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December 23, 1963
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December 23, 1963


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The anthem was written and recorded by a university quartet whose members include a philosophy graduate student. So much for modern philosophy.


The Mansion House, one of 36 buildings that go to make up Maine's Poland Spring Hotel complex, was completed in 1797, Wentworth Ricker, prop. The area, source of Poland Spring bottled water, soon developed into one of the country's great watering spots. About a hundred years after the hotel was founded the first golf course belonging to a resort hotel, a six-holer, was completed there. But changes in customs and habits brought hard times. After the bad days of the 1930s, the hotel went into receivership and reorganization.

Now sports may be the salvation of Poland Spring. In 1962 Saul Feldman bought the huge place and put up a new 86-room building. He installed an Olympic swimming pool and is working on a ski area to open next year.

Last week, the old hotel saw its greatest sports innovation. Boxing bouts were staged in the dining room for the benefit of the hotel's Caddie Camp Alumni Association. Boxers from the Lewiston Police Athletic League, Topsham Air Force Base and the Brunswick Naval Air Station were the contestants. For $7.50 spectators got ringside seats at white-clothed tables, a choice of entrees (prime ribs of beef au jus, broiled half spring chicken or charcoal-broiled swordfish) and six three-round bouts. There were $2 seats for noneaters. The card was better than most of the professional shows seen in Maine in the past three years.

Bill Faversham, one of Cassius Clay's many owners, has a reservation at Poland Spring for next summer. Maybe he will bring Cassius to take the waters. After meeting Sonny Liston he just might need them.


Cries of fervent protest came last week from Europe's leading sports publication, L'Equipe, which decried SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S charge of prejudice (International Ski Scandal, Dec. 16) against a French official who rated the most promising U.S. Olympic Alpine team as a bunch of losers. Seeded far below their correct ratings, the Americans were thereby given the disadvantage of skiing over thoroughly chopped-up courses. L'Equipe defended the official, Robert Faure, arguing that he had merely respected an established system founded on results of the classic tests.

"The fact remains," said L'Equipe, "that the to the disadvantage of American skiers when they do not participate in the large classic European ski meets." It inquired if, perhaps, American directors had not been shortsighted in failing to send their best skiers to Europe last year.

A rather odd question, considering that the FIS president, Marc Hodler, had said that U.S. and European races would be compared fairly—and had added recently, before the unfortunate seedings, that "the Americans were right in thinking that there would be no disadvantage in not coming to Europe."

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