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The dangers and roughness of the game of foot-ball often engages the attention of the English press, and the game is generally severely criticised by them. But the Illustrated London News says of it: "The game of foot-ball has been wisely approved by the almost unanimous verdict of English public-school men, masters, boys and 'old boys,' as the best of disciplinary sports and pastimes with a view to the improvement of the mind - that is to say, the will and spirit, which does not grow strong by book-learning - as much as to that of bodily strength and vigor."

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