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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 14, 1918

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Dec. 14, 1918


With the changing program for the United States army overseas and the return of thousands of troops to this country, the imperative need for Y. M. C. A. workers in France has been diminished to such an extent that scores of men who have had their applications favorably considered are now receiving word that their services will not be required.

All recruiting by the national war work council of the Y. M. C. A. has been abandoned with the exception of men of distinctive educational organization ability, such as heads of colleges and universities or principals of high schools. A very limited number of outstanding religious leaders with exceptional organizing ability will be sent across while a small number of business men who have had experience in Y. M. C. A. work and possessing ability to organize effectively may possibly be needed.

The entire program of the Y. M. C. A. overseas has been readjusted to meet the change in military conditions and it is expected that a large number of Y. M. C. A secretaries will be returned on the transports with the home bound troops.


Chicago, Dec. 14 — Football claimed the lives of nine players during the 1918 season — three less than the 1917 toll, nine less than in 1916 and seven under the toll of 1915, according to figures compiled by the Associated Press today. In 1914 there were 15 deaths.

Virtually all of the victims were “free lance” players not participating in games conducted under college and university physical direction. Some of them had only limited knowledge of the game.

“The figures will continue to decrease until fatalities in American’s roughest out-door game have been entirely eliminated,” said A. A. Stagg, the veteran football coach at the University of Chicago today. He added that the greatest menace to the game is the lack of proper training and proper physical examination. While some of the larger high schools now require physical examination, in most smaller cities this is entirely ignored.

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