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JACKSON COUNTY JOURNAL, SYLVA, N. 0.
AMERICAN EDITORS ARE GUESTS OF ROYALTY IN GREAT BRITAIN Journalists Are Entertained by King George and Queen Mary at Sandringham Worry About Clothes Is Soon Set at Rest King Upsets the Arranged Program and Has a Bully Day With His Visitors. London. The American editors on tour of England were notified, after a round of rather severe social enter tainments and of dutiful attendance upon various political functions, that King George and Queen Mary would be graciously pleased to receive them at Sandrihgham on Sunday, October 13. It was intimated that it was a most unusual concession, for his majesty and his court preferred to ob serve the traditions and keep them selves to themselves, apart from the formalities of their positions, at. their country seat on the Sabbath day, at least. Sandringham is the summer home of royalty, about one hundred miles from London on the eastern coast near the sea. It had been acquired and devel oped by King Edward, and was his private estate, the location of his fine racing stables and splendid gardens, and it is now the permanent residence of his widow. Queen Alexandra. The first group of American magazine and periodical editors and writers, through a coincidence now in London, were also included in the royal command, and together all were to go, furnish ing for his majesty his first personal view 'of composite American .journal ism. The proposed audience, it was hinted by those who arranged It, was substantial and convincing evidence of the high interest of the king in the forthcoming entente between the two great English-speaking nations. One hears much on that fruitful subject Just now in England. Editors Worry About Clothes. The first result of the royal Invita tion was to throw the gratified editors Into a flutter of discussion about the kind of dress needed for a court pres entation. The ministry of informa tion, which has the journalists in charge, gravely informed them, how ever, that It was to be no formal oc casion but a social and unofficial visit at the week-end to Sandringham, and that nobody need to lie awake o'nights worrying about whether to wear a high hat and morning dress, or the usual work-a-day suit of the average American. But the decision of the ministry did not entirely settle this important matter, nor did the minis try itself adhere to its ruling for in formality. Some officious personage came hurriedly from headquarters and announced that it would be strictly de rigeur to wear a top hat and a cutaway, and other such apparel. After due arrangements hal been made to accord with this latest de cision as to the correct thing in court fashions, some one higher in authority at the last moment gave out final word that everybody might dress as he pleased, but that the king would un doubtedly prefer to see 'his guests in the costumes they ordinarily wear at home. The controversy being happily concluded the editors started off for Sandringham In the garb which each of them thought best suited to his style of beauty. For the most part silk hats went by the board. The time of the visit was most aus picious. Great news had just come out of Germany to the effect that she had decided to capitulate, after four years and more of war, and it was to be supposed that the atmosphere about Sandringham would be most con genial for felicitations. There are no Sunday, papers worth the name in Great Britain, but the king, of course, had his own private information about the happy turn of events. A royal messenger was indeed in the train which bore the 23 Americans to Sand ringham. His office was to tell King George what he already knew. King Upsets Program. The journey to Sandringham was taken in a special train, under a semi cloudy sky, through a lovely land scape. There was a glimpse of the famous college town of Cambridge, and of the historic cathedral at Ely. The party arrived at the Sandringham station reserved for the guests of roy alty about two o'clock and found wafting there three spick and span carryalls. There had meanwhile been received from the major domo of the ministry specific instructions as to how the party was to be received. They were to be divided into three groups, and each of them was to enter the au gust presence separately and was to remain not more than ten minutes. It was expected that his majesty would have had quite enough in that brief period. But it proved that this thought of the courtiers who seek to decide just who shall be privileged to bask in the smiles of royalty, and how long, was erroneous. For the king upset the entire program and had a "bully" day with his visitors, as Mr. Roose velt might call it; so did his family. All ceremonies were quickly waived nnu lorgotren, and everybody had grand time. Sandringham Is a noble estate with fine drjvs, spacious lawns, prodigal greenery and occasional lakes and ponds. Queen Alexandra, the mother of the king, occupied the "castle," which Is no castle at all, but a fine country house. The king dwells, dur ing his star there, In a comparatively modest place enllM. Vnri- iere he rests for several weeks Id the summer the pleasant hunting season and here all the children of George and Mary were born. Made to Feel at Home. A drive of about a mile through winding ways and over an attractive landscape brought the party to Sand ringham. A functionary in a bright red coat, decorated with many medals, indicating worthy service in the Life guards, ushered them into the waiting room. There were other officials who had no special Insignia of rank or sta tion, and who, with well-bred ease, put themselves so much at the disposal of the guests that they soon felt quite at home. King George was attended by Queen Mary, the Dowager Queen Alexandra, Princess Mary (his daughter), Prin cess Victoria (his sister) and several ladies-in-waiting. A very old man, Sir Richard Probyn, a hero of Indian war fare and possessor of the Victoria cross, was the personal attendant and courtier of Queen Alexandra. The king was garbed in an ordinary busi ness suit, and all the couit ladies were dressed much as one sees every day the women of America in any Amer ican city, in admirably fitting tailored suits. There was no ostentation or stiffness, and but little ceremony, The party had been individually warned not to offer to shake hands with the king or queen unles they first made the approach, which '.hey did in every Instance. "Address him always as 'your majesty' and the queen in the same way, and the princess 'your highness,' " it was said. Some of the editors perhaps forgot the rules, out no one attempted any familiarity. and certainly none was Invited; but every one of the royal personages, af ter the introductions, descended into easy conversation with someone or oth er of the Americans. Gets Laugh Out of King. The pictures of King George do not do him justice. He is animated in ac tion, ready and distinct in speech, with an inclination toward the humorous, and affable in manner, without conde scension. He is not afflicted with the English habit of swallowing his words, and he-is at a loss at no time for some thing to say., He expressed to all the editors, without constraint, his pleas ure at their visit and showed an under standing of American affairs and of the purpose of their coming to England which was quite surprising. It is not permissible to quote him directly on any matter of politics or statecraft, but probably it will not be objectionable to was a visit to York cottage, whert there was an intimate view of how the royal family lives. Some one of. the king's entourage took charge of cer tain groups of the editors and each appeared to be anxious to show the advantages and attractions of the great estate at its best. One curious journalist asked half-a-dozen . lords and ladies in turn what was the area of Sandringham and all said they did not know. But the king promptly set tled all doubts by ruling that it is 15, 000 acres. .York cottage is a plain brick dwel ling of 15 or 20 rooms, of only mod erate size, with a workshop or study for the king. If there were any spe cial courtiers or equerries there they were not seen. The equipment in fur niture and in modern conveniences was complete and in some respects ele gant, but there are many homes in America which might be compared fa vorably with it. There was a long tour afoot to the gardens and to the stables, both the particular hobby of King Edward. A" pony cart driven by the faithful Probyn, followed the company around. It was for the use cf Queen Alexan dra, but she went the entire rounds with the others and did not at any time appear to lose interest in her guests or in what they were saying and seeing. In the vicinity of the royal stables is a great statue of I'ersimmon, which won the Derby In 1896, and wrhich was a pet of the former ki ag. He was bred at Sandringham. It is a magnificent effigy of a splendid horse. In the sta bles were many animals each in charge of an attendant who brought them out for exhibition. Both, the king, queen and the dowager queen busied them selves in passing to the thoroughbreds carrots which they rdok with great gusto. In all, there must be 100 first class animals in the stables. The chief of the stud is "Friar Marcus," which was never beaten as a two-year-old. Several members of the party who had the fortune to fall in with Queen Alexandra were asked to accompany her to a place she called a "workshop.' It appears to be modeled somewhat after the artcraft establishments com mon in America. There were many beautiful specimens of delicate hand made furniture. The companions of the queen were delighted with what they saw and said so, of course ; where upon she graciously presented to each of these surprised and somewhat em- One SOLDIERS' HEARTS WERE MADE GLAD WITH LARGE SHIPMENT OF SPORTING EQUIPMENT I Aviators Inspecting Shipment of Athletic Goods Just Before Armistice Was Signed. The photograph shows aviators at a flying school in France examining a shipment of sporting goods that arrived just previous to the signing of the armistice with Germany. The equipment was sent by the National Aero nautic committee, working in association , with the war department commis sion of training camp activities. The shipment included outfits for baseball, football, soccer, basketball, track athletics, indoor baseball, medicine balls, boxing gloves and the like. Phonographs and various kinds of musical instruments were also included RALPH DE PALMA IS RATHER OPTIMISTIC Believes There Will Be More Rao mg Than Ever Next Year. Speedway King Has Made Most Wcn; aercui Kecord, Capturing Four, teen Out of Sixteen Contests Didn't Change Tires. Though Ralph de Palma, wh h.v all world's records for cars of ::;kC cubic-inch displacement, from 2 ro ro miles, belieyes there will be more n . ing than ever next season. De Palma has had a wonderiul rec ord. This year he started in ir r,m tests and won 14 of them. He won th 100-mile at New York, then the 100-mi V handicap at Cincinnati ; then the Chi cago derby; returning to New York he captured the Sheepshead Bay sweep stakes, and thus continued his record of victories. Besides the mileage rec ords he achieved, his racer also hoids all records from one hour to six hours. "I did almost 600 miles at racing speed during the season at an average of over 108 miles an hour, wit Lett making a single tire change during any contest" says De Palma. "My t,o mile record was made at a speed over 118 miles per hour, which is cer tainly as severe a tire test as will soon be encountered by any racer. The ten mile record was made at 110 miles an. NATIONAL BODY IS PLANNED barrassed Americans tea table. of the pieces will go to Buffalo, one to San Francisco and one to Portland. King Shows His Library. The tour was completed by a sec ond visit to Sandringham, where tea vas served. It was a rather elaborate function, though all the royal party continued to mingle with the visitors in the most democratic fashion. The king later expressed a desire to show the editors his library, doubtless with the idea that it should be of special interest to men in a supposedly liter ary calling, as it was. It had been a bowling alley, but King Edward haJ thought it would bo more useful and HONOR FOR VIVIAN NICKALLS repeat that he is in accord with the ornamental as a place of study and sentiment in England for a close union with the great American republic no binding agreement, no formal league, no contract alliance, merely a rap prochement which would prevent any vital disagreements and which would mean harmony and unity among all the English-speaking nations of the world with resultant benefit to civili zation and humanity. Someone had the temerity to say that the Repub lican party in America sadly needs a candidate for president, and asked if the king might not come to America and stand for the nomination with the assurance of certain election. The king merely responded to the novel sugges tion with a loud "Ha-Ha." The lausrh of England's king is ready and con tagious. He understands an American joke. He likes baseball, too. He was immensely interested in his several re views of American troops, and he per mitted it to be understood that he would like soon to see again the Ameri can soldiers in camp or on march. King and Queen as Guides. After many pleasantries with the king and queen and their attendants, the guests were asked if they might not desire to go over Sandringham. All were, of course, delighted to say yes, and the whole company started, under the guidance of the king and queen, over the grounds. The king and queen walked rapidly. First there reflection, and he made the change Then the king led the way to Sand ringham chapel, a wonderful littl house of worship with many appropri ate decorations and memorials. Then he took them back to his reception room where he and the royal group bade goad-bye to all their guests, shak ing hands with each in turn. If they were asked to come again, at least one of the Americans did noTllear it. It may be assumed that it is not the royal custom, for there was every evi dence to show that the hosts were as pleased with the event as the guest were. The king has the appearance and manner of an alert, auick-thinkinsr well-informed, well-groomed, middle aged man of business. Queen Mary, a stately and beautiful woman, with something of the grand manner, was throughout most gracious to her vis itors, and entered Into the festivities' in a very lively spirit. Queen Alex andra, dressed in complete black, haa a noble presence, with an indescrib able personal charm. Princess Mary, yet a very young lady, was garbed quite simply, but most tastefully. She was everywhere among the editors, who found it impossible to resist her girlish and vivid personality. It was a great day for the editors. They saw the king and the queen, and the king and queen saw them. Combination of Trap Shooting Organi zations Is Within Possibilities Similar to A. A. U. A combination of several of the trap-shooting organizations is under way, and it appears probable that a national association will soon exist for the benefit of the sport and amateur and professional shooters. The old Interstate Trap-shooting association, through its development department, is being reorganized along new and broader lines, and the American Ama teur Trap-shooters' association being combined with it. The plans for the new association are in many ways similar to the A. A. U. and the United States Golf asso ciation. They provide for the mem bership of all amateur shooters, who will control the sport through repre sentatives from the state associations. In addition to these memberships, pro visions are made for supporting mem berships by all interested organiza tions. I It is proposed that the new associa tion shall compile the averages of all shooters and arrange for their handi capping and classification. It will also arrange for and provide trophies, award medals, determine rules and regulations for the sport and for the determination of state and national champions. Former Coach at University of Penn sylvania Has .Been Awarded Italian Croce de Geurra. Major Vivian Nickalls Of the British army, former crew coach at the Uni versity of Pennsylvania, has been LESLIE NUNAMAKER IN NAVY Yankee Catcher, Who Was Rejected by Army on Account of Defect, Joins Aviation Service. I ivViiv ''WiyiiYi'r' Ralph de Palma. hour; the six-hour record at 105 miles an hour. My car is not only the fast est, but the heaviest racer that I know of. When all ready for a 100-mile race, with its gasoline and oil, driver and mechanician, it weighs 2,800 pounds." EX-AUTO RACER KNOWS . THRILLS OF SKY FALL Leslie Nunamaker of the Yankees, who was rejected for army service be cause he had a bad knee, determined he might be of some use at that and YANK TANK GOING OVER THE TOP : v v . it p f 5w s ' I Coach Vivian Nickalls. awarded the Italian Croce de Geurra, for conspicuous bravery on the Italian front. This information was contained in a letter from the major's daughter to a friend in this country. Major Nickalls, noted oarsman at Oxford, England, came to this country eight years ago as coach of the De troit Boat club. Two years later he was called to the University of Penn sylvania as the successor of Ellis Ward. SOLDIERS TAKE TO FOOTBALL Intercollegiate Game Makes Hit With Army Boys in Porto Rico, De spite Heat and Sand. Bob" Moore, an American auto mobile racing driver, is one of the few men who have been tumbled from the skies in com bat with German aviators and lived to tell of "how it felt." Moore, who is recuperating at Battle Creek, was reported killed on the western front. He was "shot down in flames," and in his fall broke four ribs, punc tured his lungs, broke his right hip and so injured one eye that the sight likely will be impaired. J He epent some months in a hos- t t pital in Paris. Moore was a member of the French escadrille. He went to France in 1916 as an automo bile driver, but found the work on the ground too slow and took to the more exciting work in the air. He had a record of 1,000 flying hours when he fell. Football, not soccer, but the man-to man intercollegiate type, has been started in Porto Rico and the soldiers are taking to it like ducks to water, despite heat and sandy playing field that elsewhere would be considered too heavy for fast team work. The First battalion of the -Three Hundred and Seventy-fourth regiment started the football craze late in Sep tember by challenging the rest of the regiment. Neither side scored, but two broken noses were reported among the casualties. This was the first blood drawn by the warriors and it added such zest to the life of the camp that the Three Hundred and Seventy-Third regiment has taken up the game. As a result of the interest in the football games the athletic director has added the sport to the regular program of "play day" events for the troops. This is probably the first appearance of football in the tropics. ATHLETICS RUN AT DEFICIT Loss of $5,292 at Columbia Shown in Annual Report of Manager Row ing Most Costly. Intercollegiate athletic sports were maintained at Columbia University last year at a loss of $5,292.20, according to the annual report of the graduate man ager of athletics. Football was the only sport which finished the season with a credit balance, and even its profit of $863.72 was hardly a resect able fraction of the profits of other years. Rowing was the most costly of all sports, finishing the year - deficit of $5,6G3.79. The general receipts of the rained association, not including re; - ceipts were $13,702.70, while tne eral disbursements were $l-.:,-,'.-'5- The total financial operation ' "' letics amounted to close to Actual team uisuurterinfm--108.99, while team receipts wr- i . i - . , t. 1Uii"-' ,;:'t ;s loo;,: ,:ut tn tne caPture of the St. Mihiel salient by the troops under H,e com:;: !ul of General Pershing is here shows! plowing its way through a trench and starting toward the German lines. Catcher Leslie Nunamaker. so joined the navy aviation service. He reports that the knee doesn't both; ar him a bit, no n? alter how high or tai fee sail p These Players Escape. Two well-known ball players who came safely through rather severe attacks of influenza at Camp Pike, Ark., were Ray Schmandt, former 062.92, not including from the association. ?1&- Kumagae May Try Indo. -j Tehiw- "'imajrae. the brii'i anese tennis player, may tr;. at the indoor game this win. York Brooklyn during the comins ivunu. inrtis. r.t .Tr III- fc.n'1 . -ui t Tir ana r:;y They Like to Shoot. j ' Frank Troeh of Vancouver. tlx tt, ,1 Con Tnse. C lu Brooklyn second baseman, and Harold traveled from ocean to ocean tw ituei, iormer jew xoric Yankee catch- to engage in uaiiw""" er. Both are now recovered. 1 tioss.