The Peoples Voice. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 4, No. 33, Ed. 1 Friday, March 13, 1896 Page: 5 of 8
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THE QUARTER BACK.
"I don't bp# how we areRoinR to win
with the team in in present state—Fred
iek with a fever, Phil called away by
illneKd in hia family, and now George
has a sprained ankle—and the gauie to
be played within f> week. I tell yon,
boyR, it'a awful!" Aud the captain of
the Fairfield academy football team
gazed ruefnlly about him.
The practice Kame was just over, and
the boys had gathered in a little group
on the edge of the field for a few mo
menu to talk over the game with the
It was late in the fall, but the day
was remarkably mild, so the boys did
not think it necessary to hurry to their
dressing rooma. They were a flue look
ing lot of fellows, even in their ungain
ly football dress, with its heavy pad
ding. The finest looking of them all
was the captain, tall and large for his
years, aud well proportioned.
"We must win the game this year,"
he went on. "It is particularly impor-
tant because of our defeat last year. I
dou't see how we are going to do it,
though, with our best man away and no
substitutes to speak of."
The word "substitute" seemed sud-
denly to direct the attention of the
group to a small follow who stood a lit-
tle apart from tliem, though he was
near enough to hear what they said.
His suit looked new compared with the
well worn, soiled and stained garments
of his companions, showing at once that
he was a beginner. Besides this he was
remarkably small—so small that he
aeenied out of place on the football
Looking closer, one conld see a sharp,
nervous, resolute face that denoted pow-
er, well knit muscles aud a wiry build.
There was silence for a few moments,
then tin small figure suddenly spoke:
"I wish," lie said to the captain,
"you could try me in the game. I am
sure I would do well."
If a bomb had exploded in the field,
the boys oould not have shown more
"Try you in a game?" the captain re-
peated, as if ho could not believe his
e.irs. "Why, we should lose you iu the
The group of fellows laughed deri-
sively. A dusky flush mounted to John
Ahl's face, but lie said nothing. He hail
been treated with this good natnred
contempt from the first day he put on
his football suit to practice with them.
Ho had a great ambition to be a foot-
ball player, and with this end in view
he practiced constantly, being in the
field at every opportunity. He had al-
ways admired the captain, aud had
wished for the chance to take part in a
game under him, but he had always
played on the scrub team, and had lit-
tle chance to distinguish himself, being
surrounded by poor players who helped
liiui make bad plays, but did little to
aid him iu making good ones.
"Play on the teaui!" exclaimed Joe
Anderson, a tall, stalwart fellow, whose
position was at riglit guard, aud who
would have been a remarkable player
had he practiced properly. "Why, if yon
did, some one would mistake yon for
the ball and carry you across the line
and make a touchdown with yon. I tell
you what you can do—carry the ball for
us on and off the field. \\c will let you
begin at once. Bring it iu with you [
when you come. " And with a shout of
derisive laughter Anderson started for
the dressing rooms, followed bythe oth-
ers, leaving John Alii and the football
sole occupants of the field.
For a moment or two John stood
there, his heart heavy as lead, the words
of his comrades burning in his ears A
great sadness oame over hini as he real-
ized how insignificant he was and with
what contempt he was treated. The
school buildings never looked more
massive in the gathering twilight, the
ballground nevei looked larger, and
his chances as a player never more hope-
He stood but a moment or two, how
ever. The resolute look soon came back
to his face. He stooped and picked up
the ball. Then, instead of carrying it
toward the buildings he rolled it slow-
ly along the ground, leaping after it
and falling upon it, then clasping it
closely to his breast. Again and again
he did this, now rolling the bull slow-
ly, now swiftly.
As it grew later some of the boys
happened to look out in the directiou of
"What is that?" the captain said as a
small figure like a shadow iu the gloom
would suddenly appear and disappear,
rise and descend, vanish and return.
"Oh, that," suid Joe Anderson, with
a laugh, "is the substitute trying to
kill time or himself by falling on the
It was iate when John Ahl, weary
and bedraggled, carrying the ball close
under one arm, and with the stern, re-
solute look still upon his face, entered
the school buildings, and the field was
ut last deserted.
clasped tightly under one arm. As Ilia
Iairv ud*&uc*d toward (be center uf the
field Ahl unpped the ball, his foot
touched it, and it sailed high in the uir.
"My. what a kick for a little fel-
low !" some one said.
Then the tpams began to fall upon,
kick aud pass the ball. No one among
them seemed to do it better tbuti Ahl.
Several people remarked it, aud great
surprise was expressed when, on the
teums lining np fur the game, Ahl was
seeu to retire to the side lines.
The game began with the Fairfield
academy having the ball at the kickoff.
The teams lined np; the captain of the
Fairfield academy raised his foot, swung
his leg forward, aud the ball shot to-
ward the Hazeu iustitute goal, only to
be caught by a p'uyer who made ten
yards before he was downed by the
eud rush of the Fairfield academy. This
was followed by a gain of five yards
through the ceuter, five yards more
arouud the end, three more between
tackle and guard and two m ire through
The Hazen institute team was work-
ing like a machine in perfect nuison,
aud carrying the ball rapidly down the
field toward its opponent's goal line.
The Ffc ifield team, weakened by the
absence of two of its regular players
whose places were tilled by substitutes,
seemed unable to stop the onward rush.
On the 15 yard line the Fairfield
eleven made a desperate rally and
held the enemy until tliey secnred the
bull on downs. On two trials they fail-
ed to gain, and the captain fell back for
a kick. The ball was passed lo linn, and
in a moment more it sailed just over the
heads of the players, anil the afadeuiy
goal was for the time out of danger.
Hut only for a time, for again the
opposing teaui used its rushing tac-
tics for good gains. On it caine, aud
this time there was no stopping it.
On the ten yard liue the Fairfield play-
ers held them for two downs. Then
there was a terrific struggle, aud the
hall was carried over the line for a
touchdown. A goal was easily kicked,
and the score stood: Hazen institute, (i;
Fairfield academy, 0.
When the bull was taken bacK for
the kickoff, it was secured by the Ha-
zen institute team, who began by mak-
ing a gain, then short, sure gains.
To John Ahl the day seemed black
indeed. Though ho did not play every
faculty was centered ou the playing rf
Ins team. He hoped against hope that
it would stop the steady advance of
the opposing players. There seemed no
chance of doing this. Again the ball
was near the academy's goal liue. For
a time they stood firm, but iu a scrim-
mage George (ireen, who was playi g
quarter back for the academy, hurt his
weak ankle so badly that he could play
This was bud indeed, for there was
no ono to put iu his place. Already two
substitutes were playing ou the team,
and there Was no one left but little Johu
Ahl, for the football niatorial had beeu
very scarce in the academy that year.
What should they do? The captain
knit his brows in anxious thought. The
game would have to go ou, aud tliey
were almost beaten as it was. With
John Ahl ut quarter back there would be
no hope of winning.
"Well, I suppose I shall have to take
him," he muttered to himself, "and
yet it is the same as giving the game
away." Ho approached the side lives
abruptly, and in a surly voice called,
"John Ahl." •
"We are certainly lost now, "one of
the team remarked, and the faces of
most of tliem wore a discontented and
Ahl was bythe captain's side iu an
"You will play at quarter back," the
Again the Hazen institute men prepar-
ed for a plunge, but this time tliey did
not make a yard, for as their half back
dashed for the line Ahl sprang forward
to meet him, where, jndgiug from the
plays he had seeu a moment or two be-
fore, he would try to break through. As
he struck the line Ahl grasped him with
a quick low tackle.
Once more the teams lined np, and
again the Hazen men tried to break
through, but again their half back was
Uiet by Ahl, who seemed to bo every
The crowd cheered at the last tackle,
as it stopped what the Hazen institute
team thought to be a sure gain on a
trick play. This tackle, owing to a
fumble, secured the ball fur the Fair-
field academy team.
The surprise of the captain of the
academy team at these tackles was
great. He knew that they could not
have beeu done better, and he saw that,
through tliem the advance of the oppos-
ing eleven was for a time checked.
Calling in his backs, the captain pre-
pared to advance the ball. As tliey
leaned over, ready to have it snapped
back, he patted Ahl on the shoulder, and
suiel, "Good work, old man — good
The team seemed to have gained new
heart, aud as the signal was giveu for
the left half back to try between tackle
* ' * * * * * ! guard tliey held like a rock except
The mncli talked of event of the year, where the hole was to be made, and
the football game between the Fairfield j y easi]y jjHiue<j flve yards. Ahl saw
academy aud the Hazen institute, was |j,js was a weak place in his oppo-
about to bo played. The grand stand touts' line, and again he shunted out
was a maze of eolor, and an immense (j10 salne signal in different numbers,
crowd of spectators surrounded the field Slowly but surely the Fairfield ucad-
on all sides. The delegations from the only nu,u began to push the ball up the
rival schools were cheering themselves field and away from their own goal. The
! captain, who had been directing the sig-
! nals up to this time, now allowed Ahl
full sway, as he noticed the steady gains
j that came as a result of Ahl's judgment.
Suddenly Ahl gavo the signal for a
run round the end, usiug the half back
who had up to this time done but little
work. Like a flash the team fell into
the combination. The institute team,
having blocked easily, did not expect it,
full bad, Carried the bail across I lie I
liue for a touchdown, iuakiug the score
i.linn over, the trams lined up tor j
the final struggle of the Mcuml half.
The Hazen institute boys were coufl-
dentof success, depending on their rnsh- [
e* though the center. Hut these plays
did not turn out so successful as iu the
first half. Again and again they were
blocked, and after the tackle had beeu j
made in almost every ease it was John j
Ahl who rose from the struggling group.
He was playing superbly, and thecrowd,
noticing his remarkable tackles, cheered
him at every attempt.
The game was evenly fought, the |
playing being near the ceuter of the i
field most of the time, though now aud
then it would sway toward one goal or j
As time went on the excitement grew i
greater and greater until it almost
reached fever heut.
For awhile the Hazen institute men I
seemed to be getting the best of it; by
short, close rushes, by combination
plays, by runs ronud the end, tliey :
steadily advanced the ball. Time was .
drawing to a close, and as the score was
still a tie they played desperately. They j
had advanced some distance into the j
territory of the Fairfield academy team [
when tliey lost the ball.
The academy captain at once made 1
an attempt to advance with it, but was |
unsuccessful, and he dropped back for a
kick. The ball was coon flying through
the uir toward the opponents' goal.
The teams lined up quickly, for there
was no time to lose. The Hazen institute
men at once prepared to again advance
the ball ou their quick combination
plays; (i-18-7 was the signal given, and
the half back, head down, rushed for-
ward an tho ball was passed to him. A
moment later ho struck the line, and it
became a pushing, struggling mass of
bodies. Suddenly tho bull shot ont of
the heap; it had beeu fumbled. Now
was the time for Ahl. Now was the
time to use the dexterity he had gained
by constant, lonely practice. Quick us a
flash he has seized tho bull, hugging it
tightly to Ins chest.
His small size, his quickness, his
agility, all help him now, aud lie is
through the line like a dart of light, a
clear field before him, for the backs of
the Hazen institute are playing close to
the line iu their efforts to advance the
ball. He dodges two outstretched hands,
he hears a fall as a tackier hurls him-
self forward in the effort to grasp him.
Ho feels rather than hears the rush of
fact behind him, his own men blocking
the other team as best they can. Above
it all is the roar of the crowd, sounding
in his ears liko the rush of some linge
mass of wuter over a fall.
Ahl is running as he never ran be-
fore. He knows his pursuers are gain-
ing aud tho goal line seems so far away.
Twice his captain has saved him by
blocking off a tackier, but at hist he
goes down himself.
The goal line is drawing near. Will
he reach it? His breath conies in great
gasps; the field seems to be spinning
round like a top. A few more steps only
now. Suddenly he is seized from be-
hind, but, with superhuman exertion,
he hurls himself forward aud slides
over the goal line with two of the op- j
posing team npon him.
Tliey have him at last, but it is too
late. The run is made i ad under his
breast the football rests upon tho ground
beyond the goal lino. There is barely
time to kick a goal, and the game is
John Ahl is a substitute no longer.
His fellow students do not snub him
now, but whenever the Fairfield acad-
emy team plays you will see him where
the battle rages hottest, and it is said
that it now seldom loses a game.—Den-
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es an exper-
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(First Publisher I In PKOPl.K's VOICE, Feb. 7, '96)
Territory of«)kInborn*, (
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In tho District Court of wlrl Territory within
and for aid County in tin* Third Judicial Dis-
,). O. Hamilton, Plaintiff, )
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Hemic Hamilton, Defendant, S
T i the Defendant, bessie Hamilton:
Yon are hereby notified that you have been
sued tn the above mimed court and that you
must answer the petition tiled by the Plaintiff,
.1. o. Hamilton on or before t'he'JOth day of
March, 1*96, or said pet i inn will be taken an
true and judgment for a divorce will be render
;<t a 'cordinnly.
\\ ltness the hand of the clerk and the seal of
said court, this 31 t dav <>t January, IK9ii.
W. II. Khky. Clerk.
11v i'kkhha Mkkk, Deputy.
Wolf A Hutch in
Attorney* tor Plaintiff. 28—It.
LOU S RENNER,
Proprietors of the Popular
East Side Meat Market.
bourse. Tho day was a perfcct ono—the
sky cloudless, the air crisp aud cool.
A wild shout camn from tin1 Hazpn i
iustitute boys as their teaui berlin kick-
ing and falling on the ball. Then an-
other aud greater shout went up as the
Fairfield academy ti am, headed by their
handsome captain, entered from the oth-
er end of the field.
"My, isn't lie fine looking I" a pret-
ty girl said to her neighbor as she spied but was prepared fur another plunge
the captain. I through the line. The result was a gain
"Yes. but look at that cute little fel- j 0f go yards.
low," her trieud replied. J Again the academy team plowed
Sure enough, the last one of the team through the center tor steady gains,
was John Ahl, who, taking advantage J ami just before time was called fur the
of his lirivileue to carry the ball, had.it , |jr,t half, tiie cautaiu. who was playing
l' .ti iiisi t nr Salt'.
u contemplate buying a farm
H. Seawell. He has a fe-v spec-
ial Bargains on hand.
No. 10:—100 acres, six miles from
Norman, ail fenced with post and wire,
86 aorea in fine statu of cultivation, 20
ao;es in wheat, 7.5 acres in pasture of
which 20 acres is hog pasture. This
land is a sandy loam and extra good.
Small house, good stables, two good
wells,one pond, 100 ueach trees, 200
grape vines all bearing. This farm is
one of the best in the county. Price
$14.00 per. acre.
No. 30:—100 acres, three miles of
Norman, all tenced with wire, 00 acres
fenced in pasture, nearly 100 acres
in wheat and it looks tine.
1 his is a level farm, no waste
land, good pond of water, bouse with
7 rooms, fruit trees. All litted up for
living. Price $16.00 per acre
Both of the farms as above
described are in a beautiful section of
country and good roads lo town.
No. 45:—Now I will describe a cheap-
er piece of land in a different direction
from town. KiO acres of second grade
land, with fair improvements, good
cotton land. Price $H.OO per acre.
Great bargain and the cheapest land I
No. .S3: 1.53 acres of land near town,
some rough and some good laud. Price
$10.00 per acre. With good improve-
ments for this money.
Now the cheapest of these lands that
I have priced you. Such lands in Mo
would rate from $30 to $40 per acre and
such lands as 1 have priced you at $14
ami $10 per acre would rate iu Mo. at
$50 and $00. Now we have lands here
not any letter than I have quoted you
at $14 and $16 and still the owner of
these lands would not sell for les* tnan
$25 to 30 per acre. I have priced you
lands belonging to men who are anx-
ious lo sell. The great majority of our
peoplo will not offer their lands for
sale. Make an arrangement with your
neighbor to sell your land, come down
and see what I can do for you. Think
you will wire your wife to close the
trade. Yours Truly,
w. h. Seawell.
Believes in advertising, and takes this method of informing
the public that he sell the bests of meats cheaper than any
butcher in the citv miibi>
Fresh and Salted Meats.
Game and Fish in season.
Buyer of Hides and Furs.
Have Just received their
Spring Styles of Nobby
Suiting". I'ricea reason-
able. Call and see goods.
John H. Scott, R, L. Robertson,
Physicians & Surgeons,
♦Vill do a General Practice, office—
Kooms 1-2 over Citizens' bank,
The West Side Grocery
Having Purchased the Williams & \
Son stock of Groceries on the West \
Side and filled up the shelves with \
new Goods. I would be pleased to
meet the old Patrons of that Firm
and hope to merit your patronage.
KIB. H. WARREN,
W. S. HAMILTON, M. D.
(Suooesaor to Dr. C. S. Shinier.)
Special attention to chronic Dis-
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office: Over Norman Slate Hank.
WILLIAMS & NEWELL,
Practice in all the courts; also be-
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ington and in the local
Over Boston Store.
Norman, • Oklahoma. J
W- C. WeloDa,
Physician & Surgeon
Office over williams A Son'sUrocery
we do a general practice.
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WEST SIDE DRUG STORE,
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