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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 3, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta 14. Lftkbridge Daily Herald, Toeeday, May a, Special Sports ALBERTA ,UB HE Gua Club IB one of if not the oldest organizations of its kind in Uve West. It was organized ii! August, A few lovers ofj gathered together and beW a meeting to organize a gun club, those' present being, E. C. Wilson, G. W. j Ufietty, A. Moffat, C. Watkms, L. I N. McEwefi, E. T. Saunders, and S. j Alexander. These, together with C. j C. McCaul, D. DuR, and W. A. Galli-j net, were the organizers of the club, j named it the Alberta Gun Club, i The officers elected for the first year j were: President, L. N. McEweo; Sec.-1 Treas., S. Alexander; Directors, A. Monat, C; Watkins, E. T. Saunders, D. Duff, W. A. GalHher. The Board of Directors ueie tailed upon to draw up the constitution and by-laws and so well did they do it that the constitution remains intact today. The by-laws have been chang- ed from time to time, owing to the progress made in the game. Article two of the constitution reads, "The objects for which this "club are formed are the enforcement of laws against the unlawful killing "or selling of game; the education "and advancement of its members in "the art of wing shooting, and the "encouragement of kindly feeling and l'good fellowship among its mem- "bers." In 1890 the constitution was amend ed to provide a patron to the club, and its first patron was the Lieuten- ant-Governor of the N. W. T. The targets or birds used were made of tin and when hit a little flap called the wing dropped down and the bird was scored dead. Hard and fast rules were laid down to guard against arty accident. Clause seventeen of the bylaws for- bade the use of wire cartridges, con-! centrators, the admixture of dust, I grease, oil, or any other substance j with the shot on the ground of saie-'j ty. Muzzle-loading guns were prohi-: hibitcd on the same ground. The' shooter was liable to a fine for point-' iof a gun at anyone under aajr ctr- cLmstaaces, firiag a gut ol except when the shooter was to shoot closing a gun with a cartridge in it before arriving at the afcootiag or pointing it towards the footers or when ia the act of clot- ing it, or leaving the firing with a loaded gun. If you visit the traps today you will see these same rules enforced to the letter. The locg life of the club is due to ths wisdom of the founders tor tie careful way they laid their foundation and enforced the rules. R. E. Sherlock, and C. P. L. Fow- ler joined the club in 1880- N. T. Macleod and Geo. Steele joined in 1891. Henry Bentley, 0. E. D. El- liott, W. Oliver and C. Lowther in 1892, T. McNabb in 1891, Senator DeVeber in The officers in 1895 were: Hon. Pa-, tron, W. D. Barclay; HOB. President, C. A. Magrath; President, W. Oliver; Sec.-Treas., L. N. McEwen; Directors T. McNabb, L. G. DeVeber, G. W. Steele, J. H. Morris, and W. Caisson j In 1902 the officers were: Hon. Pa- J tron, P. L. Naismith; Hon. President.; R. F. Reeve; President, H, Case; Sec.-Treas., H. P. Withers; Directors, W. Oliver, J. C. Livingstone, Geo. Kerr, T. Burnett, and T. McNabb. The officers this year are: Hoc. Patrons, Mayor E. Adams, Hon. W. A. Buchanan, F. Sick; Hon. Pres., Wm. Oliver; President, A. B. Staf- ford Sec.-Treas., F. R. Agnew; Asst. Sec., S. Shover directors, J. E. Letifridge, K. D. Johnson, LeRoy Coons, J. C. Livingstone, H. P. Withers. Iii 1905 the club purchased an auto- matic trap and did away with the old expert trap. This was in use up to August of last year McCrea trap took its place and today the club have another trap on the way which is the very latest and most up- "to-date trap made, capable of throw- Ing six thousand targets a day. The Club has been not only alive all these years but has been getting stronger and stronger until today there are some seventy-five members. This year the Club are going to hoM a tournament which promises to be the most importaat shooting event held in this district, it will be the first tournament ever held under the sanc- tion of the Interstate Association of America, and the prospects are that the finest shooting ever seen in Leth- bhdge will be seen on July 8th and 9th. The Club bave a lot of new members this year aud has the ma- terial for some very fine shooters. The grounds are hi better condition than any in the West and with two first class traps capable of throwing fronx five to eight thousand birds a day there should be no reason why the Club should not entertain a long list of visitors and give them a mer- ry time. The last two or three shoots have shown marked improvements in many scores aud when the weather is a lit- tle more favorable some high scores are looked for. The Club have lots of room for new members and will welcome all lovers of the gun who want to join and get into the King of games and boost it along. Mayor Adams has pressed the Club with a fifty dollar cup for com- petition this year. There will be the regular button competition each week and the President, Mr. A. B. Stafford has added a spoon competition which consists of three spoons each week during the season, one for each class. There will most likely be a gold medal offered for the season's high average. The Club hold a meeting next Monday evening and a program wilt be arranged for Arbor Day and for the 2-tfch of May and there will be no lack of interest this year for those who love the gun and trap shooting. From what we can gather there are three or four members of the Alberta Gun Club who have set their hearts on taking the championship cup of Al- berta away from Mr. "Ben" McLaren of Calgary, who has held it against all comers for the past three years. The Herald wish them good luck and the Club prosperity. CHESTY COX AS AN ACTOR (NOT A BAD ONE EITHER) ?f the life of "Chesty" Cox, the in-{ Winnipeg The usual high imitabte manager team, were to be make an interesting volume ing. Not only has he starred it on the baseball field but oa the stage as well to tay nothing oi his several bus iness ventures, and at each he usually made good. He evidently is one of those proverbial rolling stones that never gather moss, in Chesty's own words, "takes on an awful fine polish." That he has roamed the continent not a little may be gleaned from a couple of the following newspaper no- tices where he has appeared while be- ing actively engaged in vaudeville: Memphis Cox, baseball player and vaudeville star, blew into town Saturday morn- ing and thereby holds the distinction of being the first of the new Memphii for the 1SQ8 season to report to Man ager Babb. Cox arrived from St. Louis, where he spent a couple oi days after completing his theatrical engagement at Lacross, Wis. "Can you tell me where to find Manager asked a stranger Sat uxday morning in The News Scimitar office. answered the sporting man the "Oh, I'll tell you' that he answered, with a twinkle in his eye, of the Lethbridge! class entertainment is again wit- printed, it would nessed at the Bijou this week as the different acts besides being pleasant are very artistic, and those attending the shows yesterday, and the little theatre was packed, at every perfor- mance, was greatly pleasstl. Chesty Cox, who so many friends this summer as the Maroons right fielder, and general all-round man, and who used to bring confusion to the visiting pitchers by taking trips to the coaching lines during intervals was given a great reception which clearly showed that ne was not for- gotten hy auv means Appearing in a Maroon uniform Chesty was loudly cheered and in his monologue, he trac ed his quaint baseball humor from the ball field to the stage in surprisingly good form. Besides this Chesty rids himself of a couple of good socgs and altogether his stunt is a splendid one and was well received. THE FAMOUS POLO GROUNDS, NEW VO11K V HR5T THE BIG BALL PLAYERS USE SMALL CLUBS Bate Differ in Size and Shape as Much as the Players Do in- IH FOR CATCHER INVENTED AS JOKE New Yorlr( April There are' not- many men left who Know the exact circumstances of the invention of the big glove, and the real story has never been told in print Ixjfore. Tbe great glove was the .result of Joke, and that afternoon, although he wac keen enough to make his humor pay him COURTSHIP OF A FAN name Cor is the outfielder whom Manag- Babb secured from the Winnipeg club, in .the Northern Copper Country league last fall. Cox batted .304 with Winnipeg in 1907. "I didn't go to the said Cox. "I thought I would come Tight on to Memphis and put in about a refreshing sleep. Thea- people dont get -the sweet refresh- ir-S sierp before midnight, you know, I am in need of some. Other- J am as fit as a fiddle." is humorous one on the but in. speaking of his (SUNG BY CHESTY COX) They were seated in the parlor and the lights were burning dim; He was a diamond a fan _ quite fair and trim. and then.he blurted out, "Cox is ray j But they knew not, as he opened up the game by murmuring That father was the umpire on the stairway just above. "I'll never play too far off he whispered in her "My salary whip has got- tie stcff to put 'em over dear; Just give the signal for a-'steal' and And when I slide into the plate, please call roe safe at home." "I've got to have the tome tbe maiden sofily sighed; "Show me your batting average iu Mr. Bradstreet's Guide; H takes a lot of speed these days with canning arid is a valuable asset, bu'M McKelvie McGuire Men's Outfitters Redpath St his Cjwe ;