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HORSESHOE COMPENDIUM

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supporters, evidently eager to fight for their favorite. Some were for Mossman. I went out to settle the argument and I was threatened by both sides. The Fair cops vanished from sight. It seemed that the slightest thing could have started a first-class mob fight. I called for a flip of a coin. Mossman lost.
     As I walked away from the center of the court I absent-mindedly walked in front of a peg to which Harry Reese, of Iowa City, was ready to pitch. Reese's patience with the interfering fans was at its end, and as soon as he saw me, but yet not recognizing me, he let the shoe go with all his might. It struck me a terrific blow on my arm.
     Putt downed Guy Zimmerman, 50-29; Jackson then beat Guy 50-11. Then Putt hurled 51 ringers out of GO shoes to beat Jackson 50-16. This clash between Mossman and Jackson, I rate among the three greatest of Iowa games, as was said before, for suspense.
     The settlement of the argument just in the nick of time, and diverting the attention of the mob, was, I believe, the only thing which prevented a riot, which, if it had happened, would probably have ended horseshoes at the Fair. This was my poorest job in ever handling a tournament, and with this blight on my record, it would be well for me to count a long time before I ever criticize other tournament superintendents.
     Mossman and Jackson split games at the Fair in 1930, but Jackson won the title. In 1931 Mossman filed his entry for the tournament at the Fair but was seriously injured in a motorcycle spill on the race track a few days before the start of the tournament. Hansford Jackson won the title from his dad who took second.
     Dessie Mossman, Putt's comely sister, was permitted to pitch 30 feet against the men in 1930 and 1931. The first year she won seventh prize; the second she took third, and in a hot streak she connected for ten straight double ringers. The men pitchers objected so strongly to a woman having a handicap that such method has not been permitted since.
     Frank Jackson regained his title at the Fair in 1932 by handily defeating Hansford. That year, as in 1931, a state college tournament was also held with Victor Jones, of Iowa State College, defeating a field which included the 1931 winner, Jimmy Rainbow, of State Teachers' College; and a State High School Tournament was likewise held. In addition, I presented the State College champion discus thrower, a leading shot- putter, and a boy who the next year won the Drake Relay hop, step and jump event, in exhibitions. The exhibitions were good, but the Fair visitors were not greatly interested.

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