LONGBOAT DESCRIBES HIS MARATHON WIN -- AND NOTES THAT HE WAS HAPPY THAT HE DIDN'T GET CAUGHT BEHIND THE FREIGHT TRAIN:
Today's Washington Post has a lengthy description in by Thomas Longboat, the Onondaga Indian from Canada, of his recent victory in the Boston Marathon. Longboat, whose life story
is both heart warming and heart wrenching (that's him on the right of the photo at the right -- during World War I, when he was a runner for the Canadian army.)
His first-person account of the race is interesting. Here's my favorite section:The fact that others started out ahead of me did not bother me in the least, but you bet I was glad when I got by that freight train in South Framingham. I heard it roaring behind me and I had to chuckle when I thought of the others getting shut off.
Second place went to Bob Fowler, from the U.S. He was one of the runners who had to WAIT FOR THE TRAIN. Longboat is pretty sure he would have won anyway. He set a course record, after all.BASEBALL ATTENDANCE REMAINS A BIG MYSTERY:
Today's Washington Post includes an interesting note from J. Ed Grillo
in his "Sporting Comment" column. He explains why the Post no longer prints the attendance figures with its box scores:The Post has not and will not publish the attendance as it is given out by the club owners, for the reason than such figures are very unreliable.
He writes that the Post became wary of the numbers after the first world's championship games were played a couple of years ago. Because the championship was run by a national group, the attendance figures were accurate. That prompted doubts about regular-season numbers because the attendance at the championship games was no more than 25,000 -- and the stadiums were full. That provides sportswriters with the clear indication that regular-season reports of 30,000 or 40,000 people attending a game in New York or Chicago were likely greatly inflated. Grillo concludes:Club owners do not want to give out the correct attendance because they do not believe that it is anybody's business but their own, and for this reason The Post refuses to accept the inflated figures which are given out.
Wonder if newspaper circulation figures are handled the same way.SOCIETY WOMAN OBTAINS A PILOT'S LICENSE:
A woman who is prominent in Boston society has joined the very limited ranks of females who are qualified to pilot a boat in American waters. The accomplishment is worthy of a front-page article in today's New York Times. However, it's not quite worthy enough for the article to give the first name of the woman. She is the current Mrs. William Starling Burgess
, whose husband is an accomplished ship designers. The article also mentions that she is the former Mrs. Henry Higginson.
I THINK it's Rosamond Tudor, a fairly widely known artist
. She and Burgess
had a daughter, Tasha,
who was to become an accomplished artist.HER HOUSE IS ON WHEELS, BUT I WOULDN'T EXACTLY CALL HER 'TRAILER TRASH':
Today's Washington Post casts an ogling eye at the private Pullman car used by actress Olga Nethersole (right)
. She rolled into Washington about 6:20 p.m. yesterday, for a performance tonight in the nation's capital. Her private car is nearly 80 feet long. It includes a drawing room, a dining room, two bed rooms, a library, bathroom and kitchen... plus a little conservatory where she is cultivating some California plants. Her bed room is paneled in pale blue silk, with cream-colored wainscoting. There's a BABY GRAND PIANO in the drawing room. The Post adds,The domestic details of Miss Nethersole's car are as precise as the most exacting Washington home, the meals being served at stated times.
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