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----SIL.TENNIAL EDITION (Thnu-News. Mr. Pulmfl HI.) THURSDAY. Firemen Win State At Lincoln And Enthusiasm of Fire Fans Surpassed Basketball Hysteria Mr. Pulaski won its first state tourrxnent at Lincoln, Aug. 6, 1891, with their hose team in the record time of 37 315 seconds. The state firemen's tournament held at Ottawa the week of Aug. 29th, 1892 was again won by the Phoenix Fire Department of Mr. Pulaski and a large sum of prize money went with the winning of the different events. The following newspaper ac- count contained in the Mt. Pu- laski Weekly News tells the story very personally: The members of the team that made the trip were: Treasurer Maurice J. Myers; Secretary Frank Snyder; Manager C. W. Lincoln; Chief J. M. Hopkins; Foreman W. Y. Saunders; Pipe- man John K1otz; Plugman Fred Bobell; W. B. Lyon, Louis Dan- ner, Irwin Pool, Fred Start, C. A. Lucas, Gus Drobisch, Louis Weidenbacher, Charles Turley, Louis Howard, James Ryan and John Miller, team members. The first day furnished sev- eral plums for the encourage- ment of our boys. They went to Ottawa in excellent condition (with the exception of W. B. Lyon, who was weak from re- cent illness) took good care of themselves, and were in shape to do good work. The first event in which Mt. Pulaski competed was the 100- yard foot race. 1st prize was $10 and State Championship badge; 2d, $5. W. Y. Saunders easily walked away with first; time 11 seconds. A great roar was raised and a protest entered by two or three soreheaded teams who insisted that Saunders was a profession- al sprinter and as such should be i barred. He easily demonstrated that he had been a citizen of Mt.! Pulaski for several years as a member of our team almost from its organization, and a member  of the cigar manufacturing firth of Beidler & Saunde,'s, the past year. The judges, being sensible and well-posted gentlemen, held that the word "professional" ap. I plied only to persons engaged in racing for a livelihood, and Mr. Saunders was not, so the protest was not allowed. A protest a. gainst either of the complaining teams would have resulted diff- erently, for each of them was padded with non-resident run- ners, hired for a few weeks, specially for this occasion. But Mt. Pulaski is not given to plead. ing the baby-act, so no counter protest was entered. For the benefit of the kickers we will state that Mr. Saunders was not paid one penny for training or running with our team in this tournament. Klots Wins Second Mt. Pulaski's second bite was at the couplers contest: 1st prize, $10 and State Championship badge; 2d $10, John Klotz of this place had to content himself with second prize in 6 215 seconds Beaver of Mt. Carrol getting there 2i5's of a second quicker. "Jona" did nobly, and would probably have won first but for an un- fortunate circumstance. H i s coupling was found to have a broken lug and was ruled out thus leaving him to work with a strange coupling which undoubt- edly placed him at a great dis- advantage. However, he made no kick. The Novelty hose race next tempted our boys with $75 first money and $50 second. They de- cided that first money was good enough for them, and calmly raked it in; time 36 215 seconds. Effingham was second with 39 seconds. Win NoveltT Ho Race This was followed by the Nov. elty hub-and-hub race, open to Mr. Pulaski and Efftngham as the teams making the best time i '  LINCOLN, ILLINOIS, /iIU___UT @th. 1881. FROM LEFT TO Rlr, Top RowFrank Smith, Louis Howard, Fred Starr, Steve Weckel, Chas. Turley, Louis Weidenbacher. c. d RowIrvin Poole, F. E. Danner, John P. Hopkins (chief) W. Y. in the Novelty hose race. Our 1 boys did the job in 16 seconds, i taking the $50 and considerately! leaving second place for Effing-! ham. The second day opened with the Free-for-all hose race---three prizes--- $75, $45 and $25. Mt. Pu- laski was one of seven teams entering, and lowered the state record to 31 seconds. Lincoln and Effingham tied on 34 sec- onds, thus having to run off a hub.and-hub race to decide which would be entitled to sec- ond place and second money. Effingham won, and thus was entitled to entry with Mt. Pul- aski in the Free-for-all hose race with two purses--J60 and $40. In this event Mt. Pulaski as usual won first, in 25 seconds, leaving second for active Effie. These two contests netted our boys $135 and lots of glory. The Champion hose race--the great event of the tournament-- was the opening feature of the last day. 1st prize, $100; second $5; third $25. Of this race the Ot- tawa Free.Trader says: "The rule required that the teams run 200 yards, attach hose to plug, lay 150 feet of hose and attach pipe. Mr. Carroll was the first team to make the run, but failed to make her points and was given no time. Clinton also made no time. Lincoln did clean work and did it in 38 115. Savana did it in 40. Effingham made an error and was content with 40. Then came the great team from Mt. Pulaski. They came down like a bullet and coupled in professional style in 36, beating the world's record." IAncoin Won Hub-d-Hub The inevitable hub-and-hub for the two swiftest teams in above contest followed, Mr. Pulaski and Lincoln being pitted against one another for a purse of $50. Lin- coln crossed the line in 28 315 sec- onds and captured the prize. Mt. Pulaski has the best of excuses for losing this race were she dis- posed to use them; but she didn't want the earth and was glad to see Lincoln get a finger in the pie. In this connection the Lincoln Courier and the people of Lin- coln, with very few exceptions, prefer to see Mt. Pulaski enjoy- ing the honors and possessing the prizes. They have practiced long and well, have kept sober and are modest in victory. They have demonstrated that 'what is worth doing is worth doing well.' There is no need of rawhiding the Lincoln boys. Receive them cordially, encourage them to con- tinue their organization, and dive your hand down into your pocket to help them. This is the way Mr. Pulaski formed a team and it is the only way Lincoln can." W. Y. Saunders easily won the Foremen's race, 100 yards, $25, in 10 seconds. W. B. Lyons, took second, $5, in the 200.yard foot race. The boys are enthusiastic over the city of Ottawa and the treat- ,ment accorded them by the Ot- 'tawans. It is an aristocratic city !of 12 to 15 thousand people, with extensive manufacturing inter- ests. The people had made most elaborate the costly preparations for the tournament. Symbolic decorations, flags and bunting festooned the entire town. Com- mittees met the firemen upon their arrival, escorted them to their hotels and tendered them the freedom of the city. A grand banquet was tendered Saunders (foreman and trainer) Gus Drobisch, L. A. --L. F. Bobell (plugman) John Klotz (pipeman). At record of 35 2 5 was made it was necessary to lay 200 the firemen on Thursday night by the citizens of Ottawa. Every- thing was of the highest style and the cost was probably $1500. remd Reception Here If ever the Mt. Pulaski team had any doubt as to the interest felt by Mt. Pulaski people in their achievements must have been effectually dispelled by the manner in which they were re- ceived upon arriving home on Friday morning. They got here at 10:30, and were received amid the booming of anvils, the ring- ing of bells (and belles), blowing of whistles. The town was deck- ed in its gayest robes, and hand- !somely decorated floats were in ,waiting at the I. C. depot to carry the victors thru the final stage of their victorious march. Headed by the juvenile band, the I triumphal march which went up Washington street to and around the square, receiving an ovation which royalty might en2. The balance of the day was given over to a jollification of Fourth of July proportions, with illumi- nation, fireworks and bonfire at night. Complimentary Banquet In honor of the victories won and safe return from the tourna- ment, a banquet was tendered by the ladies of Mt. Pulaski in Fire- men's Hall, Friday evening, to the Mt. Pulaski hose team. Forty plates were laid and the supper was most sumptuous. The ladies who composed the committee were: Misses Jane Newton, Inez Mathes, Medora Seyfer, Emma During, Levenie Newton, Hattie Shinneman, Jennie McKinley, Emma Huck, Mrs. Maude Huck, Mrs. Irvin Eminger and Mrs. Era. ma Summerville. JOHN P. HOF One of the