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October 21, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(17):1251-1252. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510170043006

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One of the most interesting news items of the past week was the announcement that President Roosevelt had succeeded in effecting an arrangement between the football captains and coaches of the more important eastern universities looking toward the elimination of brutality from the game. It is a rather striking coincidence that immediately after succeeding in bringing about peace between the combatants in the most serious and bloody war of modern times, our strenuous chief executive should next turn his attention to an attempt, at least, to do away with the brutality and fatalities which have marked the history of an American sport for the last twenty years. We say an attempt advisedly, because the president of one of the most important universities in the East said in an apparently hopeless sort of way, when he heard of President Roosevelt's intervention, that he wished him success. He confessed to having tried

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