Ernest Hemingway was a man of courage who wrote magnificently about brave men.
Whatever he did, as sportsman or writer, he did with verve and without
conformity. Wherever he went—hunting in Africa, fishing in the Caribbean, to
the bullfights in Spain—he enjoyed himself. He took much from life, but like
all great artists he gave extraordinary pleasure in return.
Sonny Liston has
been exonerated in his latest brush with the law (19th arrest since 1950) and
therefore is eligible to fight for the heavyweight title.
Magistrate E. David Keiser heard the evidence against Liston and co-defendant
Isaac Cooper: that they had chased Mrs. Delores Ellis in their car through a
lonely stretch of a city park in the predawn hours of June 12, had shone a
spotlight in her face, forced her car to a stop and ordered her out of it, and
had driven away at high speed, with their lights out, when a park guard
approached to investigate. Liston's manager, George Katz, said that Liston and
Cooper were doing road work in the park, at his orders—apparently a light
workout, behind the wheel. In dismissing the charges, Magistrate Keiser ruled
that Liston was guilty only of "errors of judgment."
The same day, the
headmaster of a boys' school in Connecticut was appearing before a Hartford
judge on charges of cruel treatment of his pupils. He admitted disciplining one
boy by putting him in a gas-operated clothes dryer and turning the machine on.
He left court with a $50 fine and a suspended sentence because he was only
guilty, the judge ruled, of an "error of judgment."
These cases, we
believe, signal a milestone in jurisprudence. Such classic determinations as
"guilty," "innocent," or "not guilty" may be replaced
in all courts and all cases by "slightly guilty because of error of
judgment." Frankie Carbo should have had the benefit of this one.
Rugby in New Zealand is rough, and officials are trying to curb the mayhem. One
player named Bob Lysaght was reprimanded recently by a referee for biting an
opposing player. Admitting the fault, Lysaght said earnestly in his defense:
"It wasn't as bad as it looked, sir. I didn't have my top teeth
The University of
Detroit, already upset by New York District Attorney Frank Hogan's disclosure
that two of its basketball stars took money from gamblers to shave points, got
an even ruder shock the other day. The two players told a Detroit News reporter
that they had been receiving under-the-table payments from alumni for their
Charlie North, a
junior, and John Morgan, a sophomore, described how a letter mysteriously
appeared in their mailboxes on the first and 15th of every month. It contained
money. How much? "Twenty dollars," said North. "But it wasn't from
the school," added Morgan. "It was from the alumni."