Image provided by: University of Oregon Libraries; Eugene, OR
About La Grande evening observer. (La Grande, Or.) 1904-1959 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 19, 1910)
LA GiiANDj EVilN'lNG OBSKKVEK. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1910.
InMiial Dslsnss Against I.!3ss
Play Is Passing.
CHAK3E IS THREE YEARS LATE
BURDEfl .ms - "j
Should Have Bhu Instituted at Far
Back aa 1907 In Former Seasons
Dutiaa of Tackles War Overwhelm
ing and Strain Too Great.
The new football rote bar played
the good Samaritan to the tackles.
By the elimination of Interlocked In
terference and pushing and pulling the
ball the mass play oa the tackle baa
been deprived of one-half Its worth.
No longer are these men called upon
to Btand the terrific bauertug which
: attained Its lenith last year. This
has brought about one of the most
welcome changes in football, for acci
dents to tackles were frequent In 1909.
The death of Cadet Byrne of the Army
Should Have Mada Changs In 1907.
These rules lessening the burden of
the tackles should have been institut
ed back in 1907. the second year of the
forward pass. When the defense did
not hare to figure on the ball shoot
ing over their heads it was in the
riirht nrrlw of thirds to Zo plays
on the tackles. It was the tackle's
function to break up these plays. Ills
duty ended there. The defensive half
back, playing a yard to his outside,
tackled the runner. Occasionally a
star tackle threw the man with the
ball himself, but that was secondary.
Ills duty ended with spilling the play,
giving the halfback the opportunity
for a clean tackle.
Tackle Wn Left Unsupported.
But with the development of the
forward pass the halfback Inherited
other duties. lie had to play farther
, back; and Intercept such pasaes or else
block the man who was running to
make the catch. This left the tackle
unsupported. Ills duties became over
whelming; the physical exactions were
too great Not only did he have to pile
tip all smashes at his position, but
charge with his head back, watching
for a short forward pass. ,
As a result offense crashed into
him like a great battering ram. lie
had to meet it alone. The halfback
was watching for a forward pass.
And the fact that the tackle hud to
keep his head raised to watch for a
short forward pass made him sus
ceptible to a broken neck. ,. Tho odds
were four, sometimes five, to one
against him. This year, however, tho
, rules are giving signs of lessening
this mass play burden of the tackle.
It is a most welcome reform.
fx 'v (k 1 l Sv In spite of the talk about extravagance, in spite
villi : tm if -vx -v vx nr tnn nennra nnmir rnfl me oi inn auiomnn o. num.
riPHB tho man with ft car toes sninnlne and w1nntno
Numbering Football Players.
In England football players are
numbered, ine Innovation Is bound
to be adopted in this country. It's
only fair to spectators that some sys
, tcm whereby contestants can be easily
Identified should be enforced. The
only objection to the scheme Is that
opponents could Identify opposing play
ers. The advantages and disadvan
tages of this system would be counter
balanced, ns both teams could use the
Johnnie McGovern, the Minnesota
quarterback, who not only Is another
Eckersall, but is a big moose. His line
plunging his his big stunt and he is
unquestionably the best quarter in
the United States today. . '
BIG GAME SEARING.
Alamnl.HIgh School Kickfest Next
Thursday Important Event
With the- big hlgh-echool-alumni
game but a few days off. both sides
are making strenuous efforts to take
on a winning color. The alumni or
"haBbeens" as they are oftentimes
called, are practicing diligently and
will spring some good plays on the
stalwarts. The game will be called at
such an hour as not to interfere with
turkey day meals, and it is conced
ed that a large audieuce will be on
hand, for both aggregations have
hosts of friends who will be on band
to yell. There has been practically
no change in the alumni lineup as
first announced, and the team from
the high school will be changed but
little, if any.
Baseball Has 8,000 Players.
According to records kept by John E.
Bruce, secretary of the national base
ball commission, there were 8.000 play
era In organized baseball this season.
Of this number only 000 have been
drafted from minor to major leagues.
t r 7
IiIBBT, nmiAXS' GREAT KICXKB, WHOSH
TOK IS MUCH IX XTIIK5Ca THIS BXASOH.
expense. The direct result of ath
letics will be that not only one but
all such schools will have more male
Btudents, consequently more men to
pick teams irom and lastly a better
representation all around. Nothing in
recent years has so tended to uplift
and perfect athletics in high schools
in the state, as the passage of this
system here. Thanks are due to the
untiring effort of E. E. Bragg and
the good, substantial common sense
of the voters.
Michigan and Minnesota fought it
out at Ann Arbor today, and what a
game it must have been. The Wolver
ines are the weaker according to the
dope sheet, but the way Hurry Up
Fielding Yost's men can tear into
the Gophers is something scandal
ous, and while Minnesota should win
with as much ease as Harvard should
win against Yale, the outcome may
be a surprise. There are plenty of
supporters of all these four teams
right here in La Grande and Joys and
sorrows will percolate through many
a sportive vein when the returns get
One of the best stunts pulled oft
locally was the donation of ten boxes
of Elgin-grown apples to the vie-
! torious Portland baseball tossers. Un
fortunately the apples .were lost in
. transit and though the Benders' heartn
were in the right place the players
may never taste the delicious fruit
The donators were- live baseball
"bugs" at Elgin, and their plan was
both original and unique. The tracer
sent out after the fruit has net
Gustave LJungstrom, world's mar- brought results yet
athoner who came to America after
more coin and honors during the coin
FEW (MANGES THIS YEAR.
Boy's Basket Ball Kules Do Not
Changed Materially by ew Laws.
The basketball rules for buys do
not make any material changes over
the 1909-1910 rules except in one in
stance, and it will be a radical one
to old timers. The rule shortens the
distance that may be covered by the
player with the ball. When a player,
standing, receives a pass, he may
take one step in any direction but
must have delivered the ball before
his other foot again touches the floor.
This does not prevent a man throw-
. lug at the basket both in play and
at the basket while on the run, pro
viding the play is pulled off rapidly.
The same rule applies to a plater
throwing for a basket. This is a
fraction of one step less than the dib
tance allowed last year, but does not
reduce the speed of the game, rather
tending to quicken it. Last year cer
tain kinds of rules provided for two
steps and then delivery of the ball.
, which made the time consumed in
passing the Nball longer If ncccssurv
or desired. Practically uo other
changes of moment have been made.
It is expected the new rule books
will be in La Grande shortly.
TWO BIG GAMES SCHEDULED.
M. I. A. Ha Two Game for Its Barn
storming Tour Alrendy.
Manager Waldo Geddes, tutor of
the M. I. A. quintet has received de
finite word from Walla Walia posi
tively and Milton, very probably, and
the proposed barnstorming tour will
likely become a reality. Another team
which Is wanted for the trip is Pen
dleton and then, with three bis earnes
scheduled, the manager will feel safe ! Sun ,akes a fal1 at tne school board-
in undertaking the trip.
Locally sentiment is divided as t
the causes of the trouble at Cor
vallls last Saturday evening. The
least said about the trifling matter
the better for everyone concerned,
for as far as the writer can ascer
tain, it was a case of carrying college
pranks a little too far. Aftermttn
of big eastern games where rivalry
is more Intense because greater num
bers are interested, makes the fracas
at Corvalli8 appear like a tiny item
on after-game history.
Wallowa town's high school has
been sadly handicapped this year be
cause of lack of trainers and coaches
in the teaching staff. The Wallowa
A HERE AND THERE. A
One of the direct results of the
passage of the county h'gh school
system in Union county will be the
betterment of athletics in all schools.
Farmer boys, unable to pay their way ! at the Corvallis game, brands h!n: a
will now be able to attend any ac- a notable in fonta?.!! ann.ils of tV
Justly for not providing at least one
man on the teaching staff who can
handle athletics. Lostine even, wal
loped the Wallowitps, principally be
cause the gateway players had not
the least conception of the real sam;.
Ben Grout, the La Grande husk
playing with the Oregon 'varsity is
conceded to be one of tha itrnirst
men on the vktorinus eleven at Ku
gene. fcroufs terrific line nlunrrine
credited school in the county at little (Continued on Page Seven.)
A GOOD MOTOR CAR
EARNS ITS KEEP
Yes, and a good car pays a high rate of interest
on the original lnvestement, too.
Nearly all the cars you see bearing pleasure parties
at night have been working all day. They have
earned their way.
If the automobile did not earn its way, it wouldn't
last Does the average business man keep on putting
his money into unprofitable things?
Have you ever known a man who once owned a
car willing to give up ownership? The man who
once had the Bervice of a car knows that without one
he would feel as though he had lost a leg.
The man without a car these days is at a distinct
disadvantage in comparison with the man who has
one. ' t
The automobile is typical of his age the age of
efficiency and rapid progress.
Men have not made any other thing In all their
history which will render so much genuine service
in a given length of time as the automobile.
The man with a good car only smiles to himself
when he hears two men who never drove a car de
bating how long the automobile business Is going to
He smiles again when his neighbor says: "I don't
see how you can afford to keep up an automobile."
He smiles because he BeeB his neighbor haa been
taking the funny papers seriously, which is always
a funny thing to do.
Have you ever noticed those pictures in the funny
papers about automobile troubles and expenses? Ever
notice how the automobiles shown are of the models
of ten years ago? That showB how old the Jokes are.
In Bpite of the talk about extravagance, in spite of
the debate about the life of the automobile business,
in spite of the funny papers, the man with a car
smiles, "start 'er up," and goes Bpihning and win
ning on his way, well pleased with himself that he
has so good and faithful a servant as his motor car.
good round sum and then doeB he go back to the
He uses it for two or three seasons, sells it for a
horse and buggy and the Btreet car? Hardly.
He gets "reckless" again and buys another motor
car a better one. He 1b able to buy a better one for
the same or less money than he spent before,, because
the manufacturers from year to year learn how to
Improve and refine their products. Thus are prices
constantly lowered. You can buy more for the same
price this year than you bought last.
In fact, you can now buy all that any one needs in
a five passenger car for as low a price as $1500 it is
a quality car, too.
In addition to the design, materials and workman
Bhip necessary tc insure perfect performance this
car has what many critics consider the most beauti
ful lines of any outomoblle in the world; and further
it has the refinements and .the finish to suit the raoBt
We have a catalog that many people profess to
admire which tells all about this good $1500 car.
After you have gone through this catalog, you'll
probably be troubled with driver's itch until you gtt
you hands on ihe wheel of a Chalmers. If you are
willing to take a chance, writeus. )
Here's Just About All You Can Ask In a Motor Car.
. : i
In a Chalmer's "Forty," the car shown in the
picture, you can go very far in a day. You can go
with smoothness, with ease, with perfect comfort for
driver and passangers 100, 200, 300 miles as fast as
you please, over hill and plain, through city and val
ley and forest. ,
This splendid car meets the motorist's maximum
desire In every direction, It has as much room as
any car made. It will carry seven and still have
"room for one more."
The 40 h. p. motor gives al lthe power you can use
at any time tho power for mlle-a-minute speed, for
bcampering over hills, for faultless pulling in mud
or sand. It gives you smoothnesB and quietness of
operation economy, too; many "Forty", users aver
age fourteen miles to the gallon of gasoline.
x CHALMERS "FORTY"
haa beauty and finish that suits those who demand
the utmost. Handbuffed leather or the finest quality
is used in the upholstering. Dash, heel boards and
door strips are of Circassian walnut. The painting
of a "Forty" is done with extreme care.
The extra long wheel base, the staunch double drop
frame, the tilted seats and the long three-quarter el
liptic springs, make this car as comfortable for the
aged as for the vigorous. "
A day's ride la some cars leaves your body feeling
as though It had been beaten with a board.
Remember, you are buying a car to ride In, not to
put In the parlor for an ornament
In this car you really get Just about all anyone
can ask in a car reliability, carrying, comfort, beau
And this "Forty" is a Chalmers car. That's some
tnlng. The owner of a Stelnway piano, a Tiffany lamp,
a Persian rug, a Roycroft de laze book has a certain
pride m them, simply bcas they art whit th7
You would have the same pleasant feeling in
owning a Chalmers "Forty." It keeps its chin up in
$2750, Including Bosch magneto, Prest-O.Lite tank
and gas lamps. i
Touring car, five or seven seats; Torpedo, four
Roadster, two, three or four seats.
Let us demonstrate the new model for you.
Bittebrandt A uto.
LA GRANDE, ORE.
Agents for Union and Wallowa Counties