The First Bitter Pill
"If there is such a thing as a 'jinx' that fellow Brown of Indiana Flooring sure has it on this club," remarked one of the followers of the Bethlehem Steel team on his return from New York on Sunday, where he witnessed Bethlehem go down to the first defeat of the season. "Get that fellow batting out that terrific drive of Goldie's on a penalty kick on Saturday afternoon," caroled this enthusiastic booster, who was satisfied to argue, however, that Indiana gave as good as the visitors received in the Saturday game. The booster was more concerned over the setback in New York on Sunday. "Sure, Indiana played a fine brand of soccer," he continued, "but I'm here to tell you that Bethlehem had more of that game than the Saturday tilt. That Brown, if anybody, had the Indian sign on Bethlehem. Can you imagine a fellow like Jaap carrying the ball up to within two yards of the net with no one but the goalie to beat and then shoot past the corner post. Well, he did and so did some of the other Bethlehem forwards when a score seemed inevitable. Well, that game is over and Bethlehem took its first defeat. Thank goodness t here isn't a Brown on every club in the circuit." Digesting that line of gossip, it's an opening for the superstitious booster to string along.