The Sporting Game
Soccer is frequently referred to as the sporting game because it can be played in all season of the year and regardless of weather conditions. We might add that those fostering the booting game are also square shooters, illustrated in this little burg on Saturday afternoon. Newark was scheduled to meet Bethlehem, but somehow or other all but one of the players missed the train. The result was that a good many of the cash customers had their money refunded. For missing the train Newark not only forfeited the league points but is also subject to a fine of $500. All this was overcome and instead of Newark being the financial loser, it was Bethlehem. As for the league points, they were automatically forfeited to Bethlehem and would undoubtedly have gone Bethlehem's way if the game had been played. Wiring that the team would arrive on a later train, more than an hour after starting time, the Bethlehem management was recepti8ve to the proposition, realizing at the time that with a guarantee to pay and many fans leaving, the home club would be the loser. Not only did the Bethlehem management agree to play the game but in order to make it possible dispatched half a dozen automobiles to Easton, where the Newark players were taken off a local train and rushed to the athletic field in North Bethlehem. The game was played, a friendly affair of two thirty-minute halves, and Bethlehem was the winner.
Encouraging Careless Habits
In a sporting sense Bethlehem did a mighty fine thing in saving Newark from paying a fine together with a most certain reprimand from the league executives. However, it may serve to discourage careless habits, as such tricks as missing trains or taking the field with a lineup shy of several players somewhat retarded the progress of the booting game several years back. There is seemingly no excuse for a team of players to miss a train. They know they are to play and should be thoroughly familiar with train schedules. The fact that Newark lost the two league points didn't in the least worry the Jerseymen, for it is practically a foregone conclusion that they would have lost them to Bethlehem on the latter's home grounds. Perhaps it might have been wisest to let the league collect the fine. Not that the circuit is in any immediate danger of going bankrupt but as a lesson against future carelessness.