LYNCH HUNTS CHUM WHO HUNTS ROAD RUNNER
Boyhood Friends Back in Old Elmira Come Close Together but Fail to Meet; Writes "John Anderson" Letter
The search of John Feeney for the elusive truth about the Arizona rattlesnake-roadrunner yarn which carried him from Elmira to Tucson took the New York nature lover pretty close to his old childhood playmate and chum R. B. Lynch of this city. The only trouble was that Mr. Lynch who is a bowling expert and spends a good deal of his spare time knocking down the wooden pins, didn't know that his old pal of Elmira was in the Old Pueblo, and didn't get wise until the Star story telling of Feeney's relentless pursuit on the trail of the road-runner. Then he couldn't find him.
In hopes that the eye of his former friend may light upon the epistle, Mr. Lynch has penned a letter which is redolent of the happy days back in old Elmira when a regular galaxy of Who's Who stars played together on the back lot ball diamond. Mr. Lynch says:
John Feeney, Come Forth.
"Where are you, John Feeney, of Flatiron fame? Gee, but you have strayed a long ways off from the old corner. And you are looking after the interest of the road-runner.
"You always did in the olden times look after the sporting events that took place around the old Flatiron. Remember those days when the Father Matthew boys and the Kancueolas used to have a battle royal on Thanksgiving Day, and how we used to leave the old corner with our pockets empty and you the stakeholder?
"Remember Tommy Fennel and his brother, Duke Lineen Holleran, and Red Murtaugh, now leader of the New York state senate, Muggay McGraw, Birmingham, now leader of the Cleveland Naps, and the Moxey brothers?
"The road-runner didn't bother you then. But they say that's what old age will do, John. The Father Matthew boys never needed anything to kill the snakes, John, and the Kancueloa boys—well I refer you to "Ed" Roll or Chief Elliott.
"Elmira is a good old town anyway you take it, John, but it has no road-runners except Casey and his horse car."
While the bunch of celebrities mentioned who used to be lads in old Elmira are pretty well known, it may be a little mystifying as to Father Matthew's boys. It is a matter of history that Father Matthew was a celebrated temperance advocate, which explains Mr. Lynch's reference to the killing of "snakes" by that body.