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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Vol. 70, Number 2 (Nov. 1968)

Moyer, Harriett
"Government . . . shall vest in a board . . . ",   pp. 12-16


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A   COPY    OF THE      NOV. 17,
    1894, Daily Cardinal was found
recently when some old furniture was
moved in a La Crosse attic.
  Printed in black ink on red stock,
the issue carried this headline:
   "HAUGHTY MINNESOTA IS
COMPELLED TO GIVE UP HER
HONORS!"
   A subhead stated:
   "The Score Is Six To Nothing In
Our Favor."
  The lead paragraph of the football
conquest, written by George F.
Downer, '97, later to become the first
director of the UW Sports News
Service and sports editor of The Mil-
waukee Sentinel, reads:
  "Ours is the pennant of champion-
ship! The one doughty antagonist has
at last been vanquished, and Wiscon-
sin now stands the gridiron champion
of all western colleges."
   The Daily Cardinal's first-page ac-
count failed to say so, but this was
Wisconsin's first victory over the
Gophers. In 1890, when the two
clubs met for the first time, the Badg-
ers were shattered, 63-0. Football
began at Madison in 1889.
   H. 0. Stickney, who came from
Harvard to Wisconsin, was in his
first year as coach in 1894, two years
before the Big 10 Conference was
established. His team finished with
five victories in seven games.
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T HE READER MUST SCAN
   through eight paragraphs before
any action details of the game itself
are learned:
  "Seldom has Madison seen so
much cardinal bunting as today.
Dwellings, houses, shops, delivery
wagons, and' streetcars, all were pro-
fusely decorated with the University
color; and every student who ap-
peared upon the street was alike
patriotic-the boys with cardinal
streamers fastened in their button-
holes, the young ladies with pretty
bows of the same all-prevailing color.
"Immediately after dinner (at
noon) the people began to assemble
on the lower campus and long before
three o'clock the grandstand was
filled and several hundred were
standing. And still they continued to
gather, until at least 3,000 were on
the grounds when the game began.
Besides the large delegation from
Minnesota, Badger boys from all
over the state came in large numbers
to witness the great contest.
"THE CAMPUS HAS NEVER
     before witnessed such a scene
of excitement. The UW band was
out, every other person had a tin
horn, and the yelling was tremen-
dous. Songs composed especially for
the occasion were distributed through
the crowd by The Daily Cardinal,
"Such a Scene of Excitement"
few times was Minnesota able to
make the necessary five yards (for a
first down)."
  The grid battle would have been
confusing to 1968 fans in many ways.
T VARIOUS TIMES, the teams
    were given five, 10, or 25 yards
for offside play. It was obvious, too,
there was much more "foot" than in
today's style because each team
punted at least 10 times in the 1894
clash. Also, the ball changed posses-
sion when a foul was committed, in-
stead of assessing a yardage penalty.
   The Badger fullback in the big
game 74 years ago was Big John
Richards who compiled a fine record
of 29 victories and nine ties, against
nine defeats, when he was Wiscon-
sin's head football coach in 1911,
1917, and again in the 1919-22
span. -Jack Burke
Wisconsin Alumnus
and as they were set to well-known
airs were shouted out by the Wis-
consin contingent with great vehe-
mence. Whenever a Wisconsin man
made an exceptionally good play, or
an antagonist one unusually poor, the
noise was simply deafening."
  Eleven minutes into the second
half, J. C. (Ikey) Karel scooted 40
yards into the Gopher end zone for
the only score of the encounter. T. C.
Lyman kicked the extra point.
  Cardinal "notes on the game" car-
ried this appraisal:
  "The playing of the whole (UW)
team was strong, and it was by team-
work and not by mere weight that
Wisconsin made her gains. Only a


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