"Members of our officiating staff are not permitted to carry on any aircraft blank starter pistol types that are used by our line judges to shoot ending quarters of a game.
"Would you kindly borrow a .22 or .32 caliber pistol with six blank shells from a local official or school for the preseason game scheduled in your city on Sept. 2?
"The pistol should be presented to the line judge one hour before game time in the officials' dressing room. You in turn should have someone pick it up after the game."
TREES' LIB MOVEMENT
Only God can make a tree, but in the opinion of gun fanciers even He doesn't make them quite right.
So every year a group of men move into the walnut groves to beat the younger trees with lead pipes, two-by-fours and stout clubs. The beatings leave scars, the scars form burls, and burls in gun-stocks are highly prized by lovers of fine rifles and shotguns.
A protest movement against cruelty to walnut trees is forming here and there. One of the leaders in the movement is Lydel Sims, Memphis Commercial Appeal columnist.
"A sap-stirring switching, for the tree's own good, is one thing, mayhem is another," he observed. "Nobody wants to be called a tree-coddler, but how long can we go on allowing innocent walnut trees to be mauled for the pleasure of gun collectors?"
TIPS FOR THE TOTS
Winston Churchill might have considered himself a kindred spirit of Edsel Martz, a crusty former catcher who tells players on his sandlot team that they must "sweat, bleed and fight." Martz is also a major league scout and conducts a baseball camp for boys in Arlington, Va.