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There Is met likely to bo any test of the
bicycle as an army adjunct In the present
war. Outside of ono or two roads leading
out of Havana thcro Is no Inviting path or
highway on the Island for the cyclist. What
little there Is would bo more suitable for
boats during the rainy season. The blcyclo
will , however , bo the chief mount of the
courier service along the north Atlantic
coast. An elaborate system of electrical
signals have been perfected In that section
nnd at points not connected by telegraph or
telephone scorchers will bo employed to
convoy the nowa of the arrival of hostile
The coming racing season will be one of
gyndlcato sport. Three mammoth organiza
tions have entered the Held to promote rac
ing , and between them have succeeded In
fathering upon tholr salary lists the names
of nearly nil the available stars and pace
makers In America , to say nothing of the
test of foreign cracks who have been al
lured to these shores by promises of enor
mous purses. So energetically have the syn-
dlcates scoured the country In search of
talent thrtt the few outsiders that have de
clined to sign contracts are counting them
selves fortunate In being heart and fancy
free and able to ride when nnd where they
please , for they figure that many rich prl-sea
which the track associations will be com
pelled to pass by will come to them , as "easy
picking. " Bald , Stevens , McFarland , Brown
nnd Oardlner form a formidable quintet of
free lances , who are not only liable to win
big money this year , but likewise look up as
probable champions of America.
Match races , more than open contests , will
bo the specialty of the syndicates , although
"Senator" Morgan , of the International as-
loclatlon , threatens to have a "flying squad-
ion" that will be sent wherever an attract-
Vc purse finds place on an entry blank.
Morgan has nn all-star team , and for that
reason his threat needs to be considered
seriously , but , since his organization has
control of four tracks that will bo kept goIng -
Ing most of the time , the question Is how ho
can afford to send his talent away to other
trucks \vhcn the rival associations Intend to
boom their own gates , to the utter neglect
of attractive purses elsewhere.
The three syndicates above mentioned are
the National Track association , with b art-
nuartcre in Boston and Henry llucUr as
secretory ; the International association ,
with headquarters in New York , and 'Son-
nlor" Morgan nnd Tom nek as directors
nnd the American Cycle Racing association
a Now York organization , wlt'cn ' Is known
es the -
syndicate. The first named Is thfi most
pretentious. It has a membership of four
teen tracks , carries twenty-eight alii
wheels , ten tandems , eight triplets , seven
quads , five quints , four uextuplots nud one
ten-sealer , the latter being known as the
declplct , and has under toiitvaut flvo st .r
rldera and twenty-four pacernukeM. Toil
Wnton of Wales and Eddla McOuffle o
Boston will represent the Nut'onal ' Track
association tot middle distances , qi iitnn It
Coulter of Md'nsfleia , O. , will bo Us unpaced
king ; Tom Banmby of Revere. Mass. , wIP
bo Its long distance stur , unJ Tom Butler ,
the Cnmbrldgeport , Mass. , boy , who vas
the phenomenon of 1SOI5 , will be Its chor
It baa been announced that Michael wll
not niCQ-until July , and thereby hangs a tale
Michael Will take no chances this year. His
well earned reputation , gained by winning
twelve out of thirteen races last summer , Is
something that the Welshman values more
blghly than , he does the money ho has mode ,
and ho Understands -full well that a good
beating at the hands of even a first-class
roan would militate against his chances to
draw crowds. Therefore , ho will move cau-
tlously.-and will not make his first nppear-
once In public until ho is absolutely certain
of success. Ho could get Into good condition
long before Decoration day If he chose , but
he Is wlso in his own time , and consequently
he will put In two long months at consistent
training flrst. In the meantime his pace
makers will be riding countless races In
front of the two Taylors and Titus , and , by
the time he is ready to ride , will bo in per-
Coct condition , and will have that knowledge
of each other which Is necessary to the
success ot the paced man in the middle and
long distance contests. Then , on the 2d day
of July , Michael will Jump In behind the
finest pacing outfit in the world , nnd will be
splendidly prepared to defend hls title of
middle-distance champion. His flrst race
will be against Eddie McDuffeo , a fifteen-
The number of cripples riding bicycles In
New York City Is noteworthy. The progress
made In building wheels has done much to
improve the construction of cripple car
riages , nnd the borrowing of Ideas seems to
bo reacting , BO that Instead of putting bl I- I1
cycle features into cripple carts , true bi 1-
cycles are being adapted for the needs ots.
persons who are maimed In different way s.er
Riders with one" leg shorter than the er
are being accommodated , nnd even s
having no use ot the lower limbs can now
have hand-propelled bicycles Instead of the
more cumbersome tricycles which they for
merly had to propel. Some riders having
only one leg use an artificial limb when
riding , while others remove it and pedal
with ono foot. An Idea that has been
adopted by a well known candy manufac
turer , who uses only one leg In riding , is l
that of removing the crank nnd pedal on
the side not in use. All of the one-legged
riders do cot do this , but It ihould be
heeded , ns It narrows the clearance 13he
ary for the cycle , and does away with the
chance of the pedal catching In another ma
chine , which IB a common cause of upsets.
The rider referred to carries a crutch with
him on hla 'wheel and is something of a
scorcher. He mounts and dismount * aa
nimbly as any athlete having two legs.
Wheelmen who. use a heated wire to re
pair a puncture appear In many ca e tc
overlook the heating possibilities of Lhe
lamp and go to cottages to borrow the
fire in the stove. A new and handy de
vice , which Is appropriately termed a Jok
on the wind , li a species of gun. shaped
like a tiny tire pump , into which U \ Inot
sertcd a parlor match. When the end ot
the gun Is Inserted In the lamp the plstoi
Is pressed forward and the match is ignited
eafo from wind or currents ot air. It goei
Into the vest pocket and costs IS cents. I
small puncture may often be repaired by
wad of gum or a strip ot a bandkerchle
passed five or six times round the tire ind
rim , with the free end ot the strip securec
by five or six dabs of gum at Intervals o
half au Inch. String will let the bandag
creep , but gum will bold It fast. Nei
riders arc remiss in chain cleaning. The
ail the machine all right , polish it. occa
alonally rub tbt surface of the chain , but
they do not clean tkeUnto or the teeth i
Itobort C. Hansell ot Nav York has ap-
piled for a patsnt on an Invention ( or ths
protection of the inner tub * of a tir
falnst Duactur * . This protective artno
is I of metal plates or scales overlapping
each other in n peculiar manner and hinged
or flexibly connected together and to a fabric
layer 1 as a medium for holding the plates or
scales in position , The Joints between tha
plates or scales extend longitudinally or
j clrcumfcrcntlally , which affords the armor
all the flexibility or pliancy necessary , and
at the same time the armor effectively pro
tects the Inner tube from punctures.
A now design In too clips consists of two
stout but light springs rlvlted to a light
base plate and passing forward around the
too like the usual clip , then crossing above
and spreading to pass around each side ot
the shoe to Join the base plates again. The
ends of the spring cannot become loosened ,
and the construction of the clip permits a
strong upward pull of the foot when as
cending a grade.
A device by which preliminary surveys
may be taken by means of a bicycle has
boon Invented by John Rlddell , an electri
cian of Schcnectndy , N. Y. The present
system ot surveying is a matter of consid
erable tlmo nnd a great labor. It was a re
cent record with the bicycle when a survey
of 49.22 mllea was made in nineteen hours.
With the device Invented by Mr. Rlddell
the complete topography profile could have
been ascertained in the tlmo taken to propel -
pol the w'heel over the road surveyed.
Baltimore is to have a cycle coliseum , work
having been begun on the structure. Six
acres of ground on the outskirts of the
city have been secured , and on the spot
Is to bo built on oblong coliseum with a
five-lap wooden track. The walls of the
structure will be a quarter of a mlle around ,
and there will bo scats for 13,000 spectators.
The building will be almost an ellipse , 240
feet wide and * 450 feet long. The seating
section will bo roofed ever , so that specta
tors will bo comfortable in wet or dry
weather , but tbo track nnd interior space
will bo open to the air , so that the records
made by wheelmen will stand as outdoor
records. The track will be twenty-five feet
wide , with n five-foot banking on the
straight stretches and a fourteen-foot bank
ing on the curves. The riding floor and
the great half-circle ends will be inclined
upward from the Inner edge to the outer at
an anglo of forty-five degrees. It is pro
posed to hold races there about once In
every eight days during the season , at
night , by electric lights.
TUB NATIONAL MEET.
Proicram mill Pill-urn for the Indlnii-
Thc official race program of the ' 98 Meet
Club of Indianapolis has been decided upon ,
aud the experts who have examined it say
that it is the greatest race program ever ar
ranged for a national meet. Herbert Foltz ,
chairman of the race committee , has spent
weeks on the program , and has called to his
assistance all of the leading race promoters
and members of the racing board and handl-
cappcrs in the country. Many of these men
were asked to prepare a program for the
three days' race meet , and from the dozen
submitted Mr. Foltz bos incorporated some
suggestions from each program , and em
bodied them , together with his own , in the
official program for the race meet.
Thcro will bo three days of racing , with
six events eacb day. The heats will be
run in the morning , beginning at 9 o'clock ,
and the finals at 2 o'clock In the afternoon
There will bo two or more championship
events each day , in addition to handicap
events , pursuit races and multlplet racing
No flrst prizes In the professional events
are less than $100 , and in several of them
the first money is J150.
The big event of the flrst day will bo a
two-mile multlplet 'handicap race , profcs
slonal , invitation , for a purse of $300. Then
will also on that day be th two-mile pro
fessional championship , for a purse of $250
The second day's program has a sta
feature in the great American handicap
two miles , professional , for a purse ot $1,000
of which $200 will be distributed in the trial
and semi-finals. The first money in th
finals will bo $500. This is the biggest rac
over promoted at a national meet. The half
mlle national championship will also be run
on that day.
The one-mile professional champlonshl ;
will be run the third day. But the leadln ;
feature of that day's program will be th
international pursuit race , which will cal
out all tbo foreign riders in the country
There will probably be in addition a middle
distance event at night , but the arrange
menu-tor this have not been completed.
Notional Meet 1'rojirnni Flr t Day
1. One-mile handicap ( pro. ) $100 , $50 ,
$25 , $15 , $10 $20
2. Half-mllo championship ( am. ) $35 ,
3. Two-mile national championship DOX
( pro. ) $150 , $50 , $35 , $15 23 )
4. Interstate pursuit race , ( am. ) , state
mile champions , $35 , $20. $10 , $5 70
5. Two-mllo multlplet handicap ( pro. ) ,
invitation. $150 , $75 , $50 , $25 SIX ,
C. Five-mile championship ( am. ) , $35 ,
1. One-mile handicap ( am. ) , $35 , $25 ,
$15 , $10. $5 $90
2. Half-mllo national championship
( pro. ) . $150. $50 , $36. $15 250
3. quarter-mile championship ( am. ) ,
$35 , $15 60
4. One-mllo championship ( am. ) , four
5. Great American handicap ( two
miles , pro. ) , $200 in trials and semi
finals , $500 , $200 , $75 , $25 . . 1.000
6. Two-mile championship ( am. ) , $35 ,
) $25 60
1. Amateur national championship
( one mile ) , medal $35
§ 2. Two-mllo tamdom ( pro. ) , $100 , $50 ,
$ jo , $20 . . ; . 200
3. Inter-Urban team pursuit race
( am. ) , three prizes 75
4. One-mllo national championship
- ( pro. ) . $160. $50. $35 , $15 250
6. Two-mllo handicap ( am. ) , $35 , $15 ,
. $19. $5 90
C. International pursuit race , $160 , $75 ,
, $50 , $25 200
LIMIT OP CYCLING SPKBO.
Mile it Mlaote Possible for a Fast
Qnliit Some Interentlna ; Record * .
Bicycle racing bas reached the stage
where close finishes are not alone responsl-
ble for enthusiasm or Its success , says a
< writer in the Philadelphia Times. Speed
is the main issue , and without the possibilities
- bilities of broken records , promoters would
< not find it worth their while to arrange
race meets. The coming ot the big multi
- cycle pacing machines has added new possi
: bilities to the speed-limit question. As yet
no fair trial has been given them , and just
. what a team of well-drilled and trained men
on a big machine is really capable of doing
remains to be discovered. Although no time
a i has been beaten , the speed attained by the
big machines for a lap or two while pacing
little Jimmy Macbael last fall must have
been close to a mile a minute at time * . Of
of the various pacing multicycles now in ex
istence , quintuplets , when properly manned ,
are conceded by th pace expert * to be been
; fastest of them all. The power of Ova men
- of nerve , determination and muscl * oa one
of these machines Is almost equal to the
of speed power of a locomotive. ,
What would bo It , * fastest quint team Inn
th world could be selected from the cham
- pion sprinters at present in this country ,
and it to very probable that before the Tie
* ot the present racing season such a team as
th world hu s VM tcea will be organised.
This great team to fight Father Time , If
selected aa suggested , would be composed of
ndtllo Bald , champion of America : Earl
Klscr , whom many consider Bald's equal ;
Arthur Gardiner , the speediest multicycle
rider In the country : Karl Kaser , the power
ful Swiss champion , and Jaap Eden , the
champion sprinter of Holland.
With a sufficiently high gear , combined
with the cool-headedness , | > ewer nnd experttl
once of these men out for speed on a quint ,
there Is no telling what the speed limit
might bo. Even now , without practice ,
these men could pedal a mile close on to one
minute and fifty seconds. With a season's
hard training and practice they would bo
able to go the distance under a mlle a
mlnuto with favorable conditions. This Is
not Impossible , for n. E. Anderson of St.
Louis , on a single , paced by a locomotive ,
rode a mlle In one mlnuto nnd three seconds
ends on August 9 , 1806 , while on Novem
ber 23 last , C. M. Murphy of Brooklyn
claims to have ridden a paced mlle in ono
mlnuto nnd four-fifths of n second.
Up to the present time the fastest mlle
record for a quint is credited to Messrs.
Callahan , Pierce , Colcman , Walsh and
Nat Butler. These men rode It nt Boston
on August 1 , 1806 , In one minute , forty-six
two-fifths seconds. They bad not trained or
practiced- any extent tor the trial. The
following table shows the best .recognized
records for every form of locomotion for
ono mile , which show that with the comfl
blned power of five men on n blcyclo n
mile a minute or better Is not Improbable
with the fine mechanical construction of bl-
cycles of the present and the knowledge of
the necessary requirements possessed by the
Locomotive 32 seconds , equal to 11214
miles nn hour. Engine No. 999 , on May lu ,
Cycllst-lm 33 2-53. J. W. Stocks , London.
September 8 , 1897.
Running Horse 1m 35JAs. Salvator , Mou-
niouth nark , Aucust 28 , 1S90.
Pacing Horse 1m 59U . Star Pointer ,
Reailvllle , Mass. , August 23 , Ii97.
Trotting Horse 2m Oi > is. Allx , Gnlesburg ,
111. , September 19 , 1894.
Ocean Steamer The KuUer "VUlhclm tier
Grosse , averaged each mlle on her maiden
eaUern trip In a little over 3 minutes.
SkatltiK-2tn 2S3. Joe Uonoghue , " -
iKton , D. C. , February 11 , 1S % .
llmilnc 1m 15 35Tom Connefr ,
York. August 2S , 1S95.
Rowing 4m 45s. George Bubcnr , Thames
river , England , April 23 , 1S9I.
Wnlklnt--Gm 23s. W. Perkins , Uncland ,
'swIm'mlnB ' 26m OSs. B. J. Nuttal , Eng
of the Wheel.
Thcro has been practically nothing of In
terest happened In local blcyclo circles dur
ing the last ten days , the war and exposi
tion having detracted even the enthusiastic
wheelmen from their favorite sport , and
then the weather man has ground out such
a miserable May so far that It has been al
most an Impossibility to ride a wheel. What
few Sundays and evenings have been pleas
ant of late the club men nnd other wheel
men have failed to take advantage of , and
for fear that they will not get to hear the
latest war news Immediately upon Its ar
rival they sit around the club house rather
than go upon the called club runs unless
the latter bo exceedingly short. The de
parture of the two local militia companies
a couple of weeks ago took at least 100
active wheelmen away from us , as out of the
130 militiamen at least that many were
enthusiastic "bikers. " Omaha could spare
several hundred wheelmen and not miss
them , but the ones that are members of the
Omaha Guards and Thurston Rifles ore
nearly , if not all , active wheelmen , who
rode every day , aud therefore they are sorely
missed among the wheeling fraternity. The
fact that there Is not to be a road raca
in this city the coming Decoration day Is
another thing that is causing cycling en
thusiasm to lie dormant. For the last three
years Omaha has had such a race , and the
first of May always saw activity among the
racing men , while this year there Is scarcely
any , and the racing men are not going at
their training in earnest. Lincoln is to
have a road race , and some of the local
amateurs may compete in it , .providing the
prize list , which is not out as yet , will
warrant their going down. Ifany
of the local speed merchants do
decide to enther this' - race
there will doubtless bo a number of racing
enthusiasts go down to Lincoln from here
to witness the contest. Another thing that
keeps-the bicycle enthusiasm down Is the
fact that this city has no track nt present
on which to hold races , nnd none In sight.
There has been a great deal of talk by sev
eral local parties about building a flrst
class bicycle track , but so far it has
amounted to nothing more than talk. Local
racing men are beginning to fear that they
will be compelled to do their spring trainIng -
Ing at Union Park. Council Bluffs , or at the
state fair grounds- Both nro mile tracks ,
nnd while the former is kept in splendid
condition the year round for racing man ,
It Is not easy of access and it Is quite likely
that the majority of Omaha riders will use
the state fair grounds track on this side.
The rains of the lost week have left the
roads in such conditions that they will
hardly be rideablo for' another week. In
view of this fact , none of the local clubs
will have country runs today , but will con
fine tholr riding to the boulevards and ma
cadam roads in this vicinity. Owing to the
fact that the Florence cycle path was used
by farmers during the heavy rains of last
week for a wagon road and almost-ruined j
wheeling upon it will be Impossible until j
it is repaired. Both the Dodge and Center
street macadam roads are in good condi
tion and always afford a fine ten mlle spin.
The announcement that the Florence
cycle path , which was Just completed a
short time ago , had been almost ruined by
farmers driving upon it last week during
the rainy spell , caused a great deal of In
dignation among local wheelmen and there
has been strong talk among some of the
clubs of hiring several- pugilists and sta
tioning them along the path with Instruc
tions to administer n good thrashing to
the flrst man caught driving upon the path ,
and then if the individual seeks redress by
having the pugilist arrested , the wheelmen
could have the offender arrested for tres
passing upon their cycle path. Last week's
episode makes tha
necessity of some means
for keeping teams off of the path appar
ent and the Associated Cycling Clubs should
take the matter up at once. The path IB
eight feet wide and a wire fence In the
center of it would leave four feet on each
side for the wheelmen to ride. This would
bo ample room for wheelmen but not
enough for teams and would undoubtedly
have the desired effect of keeping them off.
A fence would be a great deal cheaper in
the lone run than hiring a policeman to
guard the path and would be Just as effec
The new officers and delegates of the As
sociated Cycling Clubs' of Omaha are not
making a very good record for themselves
and It begins to look aa though the organiza
tion , which has previously accomplished a
great deal for the benefit of wheelmen and
wheeling , is about to lapse Into "innocuous
desuetude , " as Grover Cleveland would say.
The new set of delegates and offlclals have
not shown energy enough to hold a road race
this year and a trip out Sixteenth , Twenty-
fourth or Cumlng street any day after the
street sprinkler has gotten In its work will
lead one not acquainted with the facts to
believe that there is no organization In the
city that looks after the interests of the
wheelmen. These streets are flooded most of
the time and wheelmen who ride to and
from work upon their wheels and are com
pelled to usa them find it very bard to do.
It does little or DO good for an individual'
to say anything to the authorities about the
matter , but it seeaw that it the wbetlaea
were properly organised la a way that
could show their real political strength they
could soon bring thcsgpolltlrlnns who are
al present In charge PJ ( IO city's streets nnd
who took for re-elecUbn or reopppolntment
when their present Jfrraa expire to tllno.
What the wheelmen ofc.Ouiaha must do It
Uioy expect to get nniuconslderatlon as a
class from these pcoplOjTsto form themselves
Into a strong body , orfpcta , perfect organiza
tion nnd elect ofncmtn that can and are
willing to do Borne hufltylpg.
It has turned out thai eomo of the records
made by Charles n ? jlall of this city al
Charles Street parli last November nro
world's unpaced records , ns well as
state records. Hall , who Is ono
of the strongest Unpaced riders Jn
the west , made his record attempt
on November 6 of last year , starting with
the Intention of lowering nil state records
from ono to ten miles , and ho not only , suc
ceeded In this , but made the following new-
world's standing sjnrt unpaced records.
which have been lately allowed by the No
tional Racing board :
Miles. Time. Miles. Tlmo.
1 . . . . . . 7i07 i . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17MS
4 . ; . 0:472-3 : s . 20:222-3 :
r , . .12:25 : 9 . 2.1U02-5
. . . .
This fact will be good news to Charlies
many friends who expect to see him to tha
front In competition this year.
W. M. Barnum , formerly n member of the
flrm ot Will Barnum & Bro. . who were
among the leading blcyclo dealers In Omaha
a few years ago , returned to Omaha lost
week from Chicago , where he has been em
ployed in a blcyclo tire factory. Ho came
back to rejoin the Omaha Guards. In which
company he had served n couple of years
and was an honorary member , "tthen the
president called for volunteers Barnum tel
egraphed the commander of the Guards that
he would report In Omaha at once for duty
and a place was left open for him in the
ranks. Ho is now in camp with the boya
The old Charles Street park track , which
has been the Bccno of many an excl Ins
bicycle race and record attempt. Is rapidly
disappearing. Workmen who have been busily
engaged In tearing down the grandstand
and inside fences have this work completed
commenced to tear
pleted , and last week
up the track. Ten days more will doubt
less see nothing left but the bare Kr ° l > nt <
and perhaps the outsldo fences , which will
within another month. Part
bo I torn down
Ic Charles street was occupied by the grand
stand , anil this will again bo turned over to
the city. Thcro is much talk of cutting
nn alley through between Seventeenth nnd
Eighteenth streets , which will cut the park
directly In half , which would mean that
there will never be another track located
there. Local wheelmen all hate to see the
track go , especially In view of the fact that
It was the only exclusive bicycle track lu
the city and that there Is no other in the
city now. It wa-s nn ideal track for records ,
but was not adapted ! to short distance open
competition laces , fowi'of which were ever
run upon it. It made a'pood ' track for slx-
day grinds nnd a splendid one for match
races. Several world's records were made
upon It , ns well as nuy number ot state
Captain Tom Mlckbl of the Omaha Wheel
club has called a fclub1 "scorch" for this
morning. It will bo1 over the Center street
macadam road , and "all local scorchers who
think they can rlde hro' Invited to partici
pate. The club will ] of 'course , respect the
city ordinance whlch'docs'not permit scorch
ing , and will not commence to "burn things"
until they get outside"of the city llmlto.
Several of the club 'members ' who are lookIng -
Ing for the captnln's ° 9calp have been train
ing for the scorch and' ' that it will be a
decidedly Interesting event goes without
GENERAL SPORTING GOSSIP
Omnlin Crlcketcrx Suffer from the
Bnclotnrd S > trliiK Turner * nnd
IVimlx 1'lnycrn * 1'liinn.
The weothcr has played havoc with the
plans of the local cricketers. The Satur
days for several successive weeks now have
been cold or wet and the active member
ship of the Omaha Cricket club has not
been able to get practice. Better weather
Is expected from now on and the players
expect to get in some licks soon. The ex
asperating delay has been galling , however.
The old members have spent considerable
time and pains In boosting tha membership
for the purpose of getting a lot ot cricket
ers together In order that there might not
be lack of material for practice games. Now
the weather god has been frowning upon
them. The local aggregation knows ful
well that it will have to bo in crackerjack
form to stand any sort of show In the In
ternational tournament to be held here this
summer and for that , very reason wants to
get out on the field. As soon as the weather
warms and lightens up a bit a match wll
be on nt the flold every Saturday afternoon
Omaha citizens , as well as visitors , wll
be given an opportunity this summer of see
ing some of the cleverest gymnasium worl
that will have been over exhibited In this
city. This chance will bo offered In th
tournament to be held under the auspices
ot the German and Bohemian turners. The
pink of the athletes of the western coun
try and a good many of the cracks of the
cast will be here and a decidedly hot flgh
is expected to bo put up for every prlzi
that is offered. The Germans will hoU
their tourney during the latter part of Juui
and early July and the Bohemians will have
theirs some tlmo In August or September
The games will take place at Haskell's park
at Fifteenth and Vinton streets , which i
already being put into shape. A nice grand
stand will be erected and the ground will b
put Into the best ot shape.
The local tennis season this year does no
look very promising. Qmaba has been given
dates for a tournament'under the auspices o
the national association , but from the present
ent outlook It does nof'appear as If the op
portunlty is to bo Imp7oved. A good man
of the old players haVe dropped out of th
and thcro seeifi'to'
game bo very few youn
ones who are inclined ffa pick up the lines
It is rather a regret&blo'condltion ' of affair
and it Is to bo hoped" hat the prospect wll
brighten up as the season advances and th
players get warmed up } All the courts wll
probably'be busy during * a large part of th
season , however , wtfettier any tournament
are held bere or not.
The event of the week in golf circles _
the intercollegiate championship match be
tween Yale , Harvard , Princeton and Co
lumbla. Yale won ha'na'ily after an interest
Ing contest. ° *
A movement for the formation of a na
tional basket ball league has been started I
the east. This body Is not to conflict wit
the rules of the Amateur Athletic union. I
is suggested that the Amateur Athletic
union be aaked to aid in combining the small
leagues , and that a committee , consisting of
one delegate from each geographical secttou
of the United States , be elected to the gov
erning board of the Amateur Athletic union.
A novel feature of the games that are to
be bold by the Irish Athletic club of New
York on Decoration day will be a hurling
match. This game U not very generally
known in this country , but it has bean
pUyed in Ireland since the introduction of
the Talltln games , an event which occurrad
A. M. S370 , or something like 1.829 years be
fore the birth ot Christ. It formed the chief
exercise of the early Fintan militia , and
Cubulllan. a prince of the tribe , would ad
mit ro one to bis army who was not nn ex
Under modern rules twenty-ona players
constitute n team , and each ot thcao I * annrd
with a huge nsb or hickory stick , bent atone
ono end. It is called a hurly. The ball
used lu the game is about five times the site
nndclght of a baseball , and is covered
with horschtdo. Two goals are placed nt
each end ot the ground and through these j
the ball la , driven , The nldo scoring the most
goals wins the game. There Is no game In
existence In which the elements ot danger ,
activity , quickness of eye anil keen Judg
ment are so evenly blended.
The Greeks are likely to bo responsible for
a new event In amateur field sports ot this
country. This Is the discus throw. It was
not known in this country before the Amer
ican teams went to Athens two years ago to
compete In the Olympian games , but since
then it has been made an event in intercol
legiate events in the east , and now It has
reached the west. It was ono of the events
in the Northwestern-Chicago games yester
Cliex * .
'A ' communication has been received by thl
column from William llorsodl , publisher of
the American Chws Magazine. 103 East
Twenty-third street , i-Vew York City , regard
ing the possibility of a chess congress , to be
held In this city during the exposition. Mr.
Uoraodt believes that such an enterprise
would prove a great attraction and would
glvo the expoattlan eoiwldersble advertise
ment , .lie states that he will make an effort
to interest several leading chess clutn In
life matter and believes that they will take
hold of the project and promote It. Local
chess players express considerable Interest
In the proposal of Mr. iBorsodl and are wil
ling to co-operate with him in every manner
The 'following ' game , with notes from the
British ChC34 Magazine , was played In t
tournament at Llaodudno , Wales. Mr. Scott
ia one of the btst players In EnglanJ and Jis !
opponent has been celebrated 1 > 1 British
ehc-ai annals for nearly fifty years :
White , llov. C. CUcn.Black. ( J. A.1 Schott.
1-Kt. to K. U. 3. 1-1' . to Q. I.
2 P. to Q. 4. 2-Kt. to 1C. II. 3.
3 P. to q. Kt. 3 . 3Kt. to II. 3.
4-B. to Kt. 2. 1 H. to Kt. f > .
5 Kt. to 1C. 5. -p. . to ic. a.
0-P. to K. H. 3 ( a ) . U. to U. 4.
7 P. to K. ICt. 4. 7 Kt. takes ICt.
S P takoa Kt. i Kt. ttiken P. ( b ) .
P tukds Kt. < i Q. to U. 5 ( ch ) .
10-K. to q. 2. 10-lJ. to 1C. 4 ( ch ) .
11-P. to 1C. 3 ( c ) . 11-.IJ. takes P.
12-R tnkRB Kt. 12-K. H. to 11. 4.
lll-q. to K. Sq. 13-p. to q. r. .
14-1C. to B. Sq. 14 Cistlc ( q. R ) .
15-H. to q. R. 3. 15-P. takes 1' . ( d ) .
1G H. takes B. 18-iP. to 1C. 7 ( ilia , ch )
17 Kt. to q. 2. 17-R. takes Kt.
is-q. to ict. 3. 18R. . to q. C ( da. ! ch )
19-11. to K. 3. 19 R. takes U.
( n ) o"Kit. . taken | B. , shoulil have been
( b ) Thla Ing-enlous move gives a splendid
( c ) If 11 , It to B. 3. B. to B. 4 ; 12. P.
takes U. , q. to K. r ( ch. ) . 13 ; q. to Q. 3 , U.
to q. 5 ( ch. ) ; 1 . K. to Kt. 5 , q , takes q. ;
13. P. takes q. , B. takes B. , etc. , us pointed
out by Jones.
( J ) GooJ play leading to a brilliant con
C. L. Owens of Albion , secretary of the
Nebraska Chefl association , writes that p'.ny
has besun in the stute correspondence f-ur-
ntttncnt. The p ayem entered tu-e s.tld to be
among the strongest In the state , un < l ? ome
excellent gumes are anticipated , which will
be reproduced from thne to tlni3. Those
cnRnKotl In the play are : MCI&HI * . DeFrancn
ami Kdwanls. Lincoln ; Grlllln , St. IC ! nartls ;
Hald , D.mnebros. Hartzell , Kearney ; Nel
son , PIlRorj Owen , Albion ; Powell , St. Ed-
'ivardM ; Rainu'jstji. Sou Mi Omaha ; Sfuley ,
Kearney ; Tyson , Nebraska City ; Winches
ter , Dannobrog.
Problem No. 22-by C. q. DeFrancc. Lin
coln ; white to play and mate In three
* * " * &f' ' * * '
"Problem No. 21 , by La Rue Williams ,
South Omaha , done by ,
1 q to q H 7 1 , B tnkos q.
2 'B ' to q C ( ch ) 2 , K to q o.
3 Kt to Kt 5. mate.
If R to q B sq or any first square ,
2 P to K 0 ( ch ) 2. Any move.
3 Kt or B mates.
If K to Kt C ! or takes R.
2 q takes B ( ch ) 2. Any movi
3 Kt or q mates.
If 1C takes ICt ,
23 takes B ( ch ) 2 , R takes q.
3 B to q 6 , mute.
If K to q 5.
2 B to K B 0 ( ch ) 2. B interferes.
3 Kt to Kt 5. mate.
If Kt to q 5.
2-q takes Kt ( ch ) 2. K takes Kt.
3 B chocks , mate.
If Kt to q 0.
2-tt to K ti ( ch ) 2. 1C takes Kt.
3 q to K 3 ( ch ) , mate.
Correct solutions received from G. N.
Young , Woodbine , la. ; C. Q. Do Prance ,
Lincoln ; A. Rasmus en , South Omaha.
The problem last week by Li Rue Wil
liams , South Omaha , haa excited considerable
favorable comment. Oao correspondent
writes as follows : "In problem No. 21 Mr.
Williams has certainly produced a brilliant
pieced of work. The proffer ot sacrifice of
queen for key move places it in the front
rank of three-movers. I flud Q to q square
a good 'try , ' stopped only by Kt to K 7 ,
and q to R S le good until blick movr-j Rte
to q square. " Another solver remarks :
"This Is a Tjecuty ; give us some more. "
In observing the scores of the leaders in
the interclub tournament In Now York City
It is noticed that the followers of the "com
mon sense system" recently described In this
column are rapidly outdistancing their com
petltors. At the Whist Club of New York
Hcnriques is considerably ahe.id nnd among
the women players Mrs. B. T. Baker Is
easily flrst , and It Is said that she uses no
system , no signals , no convention of any
kind , but simply plays to the drop of the
In a recent article on the subject a writer
In the New York Sun says that the chief
secret of success In the common sense game
Is the ability to Judge men and motives 'in
stead of depending on arbitrary signals. For
instance , lie says , If you sec a man avoid
doing anything that you would naturally
expect him to do It should bo evident either
that be cannot do it or that be does not
want to. If the player on your left , for In
stance , has a good diamond suit and bis
partner did not lead him a diamond , it is
only reasonable to suppose that ho has none.
If the player on your right does not trump
a winning card led by your partner , al
though you know be has a trump , it should
bo pretty certain that be wants his trumps
for some other purpose. If you know a
player must bo holding up the ace of your
suit you may be sure ho has some further
use for It than to take the flrst trick that
comes along. Perhaps it Is his only re
entry for a great salt ; perhaps bo is coaxing
you to lead trumps ; the motive must bo
Judged from the situation.
The common sense player has his eyes
open for these situations all the tlmo and
from them he Judges of the possibilities o
the cards held by bis partner and bis ad
versaries , shaping his own game accordingly
He Is not bothered watching for signals from
bis partner , cor docs ho trouble hlmscl
much with tbo intricacies of the adversaries
telegraphic code. If bo happens to under
stand tbo meaning of their conventions hi
may take advantage of them occasionally
but his chief reliance Is upon bis ability to
size up situations and knowing when to run
An vrer .
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OMAHA , May y. To the Sporting ndltor
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States remove on cause any state capital
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COUNCIL , DLUFF3 , May 5. To the Sport
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lug crib. A plays four spot , n n deuce , A
a four , B a tray , with run of three ; A a
live , with run of four , B an ucc , with run
of five ; A plays a four , U plays a deuce aud
and claims run of 'five ; A bays nit ; who is
right ? O. N. M.
Ans. B is right. A gets nothing , but
D completes the run with his deuce and gets
OMAHA. May 4. To the Sporting Editor
of The Bee : What does "board's a play"
mean ? Is that the right way to speak It ?
C. E. L.
Ans. "Board's a play" means that when
you plunk a card down on the taljle It bus
to stay there , and you cannot take it back ,
whether you meant to play it or not. It is
the common expression used , although it is
not incorporated In my "card etiquette. "
SIOUX CITY , In. , April 30. To the SportIng -
Ing Editor of The Bee : 1. If our fleet cap
tures prizes of Spanish vessels , what is
done with the cargo and vcuael ? 2. Do the
crowa making the capture receive any portion
tion of same ? A Header.
Ans. 1. If condemned by prize court , ves
sel and cargo are sold. 2. Yes. One-half
the proceeds is taken by the government ;
the admiral of the fleet gets one-tenth of the
balance ; remainder is divided , in proportion
to pay , among the officers and crew of the
ship making the capture.
OMAHA , May C. To the Sporting Editor
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vest , with light colored , stripped trousers , a
proper costume for the groom at a morning
wedding ? Header ,
Ans. Yes , you bet , but you would get
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LOUP CITY. April 19. To the Sporting
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meaning of a "three-pound gun" and a
"ten-inch gun , " or any other weight or
measure. E. A. Brown.
Ans. A three-pound gun is ono that car
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gun Is ono with a caliber or bore of ten
LEAD , S. D. . May 2. To the Sporting
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ot razzle-dazzia the flrst man to bid bids
fourteen and Immediately names the trump.
Can the dealer name the trump over him
and only bid fourteen , or can ho name the
trum over him and bid fifteen ? Because ,
you know , it Is customary In that game
that If the bidder makes fourteen and plays
it ulono be get * twenty-eight. C. B. Cool-
Ans. No answers by mall. Thanks for
the stamp. The bidder holds his bid.
There are only fourteen points to bo made
and consequently tbo man who bids four
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utter him. You can't bid fifteen , because
there are not fifteen points to be made.
To be uure , it is played frequently that a
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bat that cuts no Ice. Pitch Is played the
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