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Morrow has plenty of competition ahead of him before the Olympics. On Dec. 12 he flies to Australia with Wes Santee and Bob Richards as a guest of the Australian government. He will run in exhibitions in both Australia and New Zealand. Next year Morrow is scheduled to compete in the Compton Invitational at Los Angeles, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics meet in San Diego, the AAU in Bakersfield, the NCAA trials and, finally, the Olympic trials.
After his part in the Olympic ceremony at Brownwood, Morrow sat with his fellow students in the Abilene Christian rooting section, but the flame that had burned brightly all the way to Brownwood failed to set the Abilene Christian team on fire. Howard Payne won 21 to 6.
LORD CHOLMONDELEY SPEAKS
For thirty-two years the House of Lords had not heard a solitary word from one of its most distinguished members, George Horatio Charles, fifth Marquess of Cholmondeley which, as almost everyone must know, is pronounced "Chumley." He broke silence just the other day, moved, as he put it, "at long last...by the wish to do something about the rabbit."
The rabbit is the subject of a good deal of solicitude among animal-loving Britons. Regarded as crop-and-pasture-destroying pests by farmers, Britain's bunnies have been deliberately afflicted with myxomatosis, a painful but only slowly fatal disease, in an effort to destroy them (SI, Oct. 25, '54). Sporting methods, like shooting and ferreting, and other methods, like gassing burrows and snaring, have been both inadequate and to some extent inhumane. As Cholmondeley, a man of 72, explained it in gentle but fervent tones to a sparse scattering of peers sprawled on the crimson benches:
"Is it not a fact that the only way in which a rabbit can meet a decent death is to come up against a first-class shot? And we all know that first-class shots are very rare. Third-class shots get him in the hind part. And what happens to him then? He goes home and takes a long time to die...We have treated the rabbit in a bad way for years and years and if only the government will now eradicate all rabbits...it will be a relief to our conscience."
Even as a sportsman—he played vigorous polo and tennis for years and still is a golfer—Cholmondeley has been noted for his prolonged silences. He would arrive for polo leading his ponies, play a match and depart without ever uttering a word. And as a vegetarian of many years he may have had in mind the effect of rabbits on carrots when he demanded "drastic legislation" of an unspecified nature to force landowners, under penalty of heavy fines and even jail, to do right by the rabbit in bringing about his destruction by humane means.
In this connection, and before departing into a further period of silence at his Norfolk estate (Houghton Hall, one of England's stateliest Georgian homes), the Marquess fired one parting, first-class shot at the House of Lords.
"If some noble lords meet in jail," he said, "it will be their own fault."
TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE