The Orlando Herald. (Orlando, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 7, No. 49, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 11, 1899 Page: 1 of 8
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The Orlando Herald.
orlando, o. t., thursday, may 11, 1899.
HUMS THAT THE GIRL PLATERS (IF BASKET HALL DO.
It's Activity from Start to Finish, but a Tumulutous Kind of Activity
That Startles an Inexpcricnced Spectator.
[NEW YORK LETTER.]
If the earth quaked there was a good t properly cultivated, and a serious ex-
rrason for It. It was the grandmoth-
ers turning over in their graves. There
are times when only grandmothers do
this. They take post mortem charge
of old-fashioned prejudices and when
this generation of giddy granddaugh-
ters flies in the face of those prejudices
pression. They were the athletes
scheduled to gambol during the inter-
mission of the ladies' game. When the
ladies themselves appeared they wore
more clothes than their brother ath-
letes, but the seriousness was missing.
Instead, their countenances were
wreathed as to exterior with smiles
and as to interior with gum.
The Savage team came out first.
Two by two they marched forth from
their dressing rooms to tho tunc of
"Ilah! rah! rah!" from the spectators
and of a little obligato in their own
minds of "Lo, the conquering heroines
come!" For these ten rubber-shod,
bloemer-clad girls who tripped so
gayly forth have never been defeated,
as a team, at basketball. Personally,
the reporter repeats preference for de-
scribing them as forked lightning, but
the management insisted, by means of
handbills, tickets and scoreboard, on
calling them "ladies." Therefore be it
Nobody ever wrote a detailed ac-
FLIPPING THE COIN,
a protesting turn over is scheduled for
the poor deceased dames.
The occasion of the turning over was
a basketball game between two teams
of young women, the same being the
Echo Club from Yonkers and the Sav-
age Institute team of this city. It was
a glorious battle. It was more like a
scrimmage on the part of ten-forked
lightning flashes in bloomers than it
was like anything else, unless one
might mention a real hair-pulling
match down on Cherry Hill. But of
course one wouldn't mention anything
like that in connection with such a
game. It wouldn't be the right thing.
So the forked lightning stands and the
hair-pulling comparison has not been
The game was called at 8:30. By
that time the balcony railing was over-
hung by a crowd of spectators, and at
one end of the floor below about fifty
men and women were standing or sit-
ting on benches and tables. A few
years ago men were rigorously ex-
cluded from even the mildest form of
gymnastic exercises if the girls taking
part therein appeared In bloomers.
Times have changed since then, and
fully half of the spectators the other
night were men. They kept on their
hats and overcoats, doing their best to
preserve a proper average in the
amount of clothing worn. But they
dressed, so to speak, against heavy
In the first place, among tho specta-
*ors surrounding the scene of the com-
ECHO AT THE BALL.
count of a girls' basketball game.
From the moment the referee tosses
up the ball until the whistle calls for
them to stop play, it is as if a flock of
sheep had suddenly gone mad. It is
rush, run, tumble, slap, bang, dash!
All this with variations. The Savage
team the other night played a much
cleverer game than their opponents
did, but the heaviness of the Yonkers
team was not without its value. The
Savage girls were light and quick, but
when an Echo girl climbed calmly on
their backs and hung there, it was
like Sinbad with
the Old Man of the
Sea on his shoul-
As before re-
marked, it is im-
possible to give a
detailed account of
the way girls play
basketball, but for
the benefit of those
who have never
seen the perform-
ance, the following
mild hints at de-
scription are at-
stands in the mid-
dle of the floor, two
girl captains facing
each other beside
him. He tosses the
ball between them,
and, with a leap
into the air, they
slap at the ball, the
quicker one hitting
it toward the goal
she is trying for.
Then there follow
fifteen minutes of
gets the ball and
tries to toss it up
into the basket,but
a Yonkers girl is
hanging over each
and panting and
Ing battle there were a dozen young I chewing with impartial vigor,
men arrayed in shoes, two garments j "Will ye look ?.t thim now!" ex-
whlch might have become a shirt and claimed the Irish girl. "A ladies'
a pair of trousers if they had been J game, is it! Lady wild cats! That'i
what it is. Oh, my, but wouldn't I
like to play this game with me dear
friend, Katie Murphy, bad luck to her?
Of all the clawin', scratchin', ilappin'
matches I ever seen—look at that lump
of a Yonkers girl down there, will
you? She's just
been rldin' around
on that there little
creature's back for
the last half hour.
Let her take shame
to herself for not
pickin' out some-
body of her own
But even while
the Irish girl
spoke the red and
blue human kaleid-
oscope below shift-
ed and fell,or rath-
er rushed, into new
big ball was hus-
tled from one to
over the head, be-
tween the kneos,
rolled on, sat upon,
slid on, chased un-
til the ten players
would crash into
he side walls of the
tion. The specta-
tors gasped and
these crashes canle,
but the girls them-
selves paid no at-
tention and tobogganed
minutes, whereupon the Teutonic dame
from Yonkers shrunk so that the Irish
girl applauded otherwise than by fall-
ins off the bench. The star player was
a slender bit of a girl named Nellie
Armstrong. She had very dsuk hair,
done becomingly on top of her shape-
ly head. Nothing seemed to ruf-
fle either her temper or her hair, al-
though an especially heavy Yonkers
girl appeared to climb over the latter
every other minute. Miss Armstrong;
had a clever little trick of ducking un-
der the arms of her opponents, leav-1
ing them clawing and slapping at the
unreSponsive air. When so closely i
ly down the' hall once more. Then
the ball bounded into the group of
spectators, followed by two or three
headlong players, who dived into the
lower stratum, formed of skirts and
trousers and the knees of the athletes,
as if it had been a stretch of tall grass.
"Look at thlm now!" she exclaimed.
"Come away from there an' stop tick-
lin' the knees o' the gintlemin. Ladies,
is it? Lady wildcats!"
Meanwhile the "gintlemin" of the
unclad extremities were dancing up
and down with excitement. Of course
THE BALL IN A CROWD FROM Y ONKERS.
pressed that she could not duck she
put her head almost down to the floor
and threw the ball back between her
knees. It was a delight to watch
Perhaps the usual critics of women
will say t^sit the most remarkable part
of the game was the absence of scraps.
To be sure, it looked as if the ladies
were clawing and slapping and kick-
ing one another In the most awful
rage, but all of these delicate little at-
tentions were really directed toward
the ball. The umpire made some de-
cisions which the men on the side-lines
groaned at, but the players never mur-
mured. That the affair ended unpleas-
antly was due to these decisions and
the very heated arguments which fol-
low^ between the team managers,who
were men. The game ended in a tie,
which according to the rules should
have been played out. The Savage
team was quite willing to do this, but
the Yonkers girls, acting supposedly
on the advice of their manager, de-
clined. Whereupon the game was
awarded to Savage. That was too
much for the Teutonic dame, and she
"Veil, I t'ought dey vas ladies!" she
exclaimed, with unmistakable con-
demnation of the Savage team.
Whereupon the Irish girl, who had
come out stronger against Yonkers
every time she had been crowded off
the bench, varied her previous remarks
A QUIET MOMENT WITH THE GENTLE SEX.
IN THE DRESSING ROOM.
they were howling for Savage, and
there was a roar of admonition.
"Get into the dance!"
"Keep a moving!"
"Hustle, hustle, hustle!"
"O-o-o-oh! Play ball!"
The ladies, indeed, did not need these
admonitions. They were dancing,
moving, hustling and doing almost ev-
erything else in the line of active
verbs. Their golden and other colored
hair broke loose from hairpin anchors
now and then, but with a quick, deft
movement they tucked it up again,
and no pauses for repairs were made
until a Savage girl got something in
her eye. Then the whistle blew and
there was a panting pause while the
referee Investigated the trouble. Did
the other ladies gather around with
puckered faces and expressions of sym-
pathy? Not a bit of it. They stood
panting impatiently, and in less than
ten seconds there was a contemptuous
chorus from the Yonkers players:
"Aw, hurry up!"
At the end of the first fifteen-minute
half of the game the two teams went
off to their dressing rooms for a rest,
and the men slammed themselves and
the ball about while the ladies re-
posed. The second half of the game
is always the same as the first, only
more so. The star player of the Sav-
age team made a goal inside of two
NOTES OF INTEREST TO THE
lumoim Public Men of I'liirlaml tilve
Tliclr View* on the Liquor Problem-
All Atunll Liquor tin an Kvll That
Mu«t lie KstinculiiliPri.
Not Ah I Will.
Blindfolded and alone I stand,
With unknown tlireaholdH on each hand;
The durktieHH deepens an I grope,
Afraid to fear, afraid to hope;
Yet this one thing 1 leurn to know
Bach day more Burely as I go.
That doors are opnikd, ways are made,
burdens are lifted, or are laid
By some great law unseen and still
Unfathonicd purpose to fulfill,
"Not as I will."
Blindfolded and alone I wait;
Loss seems too bitter, gain too late;
Too heavy burdens in tho load,
And too few helpers on tho road;
And Joy is weak and grief is strong.
And years and days so long, so long!
Yet this one thing I learn to know
Each day more Burely as I go.
That 1 am glad the good and ill
By changeless law are ordered still,
"Not us 1 will."
"Not as I will!" Tho sound grows sweet
Kach time my lips the words repeat.
"Not as I will!" Tho darkness field
Wore safe than light when this thought
Like whispered voice to calm and bless
All unrest and all loneliness.
"Not as I will," because the Ono
Who loved us lirst and best has none
Before us on tho road, and still
For us must all Ills love fulfill—
"Not as we will."
—Helen Hunt Jackson.
THROWING A GOAL.
on the subject by a scathing comment
on the Yonkers team:
"Ladies, is It?" she said. "Ladies?
Lady 'fraid cats! That's what it Is."
Ilrltlflli Public Men on the Drink Traffic
Deau Farrar, in a recent address on
temperance, drew attention to the ut-
terances of eminent public men on the
evils resulting from the use of liquor.
From this we quote:
Mr. Justice liannen said: "Seventy-
five per cent of the divorce cases that
come before me in the divorce court
originate iu drinking."
Lord Russell of Klllowen said that
"there is no question more wide-reach-
ing than that of the liquor traffic or
the social, moral and political condi-
tion of the working classes." This,
again, is but an insignificant fraction
of the evidence which might be ad-
duced under this head; and yet I would
stake the decisive truth of the thesis
which I am endeavoring to press upon
you on this evidence alone. And, oh!
that so able and brilliant a body of
men as her majesty's Judges could but
unite, not only to warn and to pro-
tect, but to force this question upon
the conscience of the nation, to advise
and to urge the necessary reforms, and
to interpose the stainless purity of
their ermine between us and the de-
struction wrought by this demon of
Yet, if I were to include all that
judges, magistrates and law authori-
ties have said on this question, even
that would be but the merest fraction
of the evidence against what so bril-
liant a member of the royal family as
the late Duke of Albany called drink
—"the only deadly enemy which Eng-
land has to fear." For more than a
generation there has been hardly one
of our more thoughtful and eminent
Christian statesmen who has not
spoken on this subject as strongly as
the judges have. Out of scores of such
utterances I mention but these.
"Drink," said Lord Brougham, "is the
mother of want, and the nurse of
crime." Lord Beaconsfleld said that
in the success of temperance reform is
involved "the triumph of the social
virtues, and the character of the great
body of the people." "The temperance
cause," said Richard Cobden, "liefi at
the foundation of all social and po-
litical reform." "I am convinced," said
Lord John Russell, "that there is no
cause more likely to elevate the peo-
ple of this country than this great
question of temperance."
"It has been said that greater ca-
lamities are inflicted on mankind by
intemperance," said Mr. Gladstone in
the House of Commons on March 5,
1880—and you will observe how tre-
mendous is the statement to which he
thus lent the weight of his authority
—"than by the three great historic
sources of war, famine and pestilence
combined. • * • That is true for
us, and it is the measure of our dis-
credit and disgrace." In 1889 he said
at Hawarden: "There ought to be a
great temperance reform. This ques-
tion Is a great question of the honor
of the country. This Is a subject
which concerns us all. It enters into
every family and household of the
country. How many weeping widows,
how many destitute children, owe
their misery entirely to the operation
of this unhappy cause?" Again at
Liverpool, In 1893, he said: "Let us
all carry with us, deeply stamped upon
our hearts and minds, a sense of shame
for the great plague of drunkenness
which goes through the land, sapping
and undermining character, breaking
up th-3 peace of families, often choos-
ing for its victims not the men and
women originally the worst, but per-
sons of strong social susceptibility,
and open in special respects to tempta-
tion. This great plague and curse, let
us all remember, is a national curse
calamity and scandal."
Of living statesmen, out of many, I
only quote one or two. "I say," said
Mr. John Morley (in June, 1898), "I
don't care what kind of unpopularity l(
may attract, but the flr»t stage In so-
cial reform Is temperance." "I view
the uncontrolled condition of the liq-
uor traffic as a serious danger," said
Lord Rosebery; "no one can deny that
there is a great deal too much drink*
in this country, and that much of the
crime, much of the pauperism, and al-
most all the degradation prevalent in
this country are attributable to tho
curse of drink." Then comes this
warning, which it would be well for
England to take to heart: "If tho
state does not soon control tho liquor
traffic, the liquor traffic will control
the state." "If I could destroy tomor-
row the desire for strong drink In tho
people of England," said Mr. Joseph
Chamberlain in a speech at Sheffield
some time ago, "what changes wo
should see. We should seo our taxes
reduced by millions sterling. Wo
should see our jails and workhouses
empty. We should see more lives
saved in twelve months than are con-
sumed in a century of bitter and sav-
"Whether we succeed or whether wo
fail," said Sir. W. Hanourt, in 1895,
"to this cause of local option In my
public and my private life, I am Ir-
revocably pledged. If permitted, I de-
siro to devote to it what remains to
me of life, and depend upon It I shall
do so to the end." To these I may add
the testimony of Lord Curzon, the new
Viceroy of India. He said, a few
years ago: "Drink is a leper spot on
the surface of tho nntlon, a moral
canker, eating Into the vitality of tho
people, and producing effects which do
not die with the year, or the life, or
even with the generation, but which
will be reproduced from year to year,
from generation to generation, in a
terrible portentous legacy of poverty,
misery and crimo," Are such words
from such men, speaking under so
grave a sense of responsibility, to be
lightly brushed aside by the nation as
though they were of no moment?
Cure for Intemperance.
Intemperance is an individual evil,
and the reform must be Individual.
As are the units, so is the state. We
sometimes forget this and think, it
we had law, we could do everything.
Laws on statute books do damage in
every way to society unless they are
enforced. We need a revival among
ministers and church members and
fashionable mothers to train children
to self-denial, to be temperate In all
things. It is the small matters that
develop character in the boys and
girls. It is a very good thing for a
boy of six or sixteen to know that
there are some things he cannot have.
I believe this training of children to
self-denial, self-sacrifice and self-con-
trol goes to the root of the evil. It
touches the very beginning. Then,
when we have a law that is the ex-
pression of the vast majority, it will
be executed and moral sentiment will
make it impossible, for personal gain,
to deal in intoxicating liquors.—Bish-
A thiri, violation of the prohibitory
law of Kansas will, if the bill passed
by the senate becomes a law, subject
the saloon-keeper to the penitentiary
from one to three years.
A bill has just passed the lower
forbidding the sale of Intoxicating
liquors in department stores, except in
a separate building provided for the
purpose. The bill was urged by the
W. C. T. U.
Rev. John Bradford, pastor of the
Methodist church at Hampton, N. H.,
is to be appointed chief of police ai
that place. His appointment is the re-
sult of much dissatisfaction over the
way the liquor laws have been en-
forced in the past.
An all-day's prohibition rally was
recently held at Syracuse, N. Y., under
the management of the state commit-
tee. About $1,500 was raised for state
work, $1,000 of which is to aid in the
circulation of the state paper, the De-
fender. Of this amount, Hon. W. T.
Wardwell donated $600.
The anti-gambling bill, known as
the "Crap Bill," which was before the
Tennessee legislature, and was de-
feated in the Senate, has been recon-
sidered and passed by a good majority.
It was signed by the governor, and is
now a law, As a result of this, sev-
eral gambling houses and saloons have
gone out of business in Nashville
This law makes the keeping of a
gambling house, used for playing cer-
tain games, especially "craps," a fel-
ony, punishable by both fine and im-
The National Reform Party Confer-
ence Movement has issued a call foi
a national conference of reformers whe
favor the abolition or suppression ol
the liquor traffic and other reforms
sought for by the people, to be held
at Pittsburg, Pa., on June 8. The ob-
ject of the conference will be that of
extending the conference movement
into all the several states of the union
and to appoint delegates to the Na-
tional Conference of Reformers to
meet in Buffalo, June 28 to July 4,
*nd to arrange a plan of conference
with all reform organization seeking
a union of reformers
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