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Four Times Tennis Champion
Favors Divorce of Amateur
Sport from Business.
ALLIANCE NOT DESIRABU5
New York, Jan. 18. Robert D.
Wrenn, four times national tennis
champion and formerly a president
of the National Lawn Tennis associa
tion, gave out a statement today en
dorsing the proposed amendments to
the amateur rule to be voted upon
at the annual meeting of the associa
tion on February 9. Mr. Wrenn says
"For a number of years there has
been a growing tendency for promi
nent tennis players to enter the sport
ing goods business. This is undisputed
although persons who think such a
tendency entirely proper offer ingen
ious explanations of it, in the effort
to evade the conclusion that such
an alliance between sport and busi
ness is wholly undesirable. .They
say, for instance, that more people
play tennis now .than formerly; that
this increase requires an increased
sale of tennis goods to supply them
and that this increased demand makes
more jobs for tennis goods salesmen.
All this strengthens the argument of
the executive committee that this is
a growing evil which must be curbed
before it thoroughly commercializes
"Employment of prominent tennis
players by sporting goods business
houses is fundamentally wrong, be
cause in most cases they are paid
for one thing, while in reality their
value to the employer comes because
they do something entirely different.
In ' other words they are hired as
salesmen, but their value arises
primarily from the advertisement,
which the sporting goods house gets
out of the player's name. This is
commercializing athletic fame, pure
"Sporting goods houses do not
wish to employ the dubs. They seek
their men in the 'first ten.' When
some of the best players .. use the
prominence which tennis has given
them for their profits, less skillful
players can hardly be blamed if they
put their hands out- for - what -they
can get for expenses or " otherwise.
These facts certainly show the part
reputation plays and indicate the ex
tent to which it may be capitalized.
"Opponents to such regulations as
the executive committee proposes
argue as to the connection between
tennis and business: 'It cannot happen
very often. It won't last "very long
when it does happen, so why worry.'
From such a view I must dissent, be
cause I believe that only by a firm
stand now can future and greater
evils be avoided."
President Urges Prompt
Action on General Dam Bill
Washington, Jan. 18. President
Wilson went to the capitol today and
conferred in his room there with sen
ators on the water power legislation,
which he is anxious to have passed at
this session of congress. One of the
first he talked with was Senator
Bankhead. Yesterday he conferred
with house leaders and indicated he
would oall a conference of senators
and representatives interested in the
There are some radical differences
to be adjusted in the water power
legislation now being framed.
J. Edgar Collins Signs
Boston National Contract
Boston, Mass., Jan. 18. J. Edgar
Collins, the first member of the Bos
ton National league base ball club
to fjgn this year, sent his contract
to Business Manager Hapgood today.
Kvers, Gowdy and Konetchy are the
only other members of the team un
Today's Sport Calendar
II Annual ntnw of Ni
ftaiu-baU federation, at Toledo,
An to mobile Opening of annual fliaw of
ManrhcHtfr N. H.) AotemobU Itoolanr
W rr?Ntlinir Waldk Zbrmko vs. .Joe Rot
or, flnUh match, at Bon ton.
RaMktball Opnlnjr of asaooa of Rocky
Mountain tntomolloviate eonfet-MMw. Tale
vn. Columbia, at New York. PeRnsytrania
vm. Princeton, at Princeton, lom vsu. Indi
ana, at BtoominctoiL
hwlmmln Y'ale . Pennsy Irani, at
Philadelphia. Prineeton n. Colle of Ctftj
uf New York, at New York.
Bcilnit Monte Atteli ti. Joe Morgan, U
round, at Manchester, N. H.
Ii you suffer any of theie take a dose of
tr. .Ivlnr New Life Ptlls tonight. 26c. All
Every wane earner in Omaha should read
Itio gtory hsaded'THiS IS IT"
n today's is up. It's "Tht People's oppor
tunity; Riven them by
The Hunger ford Potato Growers' AmSu, ,
15th and Howard Streets.
Beall of Custer Has Resolution
in Senate Favoring This
NEW BILLS INTRODUCED
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
Lincoln, Jan. )8. (Special.) The
senate took a shot at business for an
hour or so this morning. A few bills
were introduced and a joint resolution
by Beal of Custer, calling for immedi
ate government ownership of rail
roads was read. , Under the rules it
will come up for discussion Saturday
The resolution also calls for the
government to take over all other
public utilities, especially telephone
and telegraph systems, and be oper
ated by the government under strict
civil service regulations.
Salary raises for some of the offi
cials of a score of Nebraska cities of
the second class are provided under
a bill in the Nebraska senate by Sen
ator J. H. Bennett of Douglas.
The salary of the chief of police is
raised from $75 to $150 a month and
of a policeman front' $55 to $110 a
month. The city engineer- will get $5
a day instead of $4, '
Senator Sandall of York; in a senate
bill, proposes an amendment to the
law requiring the teaching , of the
dangers of alcoholism. The state su
perintendent must set aside one, (Jav
eacBlyear as "Temperance ay" and
provide a suitable program for that
day." ' '' '
Senator Oouthett fixes a legal pen
alty not to exceed $1,000 fine for vio
lating transmission line rules of the
Nebraska Railway commission.
State to Pay Teachers.
The state will pay the majority of
the salaries of common school teach
ers the wages for six months of a
term under a bill introduced Thurs
day by Senator Robertson of Holt.
The minimum wage under the act is
not less than $50 a month, which
happens tojbe well above the mini
mum at the present time. The money
is derived from an annual levy by the
State Board of Equalization.
! Senator Bennett of Douglas intro
duced in the senate the bill already
in the house allowing fraternal socie
ties to write benefit insurance for chil
dren from the age of 2 to' 18 years,
after which they must designate them
selves the beneficiary. Under the pres
ent law parents cannot insure children
under the age of 16 yars.
Arthur county, omitted in the judi
cial district apportionment of the leg
islature two years ago, is placed in
the' Seventeenth district and Logan
and Brown counties are transposed in
a senate bill by Douthett of Dawson.
The resolution signed by Sheridan
county boosters urging the passage
of house roll No, 1, calling for a levy
to build a new capitol building and op
posing any capitol removal, was read
in the Nebraska senate Friday morn
ing. The senate adjourned early, after
the reading of nine new bills and the
referring of sixteen bills of Wednes
day, up for second reading, to committees.
LAY OFFBALL WAR
Johnson Says Settlement Rests
With Owners and Presidents
of Two Major Leagues.
HERRMANN CAUTIONS FRAT
Central City Workmen
Protest the New Rates
Central City, Neb., Jan. 18. (Spe
cial.) Upon the request of twenty
five members a special meeting of the
local lodge of the Ancient Order of
United Workmen was called last
evening to protest against the now
rate enacted by the recent grand
lodge to take effect in May. With
view to secure the sentiment of the
different orders throughout the state,
a publicity committee was named,
and also an investigating committee
was selected to gather desired data.
The personnel of the two commit
Publicity Dr. B. H. Boyd, E. J. .tonea,
B. Whiteecarver. R. Roat and O. T. 8alllran.
IitTaatlrattna- JB. H. Martellc, Oao. Dan
lelaoo. Win. Bllta, W. C Kerr and W. 8.
General Kuhn Made
President of War College
Washington, Jan. 18. War depart
ment orders today announced the ap
pointment of Brigadier General Jo
seph E. Kuhn as president of the war
college and assistant to Major Gen
eral Scott, chief of staff.
General Kuhn was appointed direc
tor of the college when he returned
to this country from Germany after
serving as military observer and mili
tary attache of the American em
bassy in Berlin. His promotion to
president of the college makes possi
ble the fullest use by that institution
and the general staff of much valua
ble information gather by him in the
European war zone.
Chicago, Jan. 18. Settlement of the
threatened base ball strike situation
rests with the club owners and presi
dents of the two major leagues. Pres
ident Johnson of the American league
announced today on his return from
New York. The National Base Ball
commission, he said, will take no part
in the controversy.
'VThe strike propaganda is clear to
the base ball world," Johnson said. "It
simply is a move on the part of a few
players and President Fultz of the
Base Ball Plapers' fraternity to main
tain high salaries big salaries that
we paid during the federal league
Johnson Hakes Claims.
President Johnson said tha the
majority of the American league
players will report even if a strike is
called. Nearly 100 , aready have
signed, he said. He also said that he
had received a letter from Manager
Griffith of the Washington club ad
vising that members of the club are
signing and that no trouble was ex
pected. Johnson said the Washington club
members were supposed to be the
most enthusiastic for the fraternity in
the American league. . ,. -
"Lie," Says Hermann.
.Cincinnati, O., Jan. 18. In a state
ment today, Chairman August Herr
mann of the National Base Ball com
mission cautions the base ball play
ers fraternity ' not to be misled by
false statements. The statement fol
lows: "My attention has just been called
to bulletin No. 2, sent out by David
L. Fultz, president of the base ball
"In referring to requests recently
made by the fraternity to the national
board of the National association, he
states that the requests have been
tabled without consideration. : This
statement is false.
"The requests have been acted
upon under date of January 5 and the
action has been promulgated through
out the country.
"Members of the fraternity should
not be misled by false statements."
McCumber Says H. C. L.
Is Caused by Extravagance
Washington, Jan. 18. Profligacy
and extravagance of the American
people in pursuing pleasure were con
demned in the senate today by Sena
tor McCumber of North Dakota, in
opposing proposals for an embargo
on food products. The high cost of
living, he said, was largely due to
American extravagance, citing figJ
ures to show that Americans spend
$13,000,000,000 annually for liquor,
tobacco, automobiles and "other
"This revelry in extravagant hab
its," he said, "this unquenchable de
mand for amusements for continuous
mental intoxicants, is undermining
the sturdiness of our younger genera
tion. The American people seem
obsessed with the idea that the main
thing in life is amusement, play, en
tertainment" An embargo upon food, in view of
present prices of farm labor and ar
ticles used on the farms, in addition
to land values, would be most unjust
and class discrimination, he declared.
Reed Resisting Order .
To Issue Bank Charter
(From a Staff Corraapondeni )
Lincoln, Jan. 8. (Special.) Ok
lahoma chartered banks indistricin
ately and now the guaranty fund is
$1,000,000 overdrawn. This is the
argument of Attorney General Reed
before the Nebraska supreme court
in resisting, ort behalf of a banking
board, a charter to a fourth bank at
Wooldrige- had brought a man
damus action before Judge Cornish in
the Lancaster county district court,
to compel the board to issue a char
ter. Judge Cornish had deciced that
the board was compelled to issue it
under the law. The board appealed.
Assistant Attorney General Roe
appeared with Mr. Reed on the argu
ments in the case..
Ray Schalk Signs in
Defiance of Fultz Fiat
Chicago, Jan. 18. Ray Schalk,
cather of the Chicago Americans,
signed a 1917 contract tonight in de
fiance of the orders issued by David
L. Fultz, president of the Base Ball
Players' fraternity. Schalk, a member
of the fraternity, said that he had
received an increase of calary and
had no reason to hold out.
! Pledged to Adequate
Washington, Jan. 18. The. 95,000
women of .' the Daughters of the
American Revolution are pledged to
preparedness and adequate national
defense, said Mrs. William Cumming
Story, president-general to the senate
subcommittee on universal military
service today, speaking as i member
of the special committee representing
twenty-five patriotic societies.
"I believe that I can speak for the
women in favor of universal service,"
Mrs. Story said, "because they have
so pledged- themselves. The hearts
of the women of America are in this
movement We believe it is essen
Adjutant General L. W. Stotesbury
of the New York National Guard
headed the delegation.
I. W. W. Organizer is
, Given Six Months in Jail
Park Falls, Wis., Jan. 18.-Jack
Beaton, Industrial Workers of the
World organiier, last night was sen
tenced to serve six months in the
county jail at Phillips, Wis, on be
ing convicted of carrying concealed
weapons. The court room was crowd
ed, but officials, backed by 100 spe
cial police, made no effort to ascer
tain whether there were Industrial
Workers of the World present -
Beaton made a speech. He said
that he had carried a revolver for
many years. "I intend to cany one
in the future," he said. "I'll have oat
as soon as I complete this sentence-"
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