HOW TO START FOOT RACES.
Mr. L. E. Myers wants to revolutionize the system of starting in vogue at athletic meetings in this country. He says he has studied the English method thoroughly, and is so impressed with the good starts effected at the various meetings in England that he is determined, if possible, to introduce the system into this country. This is the way Mr. Myers says it should be done : "First, assign each man his mark, and inform them not to get into position until told to do so. The men must not be allowed to walk around hitching their pants, etc., but must stand bolt upright on the mark. Second, tell them to set themselves. Do not fire the pistol as you give the word 'set,' but keep your men until they are all as steady as statues. Then let them go. Every starter in this country has a different way of sending off his men, consequently the athletes do not know what to expect." [Turf, Field, and Farm.]