We hope that if Belmont is rebuilt the supermarket school of architecture will not take over as it did at Aqueduct, Roosevelt, Yonkers and too many other tracks. A concrete-and-plastic betting factory can be made by you and me, but only God can make a tree.
Trudy, a 4-year-old South American caiman alligator, belongs to Captain John Edwards, a fellow of London's Zoological Society and a collector of tropical fish and reptiles. Captain Edwards takes Trudy all over England in the back seat of his Renault to show her off at lectures. For a while he had trouble: every time Captain Edwards braked his car, Trudy landed on the back of his neck.
"She weighs about half a hundredweight (56 pounds), and a blow from her tail would almost knock me out," Edwards said recently. "Apart from this, I was always having to look over my shoulder during a journey to make sure she was all right. I was worried about what might happen if we were involved in an accident."
Captain Edwards decided to invest in a safety belt for Trudy, and he presented the problem to a firm of safety-belt manufacturers.
"They were a bit surprised," Captain Edwards said. "No one had ever asked them to produce a safety belt for an alligator. We have a long belt stretching across the back seat with two loops from it, one passing behind Trudy's front legs and the other one in front of her back legs. She bit me when we tried it on the first time, but Trudy has got used to it and likes it now. I wrap a towel around her to stop the belt's chafing, slip a hot water bottle inside, and she is quite happy."
GOOD WOOD ON THE BALL
Several 10-inch oaks and an assortment of smaller trees were found chopped down on the Wake Forest College campus in Winston-Salem, N.C. recently. The groundkeeper was puzzled. He suspected a new student fad. Then one day he spotted Bill Scripture, star outfielder of the college baseball team, strolling along the campus with an ax on his shoulder. When he was questioned, Scripture admitted that he was the chopper. He explained that he found chopping trees at waist level an excellent practice for developing his batting swing and hardening his muscles. He is ambitious to play professional baseball and has trained vigorously at the expense of the campus foliage. His practice paid off, apparently, in skill, for he batted .500 in his first 13 games, of which Wake Forest won 10.
The groundkeeper offered Bill Scripture some conventional wood to chop, but the outfielder demurred. The stroke, he said, is not at all the same with logs on the ground. Now scouts are after Scripture, and if he can find an available stand of timber he may become a major leaguer.
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