Walter and Alex Jackson, brothers and star forwards of the Bethlehem Steel soccer team, will sail tomorrow on the steamship Columbia for Scotland. According to an executive of the steel works, the Jackson brothers are going to Scotland purely on a visit, and have given assurances that after several weeks in their native heath they will return.
Shortly before the close of last season, Walter Jackson was contemplating to return to Scotland where he had received a luring offer to play with one of the strong European soccer clubs. However, he turned down this offer to remain with the Steel Workers.
Knowledge of the attractive overtures made tot he Bethlehem center forward has led to the rumor prevalent that the Jackson brothers, in leaving America, bid adieu to soccer activities in this country. However, at soccer headquarters this morning this rumor was emphatically denied.
The visit planned, it is understood, will cover a period of approximately three or four weeks and will be made to the home of the Jackson brothers at Renton, a town located about twenty miles from Glasgow.
With the Jacksons visiting in Scotland, three members of the Bethlehem Steel team will be there. Davy Ferguson, a brother of the veteran Jock Ferguson, returned to his Scotland home several weeks ago in response to a cablegram, notifying him of illness in his family. Ferguson, however, is expected back in American most any day, and surely in time to be on hand when practice starts for the American League season, which will be the latter part of this month.
The Bethlehemites will play their first game late this month. It will be an exhibition affair at Boston against the team recently admitted as a member of the American Soccer League.