Publication: The Boston Sunday Globe
Boston, MA, United States
FALL RIVER POLO PLAYER
David Cusick's Brilliant Plays and His Good Nature Attracted the Attention of Miss Hemingray of Muncie, Ind. The Romance Ends in Marriage Despite the Objections of the Young Lady's Relatives.
Miss Sue Hemingray of Muncie, Ind., an immensely wealthy girl, became the wife of David Cusick of Fall River, the poor but happy goal tender of the Kokomo polo team, despite the numerous obstacles that were thrown in the path of the impatient lovers.
The polo craze which has struck so many of the interurban cities in Central Indiana during the past two or three winters was at its hight [sic] height two years ago. A score of cities were polo mad. The town of Muncie was not to be outdone in the matter. It, too, was polo mad. The women caught the polo fever as well as the men, and there was not a more enthusiastic devotee of the game in all Muncie than the beautiful and wealthy Miss Sue Hemingray. She never missed a game.
The Muncie polo-admiring public demanded the best players available for their team. So, two years ago, "Dave" Cusick, with a splendid reputation as a crack polo player, came to Muncie from Fall River, to become the goal tender or the Muncie team. Cusick was a giant in stature, handsome and golden-haired, and during the game, whether in defeat or victory, he was always smiling and happy.
He made good from the start and was soon known as the best goal tender Muncie had over had. He became the idol of thousands of fans.
No college football player was ever idolized more by gridiron enthusiasts, nor was a baseball player ever applauded more on the diamond than was "Dave" Cusick idolized and applauded by the hosts of Muncie polo fans.
It became fashionable and highly enjoyable as well for the girls of Muncie to flock to the rink to see "Dave" Cusick guard the cage for their team. And after the games he was nearly always called to the center of the polo rink, where generous friends and enthusiastic admirers presented him with such gifts as gold-headed canes, roller skates, meerschaum pipes, boxes of cigars, rings and other jewelry.
Cusick also became almost as popular off the polo floor as he was on it. He soon became a sort of a social lion and was extremely popular in the younger society circles of Muncie. Indeed he was as much at home in his dress suit on the dancing floor as he was in his athletic garb on the polo floor.
It was at a dance that Miss Sue Hemingray was first introduced to David Cusick. Although she had seen him many times as he distinguished himself in the polo rink, she had never had the pleasure of meeting him until that memorable evening at the dance.
The daughter of the late Robert Hemingray, for years the president of the Hemingray glass company, one of Muncie's successful business houses, Miss Hemingray was one of the richest young women of the city; in fact, she was heiress to quite a large fortune.
For several years before the winter of '02 and '03 Miss Hemingray had been attending an eastern college and her mother had high hopes that her daughter would marry some wealthy and educated young man. So when she saw that her daughter, in becoming such a polo enthusiast, had fallen in love with Cusick, the idol of all the polo enthusiasts, she was greatly displeased.
The daughter permitted the polo player to continue to worship at her shrine despite the protestations of not only her mother, but of her other relatives as well.
Indeed, a love romance was gradually unfolding in the lives of the wealthy social queen and the poor polo player. They had fallen desperately in love with one another, and the only outcome of their courtship seemed to be marriage. Finally, when