The following is a sample of how they do things in Manitoba: "A ten mile race was run here yesterday by George Irvine and Little Plum, son of the Chief of the Blackfeet. A number of fouls occurred, and finally Irvine knocked the Indian down, and severely injured him by stamping on his wrist with spiked shoes. Nevertheless, the Indian regained his feet and pluckily renewed the race, winning by five yards in fifty-five minutes "
Concerning the one-hundred-yards invitation-scratch-race between J. M. Cowie, London A. C., and F. T.Ritchie, Moseley Harriers, which took place at Lillie Bridge, London, Oct. 20, under very favorable weather conditions, The Sporting Life has this to say:
"Cowie perhaps obtained a shade the best of a capital start, and led Ritchie by about three-quarters of a yard at the half-distance, Philips at this point a yard in the rear of the Moseley Harrier. A clipping spurt on the part of the last-named nearly brought him to Cowie's shoulder, the L. A. C. man. to our thinking, just breaking the worsted first by about six inches. The flat, however, was a dead heat. Philips finished third, a yard behind. It was subsequently arranged that Cowie and Ritchie should settle the question at Birmingham. Time 10 1-4 s. Conflicting rumors as to the state of Cowie's health have been prevalent for some time past. We must admit that he hardly looked in his usual trim. Page-Philips striped short of work, but Ritchie, on the other hand, looked fit enough for anything. The last-named was backed at odds of 7 to 4 on."
The English sporting paper The Referee gives the following account of the first of the three important races between W. G. George and Wm. Snook, both of the Moseley Harriers, recently run at Lillie Bridge, London, England.
"George went off with the lead, Snook rushing to the front before they had got half-way round the first lap. A couple of yards divided them as they ran into the straight, when George spurted and again got the lead, this being the order until the finish, something like three and four yards separating the pair. As they neared the straight for the last time, however, George had increased the lead to five yards, and, although Snook struggled gamely, and at one time managed to get within a yard or so of the leader, George immediately went away again, and won, full of running, by a dozen yards. The times for the intermediate distances, as also for the full journey, were respectively as follow: Quarter mile, 1m. 5s; half mile, 2m. 13 4-5s,; 1,000 yards, 2m. 31 3-5s.; three quarters of a mile, 3m. 24 2-5s.; 1,500 yards, 3m. 51 4-5s.; mile, 4m. 26 1-4s."
The Clipper, in speaking of Queckberner's throw of 26 feet 5 1-2 inches with the 56 1b. hammer, which breaks the record, says: "The Executive committee of the National Association will act wisely if at their next meeting they fix a standard of weight for the ball itself, even if they do not adopt a length-limit for the handle, which latter, however, they ought to do, in order that corrects comparisons may be instituted between the performances of different athletes. It would also be advisable for the committee to adopt a rule prohibiting the use of privately-owned heavy-weight implements at all athletic meetings held under the association laws, and making it compulsory upon the club or association holding games to provide hammer, shot and "fifty-six," and to guarantee the correct measurement and weight of the same before being used. This would insure fairness to all contestants, and would have a wholesome effect in preventing the manufacture and promulgation of fictitious records."