DEATH OF MR. S. A. SPRAGG.
Mr S A Spragg one of our leading Queensland athletes, a prominent foot
baller, rower and cricketer died at the General Hospital yesterday afternoon from appendicitis and peritonitis. The sad news was received on all hands with the deepest regret as Mr Spragg was a great favourite amongst those interested in athletic sports He had been confined to his home for some days, and last Monday was so ill that he was removed to the General Hospital, where an operation was performed on Wed- nesday but without the anticipated relief, and, as stated, he died yesterday afternoon Mr. Spragg was born on the 2nd October
1879, and was therefore only in his 25th year at the time of his death. He was regarded as perhaps the finest three quarter back Australia has seen. He was also an interstate oarsman, and a good club cricketer. He was much admired by the public who saw him play, but, like Victor Trumper the great cricketer, his brain was never turned, and he was ever modest
and unassuming. He played his football as a sportsman--no roughness, no foul play, no foul words, no "pointing." A teetotaller to boot, he was a fine manly
sportsman, whose place it will indeed be hard to fill. He had a great career as a Rugby footballer. He played for New South Wales first in 1898, and next year, when the English foot- ballers were ont, was in such fine form that he was one of the first men to be picked to represent Australia. The fol- lowing season he came to Queensland, and till last summer was employed in the Government Savings Bank. As a Queens- land footballer he more than once helped this State to defeat New South Wales by his play, which was always sound and brilliant, while he was a quite remarkable place kick. An injury to his knee in a club football match last season kept him ont of the football field, but he was play- ing cricket as the captain of the North Brisbane Club only three weeks ago. The deceased athlete recently effected a policy with the A.M.P. Society having been passed as an undoubtedly first class risk. Great sympathy is expressed with his mother who is a widow and who arrived here last night with the deceased sister in response to urgent wires. The funeral will leave Narellan, North Quay, at 3.15 o'clock this afternoon. Out of respect for the deceased the North Brisbane Cricket Club in which he had lately occupied the position of captain have abandoned their match against the Toombul Club for the purpose of attending the funeral.
In connection with the death of Mr.
S. A. Spragg, the Executive Commitee of the Queensland Cricket Association, at a special meeting called for the purpose last evening, unanimously decided that a half hour's adjournment should take place, from 3.30 to 4 p.m., during to-day's play, as a special mark of respect to Mr Spragg's memory. This observance will be carried out in all grades. A letter of condolence from the executive is also being sent to the deceased's relatives.
Mr. Maurice Baldwin notifies that all wreaths should be sent to the Queens- land Rugby Union Office before 1 p.m. to-