Medicine: Varsatility

Football killed 40 boys and young men during the 1931 season. To approximate that record of deaths it is necessary to go back to 1905 when more than a score of players died and President Roosevelt stopped the roughness of play.

Among this year's dead 40 were Joseph I. Johnson, 13, of Lafayette, Ind., who shot himself in the abdomen because he could not "make" his grade school team. Another fatality was Coach Ray Pardue. 24, of Statesville, N. C. High School team, cuffed to death by Garfield Jennings, 20, vexed linesman of the Taylorsville, N C. High School, which was playing...

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