On the Institute Campus - Institute vs. St. Landry High School.
The first football game played in Lafayette will take place at 3 o'clock this afternoon on the campus of the Industrial Institute.
The boys of the St. Landry High School will be there to retrieve, if possible the laurels which were so slickly snatched from them by the Industrial Institute team just before the holidays. Both teams are composed of vigorous youths all striving hard to win the honors for their schools. The Opelousas eleven will be accompanied by a lusty army of rooters and it is hoped that the local team will have their friends and admirers there to yell long and loud for them. The management of the of the home team has made preparations to entertain the visitors and to pay the expenses of the trip and in order to raise the necessary funds it has been decided to charge the small admission fee of 25 cents. There are splendid players in both teams and the game will be worth seeing.
Let us give royal welcome to the visitors and loyal support to the boys of the Institute. Lafayette Gazette 1/11/1902.
A bill has been introduced in the Missouri Legislature to prohibit the playing of football. The people of this country are pretty well divided on this question. Many very estimable persons think it is just the thing, while an equally large and respectable portion of the population are convinced that it is a barbarous form of amusement and should be prohibited by law.
During the last football season many deaths resulted from injuries sustained by football players. If the published reports are correct football caused a greater loss of life in the past year than the prize ring has been responsible for during the last twenty years. And, strange to say, prize-fighting is outlawed, while football is the favorite sport of the most cultured classes of the American people. If there is any difference between prize-fighting and football, it is in favor of the former. When a thug is killed in a pugilistic contest, the occurrence is certainly not as regrettable as when some enthusiastic school boy loses his life on the gridiron. One is a matured man and goes into the game for gain and gambles away his life. The other is carried away by a spirit of college rivalry and dies in an effort to furnish amusement to a lot of football enthusiasts. Of course, all football games do not cause fatalities, but many of them do.
We believe that if the lists of casualties are compared, it will be shown that the victims of football are much more numerous than those of prize-fighting. Despite all that has been made said in favor of both forms of amusement, neither is so conducive to physical development as to compensate for the injury that it does.
The Gazette is not disposed to seek a legislative remedy for everything that does not seem exactly right and it is rather of the opinion that the force of public sentiment will compel the devotees of football to rid the game of the abuses which have crept into it. But in the meantime let us not be too severe in arraigning the sporting elements for patronizing the prize ring and the wicked Spaniards for raving over their bull-fights.
Lafayette Gazette 2/14/1903.