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A Foot Ball Player

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In last evening b Argus ontside columns appeared an artiole which has esoited considerable interest in Ypsilanti and in certain circles in the city where Superintendent M. A. Whitney, formerly of the Ypsilanti schools is knowu. The dispatch was as f ollows : EIgin, Hls.. Feb. 10. - Superintendent Whitney, ot' the Elgin schools, and Principal Peii re are bruised because of s. fight with Ben I-u ml at the high school. Aftèr fi stormy soe-ne Whitney attempted 'o sliove Landborg out of the room. Landborg is a quiet boy, but was center rush on the foöt ball team and ohjected to being pushed. He hit the superintêhdeiit in the solar plexus. Th en ProfessQP Prirce grabbed him cround the nee'; and attempted to strangle him. The lad threw the nervous little principa! straight up in the air, and when the principal struck the floor he lay there. Then Landborg held Superintendent Whitney against the wall with one hand and planted hot shot in the región of the belt. He was an easy victor, only getting a rap on the eye himself. He then departed. Thursday of last week Charles Peterson, a member of the senior class, had a little paper, called the Klgin Weekly Reform, which is pubüshed by graduates, and has been scoring the faculty. One of the teachers captured it and put it in her desk. Later Peterson went to the desk and took it, for which Professor Peirce suspended him. Saturday the matter was reported to the school board, and they unanimously voted to expel him. Monday evening the class of '99 met and Landborg stated that only one side of the matter had been heard. Whitney is an athletic looking man weighing 200 ponnds, who was superintendent of the Ypsilanti schools up to about tbree years ago. He had held that position for four or five years and was a man with strong friends and strong enemies. The school board was equally divided, standing three to three for and against him. His difficulties with the board arose over a variety of little matters, such as trouble over the taking of a school census, the discharging of a couple of men who were working on the new high school building, a jumping jack which someone sent a youug lady teacher, etc. He was a good school man but carried an air of pomposity and lacked in diplomacy. Principal Eugene C. Pierce was formerly principal of the Charlotte schools, in this state, when D. ' A. Hammond, of this city, was superintendent. He is not the slight, slender man the dispatch would seem to indicate, as he must weigh about 175 pounds and was an excellent teacher. The episode will be read rith interest.