About The gamecock. (Columbia, S.C.) 1908-2006 | View This Issue
BASEBALL SEASON OF 1909
University Team Will Play Much Stronger
Clubs Than Last Season.
After the glorious season of 1908
it seemed only fitting that we should
use our victory as a "stepping-stone"
and strive upward for higher and
nobler laurels. Then, too, a college
never rises any higher nor has any
better teams than the ones she plays,
and for these reasons, as well as many
others, it was deemed best to get out
and play larger institutions of more
fame and note than the ones we have
Carolina is not in the S. I. A. A.,
and to continually play such teams is
inflicting too much of a hardship on
some of the best material in college.
This is a State institution, with its
law course, and its many other attract
ive branches of study, and naturally,
we have many students ffom various
colleges, and, to conform to the above
rules is unfair to the University as
well as to her students.
There is no doubt that athletics has
much to do with influencing a young
man in his selection of a college. It
works on the same principle that: "It
takes money to make money." The
college that puts out good, clean,
sportsmanlike athletics against strong
teams of some notoriety will naturally
be attractive to the "sports-loving"
young American. Thus it is our aim
to maintain this standard and we will
naturally draw athletes, and more es
pecially the better class of athletes.
The baseball team is only allowed
six days away from college, and we
have arranged games with some of the
best teams in the country. Our season
will probably open in Columbia, with
Davidson, on April 5 and 6. Then
there are some unsettled dates until
we take the road for our northern
trip, April 13. Davidson, this time, is
first; the game will either be played in
Chester, Davidson, Charlotte, or Salis
bury. North Carolina comes next,
April 14, and the game will probably
be played in Charlotte, Greensboro, or
Chapel Hill; then come the two big
games with the University of Virginia,
April 15 and 16, in Charlottesville,
during the big Easter week celebra
tion. The 17th is still open, with the
probability of filling it either with
Randolph-Macon in Ashland, Va.,
Georgetown in Washington, or the
Navy in Annapolis. The team will
spend Sunday in Washington and
come home that night to be in readi
ness for the game with Wofford, April
23, in Spartanburg, during their big
spring festival. All the time allotted
us, awvay from home, having been con
sumed, we wvill probably not take an
other trip) unless a game can be ar
ranged in Charleston during one of
our regular spring holidays.
The home schedule is not yet com
plete, but after Davidson comes. Fur
man, College of Charleston, Citadel,
andl probably some others.
A good coach will be secured and
with the team in his and Captain Bel
ser's charge, the best attefltion and
training will be given, and every one
can rest assured that he will be given
an impartial try-out.
The expenses, as can bhe readily
seen, will be unusually large, and the
stud(ents will be called upon to show
their willing and loyal "college spirit,"
both by subscriptions and attendance
at games. The Columbia League team
has games scheduled for some of the
same days as ours, and to a great ex
tent our success is left with every stu
The Campus Fire.
It was on the night of January 17,
at i i:30 "Chick" Addickes had re
turned from Ben David's, where he
had ordered and consumed oysters 12.
The "Hoeytite" from the northern re
gions had bellowed across and through
the campus for the last time and had
gone to his lair, Cooley had given his
snakes their last frog and kissed each
a fond goodnight, when suddenly
there was a great commotion over near
DeSaussure College, "a hurrying to
and fro" like that heard on the campus
on the night of the Russell tin-pan
commotion. Many of the students
were lost in the embrace of sleep, but
were awakened by the resounding
voices of excited men. "Chick" Ad
dickes, sleeping restlessly because the
dainty bits eaten had quite bankrupted
his sleep, remarked to Youmans that
it was "Grease" Graydon from a Sun
day night call. Irving Belser, sound
in slumber, moved and said: "Be still,
Somebody very tall, by the name of
Body, innocently strolling up the walk
in front of DeSaussure College, saw a
light in Mace's room, remarking that
"I will inform the fire company,"
he strolled down the street by Professor
Colcock's house, singing "A bright day
is coming, by and by." He reached
the fire company's headquarters, and in
a pathetic manner notified them that
there was a little fire upon the cam
pus. Then he set out on his return,
feeling like a monk who had be
friended a needy stranger. In the
meantime tie fire grew and the reflec
tion lighted the campus so that Dr.
Wauchope's chickens left their roost.
The fire company arrived, loaded with
chemicals. But it was simply impossi
ble to force the door. Mace was in
hysterics because of the probable fate
of his derby. Someone said "Russell."
The tall form touched the door, the
locks snapped, the door flew open,
"Red" fell in the room on the door.
The firemen, taking the rising "Red"
for. the leaping flames, emptied their
chemicals on his head. Then these
chemicals, like Aaron's beard, flowed
downward to his feet, and succeeded
in moistening those broad areas. About
this time Victor Rector, the conquering,
stamped out the fire and left the scene,
mumbling something like veni, vidi,
vici, Victor suni.
The derby was not burned ; Russell's
hair has been cleaned, his feet dried by
twvo of Callison's sheets. Butt the ori
gin of the fire is as yet unknown. Some
say one thing, others another. The
consensus of opinion is that it was a
p)remeditated attempt to burn to death
Mace, and thus stop .those nightly
screams that so upset the nerves of the
old lady who delights to hear the
Graydon graphophone grapple. But,
howvever this may be, it is still true that
Mace is still alive and fat, his derby is
unhurt, and Rector is Victor.
Judge Gary has granted bail. to
Moody, charged with arson with intent
to burn Mace. He will be triedt on
February ist. It will be recalled that
Moody coached the Faculty team in
their game against the team of Captain
Recorder's Court on the Campus
When Judge Gary opened court on
Monday morning, a few desperate
characters were in the prisoners' box.
Clerk Littlejohn read the list of sin
ners, the first of which was Mademoi
selle, who was charged with unlady
like behavior in second Math., the said
defendant having thrown a pindar
shell at Buie, which struck him in his
e,xternal occipital protuberance. "Dill,"
who is a niighty man, appeared and
testified against her. Seminole Offi
cers also testified against her, but
Judge Gary overruled his testimony,
as he is a business partner of Buie.
After hearing all the testimony pro
and con, Judge Gary was shocked at
the behavior of the said defendant, but
as this was only Mademoiselle's sec
ond appearance in court the Judge al
lowed her to go after instructing her
to read "good morals and gentle man
That celebrated jurist, ex-Judge
Fromberg, appeared in the interest of
Buie and Officers. After threshing
the graft case out it appeared that
Buie and Officers had made suitable
settlements with all their creditors.
The Judge therefore dismissed the
By far the most serious case of all
was "Red" Russell, Bealing, Alexan
der, and Hearst, charged with arson,
which is a capital offense. "Red," who
appeared to be the chief conspirator,
testified that his reason for attempting
to burn Mace up was that he was a
public nuisance, his yelling every night
disturbing the campus. It seemed
that the said prisoners had built a fire
in front of the fireplace and then
locked the door. After the fire spread
it attracted the attention of all the
students, who found the door locked.
While they were searching for an axe
to break the door, "Red" quietly
placed his "No. 41" against it, and it
flew open. The fire department was
called and the fire extinguished. A
most amusing thing was the firemen
mistaking "Red's" hair for the fire,
and they consequently deluged him
with a four-inch stream. The evi
dence clearly showed that they were
guilty, but Judge Gary was con
strained to dismiss them, as they were
trying to rid the campus of a notorious
criminal, one Mace, alias "Bulldog,"
alias "Derby Mace." The Judge finally'
dismissed thenm with a word of warn
ing not to take part in such an esca
The docket having been cleared, the
Judge dlismissed court, sine die.
When the Recorder adjusted his
steel-bowed spectacles and judicial
frowvn Tuesday morning there was but
one culprit before him.
"Your name ?"
"John L. Sullivan, sir."
Well, John L., you are charged
wvith wilfully, maliciously andl feloni
ously publishing, circulating and dis
semina'ting sundry and several libelous
statements about your fellow-students
in the Gamecock. Are you guilty or
not guilty ? Yes, or no?"
"No, sir, I-T.--I-."
"rhe 'I's' have it, and you are ad
judged liable for libel. The sentence
of the Court is-"
"Make it short, please your Honor,"
faltered John L.
"Certainly-only five words long
ten dollars or thirty days."
"But, Judge, Doney meant to steal
a march on the boys-"
"Larceny, five dollars more1"
"I mean, your Honor, that I did it
just for mischief."
"Malicious mischief, ten dollars1"
"The Court is mighty hard on me
for .an innocent joke. I take life as
seriously at -tiines as anybody, but-"
"Homicide, twenty-five dollars1"
"You misunderstand me, judge; I
did not mean to commit myself to the
I'll commit you to the proper place
for such w1holesale offenders. Re
member, you are on oath, and tell me
the whole truth."
"Why, Judge, I never told anything
else in my life-" .
"Perj ury, ten dollars more I"
"And this," John L. burst forth in
dignantly, "is a court of justice I"
"Yes, young man, and, therefore, an
object of contempt. Ten dollars for
contempt of courtl"
"But, Judge, I've been perfectly re
spectful in my demeanor--"
"It's not a question of demeanor,
but of misdemeanor, sir."
"Why, if it please the Court, I'm
fined about seventy-five dollars merely
because I held some of the fellows up
to ridicule to take the conceit out of-"
"Highway robbery, twenty-five dol
"Judge, can't we compromise this
"This Court doesn't compromise.
Your fines up to the present moment
amount to ninety-five dollars. Have
you anything more to say ?"
"Judge, I believe, if it's all the spme
to you, I'd rather you'd do the talking
awhile. It's less expensive. As I fig
ure it, imy words have been costing
about two dollars per, which beats
Rudyard Kipling at his best-"
"That is irrelevant, sir."
"Yes, sir; I think so, too. I never
did admire Kipling-"
"Incompetent, I mean, sir! And
now, as your -total fines aggregate
nearly one hundred dollars, if you pre
fer, I'll give you twelve months-"
"Thank you, Judge. Give me twelve
months and I'll raise it or raise-"
"That's the name sir, but you got
the initial wrong."
"Young man, I was going to say
that I'd give you twvelve months at
hard labor, if you p)referredl it."
"Oh t Well, Judge you'll admit me
to bail ?".
"To lbail hay on the State Farm,
yes. Now, young man, I shall be as
lenient with you as possible, owing to
mitigating circumstances. I at first
thought that you would exhaust the
criminal catalogue in your carnival of
crime, but I have noted wvith approval
that you omitted treason and piracy.
In recognition of this hopeful symptom
of reform I shall allow you twenty
four hours in which to pay your fine,
or serve your term of confinement."
"Your Honor, I'll never forget this,
the proudest moment of my life I PIl
raise that fine, if it takes me ten years
to do it 1" " Dick P."