THE SPORTING WORLD
[Feom Otje London Correspondent.] November 6. ATHLETICS. .More good athletes have given up their lives in the defence of the Empire, and the roll will be a long and glorious one by the time our generals enter Berlin. The ranks of the Polytechnic Harriers contained no more popular runner than D. F. M'Nieol, the little London Scot, who was a remarkable runner for his inches. He was in training with the Notts Territorials at Shoreham, when he was seized with illness which proved fatal. Poor little. Mac, his loss is deplored, and everyone feels how much he would have preferred to lay down his life in tlie tiring- line; The deceased was a good runner from half a mile up to ten miles across country, 1911 being his last year, when he won the English. Scottish. ".Midland, and London championships at one mile. Word has also arrived that Lieutenant A. G. Roberts, of the, 4th Inuiskilliiig Fusiliers, has been killed in action. He was the "find" of the present season. and though he only made his debut in June, the manner in which ho won the furlong handicap at the London A.C. Summer Meeting led many experts to predict that championship laurels would come his way.
CHAMPION WALKER IN TROUBLE.
, It came as a surprise to the, athletic world to learn that F. E. Roberts, the Essex County walking- champion, was an Austrian by birth, and that he had been sentenced to three months' imprisonment in the second division for failing to register himself. It anpears that Roberts's proper name is Deigel, and whilst there is no reason to think he had abused the position he held a,s telephone inspector, the Magistrate felt bound to punish an evasion of the law regarding registration. ABOUT 'RECORDS. The question of athletic records looms prominently at the present, time. The Amateur Athletic Association have officially recognised O. W. Hutson's 3min 9|sec for 1,320 yds as a British record. It may be mentioned that W. O. George ran the of a mile in 3min BJseu when he won the Civil -Service mile from scratch in 1882, the full time- being 4miu 19§so<\ _ His figures were accepted for years, but then erased from the tables, on the ground that there was no tape up at the three-quarter mark. How absurd this line of reasoning is may be understood when one ponders on the long string of "bests" figuring on tin* hooks which were made in. races of a longer duration. For instance, Shrubb's 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 miles records were made in a race of one hour. H. Green and W. L. Lloyd also made intermediate bests when setting up their records for the Marathon distance and 50 miles respectively. The same thing applies to many walking records from 11 miles up to 12 hours. BARNEY WEFERS. Whilst touching on records, it comes as a. .surprise to find that the list of world's records recognised by the .International Athletic Federation last June does not include the oOsjsec for 500 yds by B. J. Wefers. Tho figures "hallmarked " are bv Captain W. Halswell at Glasgow in 1908. The late J. E. Sullivan attended tho < onferenco at Lyons when the records were passed, a.nd it is reasonable to suppose there is good I reason for the omission. All the same, the writer cannot understand it, and, having seen the race, he considers it to be one of the finest bits of running Wefers accomplished. It was in a handicap at Travers Island (live laps to I lie mile), the Georgetown University man having to ] start on one. bend, and run round the othei bend, before. entering the straight. Ho caught Ids men at the second bend, and had to run around them on the outside, conscoueritly he must have gene over the distance, probably as much as three yards. AVefers also ran 220 yards in 21jsee, and knowing how he could trtay the quarter, there seems no reason to doubt his 300 yards. Arthur Dufi'ey may have been a better sprinter than W'efers at 100 yards, but in the writer's opinion, gleaned from experience of athletics in Great Britain, Canada. South .Africa, the United States, and '.Sweden, he considers Wafers the greatest all-round sprinter among amateurs the world has yet produced. Before finishing with athletics, n word of comment must lie spared anent the sad end of J. 11. Hempton, of Now Zealand. Many spoilsmen hei e were shocked to learn that" he had be.en killed by a motor car. His great race with C. A. Bradley, when on a visit to London in 1892. m well, remembered by old-tiiii'-is. Hempton did not quite run up to hi« Xew Zealand record of gJsec for the 100. but B.radley only beat him b\ half a yard on the rough grass at Tufneii Park, the time being iOsec. BOXING. Quite a controversy has been aroused in boxing circles over the- proposr-d match between Bomb. Billy Wells, of England, and Frank iMoran. of America One wellknown sportsman hat publicly objected to the match, pointing out that- Wells, as a trained soldier, should iv.ve volunteered for the- front. Wells has plenty of de- I fenders, however, who point out that he has, a, young wife and child, a. mother, and riv-o young brothers and sisters depending on ] him, and whom be has undertaken to jO,-,k after whilst three of his brothers are fight- j ing—one has been killed. It must be confessed that Wells's family are well represented at the fronts' and lie was in the best position to provide for the family at. home, so that there is something to be- said in his support. —lnternational Fray.— Two more international matches were staged in London this week. Kid Black, of America., gained further la.ureis by outpointing Jacks, of London, in a. 10-round bout at the National Sporting Club, the visitor being superior at, all points of the game save one. This was a« regards pluck, in which Ja-eks was quite equal \>-\ his rival, the manner he "stuck it"' gaining him hosts of admirers.
l\n Ameiinan in Jim Barry rf-irm\d have met Harry Reeve in a 20-round, match at. (ho King, but to the general disa.ppain'ment he failed to put- in an appearances at the right moment, though he was seen in the building during the evening. Harry Smith, of .South Africa, took his plaoe. and put up a very plucky fight for 12 -rounds. when lit; retired. Ho was a. bit braviVithan his rival, but Reeve, was i--iiperior in science, and had his man in difficulties from the second round. FINK MILLIARDS.
Fine biljiards was shown by Ff. W. Stevenson during the first heat of Ihe B. and W. Tournament between the Hid I player and Dicglo, of Manchester. The latter received 500 points in 4;00Q up, but Stevenson heat him easily, making a splendid break of 520 on Tuesday.
Tom Recce is also making a, great aaainst ('!. Cray in their level match of 16,000 up. The Australian was well in front at the halfway stage, but Roece rapidly improved his position this week, returning averages of over 50 at scleral sessions. Thus by Tuesday night hb was 1,000 points ahead, and his pros]>ect6 werestill further improved on Wednesday, when ho compiled a, break .of 635, eo that ho was 1.558 point* to the good at the end of the ninth day's play. THE TURF. Two more gallant officers closely associated with the turf have been killed in action. They are Lieutenant W. MacNeill, of the 16th Lancers, and the Hon* Francia Lambton, of Royal Horse Guards, The former rode his own horse (Foolhardy) in the Grand National Steeplechase of 1911, finishing fourth to Glenside, Rathnally, and Shady Girl, thereby winning a wager that he would get the course. Lieutenant MacNeill also represented the Army in a jumping contest at the New York" Horse Show at Madison Square Gardens (an inclosed building), and he ranked as one of the best horsemen in tho Armv.
The Hon. Francis Lambton volunteered for service at the start of the war, and was appointed second lieutenant in the " iJIuW liis training stable ab 2few-
market was a model of good management, and he has turned" out many winnsrs for Sir E. GasseL, Prince Kinsky, and Mr G. D. Smith. —Steeplechase Riders.—" So many prominent riders andor National Hunt rules volunteered for service at the outbreak of war that some people expected there would be a dearth of competent jockeys during the present season. The gaps are being filled, however, and that in a manner not considered at first. With racing at a standstill on the continent many notable horsemen have migrated to .England, and they will he available. George Parfrement, who rode Lulteur 111. to victory in the Grand National five years ago, is among the visiting jockeys, and he attended, the Ltngfield meeting this week. He is a decided mixture, for whilst his father Was born at Croydon (London), and his mother is French, he was born in Belgium. Another well-known jockey in C. Hawkins was at Lingfield, and he had the satisfaction of riding Blair Hampton to victory in the Blackberry Selling Handicap. Hawkins is British born, but went to France early in his career as a, jockey, meeting wit.li considerable success when riding tor M. Milium, of Champaign fame. FOOTBALL. Several notable international players took part in a Rngbv match between teams representing England and Wales at Hove on Saturday. The players were all selected from the Seaford and Shoreham camps of the new army, and the fixture shows how prominently Rugger is represented among Kitchener's men. The match was splendidly contested, bufir the greater weight of the Englishmen proved a. big asset on the heavy ground, and they won by 24 points to nil. Mobbs, of'the' Midlands, and Butcher, of Devon, were very prominent for tfie winners, and plaved an important part in the scoring. The Irish and Southern Leagues had a rare struggle in the match at Swansea, each side scoring. A notable incident was i that on Buenison, the Irish left back. I breaking his arm, a reserve man was allowed to take his place. This is contrary to the rules, but a piece of good sportsmanship, which is highly creditable to all concerned.
.Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday, and Oldham all won their matches on Saturday, so that their relative position as this three leading teams in the English League remains the same. The most notable victory was gained by Liverpool over Derby, the Anfielders scoring no fewer than 7 goals to 2 by their rivals. Turning to the 'Scottish League, great interest centred in the visit of Heart of Midlothian, the leader to Ayr United. The latter team, only promoted last season, had beaten Celtic and Rangers, but failed to hold the " Hearts," who prevailed by 2 goals to nil, "Another big fixture was the Celtic v. Rangers mntrh These keen rivals always draw a big crowd, and over 30,000 witnessed Saturday's game, which ended in favor of Celtic by the odd goal in three.
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THE SPORTING WORLD, Evening Star, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915