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THE SUNDAY OREGONIAX, PORTLAND, DECEMBER 31, 1905.
SPORTS OF THE AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL '
Tinkering- of Football Rules Is Soon to Begin Indoor
Games Are Now in Full Swing
Three Committees to Tackle
NO REAL WORK DONE YET
Intercollegiate Organization Sets Im
portant. Mectingr for December
"What .Was IDonc.
UX LEWIS A. McARTHUlt.
Members of the athletic -world are new
being treated to the Interesting spectacle
of three independent rules committees at
tempting to straighten out the existing
football-reform tangle. Each of these
three committees has held sessions this
Fall, though the real accomplishments up
to the present time have been very little.
To the outsider. It appears that each com
mittee is waiting to sco -what the other
fellow does, and how long tho waiting
game will Keep up, nobody knows.
The most Influential and prominent of
the three organizations .Is, of course, the
Intercollegiate Rules Committee, consist
ing of representatives ot the following
seven institutions. Harvard, Princeton,
Yale, Pennsylvania, Cornell. Annapolis
and Chicago. This committee has held
the football situation in the palm of its
hand for many years, and is better known
as the "Camp committee." Existing rules
are the product of the Camp committee,
and tho present style of play has practi
cally been developed by the influence of
its members, "Walter Camp and Paul
Dashlcl particularly. President David
Starr Jordan of Stanford has referred to
Walter Camp as the "father of football
and the Inventor of mass play," while
President Benjamin Ide Wheeler of the
University of California used slightly
ntore emphatic "langu .ge when he re
marked "that man Dashiel Is the curse of
It is apparent that whatever this com
mittee may do will bo watched for with
Interest, and some of the members have
gone so far as to state what ought to be
lone to improve the game. Camp particu
larly, who has urged that ten yards
sliouM be made In three downs, instead of
live as at present. It was announced all
over tho country that this committee
would hold Its regular Fall meeting on
What Dlil the Committee Do?
Now what did this committee do? No
body in this part of the country knows;
In fact, no announcement has even been
made that there was any meeting at alL
On December 21. Mr. Camp was quoted In
dispatches as saying that he favored a
change, and believed that the public de
mand should be answered, but up to the
present 'time, 'the Intercollegiate Commit
tee hasn't uttered an official chirp. And
tho gridiron enthusiasts are waiting pa
tiently. In the meantime tho public has. been
treated to several interesting stories from
California to the effect that Stanford and
California have decided to abolish the
present game, and play Rugby. This in
formation has been heralded up and down
the Coast from one end to the other, and
It has created a false Impression as re
garding tho football situation In the
Golden State. '
What California Did.
Tho ohly definite action that has been
taken In California was the adoption of
resolutions at a meeting ot the faculty
athletic committees of California and
Stanford Universities, held at the Uni
versity Club In San Francisco, on Mon
day, December 11. These resolutions de
clared in effect against the present inter
collegiate rules committee, recommend
ed the adoption of Rugby or a modifica
tion of the present American game, and
requested several wll-known authorities
to act as an advisory board for framing
the final decision.
The faculty athletic committees met
pursuant to a call by President Wheeler.
f California, and President Jordan, of
Stanford. Resides the presidents of the
wo universities thore were present the
following named gentlemen: Colonel
George C. Edwards. Albert W. Whitney
nul Harry D. Torrcy. constituting the
University of California faculty athletic
committee; Professors W. F. Durand and
V. F. Snow, of the Stanford faculty ath
The full resolutions adopted at the
meeting oa December 11 were as follow:
Resolved, by the joint athletic committee
of the UnlrersJty of California and the In
land Stanford, Jr.. University. That we rec
ommend to the faculties of the two unlver
elUe In question that the Intercollegiate
football contest shall no longer be held un
der the reflations of the present football
rules committee. We recommend a a. sub
stitute the present English Rugby game, or
else the present American game with such
modifications as shall promise to eliminate
the existing evils.
Resolved, That 'we ask the following gen
tlemen to act as advisory members to aid
us In framing a final decision: James F.
Lanagan. Dr. Frank Simpson.- Dr. A. B.
Spauldlng, Prentiss X. Cray. James A.
Force. A. J. Chalmers. E. P. Stott, Roy El
liott and W. T. Keld. Jr.
This advlsocy committee, on which the
Northwest Is very ably represented by
Stott and Chalmers, and by Dr. Simpson,
too, for that matter, has never met with
the faculty athletic committees, and no
action has been taken by either of the
two universities. They are probably
waiting for news from the Intercollegi
ate rules committee, along with the rest
of the football world. California. Is not
trying to coerce the rest of the Coast,
and will not try to force any rules she
may make upon other institutions. Stan
ford and California had no authority to
call representatives from other Pacific
Coast colleges. There appeared 'to be no
agitation for reform anywhere else on
the Coast, and Presidents Jordan and
Wheeler did not see the necessity for at
tempting to call together a bunch of per
sons who up to that time had not been
interested enough In the question to offer
any opinions about it.
Xcw Committee Formed.
And now a new committee has
bobbed Into the Held with suggestions
and amendments, and it too will seek
to get a word in edgewise into the
football squabble. On December 28 rep
resentatives of 68 different colleges
and universities agreed to act to
gether in securing the adoption and
enforcement of rules that are expected
materially to lessen the danger to
players, do away with mass formations
and secure permanent officials for in
Not one of tho seven whose repre
sentatives compose the Intercollegiate
committee participated In the meet
ings which was held in New York City,
so it was decided to communicate with
the existing committee and see if some
agreement could not be made, whereby
the two organisations could amalga
mate, and thus handle the situation at
one meeting. The conference, like that
in California, was called by the head
of one of the prominent universities.
Councillor McCracken, of New Yofk.
It differs from the camp committee In
that it has ofllcial faculty sanction
of the Institutions participating, and
in that it purposes to do away with
other vlls beside bad rules.
Resolve to Chance Rules.
Among the many resolutions intro
duced, the following was adopted:
"Whereas. The game of football as practiced
under existing rules by the student of trie
educational institutions In the United Statte,
has developed undesirable features, the regu
larly accredited representatives of the facul
ties of the educational Institutions from all
soctioos of the country. In convention assem
bled In New- York City. December 28, 1005.
In an effort to remove this objectionable phase
of the sport, hereby
Itesolve. That this conference recommend
that the academic authorities of this confer
ence hold themselves ultimately reionsJble
for the conduct of athletics within their re
Reeolved. That It is recommended that the
executive committee of the permanent organ
ization take cognizance, among other thine,
of the vital questions of eligibility of students
who take port In athletic games and sports
and report at as early a time as practicable
to themselves on rules and recommendations
for the conduct of all such matters.
Resolved, That the action taken at this con
ference on football shall be submitted to all
colleges actually engaged in the game with
the request that the name be ratified and shall
be binding on any Institution only upon rati-,
fication by that Institution.
AVhat Will the Result Be?
Of course the interesting question is
what the result will be. The first
answer will come from the Intercol
legiate rules committee and the belat
ed meeting set for December 22. Al
though three committees arc under
taking to handle the rules reform
question. It will be one to load and tho
other to follow. If the intercollegiate
committee will produce results that
will be satisfactory to California,
probably the committee down there
will be dismissed, and the intercol
legiate rules will be used In the fu
ture as they have been In the past. If
the changes are not satisfactory. Cal
ifornia may adopt minor provisions of
her own. calculated to bring desired
results on the southern gridirons.
OFFICERS OF COMPANY K., O. N. C
Militiamen Prepare for the An
AFTER K COMPANY'S SCALP
Various Organizations of Guard Will
Strive to Capture Efficiency
Honors Now Held by
The regular annual inspection of the
Oregon National Guard, which takes place
in February under the supervision of a
tTnltcd States Army officer, is causing re
newed Interest in local militia circles. The
several military bodies amllatcd with the
state organization arc putting in their
best efforts at drill and tactics for the
purpose of competing against Company K
of the Third Oregon Infantry, which won
the honors last year, and. as that com
mand has not deteriorated any during the
past few months, it will again prove a
strong competitor for the honors at the
At the inspection made by Colonel
James Jackson. U. S. A., last year. Com
pany K was awarded tho highest honors
ever attained by a military organization
In the state, when it scored 176 points
for merit and efficiency. The high state
of excellence attained by Company K is
due principally to the experience of Its
officers, each of whom has served for sev
eral years in the state militia. They are
Captain Ryland O. Scott. First Lieutenant
Albert EX Jenkins and Second Lieutenant
Stanton L. Doble. W. T. Rlrd. formerly
commandant of the Oregon Naval Militia.
Is first sergeant of the company.
Sketch of Officers.
Captain Scott has had ten years" con
tinuous experience in the Oregon National
Guard, having enlisted in C Company of
the Old First Regiment under Major PhIL
Eastwlck, who -was captain of that com
pany, in 1K0. While a member of the
company he served through the different
non-commissioned grades. In 1SS9 Cap
tain Scott organized Company K of tho
Third Regiment, O. N. G.. and was chosen
first lieutenant. He was promoted to cap
taincy In 1SKC, and during his service in
his present position has brought the or
ganization, to its high state of efficiency.
Albert il Jenkins, first lieutenant of the
company, enlisted In K Company in 1S99.
and was made first sergeant, from which
position he was elevated to the second
lieutenancy in the following year, and
succeeded to the senior lieutenancy upon
the elevation of Captain Scott. Lieutenant
Jenkins is a Portland boy. and gained his
llrst military experience as a cadet at the
Bishop Scott Academy. He is known as
one of the best tacticians in the rogimenU
Second Lieutenant Stanton K Dobie en
listed in Company K immediately upon
his return from the Philippines, where he
served through the campaign with the
Second Oregon Volunteers. Hp was soon
promoted to bo first serpeant of the com
pany. He was promoted to the lieuten
ancy upon the advancement of Lieutenant
Athletics at the Y. M. C. A.
NEW PHYSICAL INSTRUCTOR
1 1...., I
L. M. Mjct. New Physical Infractor
at Y. 31. C. A.
Jenkins. Lieutenant Dobie has been a
member of the militia for nearly twelvo
years, and is rated' as one of the moat
competent oflleers in the guard.
Captain Scott attributes the high stand
ing of Ooinany K to th earnest effort
and willingness contributed by the non
commissioned otllcors and the rank and
file of the company.
Ii. 31. Myers Will Have Charge of
the Association Classes After the
first or Xcw Year for
L. M. Myers, the new physical Instructor
of the Young Men's Christian Association
will assume charge of his classes on the
first of the year. He has had much ex
perience in this line, having "served as as
sistant to Professor Babbitt during the
past year and a half, and on the showing
made by him in this capacity, together
.with his previous record, the local associ
ation chose him as successor to tne retir
Physical Instructor Myers will have as
associate instructor Albert M. Grillcy, of
Boise. Idaho. The two will act jointly as
direciors qf this department of the asso
ciation, although they will have separate
classes to preside over.
Professor Myers commenced his career
as athletic Instructor in Portland in 1S33
and shortly aiter went to Oakland. Cal.,
where he had charge of the Y. M. C. A.
work in this capacity for three years.
From Oakland he returned to Portland,
and remained here for a short time, when
he went to Spokane, to look after the ath
letic department of the Y. M. C. A. there,
and about IS months ago again came to
Portland to assist Professor Babbitt, and
has been rewarded by being promoted to
succeed him in the directorship of the lo
The new physical director has several
new ideas which he intends putting into
operation In the near future, which he
hopes will prove beneficial to the members
of the various classes over which he will
Several features will be introduced
by the new Instructor, the llrst being the
reorganization of the leaders' class, which
has practically gone out of existence, and
this will occupy the attention of Mr. My
ers as soon as he takes charge. "Water
polo will also be added to the schedule ot
events on the a.siwlatlon athletic calen
dar, and the new director has appointed
Jumes Mackic to look into this matter
and report the number of candidates for
membership on the different teams.
Indoor baseball Is also occupying the at
tention of the association at present, and
last week Colburn Barrell was elected
captain of the team and M. C. Morrow
manager for the coming season.
Monday, from 2 until 5:30 P. M., the
young- women of the Y. W. C A.- will
entertain the young men of the Y. M. C.
A. at their clubrooms. and from S until
10 P. M. the young men will act as hosts
at the Y. M. C A, where the following
programme will be rendered:
7:30. orchestra In the deception-room (in
auditorium). S0. "Lustspiel" (Kela
(Beler). association orchestra, Arthur Clif
ford, director: S:10. violin solo. "Mlsa C.
Barker; S:30, impersonation. William Lee
Greenleaf; 3 to 10. games of water polo
in plunge, basket-ball In the gymnasium,
handball In the court.
Beginning next Tuesday the regular
class work will start again. The closing
basket-ball game in the Interclass league
will probably be played between the Ma
roons and Evenings next Friday evening.
January 5. and then Indoor baseball and
handball will have their Inning.
BASEBAIjTj WEARS WELTj.
Onc or the Few Sports That Can
Stand Public Assaults.
Baseball is the only one of the four
prominent American sports which is
played year after year without being mo
lested In any way or pronounced cither
brutal or demoralizing by the public.
Football, horse racing and boxing have
received black eyes from which It will
take them long to recover.
The present agitation for changes In
the rules of the gridiron sport have hurt
the game and caused It to lose many
admirers. Columbia University, formerly
one of tho colleges which made football
the leading sport, has dropped the game
altogether. Several Western colleges of
lesser note have taken the same action
Horse racing has received a blow from
which It will take long to recover. Both
the runners and trotters have been dls
crimlnatcd against. Many states in which
horse racing was recognized as the lead
ing sport passed laws prohibiting the
sport under certain conditions, and these
laws practically killed the sport.
Pugilism ! permitted In but few states.
California permits' long distance tights,
and occasionally long battles are fought
in other places, but in cities where in
teresting combats were held weekly and
world's championship events occasionally
drew tens of thousands the game is dead.
Wrestling Is another sport which Is un
der the public ban. The many fake bouts
which were perpetrated on the public put
that sport down and out. and even where
the most unimportant bouts are held It Is
necessary for the referee to step to the
front and declare the match to "be on the
All of this is a grand tribute to base
ball. The diamond sport has successfully
wlthstood the assaults of time. It Is the
only great American sport which has con
tinued "since its inception without a
GRIDIRON BLAMED FOR BRUISE
ir Fields Were Softer Fewer Men
Would Be Injured.
Director George Huff, of the University
of Illinois, declares different playing fields
may solve the football Injury problem.
"As I understand It. one of the prin
cipal ends sought in the present football
agitation Is to make the sport safer and
lessen the number of injuries. In all
this discussion I have failed to see any
mention of what I have come to believe
is an Important factor In causing In
juriesnamely, playing fields. Most of
the football games In this country are
played on hard ground. A fall on them
would Jar any one. There would be fewer
hurt If a field could be provided that,
while It did not impede speed, would not
be hard. Men are seldom Injured In a
contest on a muddy field. Take the Mar
shall Field, for Instance. Local players
say they would rather play there than
any place else, because they do not feel
their falls. The Chicago gridiron Is soft
"It may be straw thatched with sand
might produce the desired result. Cork
would be feasible, but almost prohibitory
because of Its cost. A number of game3
have been played on tanbark with suc
cess. Illinois played the Carlisle Indians
in the old Chicago Coliseum In 1S37 on
bark, and as I recall It there were few
Injuries If any. I Intend to experiment
on a small scale on Illinois Field next
"I do not take any stock in this talk
that an open game will lessen Injuries.
My experience has been that more play
ers are hurt In the open than In the mass
style of play.
"There were few players injured at Illi
nois this Fall, and those who were hurt
got It In open playing. Those who are
crying commercialism and big gate re
ceipts mean well, but they arc wrong.
The way athletics are managed In the
big universities It would bo impossible to
divert any money to players from the
receipts. If men are being sought any
where, alumni and town people do It.
Admission should be made cheaper to
students, but to no one else."
JOCKEY FIE BRIEF
Stars of Seven Years Ago Now
in Eclipse. .
MAHER AND MARTIN ABROAD
"Make- Good" on Eastern Tracks.
Burns, Who Was a Leader
in 1SDS, Now Far Down '
At the close of the season of 1S95, seven
yearsago. Goodwin's Guide published a
luit-ot tne most successful jockeys ot the
preceding 12 months, and It Is interesting,
as a lesson In the mutability of a jock
ey's career, to review the names and pres
ent occupation, when known, of the lads.
and young men then Intrusted with the
handling of horses iroon whom the nubile
plunged day after day, says the New iork
Alphabetically, the Ust runs as follows:
Aker, A. Barrett, Beauchamp. Bergen. T.
Burns. Caywood. Clawson. P. Clay, Clay
ton, combs, Conley. Doggett, Dupee,
Freeman. Foucon. Hamilton. Hennessey,
M. HIrsch. Irvine. Lamlsv. P. TJttlfl!d
Macklln. Maher. J. 1L Martin. W Martin.
J. J. McCafferty, Overton, Perkins. J. Per-
ains. jfiggotu T. Powers, Scherer. Sims,
T. Sloan. Songer. Spencer, TaraJ, Thorpe,
Tubervllle. AVllhlte and R. Williams.
Of this lot the following are dead; A.
Barrett, Clawson. Hamilton, Lamley and
Perkins. Burns, who won 277 out of 973
mounts, one of the leading winning riders
of that season, with a percentage of 24, is
very far down on the list this year; and
lads who were unheard of seven years
ago have become champions since -then,
and in turn have yielded to others.
Doggett Making Book. -
Doggett has become a partner with his
younger brother In the bookmaking end of
the game. Dupee was riding jumpers dur
ing the season: Freeman is in Europe, rid
ing and training; Max HIrsch Is -"now
training for J. C. Cooley at Westchester;
Llttletleld Is also a successful trainer;
Maher and J. H. ("Skeets") Martin have
been riding in England for the last few
years, the former with great success; J.
J. McCafferty Is now a full fledged trainer
and owner; so Is W. Martin; Overton Is
never heard of; Plggott has been abroad
(In Russia) for the last two years; Pow
ers became a rider of steeplc-chascra, but
13 not often In the saddle.
Scherer stopped riding several years ago
and Is now Interested In picking winners
for a living; Sims has no visible occupa
tion; Sloan has ridden a few times within
a year at New Orleans, but Is now en
gaged in another occupation; Songer oc
casionally rides in Canada; Spencer has
bidden farewell to the saddle: Taral is
Germany's chief jockey: Thorpe has re
tired with a competency; Tubervllle has
not done much slnca he won the Futurity
on Ogden; Wllhlte, who rode Hamburg in
most of his 2-year-old races in 1S87. Is lost
to sight, and "Tiny" Williams, once the
crack Western rider of 2-year-olds, chiefly
because he was ablo to beat the starter's
flag, has dropped out of sight.
So. out of a list of -11 jockeys who domi
nated the riding of 1S9S there remains
not one In this country who would be
able to secure a retainer, either because
of too much wtfght or because the young
er lads, being under the immediate con
trol of the trainers, and also because of
the five pounds apprentice allowance
which some of them enjoy, would in
variably bo preferred, not only by their
contract employers, but by other horse
men. It was the most fortunate thing imagin
able for "Danny" Maher that the late
Pierre Lorlllard took him to England six
years ago. and there gave him a start
which the bright-faced Irish-American
was not 3low to Improve.
With tho prestige ot having- won the
Derby .twice, he ranks today from the
percentage standpoint as the best profes
sional jockey In England. What would
have been his destiny hero If he had not
attracted the attention of the deceased
Taral found that the light-bodied boys
were geting the best mounts, and when he
got a chance he sought a' foreign market
for his conceded ability. He, too, has worn
well with his employers, the Austrians,
who are extremely exlgeant, and who
have not hesitated to turn back to Amer
ica some riders whose manners and asso
ciates offended them.
DALLAS COLLEGE BASKETBALL TEAM PROVED SUPERIORITY OVER MULTNOMAH THURSDAY NIGHT BY WINNING 18 TO 14
DALLAS COLLUGE TEAM.
M. A. A. C HAYKK?.