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AMERICA'S NATIONAL GAME

This is not all. No consideration has been given the college games as yet or the various public school games, the games of the amateur leagues and the games of the semi-professionals.

Yale and Princeton and Yale and Harvard draw crowds of 10,000 to 20,000 when they play. One public school boy game in New York attracted 20,000 spectators. Frequently these school boy games, given under the auspices of the Public Schools Athletic League, are attended by 10,000 spectators.

More than all else, who in the world is to be able to make any reasonable kind of estimate of the attendance at games when Smithtown plays Rockville and Rockville plays Jones' Falls?

At some of those contests there are from 2,000 to 3,000 spectators, and when it is probable that on Saturday, which is a sort of half holiday everywhere, there are at least 20,000 of those contests being played in the States of the Union, we begin to feel like holding up our hands in dismay and affirming that it is almost out of the question to express the growth of Base Ball and its present status except by the million mark. And millions denote it more accurately than thousands.

The future of Base Ball, to be judged by its immediate present, is practically limitless, for, in spite of the fact that its development is broader, sounder and better at present than it ever has been, there are manifold indications that it will thrive and not starve so long as the present admirable system of organization is maintained.

Without organization it loses at once its foundation,