Otago Daily Times

In de­fence of cricket

- Kipling · Rudyard Kipling

The cler­gy­man who (ac­cord­ing to a re­cent ca­ble) stig­ma­tised cricket as a “loaf­ing, lazy game” was, as the phrase goes, look­ing for trou­ble. Lit­tle won­der that Mr “Plum” Warner (who, as it is pleas­ant to re­mem­ber, once made 206 at Caris­brook, af­ter be­ing missed be­fore he had scored) felt com­pelled to chal­lenge the ma­lign in­dict­ment, and to cham­pion the hon­our of the pas­time which, af­ter some 30 stren­u­ous sum­mers, he has just re­lin­quished, amid min­gled con­grat­u­la­tions and con­do­lences. He would not rel­ish the idea of hav­ing de­voted so large a por­tion of his am­ple leisure to a pur­suit de­serv­ing such a op­pro­bri­ous ep­i­thets as “loaf­ing” and “lazy”, and

nat­u­rally he was re­minded of Rud­yard Ki­pling’s too mem­o­rable say­ing about “the flan­nelled fools at the wicket and the mud­died oafs at the goal”. It seems that he once boldly asked that bril­liant but heady ver­si­fier whether he re­ally meant what he had writ­ten; and the char­ac­ter­is­tic an­swer was: “In this world, if you do not ex­ag­ger­ate, no­body will take any no­tice of you.”

 ??  ?? Af­ter the dis­as­trous fire at In­ver­cargill which de­stroyed the premises of the New Zealand Loan and Mer­can­tile Agency Com­pany and the Na­tional Mort­gage and Agency Com­pany. Es­ti­mated dam­age £75,000. — Otago Wit­ness, 30.11.1920.
Af­ter the dis­as­trous fire at In­ver­cargill which de­stroyed the premises of the New Zealand Loan and Mer­can­tile Agency Com­pany and the Na­tional Mort­gage and Agency Com­pany. Es­ti­mated dam­age £75,000. — Otago Wit­ness, 30.11.1920.

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