The Wickes Pioneer (Wickes, Mont.) 1895-1896, October 26, 1895, Image 8

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Mon% a IN FOOTBALL ARMOR. SAFETY APPLIANCES OF THE MODERN PLAYER. Ungainly Things Which to Crotect the Life TORliK I ollege thietcs Iron. CerrTFR f(t./55 Nfrft4 /115 ARMOR . Are Ite•tgoert and 1.1ailos of of the 4. Ma- OOTBALL as it has come to be played by the teams of the American colleges Is generally consid- ered to be a game of life and death. Players who go into the big intercol- legiate matches do Bo with the expecta- tion of leaving parts of their anatomy on the bloody held when they come away. And some- times they are not disappointed. When. a few years ago, accounts of football games began to be printed in the news- papers alongside of railroad wrecks, boiler explosions and like catastrophes which they overshadowed In lists of killed and injured, the cartoonists and paragraphers of the country at once made merry with the sport and had _particular fun with the mechanical ap- pliances designed to preserve from sud- den death and destruction the young athletes who sought fame on the grid- iron. One cartoonist put a football player in a full suit of steel armor, with visor down and lance extended, and his wit was received aneapplauded as the best and the wittiest wit of all. But as there is many a word spoken In jest, so there .is sense in some car- toons and the fellow who put the foot- ball player in armor was not so far from the real truth of the situation as he had probably been many times be- fore. The football players havean ar- mor. They need it in the'.' business. READS' FOR KICKOFF. The kicks and punches that are ex- changed in the \line up\ in the ex- citement of a hot game are almost as deadly as the sword thrusts and spear punches that used to rattle on the brass breastplates of the warriors of old. So the football player, needing an armor, wept to work and devised one. It isn't brass; it isn't steel; but it serves Its purpose as well as If it were made of either of those materials, and with the approach of the \rah rah, rah\ season of the year when football is the fashion the dealers who deal in football materials are getthig their armor to the front. The most striking 'feature of the foot- ball equipment is the \head harness.\ It is the result of an evolution. First came the rubber mouthpiece, which gave the excitable player something to bite and clinch his teeth upon to save his tongue and the breaking of his molars by the shock of being suddenly ''downed.\ Then the nose mask was designed to protect a nasal bone al- ready fractured from further injury. Now it is to come into general use as a preventive of first Injury. Then came the padded guards for the Oars, which seemed to suffer a good deal in the rushes. But previous to this shin protectors made of canvas and whalebone had been added to the quilted canvas knickerbockers (now adopted by baseball tossers) and the tightly laced canvas jacket. For the protection of the abdomen an ingenious arrangement of wire, cot- ton and chamois skin was produced to fill a ion -felt want and a ready sale was found for elastic Naps and support- ers' for shoulders, elbows, forearms, knee -caps, ankles and wrists. An as- pirirrg athlete clad in all of these ex- traneous adjuncts to the football play- er's outfit would be sate - from Injury by anything short of a railroad collision. The nofse-masks have been woen more numerously each 11'_\f1.8011. The elabor- ate head,gear will be greatly in evi- dence during this season. It is made of light watch-sdring steel, leather straps (MART) FOR with lamb's wool fac rubber. In general SPIThICS the harness ago bv a dime noise with a II oken neck A a irk bend of lambskin n' 0 to the ferehiad I.Err EAR. logs end vulcanized notisierahee it re- set n several years rim f• the man le:woe-, with the the flesh. PRRPVA to the rear of the head A center strap. ,imilarly con- structed, passes back t/t cl the head. From the encircling band are wide padded straps, which encompass the ears in honeeshoe shape and extend well forward to the cheeks. The rubber nose -mask, a stiff affair extending over the mouth and to the Chili line, is attached to the forehead strap and the cheek pieces. Four little slots in Its widest part permit breath- ing. The whole harness is held secure- ly ln place by elastic hands under the chin and at the back of the head and neck by elastic bands and buctles. A team equipped with these unbe- coming arrartgeMents might easily be. mistaken for a crew of submarine divers or for a band of gnomes escaped from a Christmas pantomime. The eyes peer solemnly through the iamb's wool goggles andsa mere patch of the cheeks is presented to view. Yet. It is questionable whether this OUR WIT ANA HUMOR. CURRENT SAYINGS AND DOINGS OF FUNNY FOLK. The Up -to -Hate OM and Her Balloon Si..... -Morriaey Mcidniligan plays a Desperate Tart and Wins - --Ti,. Tramp and the Mermaid. Y comely, fin-de- siecle love To -day is just as fair to me As when we roam- ed, with stars above, Along the secret - 'keeping sea; My arm would seek her pliant waist And linger there in honeyed bliss; And 0, 't was Paradise to taste The nectar of the twilight kiss! We're lovers still, just as of old, But ah! a shadow's come between; She does not deem me overbold, And beats her heart for me, I wean. I try to reach her melting lips. But cannot; this my spirit grieves. The fashions all my love eclipse I can't get near here for her sleeves! —T. C. Harbaugh In Truth. IN THE LAND OF INVENTIONS. Another Wonsan. \Has my wife been in here?\ he asked. \Medium-sized woman in bloomers?\ suggested ea. the clerk. y \Very deterniltied air?\' \Yes.\ - Well, a woman of that description was in here a little while ago. She seemed to know Just what she wanted, and she bought it without bothering the clerks and went right out.\ \No; that wasn't Maria.\ And lie Woe Her. Morrisey McMulligan—Don't cry, Kitty—he ain't no good, er he wouldn't a shook a sweet an' lovely gal like you; besides he'll be hangin' around agin list as soon as der quarter is spent wot Tillie McTighe's aunt give her ter her birthday.-- -Truth. Something In it. On an upturned basket near a gypsy camp sat the oracle of fate, and many EAR SHIELDS. harness in its very construction is not after all a temptation for a good safe grasp by an adversary, with the sub- sequent churn!ng of the head of the wearer until the surrounding turf will look aeif pigs had been rooting there for potatoes. The gearing looks odd just now, but so did the baseball catchers' masks and body -shields when firstintroduced. The pioneers were unmercifully guyed. To- day a cautious club manager will not permit his players to dispense with the appliances designed to protect the Angers and face from feul.lips. A CLEVER VIOLINIST. Miss Mignon Coursen Stars In a Young Ladles' Orchestra. Miss Mignon Coursen, the young violinist who has come so prominently before the musical public this year in connectton with Schuman's Ladies' or- chestra, is only 17 years old. Her first music lessons were received in an old- fashioned singing school when she was 7 years of age, and her progress was so rapid that before the end of the term she was able to sing the soprano or alto in any of the pieces in the \Choral Union.\ Here she laid the necessary foundation in sight reading and ear training. first instrument was a present tef i tars ago, and she has given her time to the violin ever since, beginning with an hour a day practice, which she has increased to five hours a day. She studied two years under her father, who is a musician, and much of her success is due to his watchfulness. She entered Dana's Musical Institute, and studied five years under Carl tidsen of Copenhagen, and MIGNON COURs W.. W. Leffingwell, and , -ar un- der Mrs. John Brockhoii Mein- nati, also some time , ti, I- : \liss New- comb, a pupil of. JractH in In 1893 she entered the Chicago Musical college to study under Bernhard Listemann, and at.the close of the year won the gold medal. Lek June she was presented with the Dr. Thomas diamond medal, which was awarded to the best violinist In Chicago Musical college, and played the Bruch concerto No. 1 in G minor at commencement, of which the Chicagt Musical Times speaks very highly. THE STAGE. Maud Harrison's husband, Edward J. Bell, who was a member of A. M. Pal- mer's stock company for many years, Is hopelessly insane. Elita Proctor Otis and Annie Suth- erland have a thrilling knife duel in \The City of Pleasure,\ produced re- cently In New York. Malda Cralgen will be the leading woman in Walker Whiteside's com- pany this season. The season will be- gin Sept. 30, at the Herald Square theater, with \Hamlet \ \The Princes Bonnie,\ wf i t e h was all the rage In Philadelphia last glim- mer, was the opening attraction at the Broadway theater. New York last week A Vr, rl Iron. Mir n o Mad FIRIO. 14 VI ee` 11gellt , Is R I Ping irn're ad- vance matter of an Int , •reating nature than nn' Bum- other pr..,a rigpfon Ti the totintry who are booming the,atar From present 'mil, ations this Is let actress'a return to the stage will Ire whet tail ri a Wa, to plrl , th alk sure iii arier , eaa ft ;III tile t1i In 'tc. phi% (4 -men of I ; [ , 1 • Ir) 11 h 1. Where duz oye git an iii' lecthrie\ hears it r 6. !—! _ 2. It's quare ways they has here, but ci thry it. 4 Phat in— !—! A Pretty Mystery. Just why It Is so there's nobody knows, But Its • truthfulness none have denied, The young lady's shoe that is apt to ills - close The daintiest foot and the prettiest hose Will the oftenest come untied, ---s - Good Roads. \the irry Mermaid- .torne with me to the coral groves and I Will give Hs,. p ear ls and Jewels rare Tramp And git wet' t4,'iv. Merrily. r''r Mole. Truth An in•urmonntahle wolfs. le. Mrs. Flatley No, I'm sure I could never ride a bleycle Mr. Fratley- Nonsense; soli (soffit! iti It easy enough If volt only really tried Mrs Flatley Yes, but, John, how could I ever tell whether my hat Was on straight or not' Brookk ii Life. of the visitor's at Sharon Springs held out soft hands to be examined and were duly astonished by the prophecies of future love, money or matrimony. During a lull in the 'eusiness of palm-. hairy, and after I had secured the aged man's confidence I asked: \My aged friend, as between man and men, tell me. la there anything in it r \cprt•n. cert'n. They's on the aver- age, about So , iints a head intew it.\ He winked laboriously took up his basket. and crawled under the wagon with the other animals. Too Rich. \These travelers,\ sighed the heathen monarch, \give me a pain.\ \They are very rich,\ murmured the grand vIzer. • s The royal brows knit in a frown. \They are rich, and, moreover, our st omach Is tint what It used to lie.\ The court did not fall to notice during , flectIon that Ills majesty helped him - s, -If to cold tourist but once. Detroit 'Tribune flaw Nothing in H. American You've heard the story, I suppose, of that countryman of yours who said, \Yes hundreds of times,\ wimp aomelrody asked him If he had known a man to marry the slater if lilt, widow\ Visiting Englimirman No; let's hear it Chicago Tribune A Mitigating Cireurnstance torlIgnant thir.Af steak Is not only very small hot It Is tough. Now Walter well, if it's tough you ought to be glad there Is RO little of it, — of Oo to THE r e lINT I Imported And Domestic Liquors, Wines, Cigars sad riilwaukee and St. Louis Bottled Beers. The Anheuser-Busch Celebrated BEST IN THE \Premium On Draught. WORLD. Pale\ SPARLING Wickes, Proprietors, & SCHARF — Montana. • J. W. MONAHAN, WICKES, - - MONTANA DEALER IN Hay, Grain, Flour, Rolled Oats, Corn Meal, FRYE FL_CDUFR. Lowest Prices for Cash. DEAN & TAYLOR, Wholesale and Retail Dealers ill Beef, Mutton, Pork, Hams, Bacon, AND MONTANA LARD. Wickes, Montana. t' I. •

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