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tion of things may surely be regarded as in our blissful ignorance of the adversomewhat remarkable. Yet the mod- saries we were to meet, such an adven-, esty of the American cricketer is as ture would have seemed perilous conspicuous as the reverse is apt to be enough, particularly as the term “out of in
other types of American practice” would have been a ridicuathlete. Last year, it will be remem- lously inadequate one to describe our bered, a school-team came over and condition, scarcely any of us having played matches with all the principal seen a cricket-ground for two years, schools in England, to the number of some not for a longer period. But we some fifteen or more, and were only de- had one trump-card, which any one in feated three occasions. These the least conversant with cricketing hisAmerican youths came over, we have tory will recognize as sufficiently reason to know, in the most humble strong one, and that card was the late frame of mind. They came indeed, as Mr. Powys. In fact it was upon Mr. their seniors from Philadelphia always Powys, who was then staying in our say they do, for the benefit of their neighborhood, that the whole fabric of cricketing education. When one con
the scheme was based. For younger siders what a tremendous business readers, or for older ones with short cricket is at a big public school in En- memories, it may be well to recall the gland, it did seem a trifle audacious to fact that this gentleman, only a year or undertake so formidable an enterprise. two previously, had been accounted one No one was more surprised at the result of the best amateur bowlers in England, than these modest lads themselves, who as he certainly was the fastest of that, left the best impressions behind them or perhaps any day. Both Cambridge wherever they went. Their somewhat and the Gentlemen of England had been unique undertaking was in fact more vastly indebted to him. He was apt to watched by the public press in America be erratic, but then he was sometimes than the exploits of their seniors usually unplayable, and always terrible. With are; and if anything can help to develop any eleven he might have wrought cricket at a faster rate than it has hith- havoc, but with the very moderate pererto travelled in the United States, this formers we fondly thought that our farecent enterprise of the Haverford Col- mous bowler might utterly demolish lege boys is likely to do it.
them and leave our batsmen but little Our own interest in American cricket to do. Such, at any rate, were goes back to the year of the Centennial hopes. It was quite another matter, Exhibition at Philadelphia, 1876, and however, when Mr. Powys fell ill the was begun in circumstances that have day before we were to leave for the some reason to be still vivid in our mem- scene of action, and we had to go withory. With but the vaguest notion as to out him. Five of us had been capable, the quality of Philadelphian cricket, at what seemed at that time of life the which at that time was excusable in an remote past, of making runs in secondEnglishman living in a distant part of class cricket; the others have been alAmerica, we formed the project of tak- ready sufficiently described. We had ing an eleven there, and combining a
two bowlers who might have been usefew days' cricket with the other amuse- ful to a country club, but no change ments incidental to that particular sea- whatever, and were now moreover a son of festivity. The requisite material, man short. of a sort, was available within a reason- In such plight, then, we started for able radius of our quarters. Four or the stronghold of American cricket, five Englishmen were secured, who had We felt we were in a quandary as we been in public school or college elevens, travelled thither, and the situation grew and as many more who were absolutely still more serious when we realized the useless except to make up the number, quality of the players we were about and might without undue harshness be to encounter. Three one-day matches fairly described as lay-figures. Even had been kindly arranged for us with
three clubs, which, if we remember right, through green lanes to the place whence constituted the Philadelphian cricket, we came. The city was crammed, and world at that period, and they were all on our troubled pillow that night we to be played on the old Germantown saw in dreams the Germantown ground ground which had witnessed the per- surrounded by mocking faces, for the formances of many of the greatest En- international flavor of the coming game, glish players of former days, both ama-' though of a modest nature, could not be teur and professional. Some of us ignored and we felt that in a sense we arrived early enough on the day preced- had betrayed our country. To shorten, ing our first match to go out to the scene however, a tale already too long, we of action and have an hour or two of the come out of the ordeal better by far practice so desperately needed. There than would have been thought possible was a business-like appearance about from the ridiculous disparity of the two the spacious level sward, with its large sides. To begin with, we picked up an pavilion and roomy stands, that did not Englishman from Canada who could tend to raise our spirits; and the glimpse both bowl and bat respectably; we also we had of some of our opponents at the won the toss, and the audience happily nets was from our point of view still was small. When half the side was out, less reassuring. It is needless to say and the lay-figures had begun their we were most kindly received. The ab- procession from the pavilion to the sence of our great bowler, if a catas- wicket and back, we had made, by paintrophe to us was a disappointment to fully cautious cricket, nearly seventy the Americans who were thoroughly runs, which was a far more creditable well up in the cricket of the day, all performance in the circumstances than their principal matches even then being any description of ours can conrey. By against Englishmen or English colo- the time the innings was completed annists. Moreover the side had been other dozen had been added and a prochosen with a view to facing this great longed luncheon did not leave, on an hero; circumstances had mercifully pre- alternoon in late September, so indefivented this from being representative, nite a period of leather-hunting. That but it was bad enough in all conscience, the Philadelphians should have any reand it was too late to suggest an altera- spect for our bowling, or fail to take its tion. Besides which we had some pride measure at once and treat it accordleft (though not much), and had no ingly, was not to be expected. We had choice now but to go through with the a little luck, however, and they had not business to the bitter end. The fresh made very much over two hundred runs marks of a well-worn wicket in the cen- when stumps were drawn and by hook tre of the ground told the tale of some or by crook we had got most of them heavy work within the last day or two, out. Thus ended, without the dire diswhile on the table of the pavilion lay grace that seemed inevitable, our first a score-book, whico venturing to open, and most important match. The others we there read a full explanation of the can be passed without remark, for we deep holes that had been so recently sent our five lay-figures on their way reploughed by the feet of agonized and joicing to more congenial scenes, and defeated bowlers. A Canadian eleven, replaced them with efficient substipresumably more or less picked men, tutes, besides meeting weaker oppoand certainly in full practice, had been nents. here within the week to be routed with Before taking leave of Philadelphia utter ignominy. The figures were ap- and its cricketers, an incident in conpalling; we could quote them even yet, nection with this same season may be for the impression they made at the worth recalling as, though slight enough time was so great. Nor was this any in itself, it relates to no less a person hole-and-corner ground, where we could than Charles Stewart Parnell. A match endure for a day the jeers of a dozen had been arranged by the Philadelphian rustics and then sneak off in a break Executive against eleven Englishmen,
drawn from all readily available don't know what they might say to it in sources in America, for which one or Ireland; it is sure to be in the papers. two of our team were asked to remain. No, I'm sorry, but I can't do it”—and he The St. George's Club of New York fur- didn't. We give this story as we had it nished the chief British element, and at from the lips of the other Irishman himthe last moment one of their men failed self, when a guest in his house. For them. A leading spirit in New York ourselves we shall always confess to a cricket at that time was an Irish ac- sense of disappointment in having been quaintance of ours, who had frequently thus deprived of the possibility of runplayed with Parnell in country matches ning between wickets with the Unat home, and knew him comparatively crowned King in a struggle for the well. The late Irish leader, it may be honor of England. remembered, was a keen and passable While cricket still remains a limited cricketer in his younger days, and had and exclusive game in the United been captain of the County Wicklow States, football has long ago gained the eleven. He was also locally somewhat popular favor, and is almost as much of notorious for being bad loser in an institution as it has become in Enmatches where his sympathies were gland. American football has indeed deeply engaged; so at least we have one advantage, in the fact that it is not heard from some who knew him on the around clubs of the Preston North End cricket-field, and indeed his biographer, or Aston Villa type that popular interest Mr. T. P. O'Connor, has not spared his chiefly centres, but rather on the amahero in this particular. However this teur games played between universities may be, our St. George's acquaintance, and colleges. The number of these being for a moment at a loss for a sub- seats of learning in the United States is stitute, remembered that Parnell was in legion, and it need hardly be added that New York, and hurried at once to his a great majority do not turn out reprenotel, with a view of carrying him offsentatives exactly on the pattern of Oxbodily to Philadelphia for the match. ford or Cambridge. Still they are stuThe future Irish chieftain was at that dents and amateurs, and if their alma time only beginning to make his mark; mater is not always venerable and celebut even if he had reached the pinnacle brated like Harvard and Yale, there is of his fame, the cheery giant who burst as much esprit de corps no doubt among into his room while he was still in bed its athletes. At any rate that absurd that morning, would have been the very product of modern sporting evolution, last person in the world to let such the professional football-player, does trifles interfere with any fun that was not fill the public eye to anything like in prospect, and above all with cricket. the same extent as with us. The footParnell, thus suddenly aroused from ball-matches between the English unihis dreams, perchance of an Irish re- versities, we take it, excite but little public, readily yielded, having no other interest in comparison with that shown engagements, and promised to be at the in the cricket-matches, and in our humstation in due time. The next and most ble opinion rightly so; but the annual natural enquiry related to the composi- struggle between, let us say, Yale and tion of the sides, and when his unsus- Princeton on the Manhattan grounds at pecting visitor told him that the title of New York is a most prodigious functhe match was Englishmen v. Amer- tion. At the last one we witnessed icans, Parnell, metaphorically speaking, there were said to be between thirty lay down in bed again at once and and forty thousand spectators. How pulled the clothes
his head. many of these were seated, and what Actually, however, he merely looked prices were paid for good seats, we dare grave and remarked, “I don't think that not venture to say, relying only on memwould do at all.” “And why to blazes ory. The crowd, moreover, is mainly a not?” said his visitor, astonished and well-dressed one and the event is remortified. "Well,” said Parnell, “I garded as a fashionable, as well as a popular one. The New York papers for ceeded to take one or two of the favorite some days previously expand them- theatres by storm; of late years, howselves in accounts and portraits of the ever, the terrorized managers have, we players. There is quite a futter hear, made some sort of compromise, throughout the city on the day of the which secures them a partial immunity match. Demonstrative undergraduates on these occasions. Many old Oxford in every variety of vehicle throng the and Cambridge men will remember roads to the scene of action, together Evans's supper-rooms on the night of with the smart carriages of New York the university boat-race; those historic society. The mass of spectators, how- performances were child's play to what ever, are borne thither on the elevated certain theatrical managers in New railroad, packed like herrings in a bar- York have, it is said, had occasionally rel, and suggesting the District Line to to put up with. Putney on the day of the boat race. The Americans are fortunate in hay. The scene inside the grounds is charac- ing only one set of football rules. These teristic of the greater demonstrative- are a compromise between Rugby and ness of the Americans at play. The Association, and admit, beyond a doubt, gates are besieged by the vendors of of most elaborate combinations in play, emblems wherewith to cheer on the besides being considerably rougher than players to victory, such as ribbons and either of the English codes. Each of small flags of the two university colors, the more celebrated colleges are distinand the effigies of defiant gamecocks guished by certain tactics, and from mounted on sticks. The noise while the time to time the newspapers are agog game is in progress is at times deafen with the rumor that Yale or Columbia ing. What would chiefly strike an En- (Harvard, though first in social and inglishman, however, are those peculiar tellectual prestige seems never to be war cries which the older universities quite first in athletics) has developed in America cherish, and which have some new and irresistible method of atbeen heard on a small scale, and not, it tack, which it is practising in strict is to be feared, wholly with approval, at privacy. Academic football, as Henley. Suddenly, in the front of a have said, leads the game in America, crowded stand, an individual will be From the greater colleges of the East it seen to leap to his feet brandishing a has spread not only to all the smaller stick or umbrella; promptly upon this ones, but throughout the South and signal twenty or thirty of his immediate West, till there is scarcely an institution neighbors will spring up also and, in of any kind from the Atlantic to the time to the waving of their impromptu Pacific without its regular programme conductor's wand, give vent to the of fixtures. We have tried sometimes sharp, jerky chorus of mysterious dog- to fancy the South Carolinian of twenty gerel, that proclaims them members or years ago playing football, and have past members of one or other university, signally failed. The thing is inconPrinceton men, if we remember right, ceivable! A hack, or accidental proclaiming their identity and cheering knock, would in those days have led to on their friends with the Frogs' Chorus Heaven knows what complications. from Aristophanes. A demonstration We have played ourselves more than like this will be taken, in some sort, as once against southern colleges in the a challenge by rival groups of the other primitive days of American football, faction, and it is curious to see these and though it was not in such a fiery small patches of organized vivacity region as Carolina, there was even there breaking out all over the dense mass a vague feeling of uncertainty pervadtoat throng the stands on every side of ing the atmosphere. In countries the ground. In the evening the city is, where the pistol and the knife are to or used to be, given over to frolicsome every man's hand football is obviously undergraduates who, having shouted full of dangerous possibilities. That it themselves hoarse in the afternoon, pro- bas now taken root in the South is a
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sign more eloquent of an improving kind to dwell too much on certain decivilization than many columns of sta- fects that are the result of immaturity tistics.
in part, and in part to that very enthuWith all this, however, American col- siasm with which the people of the leges, even the best of them, have not United States throw themselves into yet wholly caught the spirit in which anything they undertake. English universities and public schools Since writing the last words of this meet each other in friendly contests. paper, accounts of a case lately tried We judge them solely out of the mouth in the American courts have come to of their own best critics and friends hand, which illustrate, in somewhat wno, in the columns of the more re- humorous fashion, a novel and indeed spectable journals, tell week after week formidable view of the responsibilities and year after year the same tale. This of the football field. If this particular is not after all a very bad tale, but it jury had shown sympathy in this case tells the American lads very plainly for the plaintiff, another terror would that they have not yet acquired that indeed have been added to the life of easy attitude towards each other, that the American paterfamilias. It seems quiet consciousness of fair play being that a boy, having been injured, though a matter of course and not a matter of not seriously, in a school match, his fond talk, which English amateurs enjoy in parent proceeded to make the matter their mutual relations. Indeed, recent a question of law. If he had sued the events have made it obvious that the school authorities it might have been a American is still somewhat crude and foolish act, but it would have been savage in his athletic rivalry. He must wholly an uninteresting one to the win at all hazards, and in his morbid public, and an incident quite unworthy passion for victory is apt to lose sight of of record. But this delightful person the main aim of outdoor sports.
went to the root of the matter and time the habit of introduc.ng profes- brought an action against the father of sionals into college was common, but the boy who delivered the ill-fated kick. this has now been almost stamped out. If the jury had gone wrong, conceive The college clubs, moreover, seem some- the possibilities that would have atwhat slow in that mutual accommoda- tached to the possession of a son who tion in the matter of fixtures which is was a vigorous forward in the footballessential to harmony. If, for example, field. Fortunately, these twelve good the only date possible for an inter-col- and just men kept their heads, were lege meeting seems to slightly favor one deaf to the blandishments of counsel, side, the other is apt to forego the con
and the er's of American footballtest altogether, thinking it better not players again breathed freely. to meet at all than to risk an honorable defeat. Harvard and Yale did not meet for years owing to some ridiculous hitch of this sort. But after all the American daily press, with the exception of a few of the best papers, is greatly prejudicial to true sport. To be continually con
From The Fortnightly Review. fronted with newspapers that obviously
CORSICAN BANDITS, AND OTHERS. uo not understand the very elements of The French are certainly the reverse such a thing, and when on this topic of good colonists. This observation has are nothing if not sensational and vul- not the merit of originality. M. Daugar, must affect even the best of the ris- det in a recent letter to one of the paing generation.
pers admits as much, though he attribNevertheless, the Americans are to be utes their failure greatly to the want greatly congratulated on the trans- of encouragement and sympathy on the formation that the last twenty years part of government-which is, indeed, has seen in their lives. It would be un- made answerable for many things.