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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 1, 1903)
How Basket Ball Is Played
Pictures from Flashlight Photographs by aStaff Artist
Taken at the Gymnasium of the Omaha Y. M. C. A.
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FREE TRY FOR GOAL
DIFFICULT TRY FOR GOAL WHICH WON.
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HASKELL INDIAN BASKET BALL TEAM, FAMOUS THROUGHOUT THE WEST
FOR ITS PROWESS AT THE GAME Photo by a Staff Artist.
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skill and more or less certainty, and, while
a school of high school striplings would
be no match (or one of stalwart, seasoned
men, It could yet make a very Interesting
contest against a team of Its own class.
Where the players weaker physically would
lose would be one big feature of the sport,
the speed. It takes sinew to develop any
great degree of that.
And so with the women and girls. There
being none of the rough and tumble ele
ment, tackling or pushing, in the game, it
makes an ideal sport for women, who can
play It In their own gentle way, pushing It
as hard as they wish. The feminine sex
at basket ball relies not so much on speed
and datih as upon absolute accuracy, and
this they often possess to marked degree.
There are girls In this city who can throw
field goals that are actually marvels of
eye and arm. They can throw them from
any position, with seemingly no stop for
balance or recovery, and they do it right
along. But the reason why they would be
unable to prevail against men is that they
wouldn't get a chance to make the throws.
Their speed would be insufficient to get
them the necessary openings.
There is no game mere calculated to de
velop absolute self-control than basket ball.
A man must have perfect mastery over
himself to refrain from committing grave
offenses constantly. A hasty thought
might presume that foot ball taxed still
more the powers of self-restraint, but this
is not so. In the gridiron game a man
does not really have to hold back much.
If he lose his temper, the very next minute
comes a scrimmage in which he may exert
every ounce of bis physical strength and
give vent to every atom of bis spleen. He
can either exhaust his anger completely
by playing clean ball so hard that he
drains his strength to the last drop or be
can satisfy his spirit of revenge by playing
dirty ball, which It is easy to do unnoticed
in foot ball matches for a short time.
But very different with basket ball. In
that game a man dare not come openly
Into a test of brute strength with any
opponent. He must contain himself, must
hold his hand. In foot ball you may seize
a certain man and throw him, and If you
have a personal spite against him because
of his previous actions in the game that
throw Is certain to be a whole lot harder
than necessary or than it would have been
otherwise. There is no way to limit the
force a player expends on another. But
in basket ball you are not even allowed to
seize him, In the first place. It U a con-
GETTING INTO POSITION FOR PLAY.
stant case of curbing one's brute spirit,
and a better school there could not be, for
the temptations art many and sore. Tern
peramental Spartans Indeed do basket ball
A peculiar feature of this game Is that
it contemplates constant Infractions of the
rules. In any other sport rules are made
for players to obey; In basket ball they are
made for players to be penalized for dis
obeying. It is understood that there will
be foul after foul In every game. In fact,
one may go so far as to say that in basket
ball a team wins on its opponent's in
fractions of the rules more than on Its own
superiority. Yet in another sense that su
periority will In itself cause those infrac
tions. But in every game of basket ball
where the resulting score has been very
close It Is safe to say that the team
which won did so on Us scores made from
the foul line, free throws permitted by In.
fractions committed by the other side.
Like all other games, basket ball ha
two distinct styles of play, the open and
the close, the mass and the extended, the
rough and the gentle. When the men play
on their hands and knees and keep thb
ball on the floor most of the time, you
have the rough game, corresponding to
close formations in foot ball. When the
ball is kept in the air largely and the
men play on their feet all the time, you
have the prettier, the open game. Like
all other sports, also, basket ball may be
either "clean" or "dirty." and Just a
with every other sport, again, this depends
entirely upon the officials. No game can
continue dirty If the officials are compe
tent. In basket ball more than any other
is this impossible, for the sport Is natu
rally an open one, where the referee and
umpires have every opportunity for keeping,
their eyes on the actions of the men.
Episodes and Incidents in the Lives of Noted People
IENATOR WARREN of Wyoming
towers a giant among men. One
of his hands was badly injured
years ago while he was president
of the senate In the state named.'
One day a fight started between two mem
bers and the sergeant-at-arms was unable
to stop It. Warren moved down from his
desk and threw both of the fighting legis
lators out of the hall. But before he had
accomplished that one of the warriors in
trying to hit his combatant with a heavy
ruler struck Warren on the hand. Several
bones were broken and the hand has been
disabled ever since.
Senator Clapp of Minnesota has had a
visit In Washington from a constituent,
Charles Chrlstadoro, who stirs the imagina
tion with treat fish stories. Mr. Chrlsta-
doro is very familiar with the vicinity of
Cass lake, where Senator Clapp goes fish
ing nearly every summer, and has been
trying to have the national park located
up there somewhere In the neighborhood
Of the Lake of the Woods, but without
much success. "The wall-eyed bass are
so numerous Ir Cass lake that they are
tame," said Mr. Chrlstadoro. "They come
up out of the water and we give them
names to which they answer." Mr. Clapp
rather hesitates to endorse this story.
Bishop Potter was waiting for a train In
Minnesota on one occasion when he noticed
a stranger eyeing him with great curiosity.
"Excuse me, mister," he was eventually
asked, "but I think I've seen your picture
In the papers." "Probably," admitted the
bishop. "Kin I ask," continued the fellow
traveler edging nearer, "what you was
cured of?" Henry Irving had a similar ex
perience in England. A little girl was look
ing at him earnestly and he said: "You
seem to know my face, little maid." "Yes,
sir," said the child, "you was cured by
faithful subjects is paying his respects to
this great and glorious nation. Johore is
no Joke, and the sense of humor in that
part of the east Is imall.
We may look for the sultan of Johore in
1904. This crowned head from India has
announced bis purpose of making a tour of
the United States In the year of the Louis
iana Purchase exposition. He will be wel
come. But Yankee rhymers shoulj be
warned against writing Jests and Jingles
when this particular commander of his
A new and Interesting story Is being told
of Andrew Carnegie. He was walking
along a country road not far from Skibo
castle when he came across an old cottager
busily engaged in putting a thatch roof on
his cottage. He asked the man why he did
not put on a tiled roof, and was told that
it was too expensive.
"How much?" he curtly asked.
"Fifty pounds," the man replied, and to
his intense amazement and Joy Mr. Car
negie there and then wrote blm out a
check for that amount. Going Indoors, he
told his wife the news.
"Mod," she said, scornfully, "why dlnna
ye say 75? Go an' tell him ye made a
The cottager Journeyed up to the castle
and was shown into Mr. Carnegie's study.
He explained that he had been wrong about
the cost, saying It would be 25 more. The
mlllonalre philanthropist asked for the
check back, coolly tore It to pieces, and
the dismayed and disconsolate cottager was
promptly shown the door.
Congressman Ollle James of Kentucky
will be among the heaviest men in the
Fifty-eighth congress, but his wit flashes
lightly for all' his avoirdupois. He was in
the middle of a public address not long ago
when an auditor who had dined freely sud
denly shot this question f him: "What's
the difference between Grover Cleveland
and Theodore Roosevelt?" Mr. James, who
has no particular love for either of the
gentlemen named, replied on the instant:
"I should say that Cleveland Is too lazy to
hunt and Roosevelt is too restless to fish."
Representatives Landis of Indiana and
Littlefleld of Maine entered a Washington
book store a few days before Christmas
and noticed Chief Justice Fuller of the
United States supreme court, apparently
deeply absorbed, looking over some books.
"A great lawyer," remarked Littlefleld,
Jerking bis thumb in the direction of the
"And a remarkable Jurist," added Landis.
"He Is now doubtless In search of some
rare legal volume which even the supreme
court library doea not possess and which
will throw a flood of light upon some ques
tion cf far-reaching Importance," contin
"Yes," assented Landis, with admiration
In his tone. "Perhaps the ownership of
millions or the weal of thousands of our
fellow-citizens depends upon the result of
Just at this moment the honorable chief
Justice caught the eye of and beckoned to
the busy salesman.
"Wrap me up a copy of 'Jack and the
Beanstalk.'" he said.
Whllo In a reminiscent mood Senator
Hoar got to chatting about New England
hospitality. "It Is better now than It used
to be," he said, "but it will stand Improve
ment here and there. I remember how I
dined not long ago with a Connecticut far
mer, a boyhood friend of mine. For dinner
thera waa turkey. It was an excellent bird
and I ate of It heartily. I said, 'John, this
turkey will make a fine hash tomorrow.'
'Yes, George, It will.' the farmer answered,
'providing that you leave off now.' "
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