later in England
the Football Association was formed,
whence came the name association or
Beginning in America.
In America the first mention of
rootball is in New England, where
large numbers used to oppose each
bladder. This was purely a kicking
bladder. This was a purely kicking
game, crude and mostly played by
schoolboys, with no rules; all dis
putes were settled on the field.
Yale has the first authenic record
among colleges, in an annual freshman-sophomore
game which was an
institution in 1840. Challenges and
acceptances were posted on the old
chapel door. It was a rough game.
uzstepnens, unscientific, played with a bladder en
says that the closed in a leather case. In 1839 It
was prohibited by the faculty, but
SOT A BAD WORLD AFTER AIL
sport "football day." The next time that mad littl Himrpnn
replaced by rushes without the ball.
The awakening in America came in
1870. Two years later Yale and Col
umbia played the first college game.
There were twenty men on a side and
the game was a great deal like asso
ciation football. The players wore
long trousers and jerseys.
The rules were simple and forbade
anyone picking up and carrying or
throwing the ball. Goals were made
under, not over the crossbar. There
were no off-side or on-side regula
tions. Fouls were penalized by
throwing the ball straight up in the
air from the place where the foul
was committed and it was unfair to
touch it until it fell and bounded.
When a man was disabled and re
tired a player from the other side re
tired also. There were no substi
tutes. I. H. E.
Dr. Madison A. Hart of Christian
Church Takes Optimistic View.
"The old world is getting better
rather than worse, and the good are
increasing." said: Dr. Madison A. Hart
of the Christian Church Sunday.
Doctor Hart does not agree with those
who deplore the condition of the world
today and say that people are getting
worse. He says the highest develop
ment to be wished for in the individ
ual is that his aim in society may be
to help others, especially the down-and-out
class. This point of view,
says Doctor Hart, was illustrated by
the life of Christ, and we are coming
nearer It today.
When the Federal Council of
Churches met in Chicago last Decem
ber, the members talked not of theo
logical questions and doctrines of pre
destination, but on the practical prob
lems of human helpfulness.
To illustrate that the help need
not be in money Doctor Hart told a
story of a street violin player who was
too old to attract many people to his
music or much money to his purse.
A woman of musical talent saw his
difficulty. She took the violin and
standing in the old man's place, play
ed. For one day the old man's purse
was heavy. She had no money, but
helped the old musician with her tal
ent. "If deeds like this were done forty
years ago," said Doctor Hart, "they
are done more and better today.
The people of today pray not so much
after the manner of the man who
prayed, 'Oh Lord, bless me and mine,
my son John and his. us four and no
more,' but like Abou Ben Adhem in
Leigh Hunt's poem. 'I pray thee, then,
write me as one that loves his fellow
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