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Allen, H- Johnston, E. D. Belden. ?V. H. Stevenson, p. H. Mead, skip— l 3. skip— 7. In the afternoon two rinks, skipped by C. M. Griggs and Judge Cory, met and played a most exciting game, which finally ended In a tie score— B to 8. The rinks were as ap pended. 6. W. Griggs, yr. H. Stevenson, A. B. Van Bergen, Sam Fullerton, fleorge Hall, E. S. Doran, p. M. Griggs, skip Judge Cory, skip —8. — g. Some additional games in the first draw for the Hinkel medal will be played on Rasp berry island tomorrow evening. HAD 300 TO SPARE West Seventh Street Bowlers Defeat the Klo.iuJlk.-s. The Klondike and West Seventh Street Bowling clubs played their second game of the series at Schade's alleys Wednesday even- Ing, the Klondikes being defeated, as follows: | West Seventh Street. R. Neiderhoefer . 144 P. Roehnlsch 198 A- Bitters 192 iF. Schade 178 j. Hammer 124 Wm. Uhler 196 F. Hammer 109 J. Novotny 175 H. Stoimer 108 F. Koch 192 J. Burch 112 R. Mattock 218 J. Stransky 151 W. Mattock 190 J. Bloniek 17t>J. Vt>ita 154 J. Murnane IS3 C. Katohryz 184 J. Nolan 157 A. Waskow 169 J. Petracek 129 F. Leutsch 127 J. Shindlarz 155 H. Overbeck 110 Total 1.7311 Total 2,091 Pair of Skating Races. There wi'.l be a one-mile skating race at the Boston rink, on the West side, below the Robert street bridge, Wednesday night, between Thomas McDonough and Nel's Peter eon. A gold medal is offered for the win ner. There will also be a two-mile race be tween David Barrett and Louis Bennard the same night. McCoy Challenged. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 18.— As soon as it was learned here that McCoy had won the fight, Eddie Graney sent a telegram to Joe Choynski, asking him to challenge McCoy for a contest in this city, as the National Athletic club had offered a purse of $15,000. vLkCr FOR SKIN-TORTURED And rest for tired mothers in a warm bath wi th C uticura Soap, and a singleapplicatioa ©f Coticuka (ointment), the great skin cure. 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Wefers, the Georgetown college sprinter, met his match in the final heat of the forty-yard dash. Zinn, of the New West Side Athletic club, with an allowance of four feet, finished first, an inch in advance of J. H. Rush, of Chicago, who, in turn, was about three inches in advance of Wefers. The judges at the finish decided that Wefers and Rush had run a dead heat for first place, and they placed Zinn third. When this decision was an nounced it was greeted with a storm of hisses, and yells of "what's the mat ter with the judges?" Bedlam broke loose just then and the majority of the spectators yelled themselves hoarse in denunciation of the decision of the judges and there were repeated cries of "Zinn won, Zinn won." The judges were deaf to all of these exclamations, how ever, and ordered Wefers and Rush to the mark to run off the dead heat. Rush, who was on even terms with Wefers, outsprinted the champion and won by about nine inches, hard press ed. The Chicago sprinter was loudly cheered when the result was an nounced, but there were still many calls for Zinn. Rush and Wefers met again in a special race of 220 yards. There were other entries, but only two started. The Chicago man had the pole and held it throughout, winning handily by three yards in 24 4-5 seconds. Wefers claimed a foul, Baying that Rush had elbowed him at the avenue turn, but the claim was not allowed, and the Georgetown sprinter had to put up with second honors. If Wefers had got the pole the result would cer tainly have been that he would have won, as the running in the stretches were excellent, but the Western man always held him safely. Wefers had to run at least five yards more than Rush. Kraonslin, cf Chicago, who was & scratch man in the 300-yard hurdle race, did not start in that event. It was won easily by C. A. Lambert, of the Xavier A. A., who started from tha twenty-one-yard mark. The dumbbell competitions were very interesting and the throwing of the fifty-six-pound weight for height was also' closely contested, but none of the contestants came within twenty inches of the record held by Jim Mitchell. Summary: Forty yards, handicap, final heat— Dead heat between R. J. Fefers, N. Y. A. C. (scratch) and J. H. Rush, Princeton (scratch); Edward Zinn (4 feet), third. Time, B seconds. Two-mile bicycle race, handicap — Final heat won by H. V. Bedell, R. W. (50 yards); C. Sanford Jr., R. W. (50 yards), second; J. H. Oovell, R. W. (75 yards), third. Time, 6:02 4-5. 300- yard dash, handicap— Final heat won by T. Wygant, Star A. C. (26 yards); Phil Umstadter (24 yards), second; P. J. Walsh, St. F. X. college (16 yards), third. Time, 33 1-5 seconds. 440-yard run, handicap, open only to mem bers of the national guard— Won by T. B. Mc- Kinney, St. B. A. C. (14 yards); J. H. Buck, N J. (scratch), second; P. A. Sayles, Com pany I Twenty-second regiment (14 yards), third; S. K. Thomas, Seventh R. K. A. C (10 yards), fourth. Time, 54 2-5 seconds. J. Buck is under protest ■ * Trowing 56-piund weight, for height, handicaps-Won by P. J. Sheridan, P. A. C. (2 feet 9 inches), height, 13 feet 3 inches; J. H. Ertiek, N. W. S. A. D. (2 feet), second, height, 13 feet 6 Inches. -' 220-yard dash, special— Won by J. H. Rush, Wefers second. Time, 24 4-5 seconds. 1000-yard run— Won by G. P. Arnold, N. W S. A. C (50 yards); J. W. Rumph. St. G. A.' C. (50 yards), second. Time, 2:22 4-5 eec -300-yard hurdle— Won by C. A. Lambert, X. A A. (21 yards); J. E. Buck (7 yards), sec ond- A. W. Smith, N. Y. A. C. (20 yards), third. Time, 36 3-5 seconds. Four hundred yards dash handicap— Won by R F. McKinney, P. A. C. (17 yards); ML J. Walters Jr., K. A. C. (18 yards), second; W. F Ryan Xavier (2G yards), third. Time, 53 3-5. J. J. Hopkins and J. J. Harris, who finished first, were disqualified for fouling. One mile walk, handicap— Won by C. Leib gold. P. A. C. (55 seconds); Al Thorp, P. A.C., (30 seconds), second; H. W. Ladd, K. A. C, (40 seconds), third. Time, 48 4-5. Five mile run, scratch— Won by A. Grant, N V A. C.;J. J. Burke, J. A. C, second; P. Mac Key, N. W. S. A. C, third. Time, 27:20 2-5. International dumbbell competition won by Fred Winters, N. W. S. A. C; W. Stoessen, T. V. V. E., second. NEW CYCLE RECORD. Two Marks Lowered by the Flyers at Milwaukee. MILWAUKEE, Wis., Dec. 18.— Two more bicycle records were broken at the exposition building tonight on a seven-lap track, Walter C. ganger going a half mile unpaced In 1:00 3-5, the previous record being 1:011-5. Henry Kanaska went a mile paced by two tandems in 1:58 2-5, the former mark being 1:58%. Kananska rode the first half in the re aarkable time of :56 3-5 seconds, but lost sev era! seconds in the second half by failure of h'.s pacemakers to pick him up at the proper time. Bald Better. NEW YORK, Dec. 18.— Eddie Bald, the bi cyclist, who has been ill for some days al the Hotel Marlborough, has rapidly improved in the past two days, and expects to be out again next week. The report that he was in a pitiful condition is untrue. As a matter of fact, he has been suffering merely from a severe strain. Bald Is in the best of spirits. and said lonight that his ailment would not interfere with his riding in the future. CONFERENCE DISRUPTED. Wisconsin Delegate to Revise Foot ball Rales Draws Oat. CHICAGO, Dec. 18.— The committee of Western college representatives which was appointed several weeks ago by the Western Collegiate Football league to revise the rules of football for the season of 1898, 60 as to eliminate brutality from the same, was dis rupted today at the meeting at the Chi cago Beach hotel by the withdrawal of J. E. Elsom, the representative of the Uni versity of Wisconsin from the conference. When the committee, consisting of Prof. SUgg, of the University of Chicago, and H. H. Everett, of the University of Illinois, be side the representative of Wisconsin, met the subject of a change of the rules was im mediately broached. Expressions of opinion were asked for and Delegate Elsom immed iately took the floor and stated that he had been instructed by his university to be a party to no revision of the rules that would be made without the advice and co-operation of representatives of Eastern universities. He said that this was the ultimatum of his col lege and that in ease the committee refused to invite Eastern athletes to take part In the conference he would withdraw. The proposi tion was promptly vetoed by the other dele gates, and Delegate Elsom withdrew. Messrs. Stagg and Everett proceeded with the meeting and talked Informally of the prospects of the game for next fall and of the probable changes that would be accepta ble to the teams in the league. Prof. Stags XHJS SAINT PAUL, GLOB 3: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1897. announced that at least three weeks would be consumed in a proper consideration of the alterations in the rules that have already been proposed as being imperative for the future of football in 'the West. Delegate Elsom said that the University of Wisconsin would not withdraw from the league until after the result of the commit tee's deliberations had become known, and that such action would not be taken then unless the changes in the rules wci« so radi cal that contests between teams of the East and of the West would be made impossible. The colleges composing the league are the universities of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Chicago, Michigan, Northwestern and Purdue. FOOTBALL LEAGUE. The Annual Meeting of the Western Universities. CENTRALIA, Mo,, Dec. 18.— The annual meeting of the Western Interstate University Football association was held at Columbia this morning, those present being: W. H. Oney, representing Kansas, and Dr. Howard Ayres, representing Missouri. The first ques tion taken up was whether the Nebraska- Kansas game shou'd be called a game. Not withstanding the evidence submitted by Kan sas, Missouri would not vote to support the Kansas claim of no game, and the question was laid over until some future time. lowa was extended an invitation to join the league. The rules were amended by striking out all rules pertaining to general manager, as it was decided to dispense with that office. The following schedule was adopted: Mis souri vs. Nebraska, at Columbia, Oct. 24; Kansas vs. lowa, at lowa City, Oct. 29; Mis souri vs. lowa, Nov. 5, at lowa City; Kan sas vs. Nebraska, at Lawrence, Nov. 5. The two Thanksgiving games as heretofore. Davies Comes West. NEW YORK, Dec. 18.— "Parson" Davies, who lost a neat little bet, having taken the Creedon end of the middleweight fight last night, left today for Chicago in order to be on time for the Walcott-Tracey bout, which will take place in Chicago on Monday night. He was accompanied by Tom O'Rourke, Steve Flanagan, Tommy Ryan, Joe Hopkins, Dan Creedon, Tom Tracey and J. Pomeroy. Flana gan is a paperweight pugilist from Philadel- BAN B. JOHNSON, President of the Western League. phia, and will meet Joe Sturch in a prelim nary bout which will be a curtain-raiser for the Walcott-Tracey fight. HAY AND YOUNGMAN. Score of Last Night's Cavendish Whist Club Game. The following is the score in last night's game of the Cavendish Whist club. Hay and Youngman having won the high score badges: North and South- Greene and Prest I< 4 Hay and Youngman ISJ P. Gilbert and Simcock 16«| Countryman and Prendergast 177 Carson and Larkln 176 Kennedy and Rietzke l<o Barlow and Chapin 180 Total 1.229 Average north and south, 175 4-7. B*st and West- Mace and McGuckin l'« Relf and Stinson 192 Graburn and Hitchins 191 Kane and Kipp 19j Deuel and Lawton 104 Reed and Vogel 1" Donohue and Wilson 181 Total 1.319 Average east and west ISB 3-7. Arlington whim Clnb. The scores uf the Arlington Whist club's game last night are: East and West— Knapp and Nelson 188 —4 Berg and Renstron 188 —4 Ives and Hart 199 *7 Smith and Nelson 193 *1 Total 768 Average, 192. North and South- Okay and Kemple 174 *2 Jenson and L. M. Nelson 172 Later and Johnson 172 Troseth and Peterson 170 —2 Total 688 Average, 172. —■Minus. *Plus. Harrison Played Ives. "Kid" Harrison, who is now in charge of a billiard room in Chicago, played an exhibi tion game with Ives during the week. It was at one shot "in," and "the Napoleon" showed excellent form, winning by 279 to 139, and averaging 11 4-25. His highest run was 61 but he made runs, at intervals, of 37, 27, 34 *>0 18 15, 10 and played to but three batches of goose-eggs. Harrison played very good billiards, but was naturally outclassed. -.•— Infantile Deduction. Indianapolis Journal. "I guess paw hasn't got much money this year," said little brother. "What makes you think so?" asked little sister. " 'Cause he was telling me that it wasn't right to impose on Santa Claus just because the old feller was good natured."—lndian apolis Journal. — *» In Kipley's Starry Realm. Smiles— Blank has taken up the study of astronomy. Giles — Why, I thought he was apointed po lice inspector recently? Smiles — So he was. That's why he has be come a star-gazer.— Chicago News. An Objection. "Don't you admire the Venus of Mllo?" said the young woman. "Very much," replied Willie Wishington. "What a pity It is she has to get her living as an artist's model!" — Washington Star. • • • President Brush, speaking of the recent re form legislation of the National league, said: "It was not the intention of the leaguue to visit what might be termed rowdy ball play ing with such severe punishment as banish ment from the game for life. What we want to suppress is the use of language that would have a tendency to keep women and respec table men away from the game. If the league wer to pass a rule which would expel play ers from the game every time they raged about a decision the game would soon be dead." "With bases unoccupied, let the batsman bunt. With one man on first base and no one out, compel the batsman to hit the ball out. That will push along the hit-and-run idea, which the public prefers to the sacri fice. And what is the sacrifice, after all, but_ a necessary evil? And, again, what is the use of asking a batsman to sacrifice if he hasn't mastered the knack of bunting? Somr of the heaviest and most reliable batsmen the game has ever seen were the poorest bunters, and in this class Is a certain player on the Washington team. Cut out the sacri fice and boom the hit-and-run device, and th« public and game will both be served." Sucb ie the Bentiment of Tom Brown. TO Filth THE GIRSUIT QUESTION OF AN EIGHTH CLUB DISCUSSED DV WESTERS MAG IVATES. APPLICATIONS IN PLENTY. A FINAL DECISION WILL. PROBABLY BE DEFERRED FOR SOME BAYS. c NATIONAL COJ»|S>ACT AMENDMENT. Change Made iw tli«> Proposition at Philadelphia; Objectionable to the Western JHnnagen. CHICAGO, Dec. 18.— Magnates of the Western Base Ball league held an ex ecutive session at the Great Northern hotel today. Those present at the meet ing were: President Ban Johnson, W. F. C. Gait, Indianapolis; T. J. Loftus, Columbus, O. ; G. A. Vanderbeck, De troit; M. R. Killilea, Milwaukee; C. A. Comiskey, St. Paul; J. H. Manning, Kansas City, and C. H. Saulspaugh, Minneapolis. Several matters of im portance to the league came up before the meeting. The question of award ing the franchise formerly held by Grand Rapids was the most important, and discussion over this lasted until late in the afternoon. It is expected that final action, in the matter will be delayed for a day or two. Several cities want to be represented in the Western league, Omaha and Wheeling, W. Va., both making offers at the meeting, while the claims of Grand Rapids for retention in the league were also put forth. The delegates also considered the amendment to the na tional agreement, submitted by them to the league at the Philadelphia meet ing and later referred back by the National league with an important ad dition. The latter clause is objection able to the Western league, as it pro vides that the major organization can get a player from the minor body, hold him thirty days and then return him if he is found wanting. A committee was appointed to con fer with the managers of the Eastern league regarding several matters, one of which is the advisability of playing a series of gardes each fall between the champion Yearns of the two leagues. - • BASE RALL., BRIEFS. While the talk of , Manager Coralskey suing to recover the amount of, advance money paid Slagel, now that that player has been award ed to Kansas City, is going the rounds, It is worth while noticing the' statement made by Comiskey in regard: to the case. As he tells it, he noticed SlageTs ability very soon after the Grand Rapids plub Jjad "borrcrwed" hl.m from the Boston c}Ub, and entered into cor respondence with Manager Selee in regard to securing the release of the outfielder. If that was the way of it, then Comiskey has charged himself with violating a rule of the Western league. That rule distinctly forbids one club in the league tampering with" the players another club has secured a prior hold upon. In this case Grand Rapids had ob tained the first claim to Slagel's services in the Western league, and yet Comiskey states that he was at the same time negotiating with Boston with regard to securing the player."— Milwaukee Wisconsin. This Is only half stating the ease. The Grand Rapids club was willing to part with Slagel, permitting Comiskey to pay his back salary and knew and approved of the Boeton dicker. • • • That Ban Johnson has secured Bob Carru thers fOT a Western league umpire is the news that comes from Burlington, where the ex-ten-thousand-dollar pitcher is. • * * The Louisville players will report for duty March 1. • * • It cost $1,000 less to run the Eastern league in 1897 than it did in 1896. "Kid" Nichols is negotiating with PriDceton to coach the college ball team. - President Watkins thinks he will have a hitting team next year. He figures an infield over .300 and an outfield near .325. • ♦ « It is said that Jack Barnett, the Kansas City pitcher, will again be Been in a Buffalo uniform next year. Barnett was releis^i ty Buffalo about four years ago. He has since played with Binghampton and Syracuse, be ing drafted from the latter club by Kansas Clty ' ,•♦• It seems that tHe Atlantic league has be come a pioneer in a style, of base ball legisla tion that is quite, as jepective as the new blacklisting rule adopted by the National league. The Atlantic league, like any other professional base 6all Cfcfrganization, has its troubles with its playeffi. Last season saw s:me e3pe3ial"y troublesome times ;n this snug league, and several exhibitions of rough and tumble fighting were am«ng the extra attrac tions but not menfclone^i on the programme. At the recent meeting of the Atlantic league a secret Ineligible list for dirty ball players was established, and it some of the good players of the Atlantic jieague are not asked to re-sign for next season they will know that their names 'adorn, .the list Evidently the Atlantic league does 1 not care to start the season of 1898 with men who disgraced the game in 1597. In I .this i '*'espect the Atlantic league has taken ajstep-ilurther than the Na tional league, which wi^l harbor in 189S the same rowdies who^.hurt the game much la"st year.— Buffalo Express. ' Second Baseman 'Egari, who was first signf 1 by Brooklyn and then claimed and awarded to Pittsburg, will not play with that team after all. He has been farmed out to Indian apolis. 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Send Along Your Mail Orders. - - Open Evenings. much enthusiasm manifested. The six clubs form a compact circuit, the jumps being less than those in last year's Michigan league and the traveling expenses correspondingly light. The population of the towns range from 20,000 to 50,000. Protection of the National league has been secured. The Brooklyn club has just drafted Elmer Horton, one of the Syracuse club's best pitchers. Tom Clifford will be given another chance to show his ability as a catcher with the Browns next season. * * * It would occasion no very great surprise if the league should get back to the double sea son plan next year.— Sporting News. • * • A letter from Tebeau states that old George Van Haltren is pitching and playing in the outfield for the Oak Citys, of the California league. National league managers are already laying plans to draft George Shoch from Milwaukee next fall. They forget that the two-year clause In the National agreement will balk their schemes. — .Milwaukee Sentinel. • • * Both Hans Wagner and Pat Dlllard are spoken of as successors to Billy Clingman at third base on the Louisville team. Manager Clarke would not be so foolish as to move or remove Clingman.— Cincinnati Times-Star. * ♦ # Pitcher Boswell will rejoin the Columbus team next year. This year he was kept out of the game by newspaper criticism directed at his curly locks. Loftus says Boswell uses a lady's bonnet pin to keep his cap on his head, and, when the pin falls out he becomes rattled. Detroit has signed six feet of pitching tal ent labeled "T. J. Irwln, Geneva, O." It's good guessing that the young man's initials stand for Thomas Jefferson und that his pa ternal ancestor was an old-time Democrat.— Buffalo Express. An exchange says Martin Bergen, of the Bostons, and Connie Mack, of the Milwau kees, have farms near East Drookfield, Mass., but neglects to mention the farm the Cincin nati club owns in Indianapolis and the agrl- ; DAY BEFOUK CHRISTMAS. Mrs. Turkey — What is your greatest wish? Mr. Turkey— An air-ship. _ fc ty cultural dt?partrntnt of the Philadelphia flub at Columbus. — ■ Milwaukee Sentelnel. * • • President Wagner, of the Washington club, says: "Another pitcher of the calabre of Jack Taylor, for instance, would prop tip 011 l tery department. In Doyle, Reitz and Wright we have lntieldcrs that, will discount at least five teams in the National league." • • « If Hugbey Jennings starts next season at first baae for the Orioles, McOann will b« reserved for utility rol<s, and Joe Iv ll' y will rap-tain the team from the shortf'uld, with, Do Mon-treville at second and MoQraw at third. President Kerrs resignation from the Pittg burg club la regarded as Bigniflcant, and tho Smoketown base ball writers rtrictly "on the knew." ar. I that Kerr's exit behind the throne Is .simply the silent consent of the Pltttburg owners to Sunday ba.ll. Byrne 111. NEW YORK, Dec. 18.— President Byi the Brooklyn base bu'.i club, who is danger ously 111 at bla home in th!s city, was re ported to be a ilttle better tonight.