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A REVIEW of spoirrs
Some Opinions Regarding Ball
Players and Actors.
MS. T7AED CRITICISED.
A Few Kew Features of the Classifi
AN AMATEUR BOAT CLUB NEEDED.
Gossip Al)out Smith and Mitchell
and Leading Pugilists.
GENERAL BPOETIKG NEWS OP THE DAT
Sometimes there is much to he learned
from comparisons and sometimes there is
nothing at all. Comparisons when correct
ly and opportunely made always contain
some interesting features and are, as a rule,
well worth the studying. During the last
few days, however, Mrs. Helen Dauvray
"Ward has come before thepublic comparing
ball players and actors in a way that I fear
will not redound to that lady's calculatire
and literary merit It might be fairer to
say, perhaps, that she contrasts ball
players and actors. However a cor
rect definition of what the lady's
effort is may be immaterial. The great object
of Mrs. Ward is to show that ballplayers, as far
as their salaries are concerned, are an impe
cunious and down-trodden lot compared with
actors. Unfortunately, however, in arguing her
case Mrs. Ward gets sadly astray in statistical
matters and leaves one considerably muddled.
For instance, when making comparisons rela
tive to the cost ot a ball team and a theatrical
companv, she quotes the salary list of
the Sew York Club at $10,000. This
cannot be correct because that ot Pitts
burg was $51,000 last year, and certainly
the New York aggregate list must have been
highor than Pituburg. Well, this error means
that Mrs. Ward get out with a mistaken no
tion as to facts, and consequently the re
mainder of her statements are not logically re
liable. The truth is the expenses of a first
ciarc taseball team are considerably higher
that Mrs. "Ward thinks. Pittsburg's expenses
last year were nearly 5100,000. But Mrs. Ward
also forgets to note the risks that ball clubs
run, which are almost unknown to theatrical
companies. Ball players entirely depena on the
weather, and the club may remain absolutely
idle for several days on account of rain. Doubt
less Mrs. Ward has a comprehensive knowledge
of matters theatrical, but the talented lady
would'be none the worse by knowing a little
more about the financial affairs of baseball.
Why the Differences Exist.
Mrs. Ward, however, seems to see in some
particular instances wide differences between
the salaries of actors and ball players, and ap
parently has many regrets because the ball
players have the worst of the comparison.
Mrs. Ward may or may not know that there
are very sound reasons for this difference; just
as sound as the reasons or causes which enable
an artist to command more as salary than a
sign painter. I do not assume that Mrs. Ward
has commenced her comparison without hav
ing some idea of economics; but it is fair to say
that sound economic principles have not
guided her deliberation on the question. In
this connection 1 will be bold enough to draw
Mrs. Ward's attention to another lady an
authoress of repute. I mean Millicent Garrett
Fawcett I teel satisfied that a perusal
of her writings will plainly show
why a Booth, an Irving, a Barrett
can command and really ought to have a bigger
remuneration for their services than promi
nent ball players. The cost of production of an
actor is considerably more than that of a ball
player, and what is more important still the
talent of a first-class actor is rarer and, there
fore, more valuable than that of a ball player.
Talented actors have, in the way of their tal
ents, monopolies varying in degree of close
ness. An actor like Booth has a close monopo
ly, because no other tragedian in the country
can come near him in genius. All other high
salaried actors have more or less monopolies,
and therefore can command a higher salary
than the ordinary. I am aware that the same
may be said of ball players. This is true to a
certain extent. Xo ball player has such a close
monopoly as leading actors; tbat is, any player
conld be substituted in a team with less injuri
ous effect to public attraction than
would result lrom substituting cer
tain leading actors in particular com
panies. The truth is, however, that it is
easier to be a ball player tban an actor. I
think there will be no dispute on this point. At
least I venture to say that neither Mrs. Ward
nor any other actress would feel complimented
by anyone making comparisons between their
profession and that of a female bicycle rider.
Both are sources of amusements, but one is on
a higher plane because it is intellectual and the
other is almost entirely physical. The tendency
of modern civilization is to place rare intel
lectual attainments at a premium. I don't
wish to say anything tbat may be in the least
construed to mean that I'm opposing high
salaries among ball players. Let them get all
they can. The public pays them, as a rule,
and as soon as the public appreciates the talent
of a ball player as much as it does that of
Edwin Booth, we may expect the former to have
as big a salary as the latter.
, Those Rigid Moral Boles.
I had a long conversation the other day with
Manager Phillips regarding some unexplained
features of the classification scheme. I am
free to confess, too, according to Mr. Phillips'
interpretation of the plan, it is far more sweep
ing than I at first anticipated. I now repeat
Mr. Phillips' idea of it. He said: "It is well
understood among ourselves how the rule is to
be carried out. The officials of each club are
to report to President Young regarding tlje
moral conduct of each player. Whenever a
player is fined the fact will be reported to
President Young. The local officials are,
therefore, the persons who will keep watch on
the players. Judging from the expressions of
opinions by all the League representatives at
the recent Washington meeting, I think every
clnb means to take advantage of the classifica
tion rule in trying to keep players sober and
steady. In the past some players have been
favored by the officials of their clnb; that is,
they have not been punished for any violation
of rules. If this is done in-future the League
may probably want to know the reason why.
For instance, if the Boston players were in this
city and two or three of them were to join with
two or three of our players in a night of dissi
pation and our players were to be fined while
the visitors were not, we would demand an
Inquiry. Wherever we know that a player of
any club has violated ajule and escaped either
being fined or reported to President Young we
ought to have the matter explained. The
classification rule must be enforced with the
utmost firmness and impartiality all round.
If it is not matters may be worse than they
County League Mistakes.
The Allegheny County Baseball League has
had an erratic time of it during the last few
weeks, but it isto be hoped that its troubles,
or at least the bulk of them, are past. Probably
the arranging of the schedule has been the
most troublesome .thing that the young men
have had to encounter. There is much
that couldjbe said in palliation of any mistakes
the League may have made on that score dis
pite the fact that some very ungenerous things
nave been publicly said about the officials of
the organization. The great desire of the old
members of the League was to try and give
everybody what they wanted. To do this each
club was allowed a representative on the
Schedule Committee, and the unusuaTnumber
was -just -what spoiled the entire business.
However, experience is a good teacher, and
next year the mistakes made this season may
be avoided. I am told tbat the ten clubs in the
League are all in excellent condition and that
the prospects are of the best.
, Tim Keefe'. Declaration.
One of the Interesting features of the week
has been the declaration of Tim Keefe regard
ing the Players' Brotherhood. Mr. Keefe con
fidently informs the public that the brother
hood has a surprise in store; that mat
ters between the brotherhood and the League
are not settled yet by any means; Ward
to do many tblngs within a very few days, and
the imperative League is to be snubbed. The
famous New York pitcher, however, does not
tell us what the surprise will be. and we mav.
therefore, "go a-guessing" until Tuesday.
However, I repeat now what I said last week
about the brotherhood it is too late in the
day in starting. Had the brotherhood been at
all worthy the name of an organization its
voice would hare been beard at tie proper
time. During the last few months dozens of
players, and good ones, have slimed, and cer
tainly these players will never think of violat
ing any contracts that they have made for the
season. Undoubtedly there are many griev
ances, and glaring ones, that demand the at
tention of the brotherhood, but the opportune
time for trying to remedy these grievances has
passed for a period. This is not creditable to
the brotherhood officials. Whatever the
brotherhood's surprise may consist of on Tues
day, the fact remains that almost all the League
players are signed. Of course, there is a case
or two that can be dealt with by the brother
hood, but they airectly refer to individuals.
Jim Whitney's difficulty and the question of
Ward's transfer may be matters that will be
dealt with. However, they are insignificant
compared to any decided stand that all mem
bers of the brotherhood might have taken.
About the Pugilist.
It might not be wide of the mark to say that
no greater changes have taken place In the me
chanical world during the past 20 or SO Tears
than in the pugilistic world. The time was
when the most prominent members of the
fistic arena would fight as only.brave men will
for $50 or J100 a side. However, nowadays the
young generation of bruisers who have made
what they call their "reputations," in glove
contests, ridicule the idea of entering a ring for
51,000 a side. The latest person to ascend this
pedestal is Jack McAuliffe. He refuses to
hght Daly for anything so small as $1,000 a side,
but condescends to say that he will accommo
date Daly for 82,500 a side. This ought to make
old-timers wince. However, there is a cause
for McAuliffe's action, and that is the large
amount of money there is in boxing contests,
etc. From a business point of view we need
not be surprised to find McAuliffe Objecting to
the?l,000 proposal when he received nearly
HOOO lately for taking part in one of the best
pugilistic burlesques we have ever had. Every
thing in the pugilistic world has gotten, or is
rapidly getting, down to a system, the object
of which is to get money even at the cost of
honor, glory or anvthing else. McAuliffeclaims
to be champion lightweight ot America and
most assuredly he ought to be prepared to de
fend the title against anybody who wants to
fight for 51,000 a side, the man who objects to
that amount of money as being too small is not
eager to fight at all.
Blnkclock n Disappointment.
It would seem thatthe lightweights who are
coming to this country from England for some
time past are all proving failures. Excepting
Jem Carney we had not imported a good man
of that class. Jake Hyams was heralded as
Carney's equal at least, but when face to face
with McAuliffe he proved an utter failure.
During the week we have had another disap
pointment. For a long time the public has
Deen led to believe that Sam Blakelock was
anl extraordinary lightweight pugilist, so
much so that Samuel conldn't secure a
match of any kind for a very long time. He
had made up his mind to return to bis native
heath when the 'Frisco people gave him a
chance to pulverize Jimmy Carroll. As a result,
however, Carroll settled Blakelock com
pletely in less than 20 rounds. This was a sur
prise, and it goes to show that Blakelock must
have been much inferior to what his friends
thonght him. Carroll is not a first-class man,
although he is a good boxer and fighter. The
decisive defeat of Hyams and Blakelock would
seem to lead us to believe that there is only a
poor crop of lightweights over in England jnst
now. At any rate, if the Britishers rate Hyams
and Blakelock as anything near first-class the
standard beyond the Atlantic is not very high.
However, I am certain that there are much
better lightweights in England than either of
the men named. No matter who comes
to this country in the way of a per
former he is boomed in the most ex
travagantway for financial purposes. Of course
I am aware that rumors are current to the ef
fect that Blakelock was "bought." This may
or may not have been true. If he was bribed,
however, it only makes him more unreliable
than a bad fighter. Whatever way we look at
the matter there is no credit for Blakelock.
Smith nnd Mitchell.
Unexpected difficulties are apparently loom
ing up in the way of the Smith-Mitchell
glove contest. It was intended to bring the af
fair off in Her Majesty's Theater, but bruisers
in England as in America, propose and the
powers that be dispose. The contest
accordingto latest advices has to take place in
private. This will be a heavy financial blow to
the promoters. It is understood, however, that
the admission fee will be 25 each. There will
be a large crowd at this figure, but the total re
ceipts will be far below what wonld be realized
in a theater. What the result will be I will not
venture to say. A "draw" will not surprise
me. O;" course Mitchell's great forte is boxing,
and if he cannot defeat Smith at this he can
beat him at nothing. The latter, however, is
also a very quick and clever man with the
gloves and should he desire to win his chances
of victory are good.
Regarding Amntenr Athletes.
The announcement made in this paper on
Monday to the effect that efforts are being
made to organize a bona fide amateur boat
club in this vicinity has prompted considerable
comment of a favorable kind on the matter
among amateur athletes generally. It may,
therefore, follow thatthe athletes in conjunc
tion with the oarsmen will endeavor to re-establish
amateurism in this locality in its purest
form. A prominent local all-round athlete who
has won numerous prizes and who is still a
good performer, called at this office the other
day and offered the following suggestions
which cannot fail to interest the dozens ot
young athletes m the two cities. He
said : " During the past few weeks
a number of local amateurs have
been talking among themselves abont the
great necessity of organizing a big amateur
athletic association. Of course we know that
several attempts have been made heretofore
without much success. I question, however,
whether there were ever so manyyoungmen
taking athletic exercises in and about Pitts
burg as there are now. There are nnmerous
little clubs, and scarcely one that can be called
a thorough going club. What is required is an
organization that will not only be large enough
to support itself in first-class style, but will
also be able to enter any of its best members in
the national contests.
"An organization of this kind can be formed
without any way interferinc with the clubs
now in existence. These small clubs conld still
maintain their identity, if it was so desired, be
cause the big organization could be made a
distinct body and young men conld be allowed
to be members of any one of those clubs and
also of the proposed association. Those clubs
could even form an association, just as the
hunting and fishing clubs have done. The
benefits would be numerous, as the association
would be able to put any promising amateur
athlete forward. The cost, divided, as it
would be, among many members, wonld
be comparatively light. Beside the organiz
ation would certainly aid to a very great extent
in re-establishing many manly out-door sports
in publicfavor. I know many prominent young
gentlemen who are wishful to assist in the
formation of an amateur athletic association.
All that is needed is a few to set the ball a-roll-inc.
If about a dozen would forward their
names and suggestions to The Dispatch, not
for publication but merely as a means of bav
ins a meeting called, I think that a start could
A Worthy Scheme.
There is much truth in the above suggestions,
and, doubtless, everybody at all interested in
athletic sports will readily see their worth. It
is quite true that during recent years Pitts
burg has fallen considerably behind in all
branches of amateur sport, except probably
bicycle riding. This decline is not because of a
lack of suitable material, because it is safe to
say that there are more promising athletes in
and about Pittsburg now tban there ever was.
The cause of the decline has certainly been the
absence of such an organization as above re
ferred to. All the prominent amateurs of the
world, as a rule, have been put forward as rep
resentatives of some club or association, and
the performer's expenses, of course, have
been paid by the club. This has
ever been one of the greatest incentives
toward the development of the remarkable
amateurs who have left records behind them.
There hare been some good men in Pittsburg
who would donbtless have made a national
reputation had there been a solid organization
behind them to back them up financially. It is
the life and success of any athletic club to have
a champion on its list. The truth of this can
be found in the fact tbat all the clubs or asso
ciations of national or international reputation
have champions of some kind. Added to this
is the fact that this great prominence referred
to gives an impetus to healty athletic exercise;
popularizes it and, therefore, makes more
vigorous young men.
Amateur Martin's Opinion.
John Martin, the local amateur oarsman,
looked in to see me on Friday and pointed out
the necessity of having a thorough-going ama
teur club organized. Already Mr. Martin has
applied for entry to the Shadyside regatta, and
has been refused because he is not connected
with an amateur club. This is a hardship to a
promising young sculler like Martin. He thinks
that he can defeat many of the prominent
amateur scullers in the country. It is to be
hoped he will get a try. Pbinole.
Dnnny Needbam In Town.
Danny NeedhMn, the well-known llght
weicht pugilist, is in the city. He is somewhat
above his class in weigfit but is looking well
and states that he cap soon get down to weight
He offers to fif-bi Shay 20 rounds with the
smallest gloves the law will allow, the contest
to be for the receipts and an outside bet. Last
evening Shay's backer said that Shay will ac
cept Needhara'g challenge.
A GAME W AUCKLAND
The Exciting Game of Basehall Given
HOME-MADE BATS ASD BALLS USED
Catching on to the American Idea of Bully
ing the Umpire.
THE OLD-TIME RULES WOULD NOT WORK
rCOKKESPONDESCK OP Till DISFATCn.1
New York, March23. The seed of the
great American game has been sown broad
cast over the world, and here and there it
has donbtless taken root. It would seem
impossible that the game should be played
in any community by two such nines as
those included in the aggregation that has
made the circuit of the globe during the
winter without winning the enthusiastic
admiration of the spectators. Baseball
must have been recognized by many sport
loving men of the antipodes as the finest de
velopment of outdoor team athletics that the
world has seen. The game's merits once recog
nized, its adoption must follow. How many
crude attempts have 'been made to play it in
Australia, Ceylon, India, Egypt, Italy and other
countries cannot be said, but there have been
some interesting efforts in New Zealand.
Not long after the traveling combination ap-
Result of a Wild filch.
peared in Auckland it was known in this coun
try that tho enterprising inhabitants of that'
city were anxious to give S100 a month and
traveling expenses to some expert American
who would go over there and spend a season,
instructing the inhabitants in the game. No
one has yet taken the offer, but it is said to be
still open. Meantime the New Zealanders
have tried their bands at baseball without the
services of an instructor. How they succeeded
may best told by Mr. James T. Cranston,
formerly a resident bf this country, and now in
this city on a business trip for his Auckland
SURPBISING AND OLD TIMER. .
"It was like a breath of air from one's native
place," said Mr. Cranston, "to see the good old
game played in Auckland. Yet I could not
witness the scene without sadness, for some
how in the nearly 20'years since I used to play
it in this country, the game has undergone sev
eral strange changes. My memory was first
offended by the bird-cage arrangement that I
saw lying on the grass near the catcher. I had
no notion of what its use could be until the
catcher put it on, and what was my surprise to
see the umpire put one on also! Before that
point was reached, however, I was startled by
another circumstance that, if I had been qnick
enough, might have explained the bird cage.
That was the extraordinary style- of delivering
the ball, and the tremendous speed ifrattalned.
In my time, you know, the ball was pitched, not
thrown, and the effect was a mere toss, com
pared to the cannon ball velocity at which yonr
pitchers now send it. It did not seem as if a
man could hit the ball, much less send it out
side the diamond. It was a great surprise to see
a striker bat the ball away out of reach of the
outfielders. And so on throughout the game
there was a succession of surprises for an old.
Reference Had to the Rules.
timer, the splendid field play by which the
score was kept down to a few tallies instead of
running up to 20 or more on a side.
"Well, the game caught on, as you say, and
all Auckland was agog about it. The nines
had not been gone a week when an attempt was
made by a number of citizens to play a game.
I took my share in the proceedings, though not
as a player. As a former resident of America
I was looked upon as the most available candi
date for tbat extremely undesirable office, the
umpireshlp. I found an ancient book of rules
in mv effects and read up on the subject. I
had hardly perused a page 'before I saw great
difficulties getting ready to confront me.
A CHANGE OF RULES.
"I found, for instance, something about
nine balls, take your base,' with provision for
allowing the pitcher one or two initial tries on
him before calling a ball on him. 1 recalled
tbat in the game your professional nines
played there was no such leniency shown by
the umpire, and that fewer balls were called
before the striker took a free base. What
would my New Zealand friends say about this
conflict of authority? Then there used to be a
rule tbat a f ouL or the third strike caught on
the first bound operated to put the striker out.
Collided in Running for a Fly.
I began to tremble. It would be inciting to
manslaughter to let these vigorous amateurs
fire a hard ball at the striker as they bad seen
it done, and not one of them would dare to
stand close behind the bat, or if he did, he
should be forcibly prevented for his own sake
and the maintenance of his family. Yet it was
doubtful if they would permit the old. easy
rule ot out on first bound to operate. They
were plainly ambitious to play the game they
had seen, not some crudelydeveloped fossil bf
a previous era. I was tempted to use my influ
ence to dissuade them froln trying the game,
but that would have been useless. They were
"With many misgivings I assisted In laying
out a diamond on an open lot some distance
out of town, for in one respect, at least, they
were reasonable. They did not propose that
their first experiment should be witnessed by a
great crowd, and jeeringly compared with the
wonderful exhibition made by the visitors. We
did not have an ideal set of the instruments
employed in the game. Many of the men were
cricket players, and brought along cricket
bats. The nearest approach to a baseball bat
was a club tbat one enterprisinggentlemau baa
fashioned from an oar handle. Thebaseswere
stones picked up in the neighborhood. The
ball had been made especially for tho occasion.'
A cricket ball had been suggested, but It was
abandoned as being imsulted to severe play.
So we bad one made of hard wound yarn and
elastics, and covered with leather. It answered'
the purpose very well. There were no masks.
THE TROUBLE COMMENCES.
"Before the game began I endeavored to
persuade the enthusiasts to adopt the old style
of pitching, hut that was too much like bowl
ing to suit. For a time the play progressed
An Unnecestary Slide.
without trouble, though the efforts of the
strikers to bit the ball were ludicrous enongh
to all but themselves. Then the inevitable
wild pitch came. The striker nearly fell over
under the force of the blow, and you may de
pend upon it that the umpire got out or the
way as fast as he could. The pitcher promptly
professed his sorrow, but the man at the bat
was mad clear through. He exercised his jaw
a good deal and wanted to lay down his club
and draw out; so I had to insist that in Amer
ica there was an unwritten law that any man
declining to play after being hit, was declared
out, to the consequent detriment of 'his side's
interests. That aroused the injured man's
pride and spite, and he went to work again.
"Tho next difficulty occurred when two men
ran for the same fly and missed it by colliding
with each other. .Each thought the other to
blame, and time had to be called to reconcile
them. In fact it began to look as if the posi
tion of umpire was to be the unusual one of
peacemaker, instead of. general disturber. I
was ruddy disabused of this Impression, how
ever, when I failed to call 'foul' for a ball that
struck inside the diamond and rolled over the
line before reaching first base. The men in the
field promptly came marching in to argue the
matter in such a familiar way, that I saw with
terror that they were catching on to the Amer
ican style. I called time to save myself from
any disagreeable consequences, and consented
to hear opinions.
' THE? SCORNED THE UMPIRE.
"They had watched the travelling nines more
sharply than I bad, or interviewed the players,
or done something to learn that fine point that
was unknown in my day. It was In vain th at
Would Not Throw the Ball.
Eointed to the rule in my book defining a fair
all: They knew better, and scorned me for an
antediluvian. The worst was that most of the
players in whose favor I had decided backed
up their opponents as against me, specially
alleging that they wanted to play the game
right or not at all, and various remarks deroga
tory to the umpire were made on all sides. I
yielded, but the bad impression of me con
tinued through the game, and when a runner
fell down on home base while the catcher
jumped vainly In the airfor ahigh-thrown ball,
there were sarcastic inquiries as to whether the
man was not out. I bore it as well as I could,
and to smooth over matters I suggested
to a'pitcher, who had been very much worked
up over my calling of balls, that it was better
not to chase a runner to first base, but to throw
the ball to the baseman and thus make sure of
a put out. Now, I meant that in kindness, but
not only be took offense at it, as coming from a
man who showed his ignorance of the game,
but all the other players bowled that I was
giving points partially, Ob! I tell you it was a
"Your temporary absence from New Zealand,
Mr. Cranston," asked the writer, "has no rela
tion to your umpiring experience?"
Mr. Cranston screwed down the corners of
his mouth and looked meditatively out of one
;"! am in America on business." he said. "I
think that all unfortunate excitement about
the game will have blown over before I get
He Issues an Emphatic Defiance to the En
John Teemer, the McKeesport oarsman,
starts the ball to rolling in the aqnatlc world
this season with the issue of the challenge be
low: To the Sporting Editor of The Dispatch: -
I hereby challenge any man In America (Gaudaur
preferred) to row me a series of three single scull
races, each for $500 a side. First race to be three
miles, second four miles and third five lnlles. The
winner of two out of three-races to take the rail'
stake money of the three races and 75 per cent of
the Rate money, and should he win two straight
races to not be compelled to row the third
raceil should he not desire to do so.
Ea.h man to select a place for one race and the
third race to be rowed on mutual water, should it
take place. The first race must take place not
later than J une 12, the second two weekslater and
the third to follow two weeks afterward. 'Ihls
challenge is open to any man in America, but
Gaudaur Is preferred, as both he and myself have
been defeated by O'Connor, and as Mr. St. John
Is about to match him to row O'Connor again, I
would prefer that he accept my challenge and row
me first, and let the winner of the series of races
row O'Connor, and the loser step back.
I would like to recelvucarly notification through
The dispatch of the acceptance of the above and
will lmmcaiaieir auerwara arrange ior placing a
signing articles anu selecting nnai stake-
feOME BALL AVERAGES.
Pittsburg Ball Plnyera Object to Trl-Stnto
League Records. '
It is interesting to know how minor league
averages are made up. If tbe reports ol Lauer
and other local players are correct, soino of tbe
youngsters of Pittsburg have been unfairly
dealt with in the tn-State league.
A day or two ago Lauer and a friend visited
Zanesville, and discovered tbat tbe official
scorer of that club had been in a quarrel with
the league or club officials. He had not been
paid his full salary for tbe season, and as a re
sult withheld the records of 20 games. No ad
monitions, in the absence of Casey, could in
fluence the scorer to give up these records, and
the allegation is that President Dermitt made
un tbe records himself. This deal, or manipu
lation, It is claimed, gave McSbannic. Hutch
inson, the two Gnmberts, Lauer and Fry the
worst of it. McShannic, particular-y, claims
tbat his records have been depreciated by the
LOCAL BALL GOSSIP.
Pop" Smith Arrives What the Players
Will Do To-IIIorrow.
Top" Smith arrived in the city last night,
bat had no conference with Manager Phillips.
"Pop" is looking in excellent condition, and is
prepared to do good servica for the local club
if he hasa chance.
Manager Phillips states that the players will
do no work to-morrow. They will report at
the ground;, and try on their uniforms and
hear the club rules read. It is expected that
the players will then busy themselves in se
curing rooms for tbe season.
Several of the players are expected to arrive
to-day, and the balance, except Garfield, Sun
day, Carroll and Hanlon, will arrive on Mon
day. Manager Phillips has forwarded the
club's advertising .sheets to the Western cities'
where tbe clnb will play.
Tbe Independents In Time.
The Independent Baseball Club has organized
for the season, and the players are as follows:
W.Donley, c.; T. Remington, p.;W. Dakling,
1st; 8. Grler. 2d; J. Lane. 3d; G. Bentel, s.: J.
Clark,- c.f.i M. Rearden, Lf.: J. Farrell, r. The
team would like to bear from any other in
A GAME OF ROUNDERS
Our American Boys Give the English
Players a Tussle at
THE PROGENITOR OF BASEBALL.
Johnny Ward Arrives in Sew Tork and
Says a Few Words.
GOSSIP ABOUT THE LOCAL BALL TJLUB
, BT CABLE TO THE DISPATCH.
Liverpool, March 23, Copyright.
The American teams retired at Lancaster
last night and awoke in Liverpool at an
early hour this morning. The train did not
attract as much attention as at other places,
and no demonstration was made of any kind.
Tho weather was cloudy and threatened
rain, but notwithstanding this between
7.C0O and 8,000 people gathered at the Police
Athletic Grounds and gave the boys a hearty
welcome. Tbe programme for the afternoon
was lengthy and diversified, including, besides
a game between tbe American teams, a game
of rounders between a picked English eleven
and eleven ball players, and afterward a base
ball match England against America.
The baseball game between the Chicagos and
and All-Americas was well played, and re
sulted in a tie at tbe close of the fifth inning,
when game was called on account of the
sports to follow. Each side scored two runs.
Baldwin and Crane were tbe pitchers, and did
effective work. Only one hit was made off
Baldwin and four off Crane, two'of them be
ing three-baggers and one two-bagger. The
veteran George WrigBt plaved shortstop for
the All-Americas, but he did not show up at
the bat and infield with the skill which once
made him famous. He struck out in his two
chances at, the bat, and fumbled grounders in
a way that'showed he was sorely out of prac
tice. He bad two chances, and made one
error. Tbe spectators were appreciative of the
game, and applanded all the good catches and
long bits. They seemed to derive undoubted
amusement at base stealing.
While preparations were being made for
rounders rain began to fall heavily, bnt the
people remained in their places, despite the
fact that few were armed with umbrellas. The
rounders team was made up ot a picked eleven
from tbe Crescent, Union, Cranmer, Crown and
Derby clubs. The American eleven was Spald
ing, Anson, Hanlon, Pfeffer, Manning, Tener,
Earle, Wood, Wright, Hagerty and Brown.
The American team had the first inning and
scored six runs and their second made eight.
The English eleven scored IS in their first and
then game was called. The most interesting
feature of the game was that it gave the Amer
icans opportunity of seeing the game from
which their own is said to have originated.
They resemble each other in many points, but
so far as skill is concerned any comparison
with the American game is absurd. Rounders
is childish, and brings out no strong qualities
in batting, fielding or running.
The bowling of Spalding, wha was once the
American champion, was highly admired, and
the Englishmen admitted that the fielding of
the Americans was perfect, and that if "they
understood the game they would probably be
able to cope successfully. ,
At the close of rounders an English team
played the Americans at baseball. Tbey
showed utter deficiency in their ability
to judge and catch flies, field
grounders or bat. Baldwin was the
American pitcher. The English were able to
hit only one ball safely in' three innings, eight
striking out. Frank Sugg.the champion crick
eter of Lancashire, pitched for the English
side. The Americans batted him all over and
ran bases with impunity, trifling at will with
their opponents. They made 16 runs in the
first inning and 2 in the second, and then quit,
with a score of IS to nothing.
As the baseball players left the ground they
were heartily cheered, and also on the streets
on their way to the depot. Tbey left to-night
at 9 o'clock, reaching Fleetwood at 11, where
they will take a steamer for Belfast. They
will doubtless be generously entertained in
Ireland, as many invitations have already been
Rules nnd Diagram of tho English Old-Time
Rounders, as now played, originated in Liv
erpool many years ago. There are seven fixed
positions In the game, the balance of the 11
having roving commissions, as there are no foul
lines. The bat is paddle-shaped. The pitcher
can make a run of two or three yards in deliv
ering the ball. Two "bad" balls delivered to a
batter counts one for tbe batting team. If a
batter strikes at a ball and misses it he is out.
This diagram shows how the ground is laid
out and the players distributed:
( ltli Yards. A . u Yards. y
A Bowler's box and bowler. P First base.
R-Back stop. U Second base.
C-I.ongstop. H Third base.
D-Ccnter point. K-Striklng base.
Here are some'other rules of the game: The
number of innings and tinie of draw is arranged
by the respective captains before commencing
a match, and when a team is 30 runs behind it
is compulsory for it to "follow on."
When there is but one batsman at the strik
ing base, he must strike at one of six good
balls or be "out?' and the Innings shall only be
terminated by the batsman being caught out,
or the "touching base" being struck with the
ball by a fielder while the batsman is Tunning
the bases. When there is only one man left on
the batting side he shall be entitled to claim a
rest of five minutes after running the bases
before being called npon to take his place at
the striking base. . -
When a club bas made a winning score it
shall have tbe option of terminating the same.
. An umpire Is appointed by the competing
clubs,andsbould there be two decidedupon tbey.
shall act together, one giving his attention
entirely to tbe bases, while the other attends
solely to the bowling.
HE MEANS BUSINESS.
Ed. Nlklrk Pats Up a Forfeit to Ran
Ed. Nikirk is not at all daunted by his
failures as a five-mile runner. Last evening
he left the following business-like challenge at
this oflice: ''I will run Joe Ridge, of Brad
dock, on any fair local track a five-mile race
for $100 a side. I accompany my challenge
with a forfeit of $10 to show that I mean busi
ness. I will meet Ridge or his representatives
at the Dispatch office on Monday evening between-
7 and 8 o'clock prepared to make a
It is likely that a race will take place between
Nikirk and Ridge, because the latter Is looked
upon as a promising "stayer" in the pedestrian
business, and Nikirk is considered a non
stayer. Nikirk's forfeit is now in the keeping
of the sporting editor of this paper.
A Spirited Race.
SPECIAL TELEGBAM TO THE DISFATCR.l
Toronto, O., March 23, In a nine-hour
amateur go-as-you-please race completed to
night the results were: Moore, 61 miles 2 laps;
Rodney Ollam, 49 miles; Jerry Barney, with
drew, 28 miles. First prize, $25; second, $10.
Moore did excellent work, this being his first
appearance on the track.
Two Local Races,
There will be two races at the Union Rink,
Allegheny, on Thursday evening. The first
will be a mile race, the contestants being Ken
nedy, Carrntbers and Dawson. Tbe second
contest will be a two mile race between Guy
and Morrison for $23 a side.
Under Any Rates.
A dispatch from Jimmy Rowan to this office
yesterday stated that he Is willing to fight Bert
Shay under any rales. " This ought to re
sult in a contest for Shay or put a stop to the
endless and apparently useless talk.
WARD MAY NOT LEAVE GOTHAM.
The Great Shortstop Home Again, Where
He Want to Stay.
ISFECIAt, TELEQBAU TO TOT DISrATCB.1
New York, March 23. John M.Ward, the
shortstop of the New York club, arrived on
steamship Saale this morning. He is the same
Ward as of old, probably a little more English
in his ways, and a little worn looking, but nev
ertheless he looks as though he could play
good ball as he ever did. W ard is not tbe only
great baseball man In town. President Hewitt,
of the Washington club, is also here, and so
are Conant and Billings, of tbe Boston club.
They all seem to want Ward, bnt of course
theycan'tallget him. It was understood that
Ward and Hewitt were to have a conference
last night, but it was not learned whether it
took placeornot. Ward's friends persisted in
claiming that he would play with the New York
club next season. . . .
A well known baseball man says that the dea
now being considered Is a three-cornered one.
Tbe Boston delegates, be alleges, are here to
try and trade Morrill and Wise to Washington
for Ward. In case Ward does not go to Bos
ton, then Jim Hard will be secured to manage
the Bostons for next season, after which time
he will become the Secretary and business
manager of the Chicago club.
Mr. ward reached quarantine at midnight
last night. Had the Saale made her appearance
earlier in the day it was the intention to bring
up the popular balltosserin a tug. as a mark
of tbe esteem in which be Is held. This morn
ing Mr. Ward proceeded to the Marlborough
Hotel, where Mrs. Helen Dauvray-Ward was
waiting to receive him.
"Well, I really don't know much to tell you
in the shape of news," said Mr. Ward to a re
porter at tbe hotel. "There is not a man
among the clubs but wants to take another
trip next winter, taking in China and Japan as
well as the places visited by us on this tour.
The boys, I see, are still whaling the Chicagos,
and the good work shows no signs of letting
up," smilingly remarked Mr. Ward. "They
leave for this side on March 28 by the White
Star steamer Adriatic, and I'll wager they get
a good reception."
A Number of Contracts Signed Change of
Date Special Notice.
rsrECIAI. TELEOEAM TO THE DISPATCTT.l
Columbus, O., March 23. Wheeler Wikoff,
Secretary of the American Association, to
night issued tbe following bulletin:
Contracts, 1889 With Athletic, Denny Lyons,
Ed. Knonff; Baltimore, B. L. Cautz; Columbus,
Ralph Johnson; Kansas City, Thomas Sullivan,
W. R. Hamilton, J. A. McCarty; Louisville,
Paul Cooke, Phil Ehret; St. Louis, J. A. Cud
worth; Indianapolis, P. A. Hines, J. Denny, J.
W. Glasscock. C. F. Daily; Boston, William
Sowders; Detroit, Jacob Wells; Lowell, J. A.
Released By Kansas City, Philip Ehret;
Cleveland. T. J. Scheflier, G. Prosser; Toledo,
D. Oldfield, G. E. Weldeman; Kansas City, R.
Johnson: Lowell, J. A. Cudworth; Portsmouth.
J. E. Canavan; Worcester, John J. Kelty;
Wilkesbarre, T. Dowse, J. Cuff, F. Brill.
Change of dates The Cincinnati and Kan
sas City clubs have changed a came scheduled
for September 28 to September 27 by agree
ment. Special Each club will send to the secretary
on or before April I the names of three men,
residents of the city, who will act as substitute
umpires; as required by the constitution; also
furnish name and address to whom batting
order must be furnished by tbe visiting club.
THE ENTRY LIST.
Champions Entered for the Big Local
The entries for the big six-day go-as-you-please
pedestrian contest, which commences at
the Central Rink to-morrow midnight (12:05)
two weeks, are larger tban anticipated. Un
doubtedly the assurances for a great struggle
are encouraging. The nationalities to be rep
resented are numerous and interesting, and tbe
quality of the performers is first class.
Among the entries is a Hindoo, a Mexican,
an Indian, a Canadian and a cowboy. There are
Irishmen, Englishmen, Scotchmerr.Gennans ana
Americans. There certainly will be a race be
tween Noremac Golden and Connors. They
are waiting for each other, and it Is likely that
none of them will win. Cox is looked upon as
a good outsider, and Frank Hart, the winner
ofthe 'Frisco race, thinks he is in good enough
condition to finish in first place. Guerrero,
who was sick at 'Frisco, wants to be a winner
here, and be can proDably be so if be
bas pluck enough. Hart and Guerrero will
leave 'Frisco for this city within a
day or two. The track at the Central
rink will be put into first-class condition. So
far there are 31 entries and more are expected.
Following are the entries: F. H. Hart. 'Frisco;
Peter Golden, New York; George D. Noremac,
Philadelphia; Sam Day. Paterson, N.J.; Peter
Hegelman. New York; Gus Guerrero, New
York; John J. Hoagland, Union Springs; Nor
man Taylor, New York; Henry O. Messier,
Omaha, Neb.; Thomas Cox, Parkersburc;
Harry Williams, Philadelphia; William A.
Smith, New York: Dan Washburn. St. Louis;
J. J. Eogledrum, Chicago; William A. Turner,
Cincinnati; S. A. Dain, New York: John
Mackey, Cincinnati, the entry of the Ohio Val
ley Athletic Club; Matt Horan, Philadelphia:
John Hughe?, New York; Jack Adams, Brook
lyn; Andy Siebert, Pittsburg; William Nolan,
Pittsburg: White Eagle, Indian Nation: Lana
brahHindo. Hindostan; Peter Pancbott, Buf
falo; John Sullivan, New York; Chris. Faber,
New York; Alfred Elson, Connecticut: John
Dillon, New York; Parson Tillie. Canada. A
few more entries are expected by to-morrow's
THERE IS NO TROUBLE.
Homestead Has No Objection to Gambert
or Anybody Else.
A representative of The Dispatch ap
proached the officials of the Homestead Base
ball Clnb with reference to the statements in
certain morning papers yesterday to tbe effect
that the East End Athletics and Homestead
club were fussing over the probable playing
of Ad. Gumbert and John Tener with tbe
Athletics during the coming season. The fact
of the matter is that the officials of the Home
stead club have no knowledge of any discus
sion on the point whatever. They are perfect
ly willing that tbe Athletics sball play the
players named, or even "Pap" Anson br 510,000
Kelly, If they choose.
The Homestead club made no objection last
year to John Tener playing. So far the Home
stead club Is satisfied with the make-up of all
the clubs In the League. They are satisfied
with the schedule and tho proposed rules,'and
are on the best of terms with the Athletics
and all other teams. Manager Jones states
that his members are all signed except one.
The uniforms have been ordered, and he Is
ready for business. There will be no disputes
between other nines and his except in tbe
diamond, and then it will be no newspaper dis
Youngstowh, O., March 23. The members
of the Gun Club, of this city, had an entertain
ing time yesterday. Their shoot was a good
one. Following are the scores:
First Shoot, 25 Birds John A. Logan, Jr., 10;
John A. Whiteside, 23; C. E. Semple. 11; W. A.
Smith, 23; W. J. Hitchcock, Jr., 15; John Stam
bausb, Jr.. 10; George L. Fordyce, 15; Warner
Arms, 22; D. F. Anderson, 13.
Second Shoot, 25 Birds John A. Lojran, 13; J.
N. Whiteside, 21: C. E. Semple, 13; W. A.
Smith. 19; W. J. Hitchcock, 13; John Stam
baugb, Jr., 10: George L. Fordyce, 16; D.F.
Anderson, 16; -Warner Arms, 19; Robert Bent
Third Shoot, 10 Birds John A. Logan, Jr.,
8; J.N. Whiteside, 9; C. E. Semple. 5; W.A.
Smith, 9: W. S. Hitchcock, Jr., 6: John Stam
baugb, Jr.. 6: George L. Fordyce, 3; Warner
Arms, 10; Robert Bentley, 6; D. F. Anderson, 9.
. Ynle Is Wealthy.
New Haves', March 23. The committee
having in charge the collection of funds for
the Yale gymnasium is having unexpected
success. The Chairman announces that $110,
000 has already been subscribed for tbe build
ing and at least $10,000 more virtually pledged.
A letter has been issued to graduates in New
York from which it is hoped a large additional
sum will result.
A Crlbbngo Chnllenge.
A gentleman called at this office last evening
and stated that he is prepared to match James
Beardsbaw, of this city, to play-any local man a
match at cribbage. Beardsbaw can be matched
against anybody else for from S50 to $2n0 a side,
the contest to consist of 21 or 31 "legs." Any
body desiring a match can arrange a date of
meeting through The Dispatch.
The Gnlvlns Ready for Work.
The J. F. Galvins have organized with the
following team: C. Harris, catcher; G. Ernest,
pitcher; G. Malscb, shortstop; J. Keenan, first
base; H. Lishthill, second base; J. Dittmar,
third base: W. Cahoon. left field: W. Martin.
f center field; E. Banker, right field- The club
is ready to accept challenges. Address J. a..
Dittmar, 22 Beaver avenue, Allegheny.
TheT. M.Marshalls may play a game with
the Homesteads shortly.
S Ait DAT, who is entered for the local six-
day raceIs training Wallace Ross In the road
scuuers race atrauaaelphia.
Reader: A man can bet on the election
and vote, but if the bet Is proven against him
tbe money goes to the Poor Board.
Attobset Watsoit filed another statement
yesterday in the case of Decker and the
League. The latter is now assailed as a part
If Anson wants revenge on Liverpool he
only need come to Pittsburg; and he'll see a
champion team of ronnders who will, un
doubtedly, beat the world.
The Homesteads are anxious to defeat Mc
Keesport, as tbe latter wanted to play them all
last year. Tbe two clubs open the County
league season at Homestead.
Manager Swabtwood, of the Hamilton,
Club, signed Thomas J. Douse yesterday.
Douse was catcher of the Wilkesbarre team
last season. Swartwood Is a hustler.
RTUE-questlon of tbe admission of tbe book
makers to the Association course at the Lex
ington spring meeting seems to be about set
tled. It Is now understood that tbey will not
go on as members of tbe Western Bookmakers'
Association, but as individuals.
The Braddocks' new grounds are located
directly east of the water works, at the foot of
the main cross street. It is much easier of
access than tho old grounds at Rankin station,
and the attendance at the games will no doubt
be large. The work of constructing the fence
has already becun.
The Homestead club has signed Henry
Youngman to fill the vacancy on third base
caused by Henry Lauer going with the Ath
letics. He is one of tbe cleverst ball players in
the Homestead section. His engagement with
the Danville club last season was quite flatter
ing to him. He bas bad overtures this year
from Birmingham, Ala., Memphis, Tenn.,
Springfield, O , Lafayette, Ind., and yesterday
declined an offer from W. H. Lucas, of Bur
Jniirr Reagau has this to say abont Demp
sey: Jack Dempsey claims to be the middle
weight champion of America. My backer put
up $250 forfeit and agreed to back me for $1,000
a side and tbe championship against Dempsey.
knowing that, being the champion, Dempsey
would either have -to arrange a match or give
up his title. Dempsey has failed to meet my
backer or myself; therefore we withdraw our
money, which we will stand ready to again put
up should Dempsey agree to arrange a match
according to the regular rules which govern
the middle-weight championship. I was giving
Dempsey from 10 to 11 pounds advantage in
weight. Now, as he claims tbat there is a 140
pound man who can smother me, I wish to in
form the "champion" that I will meet any man
breathing at weight, and Dempsey at any
weight. I know an olft veteran,Mlke Donovan,
whom Dempsey said he could defeat in a
punch, who smothered him.
WAGES MUST COME DOWN.
The Notices Posted Up by Several Lancaster
Lancaster, March 23. Notices have
been posted in the rolling mills of tbe Co
lumbia Boiling Mill Company, the Susque
hanna Iron Company and the Columbia
Iron Company that after April 6 $3 SO per
ton will be paid for paddling iron, and
other ton men in proportion.
The management say that either a reduc
tion or a complete shutdown is necessary.
The Penn Iron Company, of this city, has
also posted the same notice of reduction.
STRAUB & MORRIS,
REAL ESTATE AND INSURANCE,
CORNER WOOD STREET AND THIRD AVENUE,
Telephone. No. 730. ' Pittsburg, Pa.
We desire to remind onr friends that, in connection with onr large and increasing in
surance business, we carry on REAL ESTATE IN" ALL ITS BRANCHES. We have
now for sale some of the most desirable business and residence properties in the county.
We also attend to the Collection of Rents, Negotiation of Mortgages, and, having a com
petent auctioneer connected with the firm, take charge of Auction Sales of Houses,
Stocks of Merchandise, Snbnrban Lots, Household Furniture, etc.
STRAUB & MORRIS.
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TO READ THIS
Our stock of Chamber
Suites actually exceeds the
combined showing of any
three Cash or Installment
Houses in Pittsburg. Yet
it is not only the vastness
of our stock that we pride
ourselves of, -but also its
elegance, beauty, style and
cheapness. ,A saving of 25
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Our assortment of mahog
any and oak sideboards is
something wonderful -to be
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more of them, exhibit hand
somer styles and name low
er prices than any concern
in Western Pennsylvania.
The same rule also applies
to our stock of extension
Our stock is mammoth. We show all the very latest and most pop
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we eclipse all former showings. We also have a choice and brilliant
variety of domestic and imported Rugs, as well as a complete assort
ment of Lace and Colored Curtains, which, like all else in our huge
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Opening of Exhibition Games
SATURDAY, MARCH 30.
EAST END ATHLETICS
Only game until April 30.
Admission 25 cents. Game at 3:30. rnhH-163
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of Pure Wines and Liquors for medicinal pur-'
poses, embracing full line3 of both Foreign'
and Domestic, at prices for the age and qual
ity of the goods that is not, and cannot be met,
some of which we quote:
Pure eight-year-old export Guckenhelmer
Whisky, full quarts, SI 00. or 810 per dozen.
Overholt Pure Rye, five years old, full quarts,
SI 00, or S10 per dozen.
Finch's Golden Wedding; ten years old, full
quarts. SI 25, or $12 per dozen.
Gin, Pure Holland, our own importation, full
quarts, SI 25, or $12 per dozen.
Dunville's Old Irish Whisky, quarts, $1 50, ot
J15 per dozen.
Ramsay's Old Scotch Whisky, distillery at
Islav, SI SO per bottle, full quart.
Wise's Old Irish Whisky, distillery at North
Mall, Cork. SI 50 per bottle, full quart.
Kentucky Bourbon, ten years old, full quarts,
Cork Distilleries Co. Old Irish Whisky, $1 50
.per bottle: S15 00 per dozen. .
James Watson & Cc's Dundee Fine Glenlivo
Scotch Whisky, SI 50 per bottle: $15 per dozen.
Fare Jamaica Rum, SI 25 per quart.
Old Tom Gin, SI 00 per quart.
Gold Seal Champagne, pints, 75 cents; quarts,
All of the different varieties of California
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and only 50 cts. for full quarts, or S3 00 per doz.
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Goods sent via express to any address. No
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412 Market street, Pittsburg, Pa.,
Corner of the Diamond.
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We show these goods in.
all different kinds of wood,
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