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August 6, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXXI(6):279-280. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450060017001e

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Long before the Columbian rediscovery of America our hardy Caledonian ancestry amused themselves by playing the royal and ancient game which has been defined as the putting of little balls into little holes with instruments very ill adapted to the purpose. In those days certain ascetic and lugubrious persons, like the sham-pious reformers of the present, who condemn as sinful anything that makes people feel happy, cried down golf, football and other so- called unprofitable sports, which were prohibited by decree, the legislative blight being a canon of the old Scotch parliament against golf.

Being difficult to extinguish strong instincts, people gave no heed to such prohibitions against the natural and wholesome promptings of the play impulse and manly pastimes of a vigorous race, and today we find a game with a long pedigree taken up and assimilated from Scotland, and so fascinating as to have spread

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