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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 7, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta THURSDAY, FEBRUARY.?, 1918 i'HK tpHBHIUm^ DAILY HERALD PAGE THREE "BRINGING UP FATHER' By G. McManus Big Crowd With Basketballers to Raymond Friday Ghas^ Gomiskey, White Sox Owner, Started Career as Plumber's Helpe Tlio plumbing trade suffered a dis-tfiist loss and baseball was the gainer when Cliaries Albert Comlskey abandoned his kit of tools and took up the bat and glove as Implements of his profession. , ' When Comlskoy was a lad his Calher determined he should learn a trade, and put^ihim to work as a plumbers helper. During his leisure hours, which were few and far between, tho boy Comiskey disported himself on tho sand lots of Ilia native town in Illinois and won a locnl reputation as a�ball player. It required only a little plumbing to convince Cliaries Comiskey that his another field. So he quit his plumbing job and the one he held with an amateur aggregation and joined tho .Milwaukee bnaoball' club as a third baseman. Ho Avas i" years old and his �alary was $60 a month. It was with this club that tho man '{Who in after years wift to become auoU a commanding figure in the sport won - early fame and started him �p the ladder of future successes. Today -Charles Comiskey, owner of the world champion Chicago White Sox and a leading business man In tiie AVlndy City, is one of. the'pillars of organised baseball, fortune. Comiskey park, named after him, is one of the finest groimds devoted to baseball In the world. It is tiie home of tho White Sox, and last autumn was tho sqene of some of the world series battles between ^Mr tlub and nhe Giants. Comiskey was a tall, rangy youth. baseball head. It v.-as not long before he tried his hand at pitching witli such success that he got an offer from the Elgin till.) club and one year In the late VOs he won every game in which he participated. -Coralskey's fame among tho minor clubs/spread slowly following his "success at Elgin and in 1S78 ho Joined the Dubuque team of tlie Northwestern league, where he played for fo\ir years. In 1881 he entered the American association, joining the then famous St. Louis Browns, owned by Chris von^dei-Ahc, a popular character of the diamond in those days. , Comiskey's stock had soared In the meantime. Ill} had shifted to first (jase, which position he covered with much skill, lie practically revolutionized the methons of playing the initial bag. In the past first basemen had usually stuck close to the sack and compelled the infielders to throw the ball squarely lothem, But Comiskey saw that by playing over toward second base he would be able, to cover considerably more ground 'and at the same time get back to first base after the ball had been hit in plenty of time to receive the throw. ,Comiskey was the first in- ______ . itial.Backer'to do this, and it made a He has amassed a jjjig: hit in baseball circles. Comiskey received $225 a month salary while playing first ba^/b for the Browns in 1888. In 1883 he was made manager of the team by'Von 'der Alie, and in 1885, .1880, 1887 and 1888 the Browns won four American Association championships in succession and liartlclpated in the world .series'of those years, winning one series, Jos- Tlie two local basketball teams will journey tp Raymond tomorrow night to play the return match. There is no doubt of it being a great game, with the outcome very much undecided at present. A delegation of rootcr.i are planning on going down, and it they are intending to go enmassc, must have their automobiles all ready at the "Y" at C o'clock sharp, when tho cars will lenve. This is tho teams' first visiting games this year, hut on Monday next will Invade Taber and Barnwell jointly at Taber, and very likely Stirling sonic-, time'later In the %veek. BASEBALL ROLES^ ^ DRAE1E0IN18I0 Old Code Would Be Joke if At-tempted a( the Present Time > : : : : : WORKMEN'S COMPENSAT'N act IN MANITOBA ^ > > : : : > o SNIIIHANO EVANS E Take Benton and Dickson Into Camp-Competition Going Strong fast on his feet and possessed a sound ing two and trying the fourth. STARTS NIONOAY, The jLethbrldge Curling club is hard work preparing for tho local bon-iilel. ''The committee is getting a inice bunch of prizes lined up and with Jour open events and .a possibility of a double' rink competition will make four days of real fun ftJis the broom wielders. It Is expected that Taber, 'Carmangay, Granum, Champion, Mac-Jood, Vulcan and Fernie wlll\ all bo sending rinks and a good time is in 'store for Uiom. Last night's results in the'Summit I-iimo' Works were as follows: Mc-Nabb won from Clark and Skelth won Ironi ICirkhnm. ' Weather permitting the first round of the Wright Shield will lie played tonight, and the draws will bo Leech vs Wales, � Spaulding vs Carberry, -Mc-Kabb V8 Marrs, Hamilton vs Duff, Tho curlers are hoping tor a return-of cold weather for a week so that f|iey'will not have to poBtpono tho 1)onspiel, ThQre is every Indication of a very successful 'spiel here. Ten ' outside i'inks dt least will bo present. DREYFUSS' WARS ON SPIT BALL Taking iwo games out of three the } Smith-Evans dup copped the doubles bowling game from Benton and Dickson at the Dominion alleys last night, and won tho set by 27 pin�. There were no records broken. Evans was high single game with 214 atid high total 'ith sea. Benton and Dickson got away to a good game in the second frame when they rolled * 337, though Evans and Smith trundled 365 in their last game. Tonight Mercer and Sid Wallis stack up against Sloan and Uebcrsetzig, while on Friday* night Ellinghausen and Raymond will take on Williams and Jennings. Last/nigbt's scores:' Smith........ IIU U2 151-375 Evans........ ISr, 164 214-563 PItttburg Owner Would Have Moi�t ^ * Delivery Banned. When the National league directors convene on February 12 Barney Droy-fuBs, president of the Pittsburg elub, is going to make an effort to have the spit ball, the ornery ball and the shine ball thrown into the discard. He wants them abolished because they give tho pitchers an unfair advantage over the batters, and Mr. Droyfuss has just traded two of his best ftltchers. He woiild do away with every moistened delivery - whether , salivated, licorlced, sUpperj elmed, fine cutted- or plugged-and he- hopes for the cooperation of Ban Jphnson, president of the American league. Mr. Dreyfuss iu an intotview aald: "The public wants to see more bat-ling, aud how are .we ^oing to got it It we. allow the pitchers to 'camouflage' their delivery and make it harder than ever to hit the pill? Anyhow, the use of emery, rosin or any other commodity to aid the pitcher in curving the ball ii Illegal and ought so to be declared,/and 1 want the league to go on record for a fair, sportsmanlike performance on tho part of thel man in the box." If he can't get the spitball abolished entirely Mr. Dreyluss is said to be considering as^resdiiitfon; tor 10 splt-balMesa Mondays during- April and May, until the batting catches up with the pUchlng.  Benton '. Dickson 297 124 161 112 164 276 171 166 365 938 no-405 179-506 285 337 289-911 DANPORTH WOFJKED IN 50 GAMES \ White Sox Pitcher, However, Played In Only One Full Contest Forty-eight, year.-f ago a mincer of men Interested In profe.ssional baseball held a mettlng in New York to consider rules to govern the game. The diamond pastime us a business proposition was then in it� Infancy. In 1869 the Cincinnati Red Stockings wore the only all-professional club in the field, ^although the, Philadelphia Athletics and a few other clubs had some paid men. In 1S70 there were a score or more clubs which paid players regular salaries or permitted them to share in gate receipts. Call for High or Low Ball Among the rules adopted at the New York meeting for governing the professional game was one which gavii the batter the privilege of calling for a high or a low bull. This was nothing new, for fi'oin tho dim beginning of the game the batsman had_ enjoyed that advantage. The amateur player of the 'GOs could direct the pitcher to deliver the poUot knee, waist or shoulder high, as suited his fancy, and the twirler was bound to do hls'be."'! to follow instructions. It prevailed iu both amateur and professional-circles as late as 1SS6, and was not finally abolished until 1S87. Since then it has been the business of the pitcher to baffle the batter. Comparison* Useless For purposes of comparison the old resords of baseball are well-nigh useless, for the changes In the code of ba^ball adopted at d meeting in Cleveland iu 1887 were ^evolutionary in their nature. The battling hero of the "barly days would almost certainly be made to look like a monkey by a bush league twirler of the present era. It would be a highly Interesting experiment, and one that would doubtless be welcomed by fans, if two clubs of major league stars should pull oft a game under the old rules in the '70s. The pitching would have to be underhand, and curves would be taboo. Tlie batteJ^430uId use any style, size or weight of bat he might choose. It couid be 10 feet long aud weigh 100 pounds it desired. Ko strikes would be called unless the batter swung and missed. lu some of the old games a twirler put more than 40 or 50 balls before a .strlfce was called the batsman. Must be carofiiliy adjusted to your car. If your car has toojuuoh power,' 5: It, will wear itBelf out too fast.. On the other hand, an imderpoworod Ji ci�r Is'not sat|sfactory,'becauB� every time you come to u little grade. . . yi^ft ,lis|ve to" change gears and that ta a. nuisance,. Tlio Mitchell forty aiicl'forty-eight horBe-powor''motorH give aufficlorit power for iiioro than ordinary requirements, and yet not.too much for the strength of the car. . . v  v poyveft and strength are nicely/balanced in the :  � � Mitchell. Bijdu Motor Parlors Baseball records usually show a number of unsuspected oddities, but It is probable that there have beeli none more extraordinary lu > many years than In tlie pitching records of the American league this year. One record hung up by Danforth of the iWhite Sox perhaps has never been equalled and^H is doubtful If it; will over be touched.  ' ' Danforth led the league In the num-beh of games worked In, He got Into no loB^than 50 box scores during the year, oTreiharkable record for a pitcher, but the records show that ho pitched only one complete game. , Ho is credited with 11 victories, which show ho^ was successful us a tellot hurlor. , - ^ Edward I^lepfer of pievolaud pitched in 41 games during the year, butdld not pitch a complete game. Klepfer was also one of the best relief hurl-: ors in. tho league, Big Slim Love of New' York worked In only two complete games out of � total of 33 he took pa,rt in. Cunningham of Detroit was in 42 games and only/pitched two complete. On tho other hand. Babe iRuth proved to ,be the Iron man- of the league. Ho pitched in '30 complete-games and was taken oht only threo. times during the season. His teammates. Mays and Leonard, alsd broke into tho iron man column, the former pitching 28 and the latter 27 complete games. '  t Other iron men of the league were Cicotte, who finished SO games' without assistance; Walter Johnson, who finished 28, and Jim Bagby, 27. . FIfTH STBEET SOUTH .\ THE HOUSE OF SERVICE moose jaw 'spiel closes J^loose Juw, li"eb. 6.-The Moose Jaw Curling Club bonspiel was brought to ti close with the winning of the Robin-I hood trophy by W. K. Alexander, 'MooRO Jaw; the City of Mooae Jaw 'trophy by J. Uillespie, Winnipeg and LKTHBHIOOK. ALTJL lot MooBQ Jaw. Three trophlea out'ol Winnipeg, Fob. �.-That a $26,000 workmen's compensa-llcjn department is ample tor .Manitoba is the opinion of the members *of the FalUs lioyal Commission which investigated the administration of the department. The report of the royal commission rocommeiidl a reorgaplzcd staff, necessitating amendment!^ to the act: That tho post of assistaat commissioner be ' abolished altogether; that the commissioner be paid a salary of $6,000 a year, a reduction of $1,500; and finds tliat Mr. Wilson "did not make due investigation as to expenditures." ? ? ? > : > t\ '-- ^. I Dominion Permanent Loan ? i r.^jives Many Small Shareholders Who Will Recover Little Ei Its Future is Uncertain-Returned Soldier Dies- .Liquor Fines PLAYERS MUST CARRY OWN SUITS Big League Club Owners to Put System Into Effect  Big" leaguers probably will be required thiB year to carry their "own. uniforms as they did - when baseball was acquiring tlio prosperity It attained juSt prior to_the great war, official action has been taken, but club managers'.ttre maklug ai'-rangements to put the system into effect and liave each player carry an extra bag or suitcase which will contain his uniform, shoes and gloves. Whether tho same policy will be adhered to during the championship season' depends on transportation facilities. Because of the war, the /teams will be unable to rely on the big uniform trunks arriving on time on the quick Jumps and ratlier than have games postponed because of the failure of the visiting club to appear properly gacbed the athletes will have to go back to the minor league system, Trahsportatlon faclHtlea will raise the dickens with the Beau Brunimela of! tho big leagues, according to the secretary of th^ White Sox, 11 of the champions last season curried wardrobe trunks on their eastern trips. Stith luxuries will have to be abandoned, which means certain players wlio dolled up in tour or five different suits a day will find themselves restricted to two, It sure Jb a tough world,: (Froiv Our Own Correg^onilont) Blairmoro, Feb. 6.-A � cousiderable contingent of army officiiils of the Military Hospital commission arrived in town the other day. They had just come from Nelson and Balfour' They'^'Spected the sanatorium ut Fraiik. These officers were all jnen from overseas 'and are seift out by the Federal government to Inspect the hospitals under the commission with a view of co-ordinating the system. Wha� the future of the Frank sanatorium is, is problematical. Private Donald, a patient from overseas, passed away on Sunday morning. Tho remains were shipped -to bis homo at DowUng, Alta., escorted by Capt. Ogilvy-Mills. Rev. W. T. Young gave another evening in j,he Union church last Thursday. He has an'excellent line of educational films from the/Universitv of Alberta. / Liquor Fines On Saturday night two foreigners got dff tho train Avlth heavily laden grips. Theywore halted by the A.P.P. who made an investlgatiqii and fouud an abundance of liquid refreshments such as Is not lawful for n ,man to possess. On Tuesday they were fined each $100.00 and costs. Surely the way of the transgressor is getting hard. . - Dr. R. K. Lillie arrived home lately from a trip to Ontario and N^w York. He was in N. Y. during the coal famine. He says there is a lot of flag flying as usual In the U. S. A., but it means something. They mean to :lo something in the war. He says three cheers for the U.S.A. and a tiger. Dr. LlUio, sr., and Mrs. LilUe have left for California. They w.ilV sojourn in- that sunny land for two/ or three months. Rev. W, T. Young of Frank, and Mr. Christie of Believue, preached in the Union church last Sunday in the absence of llev. Fulton, who Is in Edmonton. Mrs. J. Fisher at Calgary, was visiting trlen(ls in Blalrmore Sunday. She departed SUnday evening for Calgary. The jimlori and intermediate teams journey to the Frank rink on Saturday for a hockey game. Both^were-defeated by the Frank aggregation. Tito senior hockey team tried, their valor with the seniors of Frank and were also defeated. Pte. J, Hpwo one of the seniors, got badly cufln ihe face in a fall. It was as had as being in the trenches, , - Toronto. Fob. .6.-The Telegram iu an article on tho Domlulon Permanent Loan failure says: Tho Kiely .Mine proved . the uii- ? � doing of tho Farmers' Bank, tho last ? : colossal financial failure in Canada, and property in what was then a suburban district of Toronto proved too unliquid an asset lojierniit tho continuance In business of tho York Loan and Savings Co. The difficulty with the Dominion Permanent has not been disclosed � by the. liquidator, but from all appearances tho I caUso will be similar to the two aforementioned, namely- the Investment of money in an enterprise which is not proving sufficiently profitable, more particularl.w a thirty-mile railway in the State of Washington. Out of the assets called "mortgages and other securities" appraised at something like $47200,000, it is said $4,000,000 represents \ tho appraisal of this railway, the othpr two IiiinUred thousand dollars beinv; in mortfea^es which the./itqulilator may find available tOr liquidation. ' Depositors have about $170,000 with the Dominion I'eimanent, but tho possibly available asset^ of $200,000 as aforementioned, will mean yitle , consolation for them since they will rank. It Is believed, with the debenture holders when tt conies to a settlement, and the outstanding debentures amount to something like $2,500,000. It would appear at the present moment, therefore, that there will be about $200,-000 tfed up in mortgages and $4,-000,000 In a western raihVa'y, which will require considerable nursing to make profitable, "and with this tiierc has to be paid $1701000 to depositors and $2,500,000 for- debentures, all of the same rwk. There is another asset, howevor, Vlth which the liquidator may be able to do something, to . .wit, tlie ERSEY BREEDERS HAD A SUCCESSFUL YEAR For First Time a Western Member is Elected a Director . Toronto, h'ch. 7.-The annual meeting of the .ler.-fo.v Cattle Cliib held at the Carlsritc hotel was well attended by ihember.s from all parts of Citnada. For the first time in the history of the club, a representative of tho western provinces v.as elected to the directorate in the person of E. H. Barton ,o^f Chilllwack, B.C. Tho secretary, B. li. Bull, of Brampton, reported that 1917 had proved a most successful year for the Canadian .lersey breeders. The officers elected were: Pr.^-sident. D. O. Bull, Brampton, first vice-president, ,1. B. Alexander. Coatlcook, Que. ' ' . ALIEN SLACKER tBlLL IS LIKELY TO PASS Washington, Feb. 7.-The proposition of summoning aliens tor service iu tho national army will be decided next Wednesday when the "alien slacker bill" debated briefly in the house yesterday, comes up for nnal action. The bill has been amended so that its provisions shall not bo construed as superceding terms of existing treaties. Treaties have been agreed upon with^ Canada and Great Britain. K.C. BUYS new YORK PITCHER Kansas City. Mo, Fob. 2.-- John Oanael, manager of the Kansas City teiim of the American assbclatton. an-liouQced tonight the purchase outright ot James Middloton,.,a pitcher, from ... . . . _ ......the New-York .Nationals. ,Mld(iletoa I the Veterans' Cup by J. Ounntngham.'nCas bought'by New York'from tjodis- vlllo In .the fall of 1916, after having, rioight thus remnin in tlio city, : *,fiiUtbUslicd an oxuolieat recokiL. have subscribed $1.5;t0,I0O, but they have onlv paid up $1,205,904, leaving still to he paid $324,196, which, wltli the $200,000 in mortgages, would leave roughly $500,000 to pay oft $2,070,000. claims of depositors and debenture holders. It was learned today ' that the holdings of most of the sliarelioldors consisted of one to ten, shares, with those having one or two shares predominating. One man, howevei', is registered as holding ];)6 sliares. Another has ninety, a third has fifty- . five and a-fourth fifty-tour. ., "About oigthy per cent, ot tho shareholders have noi more than one share each," said an authority.*' "There are about S.906 shares fully paid and 5,186 shares partly paid, and with $275,822 still to pay. About l,20a shares are being bought on the stock! instalment ^)lan, and they are onjj"., collection of money owing for in the concern. Tlie sliareholdoi's I halt paid, w^blch would leave will, ot course, get nothing. They I $60,000 still to pay. about: THE CANADIAN BANK OFCOl MONTREAL ANNEXATIONS Quebec, Fob, 7,\-The bill to amenrf the charter of th9 City of Montreal was passed by ihet private bills committee of the legislature In the assembly yesterday, Tlje only annexation to Montreal that the coroinitt^e would entertain was that of the City of Mais-onuouve. The bill'still must run the gauntlet through the legislative assembly as well as go through the upper house and its committee. V,. CONFER AT BERLIN SIR EDMUND WALKER. / C.V.O.. LLD., D,C.L. President H, V. F. JONES, Aji't Gen'l. Manager SIR JOHN AlRD.Gtn liomlan depu^ea in tlio ^^ustrian parr llumont, a Vienna telegram to Dutch' newspapers says, have been called to Berlin for a,conference next ireek; The conferenqs will attempt to'get thMrAstandppiiK regarding:the-estab-lisnmeiit of a aerman-Bob^iHian prov-, ince, . .,  . " Mak^ sure that your cur i| equipped with a Lens that fulfiUs all the legal requirements. We Sell the Fampu^ Osgood BAAL^ MOTOR �Ack OF UNIOMvPANK! CHIVnOLBT HARilV 07 3 21 ;