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{Feom Otjb Loxdon- Cobresfondent.] November 13. ATHLETICS. The results of sty oral road and crosscountry races decided in the London district on Saturday again draw attention to the largo number o.r veteran athletes now actively assisting their clubs. They have a two-fold object, one being to keep the game ahve whilst so many of tho young members are serving in the Army, and the other the desire to make themselves as fit as possible, in the very unlikely event of it becoming necessary for the " old 'uns" to ehoidder a ride. Three real veterans were prominent on Saturday, two winning their events outright, whilst anoihei gained second place. The latter was J. Binks, holder of the British one-mile record for an amateur, which he set up when winning the English championship in 1902. That was a remarkable race, and the timo shows how men are forced along when the class is good. The field included Alfred Shrubb and Lieutenant Hawtrey. the latter being much fancied, as he had shown himself equal to 4mi/j 39see about a. vreek heforo the race. He and Shrubb forced the pace, tho latter being in front about 350 yards from home. Unfortunately the Horsham ■man was not gifted with tho ability to struggle on when pres<--d near the finish, and he retired when Hawtrey challenged for the lead about a furlong from the tape. Meanwhile, Binks had kept close behind the leading bunch, being nicely paced, and sheltered from any wind. When Hawtrey went to the front Binks moved up behind, and stuck to him until 40 yawls from homo, when he made a spurt, which carried him past the post a. winner by six yards in 4min 16|see. Third place went to H. Barker, of Leeds, who was doing around 4n:iin 20sec. Neither he nor Binks ever approached their performances on this day before or after, and this little bit of athletic history is an illustration of how some men rise to the occasion when the opposition is extra good. Apropos of the one-milo record, it is interesting to note how different countries are com«med in the honors. The best times for the mile are as follows: 4min 12|sec by W. G, George, of England. 4min 14|scc by J. P. Jones, of the United States. 4mia 15gsec by G. B. Tinder, of Ireland. 4rnin 15? sec by T. P. Coimett. of Ireland. 4min 16|see bv W. Cuminings, of Scotland. SOLDIER ATHLETES. The latest news from the front show how prominent athletes aro sulk-ring. It is announced that W. Bail has been killed, and Ha-rts Braun severely wounded. Both are well known in England, they having competed at our championship. Bail is the best sprinter Germany has pioduced, and he was certainly an even-timer at his test. Braun won the half-mile championship of England in 1909, 1911, and 1912, his graceful running being much admired. He also made a big bid for victory in tho SOOmetres race at the 1912 Games at St'3ckholm, but just lacked that extra bit which enabled Meredith aud Shepherd, of the United States, to struggle over the anal 20 yards when they were "all in." The German made another splendid effort in the 4GO metres, Beidpath, of America, alone, beating him. Two noted Irish athletes in Sergeant F. O'Neill and Private J. Daly, of the Connaught Rangers are now* among the ■wounded. The latter won the Aldershot Command Cross-country Championship early this year, beating O'Neill. Many championships have fallen, to the last named, including the 10-mile English honors in 1910, the time being 52miti 41sec. E. L. Voigt, tho five-milo Olympic champion of 1908. and W. Scott. 10-mile champion, 1911 and 1912. ran in company with O'Neill for eight miles, wlum Voigt stopjjed. The other two went on together until 220 yards from home, when" Scoti put on a spurt, and drew 10 yards away from O'Noill. The latter was fairly used up, and momentarily ceased to struggle, apparently satisfied that, he coidd not win. Something must havy. then inspired him to inakts another effort, and ho went after >Scott, with the result that he overtook him and gained a wonderful victory. It was a pointed illustration of the great part the mind plays in all competitions, and everyone who saw the race ought to have been impressed. Because the brain told O'Neill to try again, his tired limbs, lungs, and_ heart responded, with the result that instead of straggling on in a beaten style he strode out 'with a beautiful action, BONING. 'Tho noble art is ceing strong in military crirxdes, and no end of competitions are being promoted at the \arious camps and training centres. Maiy famous amateur and professional boxers are in the new army, and it is quite in the order of things lo find them doing all they can to- foster boxing. Not only does it improve the men as soldiers from a physical point of view, but it also provides excellent diversion after long hours at drill. Touching on baxors, Captain W. S. D. Craven, winner of the Navy and Army heavy-weight championship for officers in 190§ and 1906, is among the wounded. Captain Craven also ehines on the Rugby field, and it was the splendid manner he led tho forwards in the London v. South Africa match which enabled the home men to beat the "Springboks" during their last visit. An international bout was the chief item en the National Sporting Club's programme on Monday. It brought Fred Hals band, of London, and J. Schiff, of America, together, the bout being of 15 rounds. The bout was rather curiously contested, for whilst Halsband secured an early lead on points, which he never appeared" likely to lose, Schiff would wako up every now and then and make things extremely interesting. He also made light 01 the punishment he received, and the onlookers much, appreciated tho Some of the British boxers in tho United States seem to be very much in the limelight. Kid Lewie, Fred Welsh, Charlie White, and Young Ahearn are a nice little quartet, and their performances are naturally watched with much interest. Welsh and White seem to have had a rare "scrap" in their 10-round bout at -Milwaukee, and the fact that the latter was able to make a draw of it {following tho way he outpointed Willie Bitehie early in the year) points to his gaining the highest honors before long. Welsh cannot expect to retain his powers much longer, as he is a real veteran. Most followers of boxing know that Welsh is an assumed name, the champion's ooirect name being Thomas. Likewise, White is the ring name of C. Anchowitz, who was born in Liverpool, though generally known as of Chicago. Nor is Ahearn the correct nameof John. Bull's Boy, who some think will beat Carpentier if they come together. He is a native of Lancashire, though in the recent match, wherein ho defeated Fred Hicks, some of the American papers refer to him as of Brooklyn. BILLIARDS. Recent billiards has shown thai, the younger players are quite competent to tabe their places among the stare. The ! allowance of 300 points in 4,000 up to 1 Newman and Smith in the London torrrna- ] ment was considered small bv many I people, but tho players aro proving their merit. G, Gray faded badly in his heat j ■with Smith this week, the Carlington player scoring 3,700 points to 3,149 by the Australian. The latter made a fine break of 686 or. the concluding day of the heat, -winch saved, him from, a much bigger defeat. Gray also failed badly in his level match of 16,000 up against Tora % Reece. Tho Oldham man made successive breaks .of 112, 237, 184, 165, and 123 at the last eeesion but one, his average being 144, and he finally won by 2,763. Gray played much below the form he used to show with composite balls, and he is not nearly go good with tho ivory variety. Sterenson i$ probably attempting the irmsossLTjle in. conceding Newman 2,000 points :"u 18,00(J up. He was outpointed on the flwt day of the match, and when onethird of it "had been played Newman held a lead of 4,165 points. "The scratch man has been playing below his form, whilst on th# other hand the younger player's ATeraees at ssveral sessions points to his bring" good enough to tackle anyone on


Football under both codes is flourishing among the men of tho new army. Basil Rudd, a Rhodes scholar from South Africa, who played for Oxford against Cambridge last year, is to captain tho side which will meet the Cameron Highlanders in a special charity match under Association rales at Aldershoi to-morrow. Another of the team, is Sergeant-major White, who captained the 1913 Oxford 'Varsity team. The most noteworthy happening in tho struggle for the English League championship is that Manchester City (tho leaders) dropped a point when at home to Sheffield United ; whilst Sheffield Wednesday lost when receiving Sunderland. This alters tho look of the table, and enabled Oldham to draw -up within 1 point of the leaders. The latter club certainly accomplished a good performance in scoring three goals "to two by Burnley when paving the"latter club a visit. Turning to Rugger football, a very interesting match was seen at Leicester, where Mr T. H. Crumbie's side beat the officers of the Iltli Division by 38 points to 3. The biz defeat was not surprising, seeing that the scratch side contained most, of tho rccular Leicester players, (several of whom are mow serving in tho I armv. I


Turfmen were grieved to hear that the Hon. W. R, Wyndham and Major E. Crawlev had been killed in action. Jhe former'was a prominent trainer and owner tho best horse in which he was interested being The White Knight, This fine stayer carried off the Ascot Gold Cup on two occasions, and won upwards of £14.000 in stakes before going to the stud. Major Crawley, besides being a splendid cricket, rackets', "and tennis player, was one of the best steeplechase riders in the Army. 1 erhaps his most notable success was when hj" rode Major Loder's Field Marshal to victory in tho Grand Military Gold Cup at Sandown in 1595. Two noted polo players in Lord Wodehouse and Captain Francis Grenfell have also been wounded. The latter appears to he very unlucky, this being the second time he lias been hit during the present war. „.. , The Becher Steeplechase at Liverpool on Wednesday attracted some notable animals, including His Majesty's Twelfth Lancer. There appeared to be some cnaneo of a Koval -victory at, one stage of the race, but Lord Derby's Noah had most speed on the flat, and beat Twelfth Lancer bv three lengths. With Lutteur 111. among th=s starters, it was quite natural _to find the famous French 'chaser first favorite for the Grand Sefton Steeplechase yesterday. The Grand National winner of 1909 ouMit to be at his best now, but he failed to "gain a plate. His ability to carry a big -weight over the Aintrio country was ; shown as recently as last March, when, j finishing third in'the National, so it may have been a case of want of condition on Thursday. The race wont to Distaff, Sir G. Bulfough's horse being ridden by J. Anthony.

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THE SPORTING WORLD, Issue 15692, 5 January 1915

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