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jBoxing iBasebali World. Sports of All Kinds in Brief hie OO OO oo O0 uuiuaii rth YALE HAS FAITH IN TAD JONES, NOW PERMANENT COACH CHIEF BENDER TO BE DINED BUT NOT WINED TUESDAY RICKARD MAY BE FORCED TO STAGE BIG TIGHT ALONE NO HOPE OF OLYMPICS BEING HELD HERE NEXT OR IN THE NEAR FUTURE : m KLMlFUi rLfUX ur LUmi MISSING LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMP IS FOUND IN AUSTRAILIA SLn irangs of Sport Abe Hicken, "Out of Sight" 44 Years, Died and Buried in "Un der Country" in July, 1910. Boston, Jan. 28. The final resting place of Abe Hicken, one-time claimant of the American lightweight title, after a search of months and covering in dis tance fully 18,000 miles, has been ac complished. The worthy Hicken, at one time in the sporting prints of the States, is rest ing in a cemetery in Melbourne, Aus tralia, having died in the "down under country, July 17, 1910. Story Within Story Interest concerning him after his ab sence from this country of more than 44 years, and the information relating to him which the Boston Post is en abled to forward to the formed nng ster's relatives in England, is a story within a story. Immediate' concern dates back to last AugiS when Charels F. Mathison the boxing authority of the New Wk Herald and Sun, in one of a series of articles relative to hlder g" ring titles gave the name of Abe Hicken of Wolverhampton, England, as the first holder of the lightweight honor in the States. It is a contention open to argu ment for the reason that Mr. Mathison entirely ignored Patrick "Scotty Bran agan, Barney Aaron, Sam Collyer and Billy Edwards, respective holders of the title in the opinion of writers of their day, who make no reference to Hicken as ever holding the honor. American Fistiana, published in 1860 and again in 1872, of which the writer holds one of the few copies in existence, in no place gives Hicken credit of being the title holder, but does so honor Branagan, Aaron, Collyer and Edwards in the order named. However, Mr. Mathisons' articles found favor with the editor of the Sporting Chronicle of London, England, who reproduced them, and the refer ence to Hicken came to the eyes of N. H. Ferguson of Barrow-in-Furness, England, a grandson of the old ringster. Mr. Ferguson wrote to the editor of the New York paper, also to A. F. Bettinson of the National Sporting Club of London in hopes of obtaining some information as to what had become of his pugilistic,kinsman. Bettinson could not make any answer, while the best the editor of the New York paper could do was to refer Ferguson to a brief item apeparing in Little Fistiana, pub lished in 1898, to the effect that Hicken and Pete Maguire fought in Perrysville, Md., December 23, .1868, for the light weight title. Edwards the Champ The editor of Little Fistiana in thus honoring the melee between Hicken and Maguire as a championship fray was very inconsiderate of Billy Ed wards of New York, then holder of the American lightweight title. Another case where editors and historians failed to agree. In hope of assisting Mr. Ferguson where others had failed the writer took the long, long trail last September and hnally ascertained that Abe left the country about 1875, and journeying to Australia was whipped by Larry Foley in 15 rounds March 13, 1876, at a place known as Echuca on the Victoria side of the Murray river. While there may be many sporting -authoriteis in Australia "the" authority recognized by the writer is W. F. Cor bett, sporting editor of The Referee of Sydney, in the game for years and years. To him the writer appealed con cerning Hicken, and last Tuesday re ceived a reply from him dated Decem ber 10, 1920, as follows : "Yours of September 22 at hand. Abe Hicken died in Melbourne, Australia, July 7, 1910, aged 67,Larry Foley died in July, 1917. He fought Abe Hicken more than 40 years ago at Echuca on the Victoria side of the Murray river for $2,500 a side. The battle lasted onehour i0 minutes, the first round occupying 23 minutes. Foley won by a knockout. It was the last contest for the prize ring championship of Australia." Thus, thanks to persistent research and the courtesy of Brother Corbett, one of the many mysteries of the ring has been scratched from the long list. LUMBERING JESS ON THE JOB IN NEW YORK Jess Willard, former heavyweight champion." is busy makine preliminary arrangements for his return bout wits Jack Dempsey scheduled to be fought in New York city on March 17. Willard stated that one of the first details to be settled is that regarding the site of his training camp and the engagement of sparring partners. A number of camp quarters will be in spected early next week. According to Ray Archer, his business manager, it is proposed to select a quiet isolated camp where Willard can settle down for a six or seven weeks' stretch ' of training. Locating in the mountains of New Jersey and the Adirondacks have been suggested, as well as several seashore quarters. The tentative list of sparring partners has been compiled and from these from four to six heavies and light-heavies will be selected to help condition Wil lard for his "come-back." Fast, hard hitting boxers who can strike and take smashing blows will have the call. A special trainer will also be named in all probability to superintend Wil lard' s work, as well as a physician who will visit the quarters several times a week and inspect Willard for muscular or organic defects. "No money or effort will be spared to get me into perfect condition for this bout," said Willard. "I have asked and received a chance to regain my title, and 1 am going about it in a business like way. 1 have felt certain from the day I lost the championship that I could regain it if I ever faced Dempsey again. "The financial terms and conditions do not interest me. I will box on any percentage or other system Tex Rickard desires, and I am quite content to let Dempsey. have the major end of the purse as Is his right as champion. "All the rules and conditions imposed by the New York boxing laws will be observed and obeyed, and I have no suggestions or personal conditions to impose. I have asked for a chance to vindicate my boxing ability and having "received it, will let my work in the ring tell the rest of the story." NEW YORK BOXING CLUB IS SUSPENDED Questionable Decision in Moore O'Gatty Bout Leads to Prompt Action. New York, Jan. 28 The Pioneer Sporting club was suspended from hold ing further matches by the State Box ing Commission as the result of a ques tionable decision rendered last week in the bout between Packy O'Gatty of New York and Roy Moore of St. Paul. Edward Pollock, who ref ereed ; O'Gatty and the latter's manager, "James Twyford. also were suspended. In ad dition, the commission set aside Pol locks' decision in disqualifying Moore in the third round for an alleged foul and called the bout no contest. Moore, who recently knocked out Jack Sharkey, entered the ring a three to one favorite. Thousands of dollars are alleged to have been wagered by the East Side Italian. The St. Paul feath erweight had the better of the fight from the start, and in the second round put O'Gatty down with a body blow. The partisan fans and Twyford shouted "foul." In the next round Moore land ed several body punches and Pollock stopped the fight, ruling the blows were low and awarding the decision to O'Gatty. Examination by a boxing com mission physician failed to show that O'Gatty had been struck low. TOKIO TEAM TO PLAY HARVARD Harvard may play the Waseda Uni versity of Tokio baseball team when the Japanese collegians tour America this spring. Manager Iso Abe of the Orien tal nine has written to Manager "Red" Thayer for a game on Soldiers' Field, May 25, and the Crimson manager has listed the game, subject to the approval of the athletic committee, which will take the matter up at its next meeting. The Japs will journey for four months and would like to cross chop sticks with the best American college teams. They are going to leave Yoko hama March 18, for Honolulu. After a months' stay, they expect to hop over to San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, New York, Washington, Chicago, Seattle and back home. . They will arrive in" Boston about May 25 and will stay for four days. While there they want to play Harvard and Boston College. The Crimson manage ment has been holding out May 25 for the University of the Philippines, but as that team has given up its touring idea, it is very possible that the Japs will play instead. YALE TEAMS WILL TAKE LONG TRIPS DURING SPRING Yale's three spring sport teams, the crew, the baseball nine and the track squad, have taken up the question of the longest trips ever planned by Yale aggregations. The nine has already de cided to go into a spring training, camp at Macon, Georgia, where it will occupy the grounds formerly used by the De troit Americans. The team will be there more than a week, meeting southern college rivals daily. The crew and track team are discuss ing even longer trips, each considering a possible trip to England. The project has not passed the stage . of talk, but the alumni and undergraduates commit tee will go over the situation the next few weeks, to decide whether they are feasible. Last year both teams planned a Eu ropean trip, but both were abandoned because the English universities did not feel that the season was as propitious as It might be a year or two later and because of the heavy expense involved. Both- the Yale nine and the crew proved unusually weak, the track team being defeated by Princeton and the crew by Harvard and Princeton. This year the same handicap of un promising material exists in the case of both the track and rowing organiza tions. Neither is regarded an aggrega tion formidable enough to warrant sending it across the ocean. Reports from England will be made by Crew Coach Guy Nickalls when he returns to this country next month to take charge of the crew and candidates. Of the veterans in the crew, Captain S. Y. Hord is the only oarsman of extend ed varsity intercollegiate experience. On the track team, Captain Harvey Read. E. W. Siemans and Tommy O'Brien, middle distance runners ; Bob Shedden. hurdler; John Acosta, hurdler, and Dick Landon, high jumper, are the only positive point winners. Tom Campbell, freshman captain last year, has been suffering from a pulled ten don. If he is again in condition he will be favorite for the half-mile event at the intercollegiates. EUROPEAN AUTO DRIVERS IN INDIANAPOLIS RACE Indianapolis, Jan. 28. Three Euro pean nations will be represented in the ninth annual 500-mile international sweepstakes race, on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 30. French, British and Italian cars will compefe for the $50,000 purse and an equal amount of accessory awards. France has been represented in every race by drivers and cars from across the water since 1913, except the war years of 1915 and 1916. England has not started a car in the races since the war, and Italy has been absent from the Roosier classic since the fleet of Isottas raced in 1913. Renorts that Frerl Alrrklp. for the past few years a member of the Chicago National league team, had been signed by George Stallings to play first base for the Rochester Internationals were received here several days ago. Presi dent William Veeck of the Cubs said he had no information on the case, but had written Merkle, offering him an outright release or transfer to some minor league team. Believes It Has Been Too Hasty Heretofore in Football Actions. Realizing that continuity of policy is necessary for athletic success as well as fhat of any other department of univer sity work, Yale has placed football on a permanent coaching basis. It has es tablished a regime with Tad Jones as head coach and has given him a con tract for several years in the hope and belief that he will be regarded as the Yale coach of the present college gen eration as Stagg has been the perman ent coach at Chicago, Williams at Min- Coach Tad Jones. nesota, Haughton at Harvard, Yost at Michigan, and as Tad Jones' brother, Howard, is being regarded at Iowa University. It is now felt at Y'ale that the uni versity has been too hasty in allowing its valued, experienced coaches to go after a season, or possibly two, of defeat. Howard Jones was allowed to depart a dozen years ago in this manner, but he has made a brilliant success since then in the West. Yale's full faith in Tad Jones is in dicated by two facts, that he has been re-engaged after a year of profound defeat, and that he has been given a long-term contract under such condi tions. Details of his policy in building up the shattered Yale, football system will be announced later, but permanence in system will be one of its chief features. He has been director of athletics at the Pawling school, Exeter, and has coached football at Syracuse and Yale, and is a first-class basketball and baseball coach, although it is likely that building up his new policy at Yale will require all his time. Jones has decided upon a career as athletic coach and abandoned his business plans. He was an official of the Ames Shipbuilding Company of Seattle and is now there . settling up his business affairs. After a visit to his old home at Excello, Ohio, he will come to Yale and will start the football squad upon gymnasium winter practice before March 1. Hanover, N. H., Jan. 28 Spring field Y. M. C. A. College defeated Dart mouth, 28 to 25, in the first swimming meet in the new Spaulding pool BRAVES IN FIVE CORNERED DEAL Pirates to Get "Rabbit" Maran ville for Carey and Cooper. New York, Jan. 28. The Rixey-Ring-Neal trade is regarded as the forerun ner of the five-cornered deal involving the New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, Cin cinnati and Philadelphia clubs of the National league, which was talked of several weeks ago and which is likely to be completed within the week. If this is not put through, the Braves would relinquish "Rabbit" Maranville to the Pirates and the Pittsburgh club would send outfielder Max Carey and Pitcher Wilier Cooper to Boston. The Giants then would obtain Cooper from the Braves in exchange for a catcher and a pitcher. Heinie Groh. the Reds' star third baseman, was at first involved in the deal, but it is now certain he will not come to New York. Alabama Prep to Play Yale. Auburn. Ala.. Jan. 28. The baseball schedule of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, made public hre, shows games with Yale at Macon, Ga., March 25. and with the University of- Cincinnati at Auburn March 22. DAVIS CUP TEAM MAKES CLEANUP Sydney, N.S. W., Jan. 28. The American Davis cup tennis players made a clean sweep of the third series of matches with the Australian stars. William M. Johnston defeated J. B. Hawkc, 6-3. 8-6. William T. Tildcn defeated Norman E. Brookes. 6-4, 6-8. 8-6. Watson M. Washburn and Johnston beat R. W. Heath and Patrick O'Hara Wood. 6-3, 9-7, 6-1. PENN GRAPPLERS DEFEAT CORNELL Philadelphia, Jan. 28. Pennsylvania defeated Cornell in a wrestling match for the first time in 13 years, 19 points to 10. The Red and Blue grapplers captured five of the bouts, scoring two falls. Cornells' two victories also came as a result of falls. In the feature match Bishop of Penn sylvania won from Snedeker, Cornell's one-legged grappler. Penn Invites French Team. Philadelphia, Jan. 28. Athletic auth orities of the University of Pennsyl vania are awaiting a reply to an invi tation to the University of Paris to send a one-mile team to the relay races here in April. l'' j Mayor David E. FitzGerald, will put 'cm over the plates as toastrnaster at the testimonial dinner to Chief Bender and Ty Cobb on February 3 at the Hotel Taft. Applications for the affair are pouring in to the office of E. S. Bronson, chairman, at the Taft. It is emphasized that the application system for. securing the tickets is being used merely for seating arrangement pur poses. Every fan is welcome and no restrictions placed. It will be an in formal affair with no "soup-and-fish" regalia in order and everybody as much at ease as in the grandstand of a base ball game'. Judge Landis, head of organized base ball, has been invited, but it is not like ly that the judge has spare time to make the trip here. BUCK HERZOG IS NOW FREE AGENT Charles (Buck) Herzog, veteran na tional league infielder who has been with the Chicago Cubs for the last two seasons, Wednesday was given his un conditional release. His name was men tioned several times in connection with investigation of dishonest ball playing, but President Heydler of the National league, after making an investigation, declared there was nothing in the player's- conduct which implicated him in any wrongdoing. In a letter sent to Herzog Wednesday, President William Veech of the Chicago club said the release was not "the re sult of any known conduct on your part that reflects in any manner upon your honor and integrity." The action was said to be in conTormity with the policy of Manager Evers to reconstruct the club with young men. West Point, N. Y., Jan. 28. Prince ton beat the Army wrestling team here, 22 points to 5. Colgate Player to Coach- Cincinnati, Jan. 28. Charley- Weber of Colgate, Ail-American end of 1913. and a member of the Colgate team which defeated Yale and Syracuse, will be the new assistant to Boyd Chambers, head coach at the University of Cin cinnati. His selection was made from 40 applicants by the directors of the university athletic council. ELMER SMITH'S LONG HITS AID CLEVELAND Twice in Season He Hit Homers With Three On. Jumped Into Fame In 1920 World Series by Clearing Bases With Home-Run Drive Made Sev eral Other Smashes. When Elmer Smith of the Indians jurnpecrinto fame in the first inning of the fifth game of the 1920 world series by hitting a home run with the bases filled, it 'was not the first time Elmer Smith. this year the Milan slugger had made a hit count for four runs. Twice in the American league season did he deliver. On June 29 at St. Louis, Smith went to bat with the 'bases filled and hit one of Shocker's spitters into the right field bleachers, scoring Caldwell, Evans and Speaker ahead of him. On Au gust 10, Mays of the Yankees passed Speaker, filling the bases with two out, whereupon Smith hit over the wall. Smith also drove in three runs on four occasions. May 12, he hit Bush for a double' at Boston, cleaning the bases which had been filled. On May 2S, he hit Cicotte for a home run to center field with two on. On June 10 he got a homer off Hasty of the Ath letics with two on, while September 21, he singled to right with thebases filled in a game against Boston. Har per was pitching. Two Indians scored on the hit while the third counted when the ball got away from Right Fielder Hooper. CENTRE WILL PLAY HASKELL Coach Madison Bell, in Accepting In vitation, Suggests Kansas City as Place for Game. An offer from tthe Centre college football management to play the Has kell Indian school next fall, hns been received by Coach Madison Bell, for mer Centre star and now directing the Indians. Coach Bell, In his reply ac cepting the offer suggested that the game be played in Kansas City. Meanwhile Champ's Manager Is Looking- for Legal Loophole to Soak Him. It looks as though Tex Rickard would he sole proprietor of the Dempsey Carpentier match. It was announced at the offices of William A. Brady that Mr. Brady had full power to act for Charles Cochran, the English promoter who was associated wit& Rickard and Brady in the half-million dollar contract. The authority to Mr. Brady to act for the Cochran interests was conveyed in a cable which read, "You have full authority to act for my best interests." When Tex Rickard was told of this he said : "It looks as though this leaves me in sole possession of the bout. I am glad that it has come out this way because 1 am perfectly confident that I can stage thfs bout and make something out of it. Certainly, I will stage it alone. If Air. Brady and Mr. Cpckran drop out I will be glad to assume the entire responsi bility. "I "do not know right now where I will put it on, but I will put it on all right. There never was the interest in a boxing bout that there is in this one. I know7 that it will draw them wherever it is staged. The showing of Dempsey against Brennan only made the interest greater. Over in England, for instance, I am told 'that they are ready to bet even money on Carpentier right now. "There is no bad feeling over this thing, as far as I am concerned. I am quite ' willing for the other . two pro moters to draw out if they want .to. As far as I am concerned, I am sure that both Dempsey and Carpentier are will ing to. go through with the thing and I want to go through with them. I will suggest to them that we go ahead on the percentage basis. If they do not agree to this, 1 will go ahead, amhow. "The bout will be put on if it is pos sible. I have had a lot of tougher pro positions than this, and I have got away with them. "Already there are plenty of people who want to step into the places left vacant, apparently, by Mr. Brady and Mr. Cochran, but I think that I would rather go ahead with this alone." v At the present writing it would seem that the promoters and the boxers were sparring for a legal opening of some sort. Jack Kearns, manager for Dempsey. is fervent in his declaration that the bond for Dempsey was posted and that the bond which was extracted from his strong box by a friendly burglar was merely a copy. He issued a statement to this effect in San Francisco. "Dan McKetrick and the rest of those fellows knew where the bond was all the time," he said. "The bank had it and the one they found in my safe deposit box was just a copy. The real bond was posted early in No vember and has been in the hands of the bank since that time." But the bank in question has denied that the bond was turned over. No bond of any sort was located until the obliging burglar pried the strong box open. Rickard has the best defense in the event of one of the boxers leading with a straight left in the form of a suit. He has placed himself on record as willing to go on with the bout. Also it would seem that he is in a position to make the boxers carry out their part of the contract if he is certain that there will be any profit in the bout. The sporting fraternity is rather inclined to believe that Rickard will stage the bout. VIOLATORS OF RULES WILL BE PUNISHED Baseball Players Must Mind the Laws in the Future. Chicago, Jan. 28. Ignorance of the new rules which will govern organized baseball under 'the regime of Judge Kenesaw M. Landis will not be accept ed as an excuse for their violation by players, club owners, or league officials, said President Heydler of the National league. 4 Heydler is having published a pamph let containing every agreement and con tract made by club owners or leagues at any of the meetings this winter. This book will contain copies of the new form of players' contract, the contract with Judge Landis, the major-minor agreement and numerous other docu ments. Copies will be sent to ' every player and owner, to all newspapers and to anyone else who asks for one. "THE STRANGLER" RETALNS THE WRESTLING TITLE Strangler Lewis, .whose crushing headlock has sent several opponents to the hospital, entered the ring at "the Seventy-first Regiment armory, New York city, Monday night in defense of his title of world's wrestling champion. His opponent was Earl Caddock. The event attracted one of the great est throngs that ever witnessed a battle on the mat and the conh-'ft was thrill ing from the start. Lewis won the bout in one hour 38 minutes 50 seconds. A headlock ended the bout. Lewis had an advantage in weight of 40 pounds, but the lowan was in super!) condition and with amazing skill and speed baffled the champion from the beginning. In the first half hour the Strangler onl- got his headlock properly adjusted but once, and Caddock broke it in a few seconds. The battle was one of science and speed against strength and endurance, and the smaller man not only had the better of the encounter on points, but lie was the aggressor throughout. DUGAN WILL HAVE TO STICK WITH MACK The owners of the Yankees have dropped the endeavor to land Joe Dugan. the New Havener, from the Athletics. They have decided to let Miller Huggins work out his problem for himself with the material which now is available. Huggins has Ward and Meusel for third base, and Fewster and Mitchell, the youngsters from Vernon of the Pacific Coast league, for second base. LEWIS IS MATCHED TO MEET BRITTON Welterweight Title to Be Decided in New York on February 7. New York, Jan. 28. Tex Rickard, world champion boxing promoter, ex pects to stage next month his fourth title match at Madison Square Garden within a period of three months. Arrangements have been practically completed for a 15round battle Febru ary 7 between Jack Britton, world wel terweight champion, and Ted Lewis, former title-holder, it was learned last night. Rickard is known to be planning -a clean-up of all divisions by arranging matches for Johnny Wilson, middle weight champion, and Johnny Kilbane, boss of the featherweights. One litle has changed hands in the three title bouts Rickard has arranged, Lynch winning the championship from Herman on a decision in IS rounds. While few people believe that Lewis has a chance to topple the ancient Britton, it is generally believed that Kilbane will have hard sledding his next time out, and that Wilson is almost a cinch over the 15-round route for Mike O'Dowd, from whom he won the title or any one of several other husky 158 pounders. . MERMAID TITLE HOLDER QUITS Fannie Durack Out of Aquatic Sports, She An- nounces. New York, Jan. 28. Miss Fannie Durack, woman swimming champion of Australia has retired from competition in aquatic sports, it was announced here in a letter from an officer of the Ladies' Swimming Association of New South "Wales. -Miss Ethelda Bleibtrey, who won the world's championship in the Olympic games at Antwerp last summer, is now in Australia, where she went some time ago to engage Miss Durack in a series of swimminc contests. It was believed that the illness that prevented Miss Durack from participat ing in the Olympic games was the de termining factor in her decision to re tire. The visit to Baltimore will mark the first trip of the Navy team away from Annapolis, except - for its annual game with West Point. STALLINGS, THE MIRACLE MAN, LEAVES BRAVES Hank -Gowdy has signed with the Boston Nationals what was said to be probably one of the first completed con tracts under the new regime in baseball. It is for one year. In the abbreviated agreement, player and club-owner sub scribe to recognition of Judge Landis as the arbiter of all disputes. The passing from these parts of the last of the Braves, who in 1914 made the sensational rush from last place to first in the National league race and Hank Gowdy. topped their feat with a world cham pionship was indicated Wednesday. The trade of Rabbit Maranville to Pittsburgh marked the most recent elimination of baseball's wonder-men of six seasons ago. The miracle man, George T. Stallings. had left the club to become part owner and manager of the Rochester Internationals. Little Dick Rudolph, one of the three pitchers who contributed to the team's success, has been given the right to negotiate for his transfer elsewhere, probably to the De troit Tigers, "and now Hammering Hank Gowdy is ready to sing his swan-song. Gowdy, who after a season of basket ball, came to Boston to see his long time teammate. Maranville. said he had heard that he too was to be traded. Manager Fred Mitchell admitted there was another trade in the air to bolster the Braves against the next campaign, but he withheld details. Gowdy said it would not seem the same to play with out the old guard, but nevertheless he hoped to finish his playing days in the city where he made his reputation and .won a host of friends. Before winning the heavyweight title Corbett fought a four round exhibition later defeating - Sullivan in 21 rounds for the title. The Connecticut Labor News is and has been for some time conducted as a 44-hour a week shop. It will continue to be so conducted in the future. Paris or Rome Likely Place in 1924 America Shut Out by Force of Numbers. The 1924 Olympic games will not be held in the, United States, nor will any of the succeeding Olympiads be con tested here unless the present method of awarding the big international meet undergoes a decided change. There has been no official announcement as to the site of the next world athletic carnival, and there will be none until next June, but it was learned this week that when our representatives go abroad to at tend the international conference next summer they will carry no hope what ever of the games being awarded to this country. This statement is likely to dampen the ardor of those progressive spirits in such cities as Los Angeles, Atlantic City, Boston, and others who have planned to bid for the games, but "facts is facts," and if they are faced now a means to overcome, the difficul ties which prevent the holding of the games may be found. The situation is as follows: Thirty seven countries are represented on the international Olympic committee, which will meet at Lucerne, Switzerland, in June for the express purpose of mak ing the 1924 award. A two-thirds ma jority is necessary to reach a decision, and practically every foreign repre sentative is opposed to awarding the games to this country Not On Executive Committee America's delegation is composed of Prof. W. M. Sloan, Justice Bartow S. Weeks and Allison V. Armour, all able men who have done much for amateur sport, but we have no repre sentation on the executive committee, which is as follows: . President, Count H. de Baillet-Le-teur, Belgium. Vice-presidents, Baron de Layeleye, Belgium, and E. Osterrieth. General secretary, A. Verdyck. Reporting secretary, R. W. Seeldray ers. ' . Members, C. Cnoops, A. Grisar and P. Havenith. Under the ' circumstances it would seem that the three votes cast by our representatives will have no marked effect upon the decision of the rest of the governing body, and it is known that the European committeemen are set upon keeping Vz gu:nes abroad. In casting about for the cause of this astounding state of affairs, which prac-. tically prevents the greatest nation in the world from being honored with the international contest, it was found that "lack of funds" on the part of our foreign cousins was foremost among the objections. It was argued that European nations are only a step from the scene, no matter in what part of the old continent the games be held, r . l i it t i t i wuercas, n mey snouiu oe ncia nere an enormous expenditure would be re quired if all the countries sent repre sentatives; Europeans at Disadvantage As an example, foreign Olympic of ficials interviewed last August on the 'probability of bringing the 1924 games here pointed to the 1904 Olympiad at St. Louis, where our athletes carried" off first honors in 24 out of 26 events decided. Those officials contended that their countries, being unable to raise funds with which to send representa tives here, were at a decided disad vantage. With Europe in dire financial stiaits tle argument has gained much force abroad. It would appear, however, that pov erty alone is not the reason for steer ing clear of the land of prohibition, for a representative of Los Angeles, it is said, offered to charter a ship which would stop at the various foreign ports, take abroad the competitors, bring them here and house them during the games. This unusual offer availed the pro- gressive westerner naught, for the for eign representative, speaking unoffi cially, said that such a procedure would savor of professionalism and " charity and would, in his opinion, be altogether undesirable. This - plan, it is understood, will be presented by our three representatives at the meeting in June, when the games will be awarded, but all indications point to unfavorable action by the in ternational committee on any scheme to bring the games here. The advance "dope" sent out from Paris recently tends to show that in all likelihood tlw TVtt rt t'i t-5 1 n 1 nr T? om will K the scene of the contest, and under the existing system of representation the American members 1 of the all powerful body are powerless to change any decision, of the majority ' foreign beard. To Improve Arrangements Although there is no hope of holding the games in this country, the Ameri t a , - i. - i i can Olympic committee, wnicn nas i-othing to -do with the awarding of the contest, but which is charged with the arrangement for our participation, has already taken steps to prevent a re currence of the disgraceful handling of the recent Olympiad at Antwerp. This coTnmittee, which is composed of three representatives from 15 differ ent sports bodies, will meet at the New York A. C. on February .8 for the pur pose of completely re-organizing the executive committee. It is proposed to elect a body of men who are capable of handling our end of the big games in a manner befitting this nation. In view of the dismal failure of the Antwerp games last August and the wonderful facilities in the United States for handling the Olympics, as well as the constant agitation in all parts of our country for the classic, it is not at all unlikely that the new committee will join in the fight to honor America. Thus far the old body has taken no energetic action to bring this about. "STRANGLER" INJURES OPPONENT'S VERTEBRA Rochester. N. Y., Jan. 28. Dick Dav iscourt, the Texas wrestler, who was defeated here Saturday night by Ed "Strangler" Lewis in a championship match, was confined to bed today with a dislocated vertebra. The match end ed after one hour and 20 minutes of wrestling, when the champion clamped on five headlocks in quick succession and Daviscdurt was carried from the mat semi-conscious. 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