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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, SATURDAY. MAY 20, 1911.
: : Pilfering a Base : :
"Base stealing, the gentle 'art of
rprtntlng and 'bitting the dirt,' la tie
finest drawn and most closely calcu
lated play In baseball and the one that,
above all others, reveals the mathe
matical exactitude of the national
game," says Hugh S. Fullerton in the
present conditions. I recall vividly
Lange's one hundredth stolen base,
which established his record. lie was
on second base vrlth no one out, and
Chicago needed one run to win the
game. Anson was at the bat, and.
after his stolid, businesslike style, he
poked down a perfect sacrifice bant
American iagz;ne. a pmjer Q 8Qd weQt jbertajr toward first base,
can run eighty-five fe-t in three and Lange 8tarted for third base, stopped
one-third seconds from a Cat footed j and tj. back to 8vond. Halfway
bian uiigai i rmu seconu " to the lnch Anson discovered where
actly tied with the ball, nine times
out of ten starts, if the play la per-
Lange was and came near having a
stroke of apoplexy. Lange had de-
fectly made by the runner, pitcher, j UberateJy permitted his captain to sac
catcher and baseman. The slightes j rtfice itUout advancing. Then by a
Inaccuracy or hesitation decides the . wonderrul dashlDg start Lange stole
third base, scored on a fly. and the
-It seems a simple matter to run , game was won Because he won the
ninety feet while a ball Is being game forgave him. but the mod-
thrown sixty-eight feet and caught j ern player who attempted such a thing
and thrown back approximately 132 J wou!(1 appended and fined,
feet, caucht Hgain and held In position j ..Tlle most effective steal ever devis
to touch the runDer. Tet there are art j ed & the 'delayed' steal, which, al
and science in the feat. j though used during the early develop
"Ttere were great base runners In j ment of galzle wa9 negt for
the old days. This was chiefly because j manT years unti nxlreA Dy Manager
la the early days stealing second base ; cbance or tte Chicago Cubs. It was
was the chief aim of the .game. Mike used efect by Bal Lange
Kelly. Bilry Ilamijton. who in two i and 8prears to have invented by
successive seasons stole over 100 bases, i IIarry Stovey. a wonderful base run-
nnd 'Big Bill Lance, who stole 100
times In one season, were all great
runners who would be great under
ner of the early days. The theory of
the steal is to catch the catcher and
the Infielder unprepared and out of
j position, and its success lies entirely In
j Its unexpectedness.
j "Lange, the leading exponent of the
! delayed steal, made it after this fa&h
i ion. As the ball would be pitched he
: would leave first base at top speed
I and sprint as hard as he could perhaps
; twenty-eight to thirty-five feet, then
stop short, hesitate and act as If h?
; had blundered and intended to try to
' regain first base. If he succeeded in
. drawing the throw to first base he
i proceeded to second at top speed. Bu:
i in the great majority of cases the
: catcher would nor attempt to throw ro
either base, but would keep motioning
' as if threatening to throw, and all
the time Lange would be edging back.
inch by Inch, toward first, jockeying
with the catcher. The catcher, satis
fied that danger was past and that it
was useless to throw to first, would
I reiaj iruiu liirow mj; pmiuuu, ce
down his arm and get ready to toss
' the ball back to the pitcher. The
l moment Lange saw the arm drop and
All-Eteel furnace, no gas, SOOt, j tfce catCher change the position of his
r'ust or odor ' feet ne wonJi sh at t0P speed for
" j second pase. The catcher would leap
-k-i T"T7"1 "L-. back Into throwing position, raise his
X-jlll YV llClieri arm "gain and throw, provided the
; shortstop and second baseman had not
2104 Fourth Avenue. I deserted the base and walked back to-
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ward" their regular positions. If they
lost a fraction of a second In recover
ing the base Lange would beat the
balL The fatal hesitancy of the catch
er and baseman gave him his oppor
tunity. "Stealing third base from second is
much easier In reality than stealing
second from first, although It Ls at
tempted much less frequently. The
runner 'moving up with his arm can
take more than twice the lead from
second base than from first, and, be
sides that, it Is much easier to gain a
flying start. It has, however, been
declared bad judgment to steal third
except In close games with one out
and the opposing pitcher going well
and preventing bitting. In such cases,
where one run will win or tie, stealing
third is advised by many. It Is more
difficult to see the pitcher's movements
from behind him than from one side.
Still, the runner need not start as
quickly, but can start at tcp speed
when he sees the pitcher swinging his
arm. advance a third of the way to
third base and then retreat In safety
because the catcher's throw Is much
longer. Also he Is In much better po
sition to take advantage of any slight
slip In the work of the battery.
TURN TO TEA AND COCOA.
Americans Drinking Lea Coffee Ba
eauss of High Prices.
That many Americans bare been
turned to the greater use of tea and
cocoa by the prevailing high prices of
coffee Is Indicated by the imports of
those three commodities. Imports of
tea and cocoa for the fiscal year end
ing June SO next bid fair to be the
largest in the history of America's im
Coffee, which is showing the highest
import prices since 1S97, has fallen
in the imports. Since last July there
have been Imported 644,000,000 pounds,
a full hundred million less than was
used in this country during the cor
responding time last year.
At the present rate of Importation It
Is probable that the tea imports will
aggregate 115,000,000 pounds, and
ccoa will exceed 140.000.000 pounds.
The bureau of statistics of the depart
ment of commerce and labor estimates
that the average import price of cof
fee this year is 10 cents a pound
against 7 cents last year.
Y. TIC. A, FEATURE
Attendance at Tents Pitched
With Soldiers at San An
REACHES 100,000 A MONTH
Competent Secretaries in Charge
With Xegro Secretary tor e
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JAMES GALLOWAY, Prop. Rock Island, III.
Improving on Gray.
Oliver Ilerford and a friend were
strolling through a section of town
that was plentifully strung with pul
ley lines on which many a family
"wash" was waving in the wind. Mr.
Herford's companion called attention
to the manner .in which these gar
ments shut out the sky and otherwise
disfigured the landscape. Mr. Herford
gazed at them thoughtfully and then
gently murmured. "The 6hort and sim
ple flannels of the poor." New York
A Joke That Went Astray.
To Illustrate the fact that some per
sons are devoid of the sense of humor
this story was told at a downtown
luncheon club: "I forgot to pay my
newsboy last night and when I saw
him this morning gave nim the 5 cents
due him and said. '1 thought evprv
minute last night you'd send a collector j tleships with cruises and in other lines,
for this.' Xaw. not on your life; not Partly social, partly religious. Hearty
If you owed me twicst as much. An approval of the work has been given
hour intor thf hov mm tn ffi Dy 1'resiaents Mcivimey, Kooseen ana
Attendance at the Young Men-a
Christian association tents pitched at
the camp at San Antonio reaches 100,
000 a month. There are six secretaries
besides some volunteers, all of them
sent from the north and trained In the
work. At the head of the association's
army and navy branch In the field Is
George Avery Keeder, a veteran and a
leader In this peculiar line. For the
men of the Ninth cavalry there is a
colored secretary, and a tent is provid
ed for colored enlisted men.
Medical men of San Antonio have
given addresses In the tents, some of
them Illustrated. Lectures on art sub
jects have also been given. Bible
classes have been formed, and they
have been well attended. The regu
lar religious addresses on Sundays
have been given by the secretaries and
also by the local pastors of San An
tonio. Week nights letter writing Is
Indulged In by the men, no fewer than
1,500 letters going out from the tents
on single days.
It appearing certain that troops must
remain for some time at El Paso, a
new secretary has Just been sent there,
Charles A. Dean, a veteran at work
among soldiers. He is provided with
a tent and will have the co-operation
of the local association at El Paso.
There are at San Diego three tents,
and they are attended by quite as large
numbers as those at San Antonio and
El Paso. They are manned by secre
taries sent from California, while the
tents in Texas are manned by secre
taries from New York and the east.
Just now there are no men on the
battleships, but it is due to a transfer
and the supplying of men in excep
tional numbers for work In tents on
land. It is planned to send one man
with the squadron that goes to Eng
land to reprere''t this country at the
THE ARMY AD NAVY WORK.
Itiis army and navy work by Young
Men's Christian associations was start
ed at the suggestion and by the per
sonal work of William B. Millar, now
with the laymen's missionary move
ment at the breaking out of the Span
ish war. Mr. Millar early had the
help of the late Dwight L. Moody.
Within ten years, growing in part out
of the experiences of the Spanish war,
marked progress has been made in
providing buildings at Fort Monroe,
Newport, New York and other navy
yards, in sending secretaries upon bat-
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A Comedy Drama
Matinee Wednesday, Saturday and
Sunday at 2: SO o'clock.
Evening Performances at 8:13.
Old phone 1685
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where he had never been before, wait
ed for me and when I came 6aid; Say.
I'm awful sorry you thought I was
sore about de nickel. Ye needn't pay
me never till ye want to, and about
sendin' for it nix.' I thanked him. and
Taft and by scores of army officers.
When the Spanish war began Amer
ican care for enlisted men when in
camp and in the field and on battle
ships and in yards was poor indeed
when compared with the homes, the
secured a long line of credit" New
now for trying to crack a joke I have social and other work done by English
people for their enlisted men. One out
come of that war, backed by the asso
ciation, has been provision for Ameri
can enlisted men comparable with that
afforded by England and Germany.
The Aurora Boreal!.
: According to a theory enunciated by
; Professor Lenard, the aurora borealis
! Is formed of cathode rays, emitted by
the sun and deflected by the terrestrial
; magnetic field In the upper strata of
; the atmosphere. The velocity of these
cathode rays must be nearly equal to
that of light and very much greater
: than the velocity of cathode rays pro
duced In the laboratory. Lenard coa
: eludes that these extremely "hard"
cathode rays are emitted by unknown
radioactive substances in the sun.
Boss Mr. Jones, you have sold more
neckties than any clerk I have ever
; had. How do you do it? Clerk When
a young man selects a tie I say,
"That's too young for you." When an
old man picks one I say. That's too
i old for you." They both bite. Toledo
A mechanically perfect six at a medium, price. The class
iest looking car on the road. Can be seen at Wilcher's garage.
L. P. STRAYER, Agent. 1516 Fourth Avenue, Rock Island.
GIRL PAINTS INDIAN WOMAN.
Mother of Senator Owen Will B, the
Washington Is awaiting with much
Interest the coming exhibition of a
painting of the grandmother of Sena
tor Robert L. Owen of Muskogee,
Okla. The painting, which Is being
done by Miss Katherine Dabney, is
descriptive of the early history of Vir
ginia and the Cherokee Indians, the
senator's mother being a relative of no
less a person than President Thomas
Jefferson of Virginia and also a de
scendant of the Cherokees.
Narcissa Chisbolm, the senator's
mother, was the granddaughter of a
queen of the Cherokee tribe, a noted
beauty of her race, called Queen Quat
sis. Miss Dabney has portrayed the
meeting of Queen Quatsis and her
English lover as he comes through the
forest riding bis thoroughbred charger
and discovers the Indian queen and
her maidens gathering Cherokee roses.
The queen, of the typical Indian type
of romance, stands near a great rock,
with the characteristic pose of the
women of her race, listening to the
hoof beats of the horse with Its rider
The horseman, attracted by her un
usual beauty, as the stories go, fell In
lor with her at first sight He wooed
and won her and, marrying her, took
her back to England with him, and
she was presented at the English
court much the same as the farfamed
Pocaheataa. Her picture Is to be seen
today hanging In one of the well
known galleries of England.
Do Ghosts Haunt Swamps?
No, never. Its foolish to fear a fan
cied evil, when there are real and
deadly perils to guard against in
swamps and marshes, bayous, and
lowlands. Theee are the malaria
germs that cause ague, chill and fev
er, weakness, aches In the bones and
muscles and may Induce deadly ty
phoid. But Electric Bitters destroys
and casts out these vicious germs
from the blood. "Three bottles drove
all the malaria from my system,
wrote William Fretwell, of Lucama,
N. C "and I've had fine health ever
ismce. use tnis saie, sure remeay on-
The first moonlight excur
sion of the season will be
PROF. 0. F. SLATER
Boat leaves Rock Island
8:15 p. m.
The light fantastic toe to
the strains of Wrixon's
orchestra on the moon
light excursion Tuesday-evening,
Given by Professor O. P.
Slater on the steamer
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Call West 1510. 316-320 Eighteenth Street.
Independent Auto Tire Repair Shop
L. A. DYSON, Proprietor.
All kinds of auto tire repair work.
Old Phone West 1630. 106 East Seventeenth Street.
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GENERAL REPAIRING AND AUTO SUPPLIES.
Agency for the
Old Phone West 64.
J. W. SCHAUM, Proprietor.
WILLIAM H. BOLLES
2412 Third Avenue.
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Clinton Sunday, May 28,
on the steamer, W. W.,
and barge. Boat leaves
18th Street, Moline, at 9
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