Clipped From The Scranton Truth
FOOTBALL SUCCEEDS POLITICS FOOTBALL, to day succeeds politics as the topic which most largely engages public interest. Not' withtsandlng all that has been said and written against the brutality and life - endangering features of the game, - football keeps growing In popular favor, and at present it ' has more admirers and fewer detractors than at any time In its his. tory. It is not difficult to find the reasons that make football appeal so forcibly to the spirit and .imagination of American youth. To excell in football, as it is played today at American colleges, requires all the elements that make for success In the larger game of life. This is why the game has been looked upon with such favor by col lege faculties, notwithstanding its ob jectionable features. No feature of col lege life ' has been more carefully studied in regard to its effect on the moral, intellectual and physical welfare of the student body than football, and the verdict has been almost unan imously in favor of the game. The benefits derived from the habits of self - denial and self - control, formed in the long period of arduous training necessary to gain a place on the football team, are not the least Important advantages that the strenuous young collegians gain in their college life. Grit and prompt obedience to orders are other qualities which are largely developed in acquiring proficiency in the sport. All these are qualities which the young American of today has been taught to admire. He sees them exemplified in the lives ot the men whom the Nation has most signally honored. and he rightly believes that they are fhe predisposing causes of the larger success which ambition has in store for him. Special Interest centers around the Yale - Princeton game at Princeton today. The last of the 22,000 seats on University Field was sold early in the week and the thousands who will watch the game standing will not fall far short of the number more fortunately situated. James L. Cooney, of Scranton, is one of the star players in the Prince ton team. In New York, Cornell will play Co lumbia, and the University of Pennsyl vania will meet Carlisle on Franklin Field 4n ' Philadelphia. There will be other big games in other cities, and the results will be awaited with tense interest in all parts of the country. Football is a great game, and it is deservedly popular. It has much more in its favor than there is against it.