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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - January 31, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta \ THURSDAY. JANUARY 31; 1918 THE LETHBRIDGK DAILY HERALD "BRINGING UP FATHER" PAGE THREE y G. McManus . j_ if you ARE-! WON'T up: 9 K. ft /M1 mm * � n .a M.-.l � GO NOW? t OU^T KEEP1 * the CW on him UNTIL lOtr d*e5*ed * ll ta^e: Hirn to icfe jail: I'M 40NN A FWNY- fa1 "J1 f- - - n r HO* -TIE. FIME WITH ME - t>tX -MONTHS ^FOft. TH�^> I - > � JT �' �r �ij �. . . i V/ELLMT \0O OUT *LL RIGHT - v 4 VOU SHOULD * HAVE fcEEN A REAL E>OR�LA�- Bonspiel Here February 11 The Whole South is Invited May*lie Straw that Breaks Base-ball's Back in the Quaker City Wright Shield Draw Soon without curling and never curling without a lioospiel .so theirs on. February 11th. Invitations have been sent Taber, Vulcan, (Jranum, Claresholm, Macleod^ Fernie anO iiile the district bonspiel has already been held at Ferule, . Never a winter .. the locals are having to Curmungay, Craubrook. \Vh still the cutlers could not overlook such grand curling weather and it will provide a few days' sport for those who Avere unable to take in the Crows .Vest spiel. There are four open competitions, the Brewery, the Ellison, the Summit Lime Works and a Consolidation with the possibility of a iljoubie rink competition for the Cadillac Challenge which is open to all rinks in Southern Alberta. N The committee in charge of the spiel will bo L. \V. Clarke. J. S. Kirk-ham, Dune Duff, Hugh Boyd and Dr. Leech. Play for Wright Shield What wU1xbe a young bonspiel in itself will be started >at the curling jink about February fitb. This will be an open rink knockout competition for the Wright Shield,-embianratical of the city championship. The "Wright Shield is one of the finest trophies ever put: up in the history the local club, and was donated -by K. A. Wright to be played for each year tor ten years and to become the property of the rink winning it oftenest in that time. Kach rink will be as strong as can be got together as the curlers are all anxious to be the first to get a little engraving done for themselves. This should see about twelve rink;* drawn. Skips .will make their entries at once to L. W. Clarke. For the Colts another competition will be played off at the same time. Tilings will be'humming from now to warm weather at the rink. BALL PLAYERS Squally Outlook For The Lower Grades in the 1918 Sea- son Chicago. .Ian. ;il.-Lack of employment in their chosen profession faces hundreds* of ball players the coming season. Despite inroads on diamond talent draft, there will -be any number of baseball athletes, over and under the age and married, who will be free to till the soil or make themselves useful in helping lick the kaiser, Of .minors are not doing business at the | old stand, there will'be no place to go fjjr the extra material. This wJll also prove a boomerang to tho majors, as the latter will not be able to^send their surplus to the association, as has been the case in the^urct. It is possible that the International league will not start the season. That will serve to release probably 175 more players. It is almost a certainty that five or six of the minor leagues which finished last season will not he able to come up for ajr again, and that will nfSke another big difference in supply and demand. Taking it for granted that the American association, the Pacific Coast league and the Southern association will go through with their schedules, will these be#able to take care of the surplus talent from 1(�1 major league teams? Releases Numerous It must also be taken into consideration that for practically every man ob- Philadelphia.- The latest trade made by Connie Mack, manager of tho Athletics, whereby Stuffy Mclnnis will go to the Boston Red Sox, may prove to he the last straw that will break the white elephant's back. Baseball circles in this city are rife with talk, and a boycott of the Athletics seems imminent. Any semblance of preBtige the Athletics may have enjoyed here has disappeared, and it is doubtful whether a corporal's guard will attend /lie games at Shibe park during the coming .season. Even the few fans who have stuck to the Athletics through their trials and tribulations while Mack has been breaking down his once famous baseball machine have turned against the club,, and there is little likelihood of the club's receiving any support unless Mack performs a miracle and makes a winner of the mediocre material he appears to have at his command. Jnst what players will come to Philadelphia in exchange for Mclnnis has not been announced. It is said Mack lias not yet made up his mind. It is unofficially reported that the reason for trading Mclnnis was salary differences between the player and the club, it is understood Mack wanted to cut j Mclnnis' salary and that Stuffy refused to agree to u1^ proposal. Mack mis finally succeeded in writing another chapter to "The Last of the Mohegans." . Mclnnis was the last member of the famous Athletics who at one time had a corner on the baseball championship market. Mclnnis joined the Athletics in 1909, and soon succeeded Harry Davis as regular first baseman. While he was a member of the team the Mackian array won American league pennants in liUO, 1911. 1913 and 191-1, winning the world series in 1910, 1911 and lfUS. The regular players on the last championship team the Athletics had were: Mclnnis, first base; Eddie Collins, sec-find base; Jack Barry, shortstop; Frank Baker, thh*d base: Jack Lapp and WhI-ly Schang, catchers; Rube Oldring, Amos Strunk and Eddie Murphy, outfielders, and Bender, Plank, Coombs, Bush, Pennock, Shawkey, Brown, Wyckoff and Bressler, pitchers. i course, all this hinges on what the minor leagues will do, but it is prac-| rained from the majors the class A A tically certain now thfct the majority .leagues will have to release some other [ will not face the barrier next season. | players, and where are these going if there are no leagues *of a lower classification in operation?- In that case, vttll the club having the players under reserve now be compelled to pay the salaries of the men? According to baseball law, they will, unless places can he found for them in other cjubs. If not, they will become fre*e agents, a situation for which the players have, fought for years. The .situation has been discussed in secret session of .the magnates and by the national commission, but no solution has been arrived at. CURLING To Be Free Agents 1 With only a few of the minor organizations in action, those players under reserve will become free agents and reaoy to sell their services to the highest bidders. U ife possible, of course that the national commission wjli pass a rule giving owners a reservation right, but this will not tend to lessen the number, and the baseball market will be just as glutted. It has been thought -that the major league teams" would be benefitted, but the chances are that it will be the opposite, and that a let of coin invested in promifling.material wiU be more or f less wasted. Practically'every major league club will have to dispose of from S to 115 men each. Where they are going nobody knows. Association i_ i in it? The American association will probably set a player limit of 16 men. This will have the effect of turning a number loose from that league, and if the SHORTAGE FALL WHEAT ? Toronto, Jan. 30.-A deputation of members of the flour and grain section of the Toronto board of trade waited on Sir William ^ Hearst, premier and minister qt agriculture o' On-rlo to urge that t*he expected shortage in Ontario of fall wheat should be made up by tho seeding of a large acreage of spring wheat. Tonigh