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In an opinion holding that cock-fighting is not illegal under Kansas laws prohibiting cruelty to animals. State Supreme Court Justice John Fontron managed to invoke the names of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and Abraham Lincoln. The first three, Fontron said, were all devotees of cockfighting, and Lincoln at times umpired fights. Fontron attributed to Lincoln this justification of the pastime: "As long as the Almighty permitted intelligent men, created in His image and likeness, to fight in public and kill each other while the world looks on approvingly, it's not for me to deprive chickens of the same privilege."
To those who have been wondering where Miami Dolphin Coach Don Shula gets his superior qualities, he gets them from his mother. Source of this information is none other than Mrs. Shula herself. "Don takes after me in every way," she told New Orleans Saints Vice-President Harry Hulmes at that semi-famous Super Bowl party held aboard the Queen Mary. "That's right," Don's father said. "For example, he has her temper." Mrs. Shula admitted as much. "Even as a little boy," she said, "Don would get furious if he ever lost at anything. He used to be his grandmother's partner at cards. If they lost he would storm out of the house crying, crawl under the front porch and sob away."
Nixon Peacemaker, a three-year-old greyhound that had failed to win in three previous starts, won its first race minutes after the President announced the cease-fire in Vietnam. Nixon Peacemaker was an 18-to-1 long shot in an eight-dog field at Interstate Kennel Club in Byers, Colo., paying $38 to win and $149.60 in a quiniela.
Most of those mass-mailed holiday letters were Xerox vehicles for bringing friends up to date on homely minutiae like the heights and weights of children and the latest doings in the neighborhood bridge league. But not for Shirley Bridges, wife of the Shell Oil president. Hers made clear that she needs very little liberating. Here are some excerpts: "February saw us in Italy and myself skiing at Verbier, also a week at my winter-sports home away from home, Suvretta House at St. Moritz.
"April—I took one week off for helicopter-skiing in The Bugaboos, up in British Columbia.
"May 16 and 17. I was happily falling flat on my face surfing at Waikiki and shooting the breakers as No. 2 paddle of an outrigger canoe crew.
"May 20. I found Yosemite climbing difficult, requiring lay-backs on cracks, clenched handholds, etc.
"June 3 saw us at the Savoy London. Then I joined Austrian Guide-en-Famille and architect friend Jean Perrelet in Zermatt to climb the Breithorn on skis.
"July 14. Brian and self-made-up group of 18 climbers in the Peruvian Andes. You should have seen us perched on a ledge at 5,000 metres, feet in rucksacks, waiting for the moon to rise so we could see our way down the steep crevasse-pocketed gully."
There were lots more sporting notes and a crisis. On one of those trips Mrs. Bridges left a gown home in Houston. Hike back to get it? No. Sent the company jet.