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3ASE BALL GOSSIP. NOTES AND COMMENT OF THE NATIONAL GAME. Con- from iireni Bill L»nir« of th. Chicago Club nlderabln of a Wan — Note* the Diamond — liltlreiltro » Cttclicr. -r 7- HEN Bill . Lange \ ' / went tearing across «6 A A / the field the other R V V day to calch a fly Dl •*• jt that looked to be as safe as ever a three-bagger could be, there were . cheers of even- kind and caliber, and from the midst 'of the throng rang out one deep bass voice, shouting: "Good boy, Hank! Well done, Hank, old boy!" "Is Lange'B first name Henry? naked a crank of Dahlen after the shades of night had settled down. "Henry? No, it's Bill," answered the little fellow. "Then why is he called Hank?" persisted the crank.,, . , . Dahlen grew reminiscent. "That a •easy," said he. "W-hen the colts wero making a jump Trom Cleveland to Cincinnati not so very long ago we passed through -a section of country where the natives all seemed to 'be named Hank—or, rather, christened Henry and called Hank for short. It was Hank Jones, Hank Smith, Hank Matthews and Hank, Hank, Hank till you couldn't rest. Well, Lange took a mean advantage' of this fact and whenevei our train was just pulling out of, a station he would stick his head out of the window and yell: 'Oh, Hank! Come here!' And every native on the plat- lorm would yell, 'What, me?' and break his neck trying to reach the train be-. fore It got. away. "Along toward noon we passed a town that promised unusually well in • Hanks. There must have been 100 natives lounging on the platform, and, as the train started up, Bill howled: •Hank, Hank, come here, quick! •What, me?' came, the answering howl of 97 of the 100 natives as they broke for tho train. And they fell over each other in heaps, while Bill stuck his head further out of the window and hooted at them. And the. confounded train stopped about 200 feet on at a water tank and 75 of those Hanks boarded the train to hunt-for the fellow who had been having fun with them.: They began to climb In at the windows and .batter on the doors, and they'd have killed Bill sure if he hadn't thrown |1B out of the window to buy tobacco as a peace offering. Ever since that time many people call Bill Hank as a gentle reminded. It is better than all the fines In the' world, for if Bill, ever gets too lively, a"yell of 'Oh. Hank!' •will 'bring him off.the perch immediately." H«rp.r, of Brooklyn. George Harper, one of the pitchers of the Brooklyn club, of the National league and American association, was horn Aug. 17,1886, at Milwaukee, Wis.. und learned to play ball with the amateur, teams;.around his native place. His first'.professional engagement was •with the Stockton club, of the California league, in 1888, he taking part that year in twenty-serven championship contests, and greatly aiding in landing his team in first place In the race for the pennant. He. remained with the Stocktons-during the season of 1889, and participated that year In forty-«even championship games. In 1890 he was with the Sacramento team, of the same league, and his club fln- ishcd second in'the championship race. In 1891 he'waa a member «f the San Jose team, of the California league, participating in -eighty-three Cham- pionshlp contests, and materially helping his club to win the pennant offered B y that league. He continued with the San Jose club throughput the. season of 1892.. In 1893 he was with the Stock- ten-club, of the same league. In,1894 be began the season with the NaehvUle. club .of the Southern league, and.; did eo well that he attracted the attention of the officials of the Philadelphia club, of the National League and American association, who obtained his release, and he finished- .the season with th« Philadelphia, team, participating u Eastern leajui Md was considered 67 some persons as one of the best pitchers in that league. He was highly recommended to the Brooklyn club, and bi= release wan purchased last winter. As the latter club had more pitchers on. Us pay roll than It could conveniently utilize Harper was loaned to the. Scran.;- ton club, and has been doing exceedingly well. Among some of his noteworthy batting and pitching (eat* was making a safe hit. each of the five times he went to the bat in a game against the Wllkesbarres, June 28, 1893 at Wllkesbarre, Pa. On June b, 1S95', at Rochester. N. Y., he held the Toroutos down to six safe hits and struck out fourteen of them. During that eeason he held a number of teams down to six hits or-less, including the Buffalos to five safe hits, and the Syra- slx safe hits: Cti'lcigo-i Or«»t C«tcb»r. Who is there among the thousands of baseball cranks all over the country that has not seen and admired the fast work behind the bat of our own Kill, • one of the most popular catchers In the major organization today? His popularity dates almost from the first day he was seen in the white uniform of the Chicago team, seven years ago. Kittridge was bora in Clinton, -.Mass., Oct. 9 1869, and began to play ball before he left the high school at Fitch- burs where he was well known. His professional career began when ne was IS years old. He accepted an engagement with the Rutlands for the season of 18S7. The following year he went with the Portsmouth^ of the New England league and ranked fourth among tho backstops, of that organization. In 18S9 .he Joined the Quincy team of the Interstate league. His work during that season was so good it attracted the attention of the UU- BY FBANR H. BENSON. When Horton said he had no trouble •orninc- to ride a bicycle—just got on j^-ode right offl-I believed him. Some people are too prosaically, clever tower half enjoy life, and Horton belongs to this class I do not. When I became possessed of a brand-new "bike," I knew I was going to have trouble, and nerved myself therefor. I was not mistaken. I did have trouble. ., ... Borton said he would come over and help me leum to ride. Thatfe the. trouble wtth clover people. I knew how Hor- tou would help me to learn to ride. All devcr people adopt the same m^ote. He would- lead the wheel out into the. smooth road with" an air of supreme mastery, Bteudy it for me to mount, and. having enticed me to a- seat on the treacherous machine, deliver h.mself m M. J. KITTR'IDSE. cago management, and it was decided to give Kittridge a. trial in fast company. He began playing under the Alison banner at the start of the season of 1890, and that year took part- in no less than ninety-six of the championship contests. He secured a rank of seventh among the catchers- of the league but hie'batting was light. The following year he did better, both at the 'bat and in fielding,, and has improved steadily ever since in both departments .of the game. Today. Klt- trldce stands as one. of. the • leading catchers of the league, and is certainly one of the most popular, not only at home but In all the cities of/the big circuit. 'He Is a-most conscientious worker for the -best Interests'of the team and 'is reliable at all times. He is'principally noted'for his remarkable accurate throwing to the bases, and in that respect «t Is doubtful if his equal has.ever-been seen in the league.. He Is what is known, as a, glutton for ; punishment, and faces a,ll kinds of pitching wJth the .greatest.apparent..ease. His style is easy and''graceful'and'he'never loses his bead: Wis. game; and one of the tow players who thinks -his 'team is never beaten until -the'last man has •been: put out.' He! arid Griffith'make a battery 'that can. be celled, upon -at. any •time Last year Kittridge ;and. John- Grim, of the Brooklyns,,were tied with 'an average, of, .924.for,sixth, position: .among the catcher's of the league. The Chlc*goan's batUhg "average was .224.. Kittridge is willing 1 always 'to dp more than 'his share of the : work when his alternates are on'the:-hospital'list Not« from the Diamond. Padden, Pittsburgh new-second baseman, is a poor hitter, but fields his position beautifully, '.'But we miss Louie Blerbauer," said a Plttsburg newspaper man who travels', with the team. Connie Mack says that .Harry Truby was let out by Pittsburg because he could not cover ground. Hie ankle was still weak, and he could only limp after grounders. DIbby Plynn le playing with amateur teams on the .north side. . The little fellow, if he regains, his health; will not lack'.for a good .position.—Chicago News. . . ' ' • Anson has purchased two now pitch-, ere, but gives out that their names are not to be published till the men are safely landed. •oae good hold of the handles -no, not too tigh^-thcy won t get ftW ay-jnBt grasp them lightly bu; firmly now put both feet on the pedals— steady now-aon-t.be afraid, and-keep your balance." Then he tops the ma- chT» over to un augl*'6f « Degree*, gives me a start, and away I go >ow a bicycle that's well trained oud knows it's mounted by a man-who is its master would just as likely go at an angte of 75 de-rees as any other way—I know because I have rinc* taken pains to experiment. Not so a groen and stubborn wheel that conceives it to bo Its duty totaketheconceitoutofanovice. Such a machine must be ridden exactly up- ri"ht, both feet must bit exactly the sonie on the'pedals, the handle bars ,nust be grasped jnst so and a thousand precautions must, be token that would J-4U.sc- Uiat same wheel to feel insulted a month later. , That's why ray'machine don t go the wov ""' clever »- str " ctor hiKl ^ ."" lated Instead it makes one or two miserable wobbles, turns into the only von-h piece of road in the vicinity. talk's itse-lf uncomfortably a couple of time*, and then, smashes into the -round with a force entirely unwarranted 1n> the degree, of momentum it !,.,„ uUMincd while comparatively up- "-Tlion my friend comes up with a look of pained surprise on his face, as though I'd been going through aL Mese , nan ; u vc™on pniTOKO to disregard ln.s instructions. He shows me just whore Hit, course I have pursued is diamct- .vt.KH.Mv opposed to liisdirections. Particularly he remarks that T. must endeavor' to keep m.v cquilibrnara. 1 tliiui.k him, perhaps facetiously, bccnuse n vifrorous fall, is not cnlculatod to ini- provo t.he tera'ix-r. awl remark that if he hnd only suited tlio.t-beforc.it wonltl have snvetl oil the trouble. Then l,e--gc«s offended, and I have to apolo- K \;.e. Then we try again. . ' This timB T nm tired and disgusted. Mv K-nowinp instruc-Tor is.perfecUy cool, but much more, disgusted thn.ii myself. He JnsWthat T am about the worst m,pil h» has ever seen. Then he rlls- oovcrs that-he lias an engagement and rol , Rt , leave. I thank, him prcsumab y lor helping me with..the wheel, really for ht lor from . *^ n Jlc ui=*".j/i~-"~ ~ I take tho wheel back to the house, tbft door on it viciously, and seek a place where I can rest and reflect. Maybe I did Horton an injustice, but that's about the way I imagined that be would help UK: to learn to ride. 1 told him I didn't think I'd havoany trouble; besides J had. almost decided to make, my first trial, at night. This moonlight- ride, idea of mine was onelhad thought of long before I purchased'the wheel. 1 lovf? the moonlight. To me it seems most singularly fit that love-lorn youths should :swear' "by yon pale .moon. •There is no-truth in Luna. She ; hes, she. flatters and exaggerates. An _ d J[£ t we all must,love h£r,.for.her falsehoods ore of. kindness..' .She draws the. veilof -•:•••• — The ore o. nness. . . charity over our Kliortfomlnfrs. r.fi']de; unsightly noolcs : ajid 'crevices the sun, truth's ' mighty 'ially, delipbts to show, slic losses by. or toucJies with soft romantic light that .makes, the yexy thliijfR we; most dislike by day at njght M>em beautiful.. There .is /n o,stretch,of nature's handiwork Bo'.menn,.so rough and'so-devoid of chiirm but, touched by this divine mng'lrtian's power, maybe trknsfarmed Into a fairy land. ': '•'•1 take "my wheel out into tlie broad avenue 'that, passes the house. ;The moonliphfshimmers.through the leaves of •Uio.tjall poplars that : align; the road. A pentlft .breeze mokes the Je'aves rustle : and dance., Thie tall trees quiver; and, save for the 'rubbing of the branches and the "sot t murmur of'the winds, all ia silent. A sovereign' feeling ' of independence possesses roe. The world is sleeping. I iim.alone with nature and iJ\e delights of night are mine- Im<3uat iny wheel triumph».ntly and start down the vista that stretches before me. >ty wheel skims -like a bird over the smooth road: I emerge from the tree-lined avenue 'to an open country, where broad grain fields stretch away into the hazy distance. The deceptive mocm- .^(...^.....s from friends, when I •nn show tlic.fn the utter folly of a<;ting inon i.lioni. Ivit, it isnot.sowi'thlTorton. Vhenever lie makes n suggestion Ibav« ( earned by experience that that particular suggestion hud better be heeded. I never tot-give him for spoiling my plans, but I iind it prudent to act on has advice, no this time I sadly put away my idea'of making my first trip on. _a wheel a nocturnal one. 1 must face the 31-deal in the cruel veracity of sunlight. I never could quite understand how Bvnry one in the neighborhood found out that on that particular day I was ffoing to make my first attempt at con- nuering the unruly spirit of a Kooilless mechanism. It wa* after nightfall when 1 brought the wheel home I thought the secret was my own and nil things seemed propitious to a quiet contestbe- twen the wheel and myself, in which I should have won the laurels before tie iieiffhbors were apprised that the battle was on To' further insure this result I hnd for several days studied the man- ,,ers of veteran riders, especially when leading their wheels. I flattered ray- self I had this pretty near perfection. As I led the wheel out to the street I evnn Mopped to examine a. spoke: critically, i" precisely the manner I had seen un expert do the day before. It was in vain. The audience was in wait- '"The prospect, as, I looked up and down the street, appalled me. Every door ,uid window seemed to have its occn- irin-s Women waited p.itiently on frort porches. Men lounged lazily over front, gates. I don't believe that there wis a"house within four blocks that rlicln't have- ». man about it. And then —horrors! the street Denied infested with small boys. The small boy knows instinctively at what particular time -,nd place a man is about, to make a fool of himself, and lie. usually manages to'be on hand to add zest to the per- forninr.ce. His comments oil such oc- riuiionH are not. original., witty or wise, but are woefully effective. T ix-licve I am a- brave man. I once voluntarily acted us judge of debate in a voimr Indies' literary society, and 1 Rt/mdrrady.forasuiTiciflntiiiduccment lo bc'onc of n committee on awards at -, Inbv show. Nevertheless, this once I wo* f'riKhtcncd. Not at the wheel. I had nn affectionate contempt for that airy-looking skeleton of wood and steel, but I object to being.stared at, particularly when I feel as if T am gomg .o make an exhibition of myself. I put one foot firmly on the step, hopiied along on the other, in the regulation style and stepped up. Now, i nm ecrtaiu that I had that, wheel balanced til right. I had raised .myself with extraordinary care, and if the wheel had been u steady-going machine uf a year or so's service-, it would have been all right This was a new -wheel, though, nnd its chief characteristic was concentrated villainy. That's why. just as I got my foot well off the ground and was put-Jug my sole dependence on the step. Hie thi.ng 1 lunged over. I expected to see the wheel broken -to pieces, but it v.-nsnof. Injured. It had a mission to perform yet and could notniford to brenk iml.il 'it had accomplished it. That. UI.SSIOD .was to preach to me the doctrine of the total depravity of inanimate tuiriffs \fter picking up the wheel I looked around at, my audience. I hardly ex- pc«ted applause, but thought I might reosonably'look for mirth. I was even prepared to laugh heroically with them, but not a smile was visible...They nil seemed interested, but not amused. They were reserving their merriment. The next time T had better,'.uck- I succeeded .in get/ting on the seat.. This, made it more inte-r'estirig-for.the.specta- lors because when the wheel lunged, ran" around in circle and then collapsed; the situation was a good.deal more ridiculous;. As a source of amusement I-saw it was going to .lie a success. \fter this fall, .the men who.bnt) .been lounging on the front, gates ^ n: ^ up /to where I was. The 'small boys,.. Weak Eyes or Poor Sight. v SET fng 7 ffjo" have any troubleJwithTyour eyes consult us. j. D, TAYLOR, Graduate Optician, ( Dr King's School oi Optics. GRADUATE: j xne Chicago Optlialmic College. Cockburn Brothers' Office. Rooms 2!and 3 Spry Building,: Write Fire Insurance in companies that pay losses promptly. Sell you a Life Insurance Policy contract in a first-class company that cannot be Improved. We can dispose of your property if listed with us at a fair value in a sb«t time. We have all kinds of property, to sell or trade. Money to loan on farm or city property in any amount from ?200 up. Make your wants known by consulting Cockburn Brothers, Real Estate, Insurance and Loans. Rooms2anu3SpryBull u l D 0, LOGANSPORT, IND Maple Grove. Maple Grove ^^^^^'^^ vacant lots. Money to loan. Joe T. McNary. FRANK BEAMER, Prop. OBORGE HARPER, hampionship -.contests, . 1 '»i J'ji ' IM irlsi+S\TtlMl'(1T1 (1 Biz of v which resulted In ---- -i and three in, wc r defeats. He won two from Boston and, one each from Brooklyn New York, Cleveland and Pltt»bur», while his three defeats were bytieBrooklyns.Chlcafos and CinclanHis. In 1895 he was connected with th« qRehwter tewa, of. fiw I* Blattn • Bluff? Once more- is Paddy Slavln checked in hla expressed desire to fight for beef 'and bread. -Recently Paddy: went up • ognlnst. Henry; Baker. in Philadelphia' .for. ilx rounds and; It was a draw, ; but only after,:the;.b«ef, ; .and,bread;d!BclpIe had received ..several, .good, .thumps, in. the flf,a,roun'<i.7Baker..'was,asthmatic,, 'too" and about! tinaty-'io'thlAy 1 pp.un'dfl, 'lighter. 'This'Is the S«neSlavin whoi DttXY UiB wi.ii.vi3> •*• •'*'•' «T""-"-' i f v * .••— •— . light'lends'to the waving- grain th* appearance of a vast lolce. My eyes drink in the beauty of the' 1 scene, and the,fresh, bracing atmosphere fills me with a.peculiar intoxication. I throw, back my chest, flrlnk .deep the airy nectar. I fed as though.! would like, to Bcream, sing, anythmg'to vent my exuberance-^ . ' '.. ' Horton said I couldn't le-arn to ride at night; I'S:be'everlastingly running 1 - into.chuck-holes,, and .other..obstacles, didn't, sq' much" waiter), I would probr ably cause','l^-bicyc>,lrrepflrat)le..dam-, 'ajje, " .Tbit^s 'ihie way,,.wlth'.,Horton.,. - 'Wie'never I 'jjrfiay jwrticularly'atwoc*-' life idea'i*-arways Bpoils' it withj nom* at his practical »ugg«»tkros. Now, JI hi* auggestlona were not practical t wouldn't be so b»d,: I. don't a bit up-to where J. was. J-"^ •,.•»••• ~r- ' who bad been viewing operations from a respetful distance, nlso'drew around me. I was at.the'flood-tide of mymiB- "l" no longer regarded 'the bicycle as a soullesa. thing, of steel, nickel and wood It was a treacherous and emphatically animate monster to be put down at, any cost. I grasped it savagely, placed it roughly in position and mounted. It threw me, but I tried neain. I hod forgotten the audience. The men advised, the boys, jeered and the women laughed; I beard I saw,but did not heed. I was mad. I was going to do or die, and several thnos the chances seemed greatly with the second alternative. , •At Inst' I got the wheel to go nrmind. A thrill of joy went through me. 1 saw •the landscape slip by. J felt myself passing rapidly through space. .J-ne crowd which I had feared I now disdained. I was leaving: them far £ohinfJ. I felt that until that, moment I had-not known life. The hitherto exiting relation of spn.ce to time was radically altered. ': It was almost as/though a new .world had been opened to.me,.ancl.chicf among all, my-delighte was. victory. On •L spun, over the fiflc country road, nt last I vyas master— ... I ought to have noticed that gravel bed 'Exaltation is 'a good thing in its place,'but' its place is not astride: » :brand.new wheel. I..picked myself up laboriously,. .The wheel wfls.onlypar- tialiy ruined. .Just a.Jnatter.-of bent pedals and crimped handle-bars. 1™^ a good deni worse -ased tip.myself, but. that didn't;ma'tteri' I hadI conquered, the wheel, and henceforth I knew.,1 would be'master of that.or any other .wheel;-andnam.-r-Outing... r, ..-.-.• _ and made tte finest •^ ^faurant^equippcd-^th all the' modern »<* .electric 1**, to keep all cool while eating. Meals on short notice. Everything the market affords in season. THE BEST PAPER IN THE CITY, IS FORTY CENTS A MONTH, NOW. Send in your Nanie and Street Number on a Postal Card. 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