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Dan Brors Tells f.tet tho
Daties Gl Oassbail Scouts, j
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FIND REGRjITS FOR BI3lElMS
Agents of Different Major League
Clubi Travel From One End of the
Country to Other Looking Over Ma
terial. No. 11.
By DAN BUOUTHERS.
Copyright, tsui. ly Americi.n Press Auro
ciation. I've been asked to explain the duty
of a baseball scout. A baseball scout
Is a uiau who during the playing sea
son is eoustautly ou tut lookout for
promising material for the elub that
employs him. For many years 1 have
been eouneeted with the New York
National league elub In that capacity
and in my time have recommended
many youngsters who have turned out
to be stars.
Within the last few years scouting
has become a business. Kvery elub in
the major organization has a man em
ployed whose business It Is to keep
close tabs on a young ball tosser who
gives promise of developing into a
crack. In fact, the scout plays nn im
portant part in a winning ball team.
It is on tils judgment that the major
club league owners buy up the cream
before the drafting period comes
What does a scout do? Well, one
day he may be watching a miuor
league player anil the next may be
looking over some soniiprofessional
player on the lots who never has play
ed with a leataie. but who has so much
baseball ability that somebody has
seen him and reported him to the
scout's employer or to the scout him
self. The following day lie may be
with some Class B league, and a week
DAN MtorTHKllS, FAMOUS PALL ToSSUH.
from then he may be In some other
part of the country getting a line on
the material in that section.
The position of scout is not an easy
one by any means. First of all, he
must be a good Judge of what there
Is in a young ball tosser. If the pre
sumably future great star has a bad
arm. Is slow on his feet or can do
nothing but bat. the scout must be
able to tell wheth - he is worth n trial
or not. If he sees a youngster who
can lield like a big leaguer he must be
able to make up his mind whether the
youngster will ever be able to do any
thing with the bat against the pitchers
If he is sizing up a twlrler who Is
wild he must be able to form an opin
ion as to whether this fault can b
cured w itu coaching. And. another
thing, he has to form a hasty estimate
as to the ordinary amount of brains
which the youngster possesses.
This reminds me of a little Incident
that happened some years ago In one
of the trolley leagues. A youngster
bad been recommended to me as a fu
ture great. For weeks this lellow had
been doing wonders with the willow
and in the tleld. One day I decided to
take a peep at him. Shortly after my
arrival some one Informed him of my
presence In the grand stand. 1 could
see by his actions that he was nervous.
The first time up he fanned. He re
peated this In the second attempt. The
third time, however, he mauaged to
work the pitcher for a base on balls.
There was a mail on second aud an
other on third, with two out. The
youngster began prancing around first,
trying hard to get the pitcher rattled,
as ho thought. The twlrler looked him
v.r and then started to warm up.
Then Mr. I'.oitehend started for second
1:hc at full speed, and, thinking that it
wo'i!d be a close shave, he slid for the
base. After he picked himself up and
was Informed that his botieliead steal
had retired his side he quit the game
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iiki ujmic iirr l 11" l luiiiM'ii.-.". i . imi'-
If Koine one h::d not Informed him of
the presence of n sct.nt fnmi the major
icncues In the grni d stand he would
not have rr.de sir h a botieliead play.
Hut nevrMiPipp It prr.ved that he
lacked bn, in.
(From Wednesday's Dally)
The 'loili-n Woodmen will lold
rc cu. .1 net ling ill oates Iiall tonight.
I M.s. I.ouis Dose, was among those
; wJio o-parted on an early train today
m .-; s:..i.i.,, .! .iauaiitrr
traiAU omahu today on an early
The little son of Charles Mason
nas 'K'('11 iuite sifk the past few (lavs
-h a fever.
Mrs. A. Ilisnnz is spending the day
I :.. : .i
Ill VIUUIIU KUUIg Up UU UIC JHIJIUIU1
G. F. McCauley was among those
who departed on the 8:15 train today
for the metropolis.
Mrs. M. Clless bought a ticket read
ing for Omaha this morning where
she will spend the day with friends.
James Keay, a resident of Weston
was a caller in the city yesterday,
registering at one of the local hotels.
Mrs. James Jones and daughter
Mrs. Budig wnt up on the S:15 train
to the the metropolis for a day's
J. II. Mason went up to the Market
town today to see about the purchas
ing of sonic iniprovinents for his
i "( cream parlor on Main street. Ik
has orderred a new fountain which he
will have installed and in operation
for the hot weather.
Mr. and Mrs. C. 1'. Richards were
early travelers today in the direction
of Omaha where they will spend a
Mrs. Wallace Roberts and chil
dren left this morning for a visit
at the home of her mother, Mrs. Wil
liam Harris at Ralston.
Miss Anna Caroson of Omaha re
turned to her home this morning
after spending several days in the
city as a guest of Mrs. August Ander
son. Misses Molly Scivcr, Edna Wray
and Jennings Scivcr took the early
Burlington for Marquette, Nebraska
to attend the funeral of one of their
The ladies aid society of the Presby
terian sehurch met yesterday after
noon at' the home of Mrs. Agnes
Chapman and the session was very
Mrs. J. F. Curtis and children and
Mrs. Mary Holmes left this morning
for Lincoln where they will proceed
to Idaho for a lengthy stay with
J. II. Holmes, Mrs. Holmes' son.
All who attend the Parmele theater
Friday night and purchase a reserved
seal ticket will he given a chance on
the lUO-piece dinner set presented by
the management. Co and see "The
Adventures of Miss Brown."
On account of lack of space in yes
terday's paper, it was impossible to
get a number of articles that were
were set up during the day, and a num
ber of yesterday's items will therefore
appear in today's edition.
All who attend the Parmele theater
Friday n'ght and purchase a reserved
seat ticket will be given a chance on
the 100 piece dinner set presented by
the management. Go and see "The
adventures of Miss Brown."
The Social Workers are requested
to meet in the Kpworth League room
at the Methodist church Thursday af
ternoon and to bring their sewing. A
large attendance is desired for there
will be some important business to
All who attend the Parmele theater
I-riday night find pui chase a reserved
seat ticket will be given a chance on
th lOO-piece dinner set presented by
the management. Go and see "The
Adventures of Miss Brown."
A Card to the PubUc.
Ou Friday evening of it his week in
the high school building the Platts
mouth high school team will debate
with the Blair high school. The sub
ject for debate is "Resolved that Labor
Unions are on the Whole beneficial."
Plattsmouth have the affirmative side
of the question. We do not wish to
seem to complain but we must say
in all frankness that the high school
has not had the patronage it deserved
so far as the debates are concerned.
We have spared no effort to put out
a team that is. a rredit to the school
and the fact that they defeated Fre
mont is evidence that they are worth
hearing. It is rather dicouraging to
the students and faculty however to
have to go away from home to secure
an audience.' Willi an admission fee
of twenty live cents there is no reason
whey we should not have the auditor
ium filled. This is the only debate
that will be held here this season ami
AN ARMY TURNED
Oyer Seventy Thousand Men and
Women Start Out Friday For
a Raid On the People
GET READY TO
Census Enumerators Will Begin Their Work Counting
Uncle Sam's Busy Flock.
WASHINGTON, April 10 With
the break of day on next Friday, the
loth inst., a host of 70,000 interro
gators, men and women, white
and colored will be turned loose; in
pusuit of the people of the United
States. On that day Uncle Sam will
begin the numbering of his children
in preparation for the thirteenth cen
sus, lie estin :it( :; that he has a fam
ily of about 110,000,0(10 men, women
and children, and he has already em
ployed and put to work a body of en
umerators considerably greater than
the standing army. The law provides
that the enumeration ashall begin
on the loth but it is not so peremptory
about the commencing time as about
the closing time, and already inti
mations have been received that in
some instances the work may be post
poned until Saturday. This is due
to the fact that the loth falls on
Friday and among the 70,000 name
takers there are some who are super
stitious as to this day of the week.
The enumeration will cover all of
the forty-five states and two territories
of the union proper and also Hawaii
and Porto Rico, Alaska, the Phil
ippine islands and Guam will not be
included, as especial arrangements
are made for numbering the people of
Under the statutes governing the
work, the entire enumeration must be
completed in a month, and in the cities
the work is limited to fifteen days.
It is expected that some of the returns
we'hope to have an audience that will
be an encouragement to the speakers.
In my estimation thero is no better
work offered in the high school than
debating. If you have an interest in
the school come out Friday evening
and if after the debate you are dissatis
fied your money will be cheerfully
refunded. A special invitation is
extended to union men to be present.
Do not let it longer be said that Platts
mouth patronizes her high school less
than any other town in the league.
J. W. Gamble,
Supt. of Schools.
(From Wednesday's Daily)
This morning Mr. W. B. Swygard
of Omaha was in thojeity and met sev
eral of the gentlemen who are agitat
ing the formation of a stock company
here for the establishment of an al
falfa mill. Mr. Swygard lias had con
siderable experience in the business
and some two years ago was in charge
of the building of a mill at Albion in
this state. His experience will be of
great value to the company here when
they get ready to build and he has
signified his willingness to assist them
all he can. The commercial club
certainly appreciates his interest in
the matter and will probably call
upon him to assist in the plans w hen it
comes time to put in the plant.
Music Festival In Omaha.
Arrangements have been made by
music lovers in Omaha and Eastern
Nebraska, to hold a music festival
in Omaha, May 17, 18, 19. It will
be held in the new Brandeis theater
said to be the most beautiful theater
in the west. Among the numbers on
the programs will be the Minneapolis
Smphony Orchestra; the Omaha Ora
torio society, Mrs. Lucy Tewksbury,
Arthur Middleton, the great bass
singer, Mine Fiieda Langcrdorff, mezzo
soprano, Carlos Fischer, cellist, Rich
ard Czerwonky, Max Landojy, German
pianist, Jane Oshorn Hannah, Soprano.
Accompanists for the festival will be
Madam August M. Borglum and
Martin W. Bush.
Escaped from Union Jail.
(From Wednesday's Dally)
Two men escaped last evening from
the jail at Union and o far they have
from the cities will be received as
early as the first week in June, but the
exact population of the entire country
will not be deteimined before some
time in September. The census of
ficials will, however, know within a
few t housand of the number long before
the close of the summer months.
They will be able to leach a sub
stantially accurate conclusion by their
payrolls, but this will be more or less
speculative, and the figures will not
be given out.
Director K. Dana Duraml, is count
ing upon a roll of not fewer than 00,000
000 names. This estimate is based
upon calculations of his experts and
makes allowance for an increase ac
cording to the tendencies shown in
the last three previous censuses. Be
tween 170 and ISM) the increase in
the popiiluion was SO per cent; be
tween ls0 and 1MK), 25 per cent;
between 1V.I0 and 1(100, 21 per cent.
If the decrease should continue at
the same ratio there would be a falling
oil this year of the rate of gain to
17 per cent! The immigration figures
foi the past decade have been greater,
however, than for any of the previous
ten-year periods. Making allowance
for this augmentation from outside
it is calculated that the increase for
the past ten years will be about 18
per cent and as, in round numbers, the
figuie for 1000 was 7(i,00(),000, it is
now calculated that there prove to
have been an addition of about 14,000
found no trace of the fellows. The
two men were seen in the act of break
ing a seal on a freight car in the Union
yards and were placed under arrest
before they had time to go through
the car. The authorities phoned from
that place yesterday and stated they
would bring the men up here to be
put in the county jail but before they
could get around to remove them, they
had made an exit of their own and and
flown the coop. The jail was not in
good condition and it was not much
of a trick for the would be car robbers
to make their get away.
Taken Paper Since Started.
An interesting and welcome letter
was received today from Union for
the renewing of the News-Herald for
next year. The paper is considered
to be an old household friend of Mrs
Buck of that city, and although she
is ninety years old ami cannot see to
read anything but the headings, she
thinks she couldn't get along without
it. She has taken every copy of the
paper from the time of its founding
to the present day and she has always
been a constant reader of its contents
Sixty Pounds Pressure What?
To the body of sightseers, who had
never been to the shops before, the
manner m which the car wheels
were fitted to the axles was in the na
ture of an eye opener. The work is
done by hydraulic pressure. After
the wheels are boreM and the axles
turned they are properly adjusted and
brought together by a sixty ton
squeeze, (not sixty pounds as the
Journal in its ignorance 'mentioned
in its wiite up.) When t!ie big press
has accomplished its work the wheels
are there to stay and can only be re
moved by a machine having the same
power as the one by which they were
placed in position.
All farmers in eastern Cass county
are invited to attend the alfalfa meet
ing to be held here Saturday April Kith
at 2 p. m.
If you are interested in Alfalfa in
any way, whether it be as food for
stock or as a rcbuildcr of worn out
soil, we want you at this meeting.
Julius l'itz, Chairman.
H. A. Schneider, Sec.
A RUSSIAN SERF.
He Bought Hit Liberty With a Barrl
of Crimean Oyeters.
Oi of the principal banking
Ikhim .. of St. Petersburg is said to
have I een founded by a man who
for ii great part of his life was a
serf. Kven in his condition of serf
dom he was a wealthy banker and,
as may 'readily bo imagined, made
many attempts to procure his free
dom.. The story goes that he of
fered I,o00,(i0ii "rubles for his lib
erty, but that his master, Count
bheremetielT, proiul of possessing
such n serf, refused to liberate him.
The liberation, was, however,
finally procured and at a much low
er price than that mentioned. The
story is a pretty one:
This serf, by name Shalouninc,
returned one day from Odessa to
St. Petersburg and, as in duty
bound, repaired to the Shcremctielf
palace, there io report himself.
ith him he had brought, as a gift
to the count, a small barrel of
choice Crimean oysters. This he
left outside till he should receive
an intimation that the offering
would be acceptable to Sliere-
Now, it so chanced that ho found
his muster surrounded by a large
number of guests who had been
bidden to breakfast. The count
was engaged in berating his butler
for negligence to provide oysters
for the breakfast. The butler con
tended that thero were no oysters
in the market.
It was at this juncture that the
count caught sight of his banker
"So," he angrily exclaimed, "you,
too, arc to nnnov me! And with
your pestering appeal for libera
tion ! Let me tell you that your er
rand will prove a fruitless one!
But stay! I'll release you on one
condition and one only that you
get me some oysters for break
Shalouninc bowed low and left
the room. When he returned he
laid the barrel of oysters at his
Whereupon the count, true to
his word, called for pen and paper
and instantly wrote out a declara
tion of emancipation making the
serf a free man. Then the former
master, with a most gracious air,
"And now, my dear Shalounine,
will you be so good as to favor us
with your company at breakfast?"
A Unique Volume.
What is perhaps the most curious
book in the world is possessed by
the Prince' de Eigne. This work is
neither printed nor in manuscript,
the text being formed of letters cut
in vellum and pasted on blue paper.
Notwithstanding this extraordinary
method of presenting the text the
book is as easy of perusal as if
printed in the boldest type. All the
characters shown are cut with mar
velous dexterity and precision.
This unique volume bears the
title "The P.ook of All Passions of
Our Lord Jesus Christ, With Char
acters Not Composed of Any Ma
It is said that Rudolph II., the
Roman emperor, offered no less
than 11,000 ducats for this wonder
ful product of the bookmaker's art,
but the offer was refused.
A curious feature of the history
of this book is that while the Eng
lish arms are inscribed on its cover
it is confidently held that the vol
ume has never been in England.
New York Times.
A Gentle Complaint.
Two men, next door neighbors,
each bad a pet diversion. CJiicken.s
was the hobby of one; that of the
other, flowers. Hoiause of the dev
astating instincts of the unrestrain
ed fowls the flowers did not llour
ish. The gardener, however, valued
his neighbor's friendship more than
he did the (lowers und made no re
monstrance. The poultry fanner
one evening visited his neighbor
und by way of introduction made a
complimentary remark about the
garden. "What a beautiful bed of
flowers you hae here!" he said
"Yes," added the gardener de
jectedly, "but it just keeps me
n-sweating to keep it from becoming
t feather bed."
Might Always Wear It.
"John, do vou recognize this
"No; 1 can't say that I do. It
oo!;s rather dilapidated."
"Yes. I have been keeping it as
a deux memento. I was wearing it
when you and I first met. That was
eleven years ago."
"1 hope you'll keep it always. It
ought to convince you that you
riiist have been mighty good look-
I ing once, seeing that even with that
thing on your head you caused me
jto fall in love with you." Chicago
WITH THE NEW
Fans Keeping Close Tabs on
Work ol Managers.
WILL BILL DAHLEN SUCCEED?
Handler of Brooklyn Nationala Will
Have Hi Handi Full Unraveling
Twitte and Knott In Superb Duf-
. fy's Big Taek. r .
Never la the history of the big
leagues havo thero been so many
changes In tbo management of the
teams as there have been since last
season, seveu new pilots having been
signed by as many clubs since the
1U10 season closed. It Is no easy mat
ter to secure an expert team handler,
but the National and American club
owuers believe they have cornered the
best In the profession.
Since last year three changes In the
managerial ranks of the National
league the engagement of "Had Bill"
Lmhlen by the Brooklyn club, the ap
pointment of Fred Lake by the Boston
club and the promotion of Charles
Doolu by the Philadelphia club. Dah
leu has never handled a ball team, big
or little, before, but he has bad a
world of experience on the. Held and Is
an excellent Judgo of playing talent.
"Bad Ittll" certainly knows what "In
side ball" means, lie Is conversant
with the methods employed by Anson,
Ilanlon and McOraw, and ho Is a
lighter for his rights. He Is not a task
master and Is popular with all players,
but lift will probably insist trpon hard
work ind will develop team play from
the very beginning.
Charley Dooln, the new pilot of the
Philadelphia Nationals, is a star ball
player and well liked, but ho Is bot
head d and inclined to look fur trou
ble f.ltli the umpires, a weakness in
these days of discipline on the dia
mond, lie Is an experiment pure and
Fred I-uko has a problem to solve In
ltoston. lie made a name for himself
last season as manager of the Boston
Americans, but becauso of a difference
over salary he was released outright
by President John I. Taylor, who de
clared that I .nke was not the man who
deserved credit for the excellent show
ing of the Hed Sox. Ijike in accepting
the management of the Hub Nationals
suw a chance to redeem himself, but
he will begin with asplendld tail end
avan Drrrr, new tilot of Chicago
team and will have to build It up grad
ually. As lirst class ball players are
not to lie had for the asking. Lake
will have to be satisfied with his pres
ent layout, which means that Boston
fans do not expect him to accomplish
Four of the American league teams.
Boston. St. Louis. Washington and
Chicago, Lave new team handlers. I'at
Donovan, w ho was released by Brook
lyn after the season of l'.MiS, bus
charge of the Bed Sox Instead of Fred
Lake. I'onovaii was the team's scout
last year and picked up some spettly
yoiingsters. lie has a rich club be
hind him tilts time, which means a
lot. and ns he has had plenty of ex
perience President Taylor thinks ho
will make good.
That Huglt InilTy w ill make a splen
did malinger of the Chicago White Sox
Is the general opinion of leading base
ball men. Duffy and Owner Comlskey
are old friends. They were players
In rival teams back In the old Broth
Jack O'Connor, the old catcher of
the Clevelands. Plttsburgs and 8t.
Louis Browns, will manage the last
named team this year. O'Connor was
a star backstop under Pat Tebeau and
helped to make the veteran pitcher
Cy Young famous. In the old (lays be
made the lives of umpires miserable,
but he has seen the error of bis ways
and now believes In accepting the rjl
Ings as they are laid down.
O'Connor takes the place of his old
aide partner, James MeAlocr. They
played on the Cleveland team for
many years and were fast friends. Me
Aleer had a crack team In St. Louis In
l'JOS, but last year a hoodoo was busy,
and all kinds of accidents kept the
Browns out of the running. The St.
Louis critics made it decidedly un
pleasant for McAleer as a result, so be
quit cold when his contract was up
and signed with the Washington club
for a salary of $10,000 a year. Mc
Aleer Is a first class manager lu fact,
the best that Washington has hnd for
1 many years.
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