"Mere Sport"

The 1928 Olympic Games are to be held in the Netherlands. A bill went before Parliament asking for 1,000,000 florins ($400,000) to finance the great sporting event.

The Opposition seized upon a vital point, hammered it with much vigor. Some of the Games would be held on Sunday. The Calvinists held up their hands in horror, ejaculated: "How terrible!" They would support no bill that would thus desecrate the Sabbath.

The pressing reason of the Opposition in opposing the bill was said to be economy. This theory...

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