questioned Bette briefly, then left of our own volition. Neither Roy Nickerson
nor anyone else asked us to leave. At time, Manager Bilbao was not suffering
heart attack. He was under doctor's care in own room down hall, suffering high
blood pressure. Heart attack occurred much later that night.
Bette Ford fights bulls with shaved horns, fact we did not deny, but untrue in
case of Patricia. Substitute Bull No. 82, which belonged to another breeder and
which almost gored Patricia, was definitely not shaved or otherwise
doctored—fact which assuredly reflects credit on Patricia McCormick. Our
records show Bette Ford did not fight larger bulls in Plaza Mexico. She and
Juanita Aparicio carefully selected bulls weighing 225 to 250 kilos (100 kilos
less than standard novillero bulls, 100 kilos less than Tijuana
On page 54 (SI, July 30), in a story by Alice Higgins, you set the words
"Morgan Bred" in a beautiful but unusual type. We would like to use
The Farm Quarterly
?The name of the
type is 48 point Horizon Light, and can be secured from Bauer Alphabets, Inc.,
235 East 45th St., New York.—ED.
SOME MAN FROM
Your article Morgan Bred was great. When I was a boy in Exeter, N.H., my father
had four or five Morgan horses. Morgans were very common. Doctors used them for
making calls, they pulled the Macks (cabs) and grocers' delivery wagons.
Have you seen the
account of a man in Vermont who bought up a number of Morgans when they were
nearly extinct and developed some 150 of them. Then they were bought by the
U.S. Government. I have tried to find the information, but have been
unsuccessful—I remember reading it a year or so ago in some national
CAL G. TYLER
?The man from
Vermont was one Colonel Joseph Battell, who spent the better part of his life
and fortune collecting Morgans in order to perpetuate them as a separate breed.
The true Morgan blood was diffused by being absorbed in other light breeds
until Colonel Battell started his farm of some 400 acres in Middlebury, Vt. He
established Morgans as a properly registered breed. Then in 1907 he donated his
farm and stock to the U.S. Government, which continued to maintain a stud of
from 60 to 100 head of purebreds until 1951 when possession of the farm was
transferred to the University of Vermont. The article which Mr. Tyler has in
mind is probably the one by Harland Manchester on Justin Morgan which appeared
in the January 1955 issue of American Mercury.—ED.
In my opinion, the Braves have the best pitching staff of any team in the
majors. Don't be amazed when you watch the Braves beat the Yankees in the World
Series. They're running away from the rest of the N.L. now. If anyone beats the
Braves for the pennant, I'll buy a five-year subscription to SPORTS
?You mean if the
Braves win we lose?—ED.
Gil Stratton's article (SI, Aug. 6) concerning the modern outlook of a baseball
umpire is remarkably good.