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JOE STECHER FINDS PETERS
EASY, THROWING HIM TWICE
IN MATCH FOLL OF THRILLS
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'The Wrestling Star Go at It Hammer and Tons; First j
Fall Come in Fifty-three Minutes and Second
in Eleven Minutes; Peters Favorite
The old scissors, which flivred so dismally in the Dodge
phenom's last two matches in Omaha, staged a come-back Fri
day night when Joe Stecher defeated Charles Peters, the Papil
lion carpenter, in two straight falls. A body scissors, Stecher's
' old standby, turned the trick both times.
i: The first fall came in 37 minutes and the second in 16
Peters was hopelessly outclassed
from the start, but his willingness to
mix with Joe made it a match every
inch of the way.
During the entire 53 minutes of
wrestling, the mat gladiators were on
the mat fully 40 minutes.
' From a standpoint of the i ctator,
the match was a huge success.
The crowd, however, which turned
out to see the event was slim. Re
ceipts were estimated at $4,000. Here
tofore wrestling matches of similar
kind drew from $8,000 to $10,000 and
Get Busy Quick.
The main match started at 9:20.
For five minutes the bone-crushers
sparred for openings. Suddenly in a
clash for advantages, they locked to
gether and went crashing to the mat
with Stecher on top. It was only for
a few moments, However, for Peters,
fighting like a demon, broke away and
by a sMfty move swung around Joe
and was on top.
Peters couldn't hold the Dodge
man, though, and at the end of 15
minutes' of wrestling Stecher was
back on top.
Here Omaha fans saw that which
they have often longed to see. That
was another wrestler attempting to
use the scissors hold upon Joe
Stecher. They saw Charlie Peters
try it. . ' ' -
True' it was only an attempt and a
complete failure but it was an at
tempt. , ' Peters Gets Behind.
With Stecher -behind hyn, Peters,
with a burst of speed, tore loose, in
the twinkling of an -eye was behind,
.Stecher and was trying to lock the
scissors a: ound Joe's ribs. The start
Jed Stecher was equal to the occasion
though, and he turned away before
Peters could connect.
Fast scriinmajes, in which neither
man had much advantage, although
.Stecher was on the offensive, followed
for 20 minutes. The Stecher landed
the scissors and slowly began press
ing Charlie toward the mat.
Peters' shoulders were within two
inches of the canvas, but by a supreme
Tort the Papitlion carpenter squirmed
out of it. It availed him nothing
though as he squirmed out of one
scissors into another and this time,
when the timekeeper's clock showed
that 37 minutes had ticked away since
the opening of hostilities, Stecher
' damped Peters' shoulders tight
against the pad.
Peters Behind First.
After a 15-tninute rest, the gladi
ators resumed the combat. As before,
they sparred about for five minutes,
then Peters took the offensive, threw
ot to the mat and landed behind the
odge man. He stayed behind but a
'few minutes, for Stecher was up and
out and signalled that the beginning
of the end was near. It was in 16 min
utes when another body scissors ap
plied in the same manner as the first
one turned Peters over on his shoul
Tom Ray, and Rudie Warner, light
heavyweights, staged an interesting
30-mtnute draw in which they became
so tangled that even Referee Charlie
Loch almost ruined a nifty pinch
backed suit when he crashed to the
mat while trying to separate the
hopeless mess of flying arms and
The Teddy brothers also gave an
Seven hundred dollars are reported
to have changed on the rng-of-war
waged between the Omaha police
team and the Nonpareil club squad.
The voppers, led by Al Samuelson,
who urge' his strong men to noble
deeds tn an incessant uproar m ?wed
ish, pulled Pat Lynch'a Nonpareil men
in five minutes. They pulled them the
entire five feet in that time and hauled
'down t.ie big money. :
Ainsmith's Perfidy is
Start of Sale Report
Catcher Eddie Ainsmith, the bat
tery partner of Walter Johnson, on
the Washington team, admits now
that he was "guilty" of starting the
story circulated last summer that
Johnson would be sold to the Cleve
Ainsmith dropped into a fanning
bee in a certain American league city
and one of the participants, bringing
ud the subject of Johnson and Wash
ington's poor appreciation of his
cervices suggested that the great
pitcher ought to be with -some other
"Sushi" said Eddie, looking around
so as to see that not more than a
dozen overheard him. "Haven't you
"No," comes . the breathless re
sponse. "Don't tell a soul, but Walter and
I have been sold to Cleveland. Jim
Dunn paid $75,000 for us. Don't ask
Clark Griffith, he will only deny it,
and Jim won't say anything till Grif
fith talks, but that's where we are
Immediately half of what Ainsmith
said proved true. Griffith said "noth
ing to it" Jim Dunn coughed and
said he "hadn't heard about it." Lee
Fohl said, "You'll have to ask Dunn."
Barry arid Collins Are -
Lucky Guys in Big Series
' Manager Jack Barry of the ex
li.mninn Prf So team has won
$17,937 as a result of world'a series
games. Eddie Collins of the cham
pion White Sox is second with $14,
580. They were ahortstoji and sec
ond baseman, respectively, of the
former world's champion Athletics.
ROY MOORE HAS
EDGE ON RIVALS
IN BANTIE CLASS
Half-Portion From Memphis
Looks Like One Best Bet
Since Champion Herman
Chicago, Dec. 8. In the absence
of Pete Herman, bantamweight cham
pion, who has joined the colors, it
looks as if Wilson "Pal" Moore, the
flashy bantam from Memphis, is the
logical caretaker of the title.
This, at least, is the firm conviction
of Moore, who figures himself the best
bantam left in the ranks, and is will
ing to batter any youngster who dis
putes his claim.
Herman recently eliminated Frankie
Burns, the Jersey "skeeter," from the
ranks of the bantamweight title con
tenders. Johnny Ertle, the half-portion
scrapper from St. Paul, has a lot
to say about his claims for the cham
pionship, but he has shown no inclina
tion to participate in any 20-round de
cision battles, therefore he was ig
nored by Herman, the titlcholder.
Georgie Thompson," the Facific
coast battler, and Joe Uurman, the
Chicago boy. have hardly, shown
enough class to get into the contender
class. Earl Puryear of Iowa seems to
be a comer, but he has not attained
the class as yet to be listed among j
the top-notch bantams.
Moore Has Decision.
It will be remembered that Moofe
is the only bantam in the country
with a referee's decision over Herman.
Frankie Burns, it is true, once stopped
the champion, but Pete has effectively
wiped that blot from his well known
In a recent bout with Johnny
Ritchie at Racine, Wis., Moore, dem
onstrated that he is a scrapper, of real
class. Moore believes in motion when
he is in the ring, and he is going all
the time. He ducks, feints, sidesteps,
dances in and dances out, hits a
straight punch with the right or left,
swings a clever hook and can upper
cut it the occasion demand.
Ritchie is a ruceed. willing scranner
with lots of stamina and a wallop that
is dangerous. ' He never got near
enough to Moore to touch him dur
ing the entire 10 rounds while Moore
hit Kitchie with every punch in the
decalogue. There tyas never a time
when Ritchie threatened Moore.
Spectators of that- fight left John
Wagner's fistic tabernacle convinced
that Moore is the goods as a boxer
and that his performance in the ring
j as good as any vaudeville sketch on
. Blow to Father.
The acquisition of Tom Jones as his
manager by Bryan Downey, the Co
lumbus welterweight, is another blow
at the theory that a father is a good
manager for a scrapper.,
Downey'a dad is one of the real
fight fans of the middle west, and
whenever Bryan battles his fond pater
is right a( the ringside to give his
husky son advice and encouragement.
"Pop" Downey started his son in the
fight game and for a time handled his
affairs, but came to the conclusion
that some one outside the family
could do more for his boy.
Dad Downey first tried Emil Thiry,
but became convinced that however
capable a manager Thiry might be, he
was not getting the money fast
enough for Bryan. Accordingly the
senior Downey snared lorn Jones and
believes Jones wilt be able to p
his offspring to the ton of the h
and make his pathway to the cham
ratners nave tried the managing
game tor their sons before, but, with
the exception of Johnny Coulon,
whose dad was a real help to him in
his rise to the charanionshio. verv
few sires have succeeded in making
champions or even near-champions
our oi incir uaming progeny.
Black Burglar Envies -
Base Ball Hit Over Wall
Jack Hendricks, manager of the
pennant-winning Indianapolis Ameri
can association team, when making a
trip to Columbus, played a team com
posed of convicts at the Ohio state
prison. The irame was played in the
prison yard, with the cold gray walls
in me dock ground.
In the latter part of the game a ne
gro murderer who was playing the
outfield for the convicts came to bat.
He took an awful cut and the ball
soared over the fence and out of sight
for a home run. A negro burglar who
was coaching on the side lines,
"Lawdy, mussy, how I'd lak to be
on dat ball.
White Sox Sigrf College
Lad Said to Be a Wonder
George Lees, a college catcher, hail
ing from Lehigh university, has been
signed for a trial with the Chicago
White Sox.. Some of the experts say
he was the best college catcher in
the country last sesson and several
major league, managers sought his
services. ' "
Championship Falls City Eleven
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Top row, reading left to right: E.
Freshe, captain; Kramer, Gatz, D.
Hoy, Smith, coach.
Midlle row, left to right: Weinert,
Wyatt, Bassett, Whetstine', Mosiman,
Lower row left to right: T. Frehse,
Some Laughs and
"Billy" Sunday Threatens to
Open Pool Hall When He
Becomes Too Old to
Going back about twenty-five years
reveals some base ball gems of the
past that in the light of history take
on unusual interest, says the New
York Sun. Items which then were
jotted down as idle gossip, to be for
gotten the next day, make more inter
esting reading today than accounts of
modern pitching duels or slugging
We find that at one time Billv Sun
day, the big league evangelist, confided
to some buddies that when he got
through playing base ball he would
start a pool and billiard parlor.
We also find old Hankus Fankus
O'Day grumbling at the umpires, who
never gave him a square deal, and
Hank always pulled rough stuff on
them. A little quip says what Hank
thinks of the "umps" is not tit to
print. It perhaps cheers up Hank's
old days to know that during the last
dozen years many worthy athletes
have felt the same way toward him.
And then we find the naranranher
taking a whack at John Kinlcy Tener
for giving up an easy job which net
ted him anywhere from $1,500 to
$2,000. But J. Kinley just kept plug-
kmik uiunp, uccame a Dani presioeni,
director m numerous corporations.
member of congress, governor of
Pennsylvania, and finally president of
the national league.
We also find that Ban Johnson re
joiced when the Brotherhood col-
apsed and wrote in his base ball col
umn in the Cincinnati Commercial-
. KILLEDIN ACTION
Latest Casualty List Contains
Names of Many of Eng.
land's Famous Foot
The latest casualty lists issued bv
the British government contain the
names of some of England's finest
athletes. Foot ball suffered the most
serious" losses in the recent advances
of the British forces on the French
front. Captain A, S. Taylor, the Irish
Rugby" foot ball international, was
killed in the heavy fighting in that
section. Taylor was one of the great
est exponents of the game, having
played forward against England and
Scotland in 1910 and against France
Gunner R. MacLeod, roval field ar
tillery, died of wounds, was the Scot
tish association international who
dayed rightback against Ireland in
905, England in 1906 and Wales in
1907. R. B. Firth, died of wounds.
played foot bait on the varsity at
Cambridge in 1907 and 1908.
Lieutenant A. D. Law. wounded and
missing, played three-quarter and can-
miicu uie rciies conege nueen in
191Z, 1913, 1914 and 1915. Lieuten
ant D. R. Turnbull, Gordon High
landers, killed in action, played Rugby
for the army and London Scottish
club. Major J. M. Balfour, royal field
artillery, killed in action, was in the
fifteen at Clifton college and played
tor the K. Al. A.
Major A. L. Stewart, killed in ac
tion, was in Irish Rugby international
player. Lieutenant T. Dunn, killed
in action, was an insn. hockey inter
national and played for Munster. 1
Lieutenant J. V. A. Gleed. killed in
action, played' on the hockey eleven
W Uppingham and was rover for the
team in some of its championship
Fans and Players Watch
Suit in Southern League
Fans and players all over the
country are interested in the case of
the Chattanooga club of the Sou.thern
associatipn against Kid Elberfeld.
manager of that club last season,
which the board of arbitration now
has under consideration.
The rase involves players Hyatt
and Graff, who were sold by Elberfeld
to the Little Rock club two days be
fore.the close of the season. When the
sale had' been completed Elbarfeld
signed up to manage the Little Rock
club next year. Chattanooaa claims
Elberfeld was under contract for 1918
and wants the sale of the players, set
Johnson Almost Reaches
500 Mark in Games Hurled
During his 11 years with the Ameri
can league Walter Johnson has pitch
ed 465 gamer
1 L.lulWlUl J. 'lill.
To Falls City goes the high school
championship of southeastern Ne
braska and the Falls City lands them
selves believe they have a claim on
1' e state title. They won every game
this season and defeated such teams
as Beatrice, Nebraska City and
Chuckles as Time
of the Grand Old
Gazette that the smashup of the
Brotherhood meant that never again
would there be an attempt to estab
lish a second major league.
Then old Charley 'Comiskey is ac
cused of being a "sucker" at least for
any pitcher who fed him a high curve
on the inside, but just the same Char
ley owns one of the finest base ball
parks in the United States and next
to the Giants has the biggest follow
ing. The worst knock is aimed at poor
old. Connie Mack. Connie, the only
manager in the game who ever won
six league pennafits and three world's
pennants, is always spoken of as hav
ing been a wise old bird behind the
plate in his younger days. But this
scribe of the '50s didn't think so.
While conceding Connie could throw
the ball around a bit, he accused him
of lacking generalship, but still
thought there was a little hope for
him. He expresses an opinion that
Manager Buckenberger of Pittsburgh
might teach Connie to think a bit if
he worked him hard neough. That
sure is poking a few at the astute
Cornelius, now known as the shrewd
est man in base ball.
Then we heir of tich kids as
Muggsy McGraw and Willie Keeler
breaking in. McGraw is admitted to
be a good prospect, but poor Keeler
is passed over as being too light for
fast company. ' After pitching two
years Cy Young's failure already was
predicted. He was curving them too
much and only two more seasons
were given as his limit. Yet Cy lived
to pitch until he was 43 and twirled
his third no-hit game in 1900.
Lave Cross, who played on the
Brooklyn champions of 1899 and 1900
and captained Mack's Athletic cham
pions of 1902 and 1905, during which
SHARKEY SAID TO
BE A WEALTHY MAN
Ex-Pugilist Saved Money Earn
ed in the Ring and Now is
Worth Quarter of a Mil
Tom Sharkey, former sailor and ex
heavyweight pugilist, who was ottce a
star among the heavyweights, was
born in Dundalk, Ireland, November
Sharkey has the reputation of being
the richest ex-pugilist in the world,
and his pile is estimated at some
where in the neighborhood of a quar
ter of a million dollars. After quit
ting the ring Tom started a cafe in
Fourteenth street, New York. He
had cleared about $75,000 as a fighter,
and it is generally believed he saved
every cent of it, the sailor having the
reputation of being the champion
tightwad of the world.
Several years ago Sharkey got into
trouble with the New York authori
ties qn the ground that his emporium
was not as orderly as it should be,
and they ent the poor old fellow to
the Tombs prison for thirty days and
fined bin) $500. Tom didn't mind the
thirty days so much because that
saved him from paying his own board,
but the $500 certainly did hurt. It
must be said, on the other hand, at
least two people have testified Tom
wasn't such a penny pincher as he is
usually supposed to be.
So we'll let it go at that. As a
pugilist Tom had all kinds of class.
He w'hipped BobFitzsimmons and
Kid McCoy,, and "other boxers of
lesser note, and fought a draw with
Jim Corbett, but Jim Jeffries was just
a little too much for him.
Uncle Sam Won't Permit
Mike Gibbons to Fight
Uncle Sam has stopped Mike Gib
bons, the noted middleweight boxer.
How? Mike is one of the army box
ing instructors at a western canton
ment. He made a match recently with
Harry Greb of Pittsburgh, with the
idea that he could obtain leave of ab
sence from his duties for at least a
week. But Uncle Sam decided that he
couldn't, spare the St. Paul Wizard,
who is doing fine work among the
soldiers. So theTnatch with Greb had
to be called off, thereby depriving
Gibbons of a tidy sum. ,
Six More Harvard Teams,
Maybe Eight, Given Up
Harvard will not be represented by
golf, tennis, wrestling, swimming, la
crosse, ot gymnastic teams this sea
son. A fencing team has been formed
and an effort is being made to get up
a soccer team. Every captain of major
and minor sports has joined the col
others. Iheir record tor the season
is as follows:
Falls City 54, Pawnee City 0.
Falls City 42, Beatrice 12.
Falls City 20, Hiawatha, Kan., 0.
Falls City 7, Tecumseh 0.
Falls City 27, Pawnee City 7.
Falls City 29, Tecumseh 7. '
Falls City 70, Nebraska City 0.
Critics Predict Connie Mack
Will Be Failure as Ball Player
Because of Lack of Gray
years he ranked with the greatest
third basemen in base ball, was being
shipped to the minors in the middle
Here are the gems:
Amos $usle Is winning regularly for the
Bid McPhee, Cincinnati' second basemali.
still plnys without a glove.
Baltimore critics say that Third Baseman
Muggsy McGraw has made good and will
cover the position regularly. j
Brooklyn has offered Center Fielder Mike
Griffin to Cleveland for Jimmy McAleer, but
Pat Tebcau will not consider the offer.
Base ball Is growing. Nearly 10,000 were
at the Polo grounds when Amos Rusie shut
out Boston. Extra ticket windows were
A nrAiinl. that ftr Tnnn. th.
youthful phenom of the Cleveland team, will
not last two more seasons because he Is
Curving himself to death. There is much
wisdom In this assertion.
Pop Anson Is almost 35 years old, but he
can still hit. The big fellow rapped Theo
dore Breltensteln for two singles, a double
and a triple In the recent series.
Manager Bill McCloskey of the Louisville
team has Issued a denial that he was going
to sign a certain college pitcher of an east
ern university. Bill says he has no time to
bother with the "rah, rah" boys and every
body agrees with him.
Charles Nichols of the Boston team Is a
wonderful pitcher, but few fans think he
Is worth (2,500 a season. This is the salary
he held up Boston for.
Connla,Mack la catching regularly for the
Pittsburgh team now. This tall chap has a
good whip, but does not seem to be much of
a general behind the' plate. Manager Al
Buckenberger Is working hard to make a
thinking ball player of him.
' It Is reported that the Phillies are going
to let out Lave Cross, who, no doubt, will go
to the minors.
Baltimore Is trying out a new right fielder
named Keeler. He played once with Brook
lyn. He looks too light for. fast company.
Chicago has offered $4,000 for Al Selbacb,
the star outfielder of the Washington team.
This was a tempting offer, but Washington
decided to keep him.
Chris von de Ahe snys that his catchers
have discovered Ed Delehanty's weakness.
Outfielder Billy Sunday says ho will open
a pool and billiard room when he Is through
with base ball.
Tener, the big pitcher of the Chicago
team, has quit base ball. Foolish move,
when he could have picked up from $1,500
to $2,000 of easy money for several more
years to come.
Pitcher Hank O'Day of th Washington
team complains that he It getting a raw
deal from the umpires. What Hank thinks
of umpires would not look fit in print.
Ban Johnson, sporting editor of the Cin
cinnati Commercial-Gazette, writes that the
collapse of the brotherhood means that
never again will there be any attempt to
establish a second major league. Johnson
Members of the Cincinnati team are kick
ing because of the new rule which pro
hibits them from drinking at the park bar
while In uniform.
First Baseman Charley Comlskey Is said
to be a sucker for a curve high on the In
side. ROW OVER DATE OF
BIG LEAGUE MEET
President Tener Notifies John
son of American that Gather
ing Will Be Held Later
in the Month.
Chicago, Dec. 8. President John
son of the American league was offi
cially advised tonight by John K.
Tener, president of the" National
league, that the joint meeting of the
two organizations scheduled to be
held here next Thursday, has been
called off. President Tener suggested
that the meeting be hald later in the
month or early in January, but there
is no indication that the American
league will agree to this proposal.
President Tener explained that the
National league, which meets in New
York next Tuesday, probably would
be unable to finish its business in time
to come on to Chicago for the meet
ing. The American leaguers will hold
their annual meeting here next Wed
nesday. New York, -Dec. 8. In answer to
an urgent plea by August Herrmann,
to reconsider his views on the ques-
tion.of a joint meeting ot tne two
major leagues-in Chicago next Thurs
day, President John h.. lener ot me
National league tonight agreed to
such a joint meeting with the Amer
ican leaarue within the next tu days.
Cincinnati, O., Dec. 8. August
Herrmann, chairman of the National
Base Ball commission. " said tonight
the joint conference between the Na-
tional and American leagues wouiq De
held next Thursday in Chicago as or
"If one or two of our eastern own
ers feel that they cannot attend, we
will hold the meeting without them."
Mr. Herrmann said. Barney Dreyfus,
of Pittsburgh. Branch Rickey, ot St.
Louis and Charles Weeghman, of
Chicago, according to Mr. Herrmann,
favor an immediate meeting with the
American league. '
! Fierce Blizzard
!r Sweeps Over City
Wrecked by Blast
(Continued From First Pace.)
situation. There is enough food in
the city for immediate needs, but un
less communication is opened soon,
the city falfes the possibilities of
famine. The energies of local relief
commirteei have been centered on
the conservation .of food, and mer5
chants have surrendered all their
available supplies for the common
needs. Milk is almost unobtainable
and fears are expressed for the ljves
ot many babies.
The morgues are choked with man
gled bodies, many of whom probably
never will be identified. Police offi
cials still estimate the dead at ,000
and the injured t 3,000 or more.
Hospitals Filled With Wounded.
At all hospitals, regular and im
provised, every available spot is oc
cupied by the wounded. In addition
to the Nova Scotia General and Camp
Hill hospitals and the infirmary, the
Young Men's Christian ' association,
Knights of Columbus building, St.
Paul's hall and other public places
have been converted into temporary
hospitals. Doctors and nurses have
worked unceasingly since the first
hours with little or no sleep. Some
500 of the injured Tiave been sent to
hospitals at Truro and Windsor.
ihe spontaneous action of the
United States in offering aid awak
ened a new bonoV of sympathy be
tween the two peoples. Relief also
has been promised from every town
in Nova Scotia and from all parts of
Canada. Sir Robert Borden, the prime
minister, arrived here yesterday and
has placed all the resources of the
Dominion government at the disposal
of the city.
Many "Nameless Dead."
No concerted effort has been made
as yet to compile a list of the dead
as every effort is being made to iden
tify those who perished. The condi
tion of many of the bodies makes
this exceedingly difficult and.a large
proportion of those wht lost their
lives will be buried as "nameless
dead." There is no reason, however,
to change the estimate of 2,000 dead
and 3,000 injured.
The fires which had been raging
for 24 hours in the north end were
brought under control early today
and the city is no longer menaced "by
a conflagration. I
While soldiers sailors and volun
teers were searching the ruins of the
north end today, business was en
tirely suspended. The leading citi
zens devoted their efforts to organiz
ing work of relief and substantial
progress'was made in this respect
U. S. Navy Sends Supplies.
Washington, Dec. 8. Secretary
Daniels today offered the Red Cross
a quantity of supplies at Portsmouth
for relief at Halifax. Two ships under
the direction of the navy already are
at Halifax doing what they can to
relieve the situation, and another
has been sent from Provincetown.
with a hospital unit" to co-operate
with the relief corps. The supplies at
Portsmouth include 25,000 blankets
and 600 stoves.
Telegraph Lines Broken.
. St. John, N. B., Dec. 8.-Halifax is
isolated in her desolation today.
Storm-bound, the devastated city has
been cut off from virtually all com
munication with the outside. ,
Intermittent communication by tel
egraph, uncertain and hesitating, in
the early" hours of the day, was fol
lowed by complete suspension so far
as could be learned here.
The fate of the sufferers from the
explosion of Thursday is causing the
greatest concern, as temporary quar
ters for the homeless are limited and
supplies of window glass and roofing
paper that might ;make damaged
buildings again habitable are still
lacking in sufficient kniantity to meet
Blizzard Stalls Trains.
Reports from Truro, 60 miles from
Halifax, say the whole section is
storm-swept and the fury of the bliz
zard is hardly less cruel than- the de
stroying flames that preceded it. The
relief trains that raced with the storm
in the hope of getting their supplies
into Halifax before their paths were
blocked by the fast falling snow,
failed, and tdtlay the relief parties
were themcelves in need of succor.
This was looked for from Trurn.
when snow .plows had been sent to
the west. I he iie-tio ts between
Truro and Amherst and the first train,
it was hoped to release was the
Massachusetts relief special. The lat
ter was reported at 10 o'clock this
morning to be still stalled in a drift at
Memramcoe-k, near the Nova Scotia
Trains from Halifax and other
points east were reported as "hours
behind" and there were no promises
made regarding them, .these trains
are loaded with injured persons and
deaths upon them are altogetheTprob-
aoie, as scarcely' a train load of in
jured has arrived heretofore without
bringing the bodies of some who died
after the journey to the hospitals at
Truro was begun.
Skates and Sleds
For Live Boys
BOYS: Here's a
chance for you to get
-a sled or a pair of
skates, by doing
a little work for
us after school.
Call at The Bee
nearest you and
we will tell you
all about it.
World's Champion Wrestler
Gets First Fall in Hour and
Seven Minutes and Second
in Thirteen Minutes.
Des Moines, la., Dec. 8. Earl
Caddock, of Anita, la., claimant
the world's wrestling championship,
won in two traight falls last night
in his match with Yussif Hassane, the
The first fall came in one hour.
seven minutes, nine seconds, on a
brfdy chancery, and the second in
thirteen minutes on a reverse bar
lock. Caddock's superiority was evident
from the first, although Hussane
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several times punea nimseu vui oi
tight .places. Only once did Cad
dock seem in danger.
The first fall was the more spec
tacular, Chaddock tripping Hussane
backward and going with him to the
mat for an immediate fall.
O'Leary Tells of A
Ball Players Who
Superstitions of base ball players
have given many a laugh to Charlie
0'Lary, who, for nine years, was a
star infielder with the Detroit club of
the American league. But it remained
for the practice of base ball eccen
trics to "bone a bat" to rub their
clubs with a big, greasy bone fresh
from a butcher shop to produce real
ly amusing situations.
"Never heard . of a guy 'bojiing a
bat?'" he began. "Why, say, some
of the players, even big leaguers, sit
in the club houses for hours and bone
a bat until it glistens. Sometimes
they'll take their favorite stick to'ie
hotel at night and 'bone it fora'
couple of hours. And if any of thfm
should get two or three hits in the
game the next day, the devil himself
couldn't - get the bone away from
them. It would be a lucky bone then
and they'd rub it all the harder."
"Boning the bat," in the minds of
the superstitious ones, fills up the
pores of the wood, prevents it from
splintering and makes the bat ring
when it connects with the ball pro
ducing longer drives.
"Getting hits is the sole ambition
of every ball player," O'Leary said, j
"and a lot of them sincerely believe I
that 'boning' their bats will get them
more hits. It's the truth that some j
of the 'bugs' of the game, after a par
ticularly successful day, will take
their bats to bed with them and some
willeven go so far as to stick them
up in a seat opposite them while rid
ing on a train." "
O'Leary, who managed the San An
tonio club of the Texas league last
season, told of one lanky member of
the team who happened to take a cer
tain street car to the ball park one
day. As luck would have it, he drove
out four hits in the) game that after
noon. "Do you think I could get that bird
to ride out to the park in an automo
bile with me the "next day?" O'Leary
asked. "Not on your life. For four
days he waited for the same street
No More Espionage in
Coast Gridiron Circles
Spying in the enemy's territory is
to be a thing of the past in Pacific
coast preserves if all of the colleges
concerned follow the lead of Califor
nia and Washington. These institu
tions have made a pact that in futur.
when a representative of one sic
goes to look over the opposition tak
he shall announce his presence, obtain
a pass and stand on the sidelines. Foot
ball wiseacres say that in days gone
past coaches and their representatives
used to assume false whiskers, gum
shoes and other camouflage in order
to "get a line" on the opposition's
methods of attack anddefense.
Coach Andy Smith of California
takes the stand that when a team is
hard pressed it will uncover every
thing it has, and future opponents of
said team can learn all there is to be
learned without resorting to Sherlock
Holmes' subterfuges. On the other
hand, when a team wants to "cover
up" in practice, he contends, all of the
public and private detectives in the
world could not get a line on its
tricks. 1 jj
Minor Leaguer Writes
Song for Broadway Show
George Moriarty is not the only
ball player who can write song hits.
A song by Eddie Porray, well-known
minor leaguer, is now being sung in
the Broadway production, "Miss
1917," with great success. The-song's
title is "I Miss the Old Folks Now
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