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THE WINTER - NEED FORi THE
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keep their men in training during the
long period of winter rust?
Of the meritt of the game there is
much to be said. It does not call
forth the extreme excitement of foot
ball; it is not a test of brute strength.
On the other hand, it has no place for
the baseball weakling, nor does it
possess the intense fascination of that
sport. It is rather a golden mean be
tween the two. It requires strength
and agility, quickness and sureness.
Like football, it calls every muscle in
the body into play, and is probably, a
severer tesf of wind. Like baseball, it
calls for quick thinking and accurate
work. It is a strenuous exercise with
slight dinger of injury, but it is a
game more for the. player than for the
spectator. It. is played by women
colleges and by the football veterans
of Harvard and Yale.
- Then why should we not have a
team?- Is the game not a leading fac
-tor in college athletics? Do we not
profess a desire to see the University
of South Carolina among the first in
the athletic world? Yes-but are we
honestsly trying to establish basket
ball at the University? No-then is
our profession mere cant? Further
more, how many of us who condemn
the 'sport or fail to evince interest in
it, have ever taken part in a game or
have ever seen a contest between two
well-trained fives ? Think it over.
There are two basketball courts on the
athletic field, and there is a possibility
of a trip to Wofford, Furman, David
son, and maybe to Charleston.
A BIG TRIP FOR THE BASEBALL
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of the week. The Methodist boys have
always bucked the University on the
baseball field, and is all old rival.
The other colleges that will be taken
on and for which dates have not been
.definitely fixed yet, are Richmond Col
lege, at Richmond, the last of April;
also the University of North Carolina
either at Chapel Hill or Greensboro.
William and Mary or Randolph
Macon will be taken oil during this
trip at Richmond. The final arrange
ments have not been made yet. An
.napolis was negotiated with for a
game. The sailors offered one date,
but Carolina was not in- position -to
. accept this. However, the manager is
trying to settle on a date with the
A return game will be played here
wvith North Carolina. A trip will be
made to tile City by the Sea to tackle
the Citadel and Charleston College.
Both of tihese colleges will return these
games. Other dates will be announced
It will be seenI from- thlis schledlule
that the University is tip against some
hlard propositions, but sile is going to
put tip a good fight.
The stop that the team will make at
Washington on the 18th of April, re
turning from the Northern trip, will
be a feather in the cap of each one of
Last year Carolina won the chain
pinship of the State, and this was a
big advertisement for the TUniversit.
The team finished the season early and
had to lie low to await the results of
the other colleges. Newberry ran close
for honors, but by losing a couple of
games toward the last of the season
the Gamecocks were declared cham
pions. On batting and fielding the
squad showed up well. Some of the
individual players swatted the Sphere,
making high averages. Belser, who
captains the team this year, Izla1,
Trippett, Simpson, Rembert, Wyclie,
Smith and Perrin, all of last year's
team, are back in college. With the
new material the team of 1909 will be
completed. The work of the new men
will not be mentioned until they have
displayed their ability on the field at
the beginning of the season. Some
of the players, however, have had con
siderable expereince in the game.
There was a great junior named.Belser
Who lived on bromo and- selzer,
When requested to sing
He replied by "I swing,
If you like you can just go to hell, sir."
Prof. McCutchen: "The Supreme
Court decided the case by a vote of
5 to 3-"
M. M. Rector: "Professor, what did
you say the score.was ?"
Fresh Alexander (translating Ger
man) : "Er liuft-schnell Aber-ich
"He drank hard, but I drank
Junior Law Student McDonald
(commenting on the class teams):
"The Juniors stand a good chance to
win, but they are too confidential."
Joe Crouch (speaking about 'Var
sity' picture) : "Belser, are you going
to have it taken from the back or
front? I want to know how to fix my
Fresh Littlejohn (at the mess hall)
"Please pass me the natrimnony."
Prof. Snowden: "Mr. Hart, what
is the name of that river in the north
of Italy referred to in our lesson ?"
Very Fresh Hart: "Professor, I
know it, but it is too hard to pro
Prof. Snowden: "Oh, there is noth
ing very hard about it. It is the Po."
Attention I All ye ambitious stu
dents. The faculty is offering a new
elective course in progressive voice
culture taught by the wonderful singer,
the second Jenny Lind, the freshest of
the fresh, Miss Merry Widowv Hart,
who at the urgent request of the fac
ulty has at last consented, much to the
delight of everybody, to give a course
in progressive voice culture. She has
also added to this course a study of hot
air lectures about his experiences and
opinions, past, p)resent and fture.
The lecture will be illustrated by
stereopticon views, which will, uin
doubtedly, make them much more in
teresting. Gentlemen, take notice.
This is a great opportunity, one that
should not be allowed to pass. Think
of being able to hear the sweet night
ingale voice of this second Jenny Lind I
It will be inspiring, soul lifing.
I got stumg for thirty cents. Did
The tennis champions.
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I swing, BOY; why don't you go to
Now, ain't that a happy thought?
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A dollar for a dime!
B'gee, boy, but you ought to take
The pigskin lies flabby and wilted
,in the korner; jersey and trousers
make a musty heap near it ; on the
wall the rusty headgear and chewed
up nose guard have already acquired
a coating of dust; and a nightly com
pany of mice frolics around the almost
cleatless shoes under the divan and
munches at the greasy uppers. Out on
the athletic field, each morning's dew
lifts a thin film from the dim white
lines, which the sun dries to powder
and .the sharp winter wind carries
away in its wild career. The goal
posts stand like dead and frozen sen
tinels on a deserted battle ground.
Discarded bits of football toggery lie
moulding and slowly disintegrating
in the grass, and a lime-coated bucket
sits dejectedly atilt on the edge of the
field. Football has departed I
We might sigh and ruminate on the
passing quality of worldly things. But
in the meantime Christmas is here,
and New Year-the time appointed
for ringing out the old and ringing in
the new. Thereafter, exams-and
baseball. But after all, we find a charm
in crying slowly, "The king is dead,"
and in lingering on the words. And
when the first premonitions of spring
tingle in the air and the crack of ball
on bat sounds sharply, will we not all
the more furiously shout, "Long live
the king" ?
The season of 19o8 has gone, but it
leaves a rich bequest of memories, its
victories, its defeats, its failures, its
successes. We look back with wonder
on the day in September, three months
ago, when the squad first came upon
the field, and we scarcely believe that
it has been so long. But in this retro
spect what do we see? Does the sea
son stand forth as one of failure? Jf.
we had lost every game played; if the'
season had been a string of defeats,
we could not say that.
September, 19o8, saw us as novices
at the game, with an inexperienced
crowd of men. Each man stood upon
the same footing as far as football ex
perience wvas concerned. There were
no star players of the year before to
be beat out for their positions.
September, 19o9, will see us wvith a
solid nucleus for a team. Football
sp)irit has returned to the University,
and from now on the path is level.
There are 1no distinctive points wvhich
stand forth from the past season above
all others. We achieved no brilliant
victories, but we met no decisive cde
feats. In the matter of showy results,
it has been peculiarly mediocre. But
the greatest and most essential of all
results has been accomplished-the
laying of a firm foundation, thereby
insuring the future success of football
at the University of Souta roln.
Minstrel on January 10th
The minstrel talent has already be
gun practice, and hope to be able to
pull off great stunts on the tenth of
January when they will give a public
performance in the chapel.
There is some good material in col
lege for a high class minstrel, and this
has already been demonstrated. The
players are at work now on the parts
that they will perform. Two years
ago a swell minstrel was given in the
chapel by the boys, and was a big suc
cess. "Saube" Blake was one of the
high-class characters of the show. The
manager .of the show of this present
year is going to have an up-to-date
minstrel, such as will be pleasing to
college boys. Jokes, dancing, singing
and everything that characterizes a
good college show will be participated
in. The proceeds of the show will
go to the Athletic Association.
Coach Hammond Pleased
"The harder the battle the sweeter
the victorY." We sure have a right to
be happy, ,for our games were by no
We would have run up a large score
on the Seniors, were it not for the
lamentable fact that someone sat on
Fromberg, and Simpson had to go in
full in his place.
In the Fresh game we were badly
crippled again. It was with reluctance
that the boys went out. Defeat stared
us in the face, for Dillingham, our
famous left tackle, had lost a piece of
epidermis from the left digit of his left
hand. A murmur arose from the side
lines when our class saw little Brown
taking the place of this time-honored
star. The weakest places on the team
were the ends. They were horribly
"bone-headed," awkward and slow,
and without Fromberg in the back
field I thought "church was out."
However, we did well. The line
stood firm, and time after (iiie bucks
were hurled for terrible losses. The
back fiell did well, considering From
berg not being back there to steady
the men and run his usual interferance.
We missed his flying tackles and des
perate plunges through the line.
Every man In the line tip did well.
I want to congratulate them all on the
games, and upon the prompt attend
ance at the Columbia Hotel for dinner,
where -they quite distinguished them
The sponsors were real incentives to
victory, and much credit is due them,
but the water boy was abominable.
This water boy was really a draw
back to the team. When wanted, he
could never be found1; but he vas the
first at the hotel for dlinner, and sat for
over an hour in the ball park wvaiting
to get in the team photo. Hie doesn't
deserve the high position of honor and
trust, and I recommend his discharge.
I thank the class for the honor
which they have showvn me in selecting
me coach. I have enjoyed every mo
ment with the team, and the manager
and captain have made it very pleas
ant in every respect.
Fresh Perritt (talking about shoot
ing a rifle): "George Topshe, can
iou shoot good pool with a rifle ?"
"Big Fresh" Sanders (speaking to
W~IcIntyre about an electric light
globe): "Mc., what horse power is
his one ?"