Eevery Saturday night the Clover Leaf Social Club gave a hop in the hall of the Give and Take Athletic
Association on the East Side.
"That," replied the Wizard, "is the Royal Athletic
College of Oz, which is directed by Professor H.
So he at once said, "Aldermen and town councillors of the Phaeacians, we have had enough now, both of the feast, and of the minstrelsy that is its due accompaniment; let us proceed therefore to the athletic
sports, so that our guest on his return home may be able to tell his friends how much we surpass all other nations as boxers, wrestlers, jumpers, and runners."
"That is the College of Art and Athletic
Perfection," replied Ozma.
Finding us distinguished, as a nation, by our love of athletic
exercises, the little man, in the innocence of his heart, devoted himself impromptu to all our English sports and pastimes whenever he had the opportunity of joining them; firmly persuaded that he could adopt our national amusements of the field by an effort of will precisely as he had adopted our national gaiters and our national white hat.
Running has never been my particular athletic
forte, and now when my very life depended upon fleetness of foot I cannot say that I ran any better than on the occasions when my pitiful base running had called down upon my head the rooter's raucous and reproachful cries of "Ice Wagon," and "Call a cab."
They came to the hall, on a dark street-corner, ostensibly the quarters of an athletic
club, but in reality an institution designed for pulling off fights and keeping within the police ordinance.
It was that of a young man, of a hale athletic
figure, and a giant's strength, whose sunburnt face and swarthy throat, overgrown with jet black hair, might have served a painter for a model.
They are very tall, broad- shouldered, athletic
, and well-proportioned.
"There is little call for handicrafts in this region," returned the other, examining the athletic
and active form of the youth, as he leaned carelessly and not ungracefully, on his rifle; "the art of taking the creatur's of God, in traps and nets, is one that needs more cunning than manhood; and yet am I brought to practise it, in my age!
He had left his desk, brought out his two greasy office candlesticks and stood them in line with the snuffers on a slab near the door, ready to be extinguished; he had raked his fire low, put his hat and great-coat ready, and was beating himself all over the chest with his safe-key, as an athletic
exercise after business.
Unconsciously I had been overtaking a tall young woman walking in the same direction as myself, with a fine athletic
carriage of her figure and a noble movement of her limbs.