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Battle Royal Between Omaha
Grappler and Chicagoan
Marked by Rough Work;
By FRED S. HUNTER
Chicago, Dec. 18. (Special Tele
gram.) Marin' Plestina of Omaha,
gained another lap in his pursuit of
heavyweight honors when he defeated
Charlie Cutler of Chicago here last
Plesjina was awarded the match by
Referee Ed Smith on a foul after
two hours and ten minutes of hone
crushing, some of which more closely
resembled a battle royal than a wres
Plestina was slowly forcing Cut
ler's shoulders to the mat. Cutler was
almost pinned, when suddenly and
without warning he sent an uppercut
toward Marin's jaw. It landed and
Smith raised the Omaha grapplcr's
hand as a signal of victory.
A near riot started. Cutler tried to
start a fight and his brother, Marty,
jumped into the ring and aimed a
blow at Plestina. The fuss, however,
was stopped before any damage was
Four times Cutler deliberately
punched the Omaha: man and the
referee repeatedly cautioned Cutler
for other rough tactics. The last
punch, which Smith could not over
look, jarred Hestina's teeth almost
out of his mouth.
Plestina had the better of the
match all the way through, but could
not pin the Chicagoan, owing to the
lattcr's rough tactics.
Church League to
Play Second Series
Of Floor Conflicts
CAGE GAMES TONIGHT.
Hanscom Parks vs. Walnut Hills.
Bensons vs. First Baracas.
Pearl Memorials vs. Williams
Church league basket ball quintets
will play their second series of games
at the Omaha Young Men's Christian
association tonight. '
Three games will he plaed. The
first clash will be between the Hans
com Park Methodists and the Walnut
Hill Methodists. It starts at 7:30.
The second game, which will start
at 8:10, will be between the Pearl
Memorials and Williams Wopl
The Benson Methodists will Sangle
with the First Methodist Baracas in
the concluding combat of the night.
This clash is due to start at 8:40.
Ruby Feltman will referee all of the.
Basket Ball Bugs Meet to
4 Announce Champ Schedule
New York, Dec. 18. The annual
meeting of the National Basket Ball
Rules committee will be held in this
city on Friday, December 21, at which
time it is expected that the inter-collegiate
championship schedule w ill be
announced. The preparation of the
schedule has been delaycdto a con
siderable extent this season due to
the efforts to economize both in time
and traveling expenses of the various
college teams on trips away from
The meeting will be attended by
representatives of the Inter-Collegiate
league, the Amateur Athletic union,
the Young Men's 'Christian associa
tion and the National Collegiate Ath
letic association. In addition the
physical directors of tly various army
and navy cantonments also will be
present as these camps will be repre
sented by one or more basket ball
teams and will play games against
college five as well as a ;,cries of inter-cantonment
Halifax Cup Cricketers
Aid Explosion Sufferers
Philadelphia. Dec. 18-The Halifax
cup, donated in 1873 for competition
and which has since become the chief
trophy of the cricketing world, is
mainly responsible for a fund of $4,
500 raised among the cricketers of
Philadelphia for the relief of sufferers
by the Halifax disaster. The monev
was today telegraphed to the Cana
dian Bank of Commerce with the ex
planation that it came from players
who had contested in Halifax cup
Callahan Gets Popular
Decision Over Jackson
Philadelphia, Dec. 18. Frankie Cal
lahan of Brooklyn, was given the
popular decision over Willie Jackson
of New York in a six round bout here
tonight In the first round Jackson
had the Brooklyn boy in bad shape,
but he rallied in the second and out
fought the New Yorker for the re
mainder of the bout.
Callahan weighed 1311-3 pounds
and Jackson 133. ,
AMERICAN SETS 16
AS PLAYER LIMIT
Season to Open May 1st or
2d; Short-Game Schedule
Favored? Abolish "Spit"
and "Shine" Balls.
(Ht Aoftorintrd Prr.)
Chicago, Dec. 18. Decision to
open the 1918 season either on May
1 or 2 and to reduce the player limit
from 17 to 16, exclusive of a manager,
was reached at the meeting here to
day of the American association club
While no definite action was taken
in regard to playing a 140-game
schedule instead of 154, President
Hickey said tonight that the senti
ment was strongly in favor of the
short season. The issue will be set
tled at a meeting of the eight club
presidents to be held here early in
The "spit-hall" shine-ball," "emory
ball" and all other similar deliveries
were legislated out of the league by
unanimous vote. The club owners de
cided to impose a fine of $25 for each
offense. The umpires, President
Hickey said, will be the judges of all
violations and they will be instructed
to report pitchers using any foreign
substance on the ball or otherwise
tampering with it.
Restore Double Umpiring.
The club owners also decided to re
turn to the double umpiring system,
which was abolished last season as an
economy measure and left the deci
sion in regard to playing off post
poned games to the 4 home clubs.
Heretofore the rule has been that no
postponed games should be played
off on the first trip of the season.
There was no action taken in re
gard to abolishing the spring training
President Hickey said that under
present arrangements the season will
close between September 25 and Oc
New Money Arrangement.
Action to prevent a withdrawal of
any of the clubs from the associa
tion, as was recently threatened when
the Indianapolis, Louisville and To
ledo clubs proposed to withdraw and
merge with certain clubs in the In
ternational league in the formation of
a new league, was taken by Senator
A. L. Cooper, one of the owners of
the Kansas City franchise. He sug
gested changes in the constitution,
which, he believes, will give the asso
ciation grounds for legal action
against any club desiring to with
draw. The method of financing the execu
tive branch of the league also was
changed, l-'ach club will contribute
a certain percentage of its receipts
instead of paying an assessment of
Approves "Spit Ball" Rule.
Chicago, 111., Dec. 17. Elimination
of the "spit ball" will be a benefit
to the game because it will result in
freer hitting, President Hickey be
lieves. "The base ball public does not like.
io sec an airngnt pucning auei, ne
said. "It's a lively hitting game that
the fans want. Doing away with the
spit ball will mean more batting, more
hits and more satisfaction."
Central Park Community
Men Trim Ragmuffins
The Central Park Community cen
ter basket ball teams won a hard
fought contest from the Young Men's
Christian association Ragmutfins, a
Class 1! 'eague team.
Although fast and hard fought by
a score of 17 to 10, the game was re
markably clean, a total of two fouls
being all that was called. Walt An
derson and Rex Beck were the chief
front getters for the Y team, while
Murphy "Odd" Sallander and Knee
rolled theni in for Central park. The
real feature of the game was the
guarding of Dewey and Guinottc,
who covered up the opposing for
wards in great shape:
CKNTRAI, PARK. T Jl AGMl'KFINS
SalUndrr H. F.R. ' 8ln
Murphy L. K.II.. F llendlor
Kno c. i- Ayr
Oulnntt R. G.IK. O Klrklnnd
Dewoy L. 0.UU Ntcntern
HulMtltutm: AnriiTKon am! Meek. Field
goal: Sallnniltr. 2; Murphy, i; KnK, 2;
Amlwin, Jti-i'li, 2: Ayerf. Foul Goals :
Mttllamler. Rrtmv: Claire Adams.
Funston Boys Go Down
Before Strong MacArthur
Waco, Tex. Dec. 18. Cairo Fun
ston's backfield, including "Patsy"
Clark of Illinois, wWnable to punct
ure Camp MacArthur's lin; to an ap
preciable extent and the Waco camp's
foot b II team won by a score of 13
to 0 here today.
"Patsy" Clark, who made Funs
ton's score, smashed the line repeated
ly for ten and fifteen yard gains until
the last nuarter when he ant th& hall
on the three yard line and went over.
Greebe Bests Christie.
Cincinnati. O., Dec. 18. Harry
Greebe of ittsburgh was awarded the
decision over Gus Christie of Mil
waukee, here tonight at the end of
twelve fast rounds. The men are
"Strangler" Lewis Rolls
Zbyszko in New York
New York, Dec. 18. Ed "Stran
gler" Lewis of Kentucky defeated
Waldek Zbyszko of Poland with a
headlock hold at the international
catch-as-catch-cau wrestling tourna
ment here tonight. The American
forced the Pole tu quit after one
hour 24 minutes and 27 seconds of
SHOOTERS WARM UP
In Practice Game With Town
sends the Catholics Show Ex
ceptional Speed; Ccach
Creighton basket shooters are re
ceiving steady drilling at Creighton
gymnasium under the tutelage, of
Coach Mills. Teamwork is the first
idea the blue and white coach at
tempts to unculcate info his charges.
They are getting plenty of hard work.
Last night the Creighton quintet
ran through csrimmage practice with
the Townsends, but the ease with
which Haley, Kearney and Spittler
shot baskets under and over the arms
of their opponents, showed clearly
that the gun company squad was com
pletely outclassed, although put up
a plucky fight.
Captain Eddie Mullholland and
Vandever also had a chance to show
some speed on the floor, and ability
in passing the ball and they did not
fall down on the job. Their passing
was exceptionally good. Creighton
will scrimmage with another local
team Wednesday night. There will
be no scheduled game until after
Williams and Ertle Fight
Twelve Rounds to a Draw
Baltimore, Dec. 18. Williams and
Ertle went 12 rounds to a draw, h.rtle
put up a terrific defensive in (he first
After the fifth, excepting probably
the eleventh, when Ertle made his
knees buckle with a right, Williams
did practically all the fighting. He
laced Ertle's body to pieces with a
right as they bore in, closed his right
with a left hook and had him other
wise badly puffed about the face.
Wilson Celebrates Second
Anniversary of Wedding
Washington, Dec. 18. President
Wilson and a distinguished company
this afternoon attended the first of
a series of concerts by which John
McCormack, singer, will earn $100,
000 for the Red Cross. The opening
was auspicious and many officials and
diplomats lent their patronage.
The president and Mrs. Wilson to
day are celebrating the second anni
versary of their marriage.
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NEEDS OF NATION
FIRST, IS STAND
OF BALL LEAGUE
National Organization Adopts
Resolution That Players
Should Offer Selves to
Service of Country.
New York, Dec. 18. Professional
base ball is an antidote and corrective
to spiritual depression incident to the
war and should be constinued, but at
the same time ball players should
offer themselves "unreservedly and
enthusiastically to the service of the
great league of allied nations.
This is the view of the manage
ment of the National base ball league.
Resolutions to this effext, adopted at
the recent meeting of the National
league held in this city, were an-
nouncd today as follows:
"Resolved. That the stress of mind
and body, incident to a war of the
mahnitude of this, with its resultant
spiritual depression, requires as an
antidote and corrective, the continu
ance of all sane and normal forms of
recreation and diversion, and,
"Relieving that of all such, base ball
is the most important and beneficial,
it is our purpose to continue and
coster it so long at least as the wel
fare of our country shall admit of its
"Resolved, That, at the same time,
we have solemnly in mind the primary
and paramount demands of the hours;
ami. indeed, it is our wish that the
young and virule manhood of the pro
fession .of base ball profession shall
offer itself unreservedly and enthusi
astically to the service of the great
league of allied nations in this hour
of its tied s."
Colored Maid Clings
To Elevator Rod Until
Rescued by Firemen
Mrs. Mamie Ellis, colored maid
in the Morris apartments, hung by
her hands from a rod under a
freight elevator several minutes
Tuesday morning before firemen
The elevator carried her to the
fourth floor, where employes of
the apartment house heard he
screams. If she had released her
hold on the rod she would have
dropped five floors to the bottom
of the elevator shaft.
She collapsed when firemen res
cued her. She was taken to her
home, 2226 Seward street.
The accident occurred when the
woman stepped off the elevator.
The gate dropped and struck her
on the head, inflicting a deep scalp
Although on the verge of faint
ing, she caught herself from plung
ing down the elevator shaft by
grabbing the rod under the lift.
The elevator ascended and she hung .
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FARMERS DO NOT
THINK $2 WHEAT
UNFAIR AND LOW
Only Four Delegates to Ne
braska Congress Reply in
Affirmative When Asked as
to Their Opinion.
Only four delegates to the Ne
braska Farmers' congress stood when
asked at the convention at the Hotel
Castle Tuesday if they believed the
l price fixed on wheat to be unfair
and too little. J. V. Shorthill of
Y'ork asked the question in the course
of his discussion of "Price-fixing of
C. II. Gustafson wanted to argue
the question before he voted. He
wanted to qualify by saying that if
the price of binders and twine would
go way out of sight, then he would
vote that the price fixed for wheat
was too low. Hut Chairman O. G.
Smith of Kearney, made the fellows
stick to the question, and when they
voted, only four of them thought the
price of wheat really too low.
This followed, too, on the heels of
a long discussion, and the asking of
many questions back and forth on the
floor, during which many delegates
complained of the government's ac
tion in fixing the price .of wheat.
Discuss Price Fixing.
Mr. Shorthill, discussing price-fixing,
said that whether the price fixed
for wheat is equitable or not, it was
a necessary war measure, and that
in times of war, people must not ex
pect to find everything working out
as equitably as in times of peace. "It
is a fact, however," he said, "that the
price of $2 fixed on wheat has in
creased the value of land adapted to
raising wheat, and has increased the
value of every farm in my county
which is capable of growing wheat."
Mr. Shorthill also called the atten
tion of the farmers to the fact that
if the submarine menace should be
suddenly done away with, the world's
wheat supply would be thrown upon
the markets. He said he could not
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feel so sure that prices then, if not
guaranteed by the government, would
remain abnormally high. "So there is
some measure of protection in this
fixed price," he said.
Someone in the audience wanted
him to say what would happen to
the wheat price if Germany won the
war. President Smith immediately
ruled him out of order, and the ques
tion was never answered.
C. H. Gustafson, president of the
Farmers' Union of Nebraska, led in
the discussion of the price-fixing sub-
! jeet. He said he had recently talked
with President Wilson and Herbert
Hoover and found them both pretty
! well convinced that price fixing is a
I He said the manufacturers of muni
I tions were guaranteed 10 per cent
profit on their cost of production no
matter what material cost, or what
j th ey had to pay lor labor. "I asked
President Wilson why he did not do
the same thing with us tanners, said
W. F. Baxter, who was to have wel
comed the farmers, could not appear
at the hour of opening the session.
Arthur C. Thomas, acting manager of
the Bureau of Publicity, welcomed
the delegates instead. Pev. T. J.
Mackay gave the invocation.
President Smith in his opening ad
dress justified conscription of men
for the army, and said, "If conscrip
tion of men is right, and I believe it
is, then conscription of dollars is also
proper. I would recommend also a
form of taxation which would reach
the unemployed, unimproved land be
ing held in a comparatively unpro
Regarding the personnel of food
commissions and food boards he said,
"I would recommend that men actu
ally engaged in food production be
represented on all boards or commis
sions appointed under the authority
of the 'food control act, so that mis
takes in the fixing of prices be here
On the question of a graduated
land tax he said: "The principle is
right; and its adoption in several
states will tend to check the con
stantly increasing evil of agricultural
A night session is to be held to
night, when President Dan Morris
of the Nebraska Bankers' association
will speak on "The Banker and the
Farmer." George Coupland, vice
chairman of the State Council of De
fense will talk on the work of that
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CHARLES PIEZ IS
NEW MANAGER IN
Admiral Harris Resigns and
Asks Reassignment to Navy
tion to Follow.
Washington, Dec. 18. Charles Piv
of Chicago was today appointed gen
eral manager of the emergency fleet
corporation, succeeding Rear Admiral
Harris, who resigned.
A general reorganization of the
fleet corporation will follow. Rear
Admiral Bowles, aide to Admiral
Harris, will be given an important
place in the new organization.
James Hcyworth will take full
charge of wooden construction and
Charles Dav will become manager oi
l the production department.
I Admiral Harris' resignation wa.
'accepted, Chairman Hurley, an
nounced, because of his insistence ot
moving the offices of the corporatiot
The shipbuilding program. Chair
man Hurley announced, is in bettet
shape than any time since it was
launched. Conditions on the Pacific
coast are excellent, he declared, and
work is progressing everywhere as
fast as human labor can turn it out
At present there are under construc
tion and under contract, it was an
nounced, 8,395,308 dead weight ton?
Admiral Harris lias asked that lu
be reassigned to the post of chief oi
the navy bureau of yards and docks
which he held before succeeding Rear
Admiral Capps as fleet corporatior
manager less than a month ago.
Prefer to Hang Selves
Than Die on Gallows
Gallup, N. M., Dec. 18. Maria
Cuevas and Silvario Silva, sentenced
to be hanged Friday, December 21,
for murder, committed suicide in the
cuunty jail early today by hanging
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