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.
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
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.
noble lords meet in jail," he said, "it will be their own