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THE SPORTING WORLD

[From Ottk London Correspondent.] November 20. ATHLETICS. Sportsmen throughout the world will hear wth genuine regret that 11. L. R. Anderson is reported among tho killed. This wonderful athlete was a 2nd lieutenant in the Cheshire Regiment, which ha* been in the thick oi the fighting. Lieutenant Anderson held a foremost place among British athletes, and lie is rigidly considered to be the best hurdler we have ever produced. In addition to representing Oxford against Cambridge with success, he twice carried off the English Hurdles Championship, his best lime for tho orthodox 120 yards and 10 hurdles being 15|sec. Ho also held the British record of 562 sec for tho Quarter-mile Hurdle Race (10 3ft hurdles). Ha was strongly fancied by tho English contingent for the. hurdle race at tho last Olympic Games. His trial was .said to be and he certainly ran very last-. The Americans' present were much impressed, and the, late .Mike Murplry, (he famous trainer, paid Anderson the compliment of going on to the track and measuring the distance ho took oil' from the hurdles, and tho distance" lie alighted on the other side. Anderson failed to survive the second round, however, as he struck a, hurdle (tho eighth or ninth) when making a. big effort to get away from J. I. Wendo!, of America. The writer was just opposite the spot at tho time, and he well remembers the look of disappointment on Anderson's face as lie got up. Ho quickly regained control of himself, and smiling bravely, walked up to the winner and congratulated him. The manner Anderson accepted his downfall speke highly for his line sportsmanship. The American athletes recognised this, and when Wendell wrote to tho writer last, summer, announcing his intention io visit England for the purpose of competing ni the hurdles championship, he said: "I particularly want to meet G. E. L. Anderson, an athlete for whom I have, tho greatest admiration and respect." Uhfortunately Wendell could not make the trip, and Anderson did. not compete. Indeed, the Jatter only turned out occasionally, though some of ns were, hopeful that lie would be available for the next Olympic Games. It is. sad to think ho is no more, and that Olympic matters are- shelved for the time. It is much to be feared that the. worst has happened to another' famous athlete in G. W. Hutsou. Writing Home recently, Sergeant Prince, of the Royal Army Medical Corps, fiays ho has made constant inquiry about the one and four-mile champion, but all he. can gather is that he was wounded at the. Aisne. That is about e.isrht weeks- ago, and no further tidings has come to hand. Another Surrey A.C. man in Sergeant S. Usher, an ey-100 and 400 yard* Army cbampion, is lying wounded in a hospital at. Manchester. He. wa.s shot in the shoulder and knee, but Like.- all tho gallant Tommies, he is far from down-hearted. A REMARKABLE BOXER. The manner Bob Eilzsimmons used, to hold his own ascainst men much, heavier than himself created Jots of astonishment-. Britain now has another wonder, though at quite a, different weight, lie is Jimmy Wilde, of Wales, perhaps the best, boxer under 7.0 (981b) who ever breathed. He added, to his laurels last Monday by decisively beating young Symonds, of Plymouth, in their 15-round boul at the National Sporting Club. The Devon man was 15Jb heavier than Wilde, which is a big poundage to give away. Wilding \va.s top-dog throughout', for about 30e<'e during the ninth round. An American critic, who was present referred to the. winner's wonderful left ns being like a sewing machine which never missed a stitch, The, little Welsh lad is a freak to look at, being long in the arms and legs, and apparently so fragile that a puif of wind would blow him over. Yet he can hit hard and stand pmihhment, whilst his ability us a scientific boxer is remarkable. He will next meet Taney Lee, of Scotland, for tho fly-weight championship, and its he fill* out ho may take many honors. Mention has already been made of tho a.bility shown by Kid Black, of America, in his London engagements. He gained another victory on Monday, when 11. Walker, oi' Salford, had to strike his colors. The pair fought, a 15-round draw some time ago, so that they were no strangers to oach other. Walker held his own until tho ninth round, when Black sent his rival through the ropes in a dazed condition. Walker never properly recovered, and his seconds threw tip tho sponge in the loth round. This course was partly due to one of his seconds giving him a. restorative (ammonia), which got in his eyes and seriously handicapped him. BILLIARDS. The splendid victory of Smith, of Darlington, over Gray, of Australia, in their heats of the London tournament show's that lie must bo considered a possible future champion. He was in receipt of 300 points start in 4,000 up, and had to sit idle whilst Gray wiped off the allowance before he, had scored a point. The Australian, made breaks of 545 and 665 during the second heat, the bigger one putting him on terms for the last day's play. Smith was very steady, however, and, maintaining a high average, he finally won by 950 points. Another young player, in Newman, is showing to great advantage agaimt Stevenson, who is trying to concede 2,000 points in 18.000 up. From the present outlook it appears as though the start might have been reversed. Newman and Smith are in the front rank, and they will be after Toman's title before, long. THE Til HE. One of the beet stories being circulated about the. Censor is related by the 'Newspaper World.' It is to the effect that on the Central News submitting'a, cable- which read " Goldsmith Aboukir Brotherstone ten." the Censor told a- representative of the agency that code messages eoitd notbe cabled. It was; pointed out thai, the, cable, -iris not in code, but- merely the result of the Lincoln Autumn. Handicap. Evidently the Censor is not a turfite. The most noteworthy performance nn the final day of the Liverpool meeting was the victory of Ba.lscadden in the November Hurdle Handicap of two miles. Mr Bower Ismay's horse had to carry 1751b, and he was conceding lumps of weight all round, yet he started favorite. E. Lancashire- rode a well-judged race, gradually improving his position from last place, and only goinig to the front after clearing the final hurdle. Baiscadden has proved himself "some class." both on the flat and over hurdles, and no yonder he is a favorite with his- owner. GOLF. Some interesting golf was seen at Acton on Saturday, -when eight leading professionals plav'ed a series of best-ball matches for the benefit of the relief fund. The- feature, oi the play was the length of Duncan's drives, and he often outdrove. hi-- rivals and partner by fully 30yds. He and A. Herd beat T. Ball and C. H. Mayo bv 5 and 4. their round being 69. The brothers J. H. and Joshua Taylor also prevailed over James Braid and C. R. Smith by one hols. Joshua Taylor had much to do with this, as he holed out with a mashie shot of 25yds from a bunker at the fourth, winning in 3. He got another 3at the; fifth, thanks to a long putt, and this good

FOOTBAEL. There was big excitement at itlderslKiS on Saturday, when the Cameron Highlanders met "The Rest" in a soccer match for the benefit of the .Soldiers and Sailors' Families' Association. _ The Highlanders were the better combination, having played together an many occasions, whilst the scratch team were'a combination of individuals. The latter did well to run their rivals to a goal, the Scots scoring twice, to a penalty goal by The Rest. Both aides included'several noted amateur and professional players, and soccer is well to thxj fore among "the new army. The victory ci Sheffield Wednesday (2-1) when receiving Manchester City on Saturday deprives the latter of an unbeaten record, and also of lop place in the Leagno championship table. Still, the City men have done splendidly to reach their twelfth match before going under. As Oldham easily prevailed {4-1) when receiving Tot. tenh'am Hotspur, the team goes to the head of the table, with a lead of one-poina over Manchester City. A BRAVE FOOTBALLER, Footballers will be interested to hear that the Distinguished Service. Order has been conferred on Captain R. J. Kentish, the hon. secretory oi the Army Football Association. Seeing some wounded soldiers in danger by "a burning- farm, he orgamml ;< tpfciio party, and personally tried to keep down the enemy's tire by opening fire at close range down a passage whilst the wounded were removed. ]N GENERAL. The latest list of tilled in action includes the name of Lieutenant R. W. Fletcher, of the Royal Field Artillery. He was an Oxford Blue, and rowed in the Dark Blue boat hi this year's interval* silv rare. Captain F. 0. Grcnfeli, of the 9th Lancers, who lias already been wounded twice during the present campaign, has gained the coveted Y.C. He has won numerous trophies as <i polo player, 'out naturally his latest honor will be the most highiy prized one in his possession. It is with, regret that the death of R. G. Brebner is announced, this being the result of a.n accident he met with when playing the game lie so loved. The. deceased was rightly considered to be one of the. best amateur goalkeepers who ever represented England on the Association field. Ho gained 23 international badges and also an Oivmpic medal, the latter as goalkeeper of the Kngli-sh team who won the final of the soccer competition at Stockholm in 1912. Arthur Pelky, of Canada, and Harry Smith, of South Africa, met in a 15-round contest at Plymouth _ on. Saturday, the former winning on points.

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THE SPORTING WORLD, Issue 15694, 7 January 1915

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THE SPORTING WORLD Issue 15694, 7 January 1915

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