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be permitted still to create dis- were rigidly excluded, and the sensions and to set too high a games were held merely for the value upon trivial pursuits. sake of the god and their own Nobody who witnessed the ex- sake, not to measure the speed plosions of bad temper and and agility of one nation against unfair dealing which were seen another. No sooner were in the Stadium at London in strangers admitted to the con1908, will be likely to forget tests than mystery and reverthem, or to feel an increasing ence were held up to scom, ardour for international sport. and the contests were at an When the quarter - mile race end. And secondly, if the degenerated into the pounding games must take place, why of the ribs of the English not restrict them to what are champion, who was certified called “track events," and get black-and-blue by the doctors; them all over and done with in when the Marathon race was a few days! Moreover, it an excuse for a free fight and would be well if those who had bashed toppers, we do not see the management of them rewhere "sport came into the solved not to take them too argument, though the inter- seriously. The future of the national quality was evident. world does not depend upon The best that we could do for those who run faster than these incitements to fury would others or jump higher. Nor be to discontinue them alto- is peace brought one inch nearer gether, and go quietly about to us by the ill-temper most our legitimate business. If incident to international comthey must continue, let them petition. We are tired of the assume a more modest name, argument which declares this and let them be sternly re- country or that hastening to its stricted to events of some im- decadence because its youth portance. We are always ex- is outstripped on the running pecting that shove-halfpenny path by Finland (shall we say !) and threading the needle will or Czecho-Slovakia. If the 80be added to our tests of inter- called Olympic Games are to national prowess.
continue, they must be reIn the first place, the name garded as games, not as tests Olympiad is an outrage. The of statesmanship or of success Olympic Games of to-day are upon the battlefield. They the complete antithesis of the must be looked upon as congames which gave a lastre totests of athletes, which they ancient Greece. The real Olym- are, and as nothing else. Otherpic Games were a religious wise they will not cause wars ceremony, conducted with awe, to cease, as
once and reserved for the competi- told they would ; they will be tion of Greeks, born and bred. of themselves the causes of All foreigners, or barbarians, war.
As we turned over the pages anybody believe that in a world of Mr Fairlie's report, we were where there is so much else to struck most strongly by its do, they are worth the devotion solemnity. We read here and of a lifetime! there, too often for our pleasure, However, if it can be granted of “sportsmanship ” and of that the winning of wreaths “playing the game," expres- at the “Olympic " Games is sions which, too often repeated, the sole and whole duty of are as little welcome to our man, what is the next step ear as a constant reference to that shall be taken, next, of “patriotism.” There is no hint course, after the collecting of of “play” or “fun” in the money, which is the first essenbook from beginning to end. It tial ! “ Are we going to allow is all grim professionalism, not this state of things to conthe professionalism of money, tinue," asks the report, “or but the professionalism which are we going to arouse ourregards sport as an end in selves ! For our part, we itself, perhaps the only end of are quite content that “this human endeavour. England's state of things” should conprestige, we hear, depends up- tinue. Mr Fairlie, and those on her sportsmen doing better for whom he writes, think at the next “Olympiad ” than otherwise.
otherwise. They would begin at the last. Does it ? Then by stirring up the headmasters let us away with a thing so of public schools to place “ the flimsy as England's prestige. sport of athletics in the same And lest England's prestige plane as cricket and football, should suffer, we are asked to and to appoint to their staffs map out England into districts, University men who are proand to urge our young athletes ficient in athletics in the same to devote all their energies to way they appoint them to the training of men who shall coach their boys in cricket and be winners at some future football.” And all for the “Olympic ” Games, and bring “Olympic" Games ! Again, back a wreath or two to our the Couneil reproves the Public disgraced and sorrowing land. School and University men, beThink of the poor creature cause they show, after leaving whose youth is abandoned to the University, no interest "in a ceaseless toil, in order that the sports of the democracy.” when he comes to the fulness We know not what the Council of his growth, he shall carry off means by “the sports of the a prize for the Pentathlon or democraoy," though it was imthe Decathlon (let us say), or possible to keep the blessed jumping with a pole. These word altogether out of the disbe glories for the amateur, if cussion. What, then, are the indeed such a thing as an University men to do that they amateur exist to-day. Does may wipe out this reproach? They are to organise our na. And whether after infinite toil tional sports on a county basis, they grow into “Olympic with county championships, at winners or not, this is certain, which county colours will be that the spirit of professionalgiven, and “the winning of ism will have extinguished in these colours will be the first their hearts every spark of objective of every boy, no that true and pleasant sport matter what his social status which was pursued once for or position may be." It is a its own sake, and not for the bright prospect, and if the poor sake of beating the champion victims of this rigid discipline of another country, and of have time for any other trade upholding the full prestige of or craft we shall be surprised. Great Britain.
THROUGH THE LINES TO ABD-EL-KRIM'S
STRONGHOLD IN THE RIFF.
A JOURNEY RECENTLY UNDERTAKEN IN A LITTLE-KNOWN COUNTRY,
BY GERALD SPENCER PRYSE.
In a room that opens from doorway while instructions are the hall of a native house, a conveyed to a wild-eyed fellow, Moorish gentleman rises from whose scanty clothing hangs the divan on which he has about him in shreds. been seated to welcome me in jaleeb is torn with travelling soft-toned Arabic. Fair and at night among thorn bushes," of medium height, faultlessly Sidi Abd el Karim explains, dressed in the manner affected remarking my surprise at the by town Moors, he has the dis- man's appearance. A paper is tinction of bearing only derived twisted up small, and introfrom high birth. He is Sidi duced between lining and sole Abd el Karim ben el Hadj Ali, of a sabaat. Then the runner and is occupied with some stoops to kiss the fringe of the sort of confidential business. Sidi's robe, pulling up his own Messengers glide in and out overhead until only two gleamwhile he apologises for fre- ing eyes are visible beneath the quent interruptions, at the same cowl, and, with a humble time inviting me to drink Eng- “As-salâm-u-Alaikom,” is gone. lish tea until one or two A portly Moor of the merurgent matters have been dis- chant class advances into the posed of. From a corner of circle of electric light, producthe divan I am able to examine ing a roll of paper money from my surroundings at leisure. his zabula, with an account Several people appear to be that has to be carefully scrutinawaiting their turn round the ised. A few rapid sentences
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having been exchanged, a note course towards the suburbs. is written and handed to a Outside the town movement is lanky youth, who has emerged easy, the moonlight growing from somewhere in the recesses brighter each instant. It is not of the hall. The word “ Ijri,” at all difficult to recognise my twice repeated, catches my ear friend Robert Gordon-Canning, as he hurries out. “He is very tall and British, outlined called Abdullah, and he runs against the sky just beyond a like wind," the Sidi remarks. cross-road. He saunters up, and “It is true I have only to take casual remarks are exchanged any one of my people by the as we stroll on together-re. shoulder in the Sooq and give marks about the weather, suithim a letter and tell him to able to two Englishmen taking carry it to Sidi Mhåmed. He a walk in Africa or anywhere will not fail. But this Abdullah else, of the coolness of the is swifter than the rest." night, for it is still only
Soon only one bent old man October. The road lies wide remains in front of the writing, and straight in front, flanked table, glancing in my direction by rare homesteads and the from time to time while he occasional suburban retreat of listens to elaborate instructions. an official, or European with Having examined me critically interests in Tangier. There are and at length, he laughs to now three guides, the bent old himself, then pulls forward man in the middle, and their the hood of his jaleeb, so that distance is increased to sixty only the tip of a shaggy beard yards or more. The pace also is to be seen. “Mark carefully is accelerated, but not to such a how this man stoops in his degree as might attract atten- . walk,” is the proffered advice. tion. When passing police posts “ You should follow not less there is more cheerful talk about than thirty paces behind. He the weather, carried on at the will not lose you." A few top of the voice. It is improminutes later they have wished bable that a Sherifian policeman, me a prosperous journey and peeping by chance from his no evil, and the old guide is snug shelter, will associate two bobbing about before my eyes Inglizi, walking about for no in the ill-lit street.
purpose, with three poor Moors At first it is hard to keep returning late from market. him in view, on account of the Now the high-road is abanthrong; but he obligingly waits doned in favour of a mere collecat turnings and corners to make tion of tracks. Habitations are sure his charge has not been lost, left behind. The country beuntil, once free of the shops and comes very quiet and deserted. the Socco, the crowds thin down. Even in strong moonlight it He leads under an archway, is necessary to pick one's way and skirts the ancient palace carefully on the jareeq, in order of Mulaya-el-Hafiz, making a to avoid rough places and