THE ENTERTAINING FAN
BIG LEAGUE SCOUTS TURN
TO AMERICAN ASSOCIATION
List of Player* Eligible for Draft Thi*
Season Smaller Than in
The American association season is
more than half over now and the
major league scouts and managers are
casting toward the association clubs
for 1908 material. The association is
without doubt the strongest of all the
minor leagues, and it is only natural
that the big league men should look to
the association for available talent.
During the last three seasons the as
sociation has sent a great many play
ers Into the major league ranks, and
while many of them have been re
turned, still there have been many
more who are there now and who have
become stars. The crop will not be as
large for the big leagues this year as
heretofore, for the reason that there
are many ex-major leaguers in the as
sociation, and as a rule the big fel
lows do not want the same men back
aguln unless they happen to have a
strong attachment. Already the major
leaguo scouts have been following the
association teams about in order to
get a correct line on the best men for
▼arlouß positions. The association
owners say they want to keep their
teams intact, but just the same they
are more than willing to sell when
they get good fat prices for their men.
Under the new drafting rules the
major leagues can draft only one man
from each club in the association,
which means that only eight players
all told can be taken by draft at the
end of the present season. However,
there will be many sales v just the
same, but the number of players to go
up will be greatly reduced, according
to the showing thus far this season.
The major leaguers are not looking for
the best men in the association—that
Is, where they have been up in fast
company before—what they want is
the young and promising players.
AMERICAN LEAGUE NOTES
The Boston club has sold Pitcher
Joe Harris to the Providence Eastern
Pitcher Brackett, of New York, is
said to be as fast as anybody going
down to first base.
The Detroit Tigers brag of the
fact that they have so far this season
four times worked the ancient con
cealed ball trick.
Herman Schaefer has been laid up
with a strained shoulder ligament, due
The New York club has sent Pitcher
Brackett to and recalled “Doc" New
ton from the Montreal farm.
Clarke Griffith is reported to have
lines out for Pitcher Tift, of Brown,
and Catcher Waters, of Williams.
Catcher Spencer is playing with the*
St. Louis Browns. Jimmy McAleer
must have raised the suspension.
Jerry Freeman, of Minneapolis, is
said to be slated to play first base for
the Washington team next Heason.
The latest report on Mclntyre, of
the Detroits, is that he will not be
able to get back Into the game until
the middle of August.
President Comiskey. of the White
Sox, has erected at the South Side
park a new pennant-pole, stout enough
to float the world’s pennant in any
Frank Isbell, of the White Sox. says
he will retire after this season to be
come a magnate. He intends to pur
chase the Wichita club, of the West
BLIND MAN IS A LOYAL
ROOTER FOR BROOKLYN
A. T. Pollock, Sightless Fan, Follows
Play with Accuracy of a
Brooklyn has a baseball fan who
is totally blind, who is a “regular” at
Washington park, a loyal and lusty
rooter for the home team, and none
so thoroughly enjoys the great na
tional sport. To sit near Arthur T.
Pollock during a game and hear his
interesting comment on the plays and
players one could hardly believe that
he had never seen a baseball diamond.
Mr. Pollock, who is a clever pianist,
is also a thorough sportsman. He
plays golf, occasionally visits the race
tracks and has all the enthusiasm of
an amateur in athletic sports. He lost
his sight when only two years of age,
but has always enjoyed robust health.
Early in life he became interested in
athletics and during his school term
at Adelpht. from which he was gradu
ated in 1892, he was one of the strong
est supporters of all the teams.
When business permits nothing
pleases the "blind fan," as his friends
call Pollock, so much as to get out In
the grass at Prospect or Fort Greene
park and “bat out a few fltea.” This
he does by dropping the ball from the
left hand and swatting at it as it falls
with the bat held in one or both
hands, and such Is his marvelous judg
ment that he seldom misses landing
on the horsehide. He knows the rec
ord in the batting and fielding average
of nearly every player in the big
leagues, and can remember the batting
order of each team.
A most amusing feature In a recent
game was when one of the many
friends who accompany him to the
game said at one critical point: “Well,
there are two out and Casey is on
second. Now, if Batch can only land
on the ball —”
“No,” interrupted Pollock; “that's
Lumley at the bat.”
Pollock usually sits in the stand as
near first base as possible, as he likes
to keep the run of the play from com
ments by the officials or those about
him. By the acute and remarkable
hearing instinct of the blind he can
generally distinguish between fouls
and bingles, and his own running fire
of comments, such as “Well, did yon
ever see anything like that?” or, “Now,
come on, you Lumley! Swat it over
the fence," and “We'll show those
Quakers a thing or two,” keeps those
about him convulsed with laughter, in
which he always joins, for no fan ap
plauds longer than Pollock.
NATIONAL LEAGUE NEWS
Jack Chapman maintains there is no
one country who can outthrow
The Brooklyn club has transferred
Pitcher Henley to the Rochester club
of the Eastern league.
Pitcher Flaherty has rejoined the
Boston team. While disabled he acted
as scout for the Boston club.
Capt. John Ganzel, of Cincinnati, has
just found a brother who was lost to
the family for 13 years.
Al. Burch of the St Louis Cardinals
has been purchased by the Brooklyn
club. He is a native of Brooklyn.
The Pittsburg club has turned the
Paducah pitcher, Fred Miller, over to
the Jackson club of the Cotton States
Johnny Lush declares himifelf well
satisfied with the new St. Louis club,
other reports to the contrary i*t
IN CAB 41 YEARS
MAINE ENGINEER It ABOUT
READY TO RETIRE.
Wattsr A. Oowan of Opinion That
Ho Has Earned a Root—Recalls
Peculiar Incident on On#
of His Runs.
Walter A. Go wan of Biddeford,
Me., who has been a.locomotive en
gineer on the Boston A Maine for 41
years, plans to retire from active serv
ice on the advent of the pension sys
tem which it is expected will go into
affect inside of a year.
Mr. Gowan now runs 127. the mid
night limited on the eastern division
between Boston and Portland, one of
the fastest expresses on the entire
system. In point of service Mr. Gowan
is the oldest engineer on the eastern
division. He was 61 years old Id
April, and be has been in active rail
road service since his twentieth year.
He believes that he has earned a rest
after his long career in a locomotive
cab, hence his determination to retire
when the pension system becomes op
erative, although through economy,
thrift and a good income ffom steady
employment all these years, he has
accumulated enough to keep him com
fortable the balance of his life.
He is now in the cab of the “mid
night limited,” the fastest train on
the road, in fact, he has always been
detailed to run trains where speed
Although he is 61 years old he can
still pull a train along as fast as any
of the youngsters who have been set
up but a half dozen years.
He tells of an incident which hap
pened while he was running the "pep
permint train.” One day as he ap
proached the Portland railroad bridge
Walter A. Oowan.
he noticed an old lady walking on the
track. He whistled several times, but
she paid no attention to his warning,
Instead she stopped directly In front
of the engine as the train reached her.
The engineer whistled for brakes and
reversed as quickly as possible. When
he stepped off his engine to see what
had become of the old lady he found
that she had been lifted onto the
He asked her as he took her from
the front of the etigine If she had
been hurt and she coolly replied that
she was not in the least injured, and
she in a most courteous manner
thanked him for his assistance, acting
as if it was an everyday occurrence
with her to be picked up by a locomo
tive and set on the cowcatcher. It
was learned that her name was Mrs.
Flckett and that she was very deaf.
Mr. Gowan was running the "Yan
kee” one night when about a quarter
of a mile from the Alfred road cross
ing, in Biddeford, he noticed a horse
running along the highway at full
speed. The engineer opened the
throttle in an effort to reach the
crossing first, and did so, although
the horse was but a neck behind.
„ The animal, running at such a fast
pace, wag unable to stop and attempt
ed to board the train between the
baggage and Pullman cars. He rode
a few feet and fell backward to the
side of the track. The engineer
stopped his train and was amazed to
find that the animal was uninjured
and feeding on the grass that grew
on the banks between the railroad
The amusing feature of the acci
dent was that the railroad company,
instead of being sued by the parties
who owned the horse, brought suit
against the owner of the animal,
Frank Walker, of Alewive, to recover
damages to the drawing room car, but
for some reason the suit never came
The Conductor's Story.
"Well, gentlemen, in the 33 years
of my experience on the railroad this
is the only time such a thing has evsr
happened,” said a conductor, address
ing a car full of business men on
their way to New York a few days
ago. Curiosity prompted the men to
ask questions. "Well, this is the
first time I have ever gone out on a
train and in a whole car full seen
but one woman passenger." the con
ductor answered. “In all of this
crowded train there is but one wom
an. She is seated back there in
the middle car.” The conductor point
ed with his finger to a small woman
in black, and all the passengers of the
male sex addressed craned their necks
to see her. That one woman eat
blissfully unconscious all the way
from Philadelphia to New York, quite
undisturbed by her solitary Btate.—
We are the clinging flanges; ours to
guide the plunging train.
To choose the route and clasp the trace
and run with might and main;
We ring upon the air-tine stretch, we
grind upon the curve;
We grip the rail afresh each tin)* the
swinging coaches swerve;
We tear and wrench at apikea and ties—
we test the road and flee;
The demon speed is in our whirl aad
drives us ceaselessly.
We bind alike the ponies slight, the
mighty drivers high;
We choke in cinder elouds beneath each
palace rolling by;
Unnoted, notice fearfully the gap where
And cling closer to the rail to foil the
We humble flanges meet our tasks with
fitting skill and pride.
And amoothly do the tons above in all
their grandeur ride.
An edge, a rim, an inch at best of blunt,
Inseparably encircling close the sullen,
Monotonous our lowly lives, we play no
But Jubilantly do we sihg when once the
Around, uround, with whir and roar, with
To guide and guard in onward flight the
lives that freight the train!
—John Smith, In Buffalo Express.
WARNED QIN STRANGE WAY.
Engineer Tslls of Mysterious Signal
That Saved Train.
In the spring of 1887, when I was
engineer on the fast mail from Cleve
land to Pittsburg (C. A P. R. R.),the
following Incident occurred: It had
been raining Bteadlly for three days,
and in the hilly regions of Wellsville,
0., the hitherto small streams and
creeks had been converted into rag
ing torrents. My train was due at
Wellsviile at 1:23 a. m., and being 37
minutes late, 1 was running at full
speed, about 55 miles i»er hour, and
knew the track to be in good order,
and at this point free from probable
obstructions of any kind.
My train was made up of four Pull
man cars, three mail cars, and a bag
gage car, all the Pullman cars being
comfortably filled. We were ap
proaching Wellsville when at a point
about one mile from a stream known
as Yellow creek, just outside the
city limits. 1 put my head out of the
engine cab window to look for sig
nals when to my astonishment there
wag a red lantern swinging back and
forth across the track, just in front of
the engine, but as it appeared to me,
as high as the smokestack. I fran
tically closed the throttle, applied the
brakes, and showered the rails with
sand, which soon brought the train to
a standstill. All this time the mys
terious light was swaying to and fro
just In front and above the engiac.
I atepped out onto the track, but
there was no sign of a light of any
kind, nor of any person, but it would
have been quite impossible for any
human being to have flagged the
train, as above explained.
I walked ahead some 300 yards, and,
not seeing any signal lights at the
approach of the bridge, I knew some
thing was wrong, and going a short
distance further I found that the
bridge had been swept away by the
flooded stream, which almost covered
What explanation can be given this
seemingly supernatural token, which
saved scores of passengers from an
untimely death and a watery grave?
—Personal Experiences, in Chicago
Stopped Train to Savo Bird.
Rather than see a turkdy hen.
which was caught in a fence beside
the track, starve to death. Conductor
William Zimmers, of the Lancaster.
Oxford A Southern railroad, stopped
a trainload of passengers near Oxford,
Pa., recently, in order to release the
bird from Its plight The passengers,
instead of growling at the delay, ap
plauded the conductor for his kind
act, despite the fact that the delay of
five minutes meant that some of them
would miss connections at the other
end of the linp. The crew of this train
from Quarryville to Oxford noticed,
for several mornings, a turkey tied to
the hedge along the track. At first
they paid no attention, but after a
week. In which they had never seen
any food or water, they noticed that
the bird was gradually becoming
weaker. Finally a passenger told
them of a woman of Mechanics Grove
who fiad lost a turkey which she had
tied in front of her barn to keep from
wandering away. Conductor Zimmers
immediately jumped to the conclusion
that this unfortunate fowl*6vas hers,
and that the string with which It was
tied had caught and was holding It
fast In the hedge. Upon his next run
he stopped the train, took on the bird,
and when they passed Mechanics
Grove threw it off into its own barn
Electricity on Australian Roads.
Comprehensive plans are under con
sideration in the ministry of railways
for the Introduction of electricity on
all the state railways In the western
part of Austria, embracing the lines
between Vienna and Bregenz, and
Salzburg and Trieste. It Is proposed
to use the water power In the country
through which the roads run, and an
engineering commission has been en
gaged for some months In investigat
ing the amount of power available.
As Austria is particularly rich In
rivers and mountain streams, an al
most unlimited water power Is to be
found In many parts of the country.—
Vienna correspondence Pall MaU Ga
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