proclamation setting aside the fourth Thursday of this month as a day of
national thanksgiving, President Eisenhower last week cited as reason for
gratitude the fact that "the present year has been one of progress and
heightened promise for the way of life to which we, the people and the
government of the United States of America, are dedicated."
indication of this heightened promise, said Ike, is "in the prospect of
improvement of relations among men and among nations."
Nowhere in the
nation was simple evidence of improvement of international relations more
easily discernible than in the news of sport.
international front it could be learned that a famous onetime West Point
football star, Pete Dawkins, has become suddenly a white hope of Oxford rugger.
On another, one could contemplate the pleasing mellowness of senior golfers in
their 70s and 80s (years, not strokes) who had come from England and Canada to
play against a team of amiable Americans (see page 36). Then there was the team
of British professional golfers whose friendly feelings for the U.S. were
seemingly dimmed not a whit by the sound trouncing they got from a U.S. team in
the Ryder Cup—though some of them (see page 39) lamented too much
race track played host to the Thoroughbreds of nine nations in the annual
Washington, D.C. International, and the spirit of international amity
represented by the race itself was carried even further by the presence of a
French filly with an Italian name (Mi Carina), who is owned by the United
States Ambassador to Britain and was ridden by an American of Italian ancestry
named Arcaro. Elsewhere in the horsy set, plans were being made to return the
courtesy call of the great French trotter Jamin (see page 53), a new U.S. track
darling, by sending a brace of U.S. horses to trot against him in France; and
international amity was as always the keynote in New York's great week-long
National Horse Show.
A handsome young
Swede with a power-packed right still dominated the U.S. heavyweight boxing
scene, as a 24-year-old Briton, Dave Charnley, arrived to try for the
lightweight limelight. And a famous American yacht, Vim, will soon head south
to help Australia win away America's and yachting's most coveted cup.
and many more like them, are evidence of an improvement in international amity
well worthy of a nation's thankfulness, and they are in no way tarnished by an
overseas triumph that put one of Mr. Eisenhower's White House predecessors in
temporary eclipse. This occurred in Nottingham, England, where a university
student greeting passers-by in the town square beat President Theodore
Roosevelt's world record of 8,513 consecutive handshakes (at a Washington
reception in 1907) by pressing 9,001 British palms.
A vital factor in
the development of international good will on the playing field is the ability
to take a licking in good grace. In this case, we are confident that the late
T.R. would have hailed his own defeat with a hearty "Bully!"
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