Swiftly, they roped him and started out. The captive did not resist. At the fence, the Cadets had trouble: The prisoner was too heavy to lift over. Then a voice called, "Hey!" The cadets were sure they were caught. But the voice belonged to the leader of the second Army group which had come by sea instead of by land.
Joining forces, they lowered the captive into a boat, moved him around the fence. Twelve hours later, their prize, Billy 12, the Navy football mascot, was in a cardboard cage at West Point. Sternly repressing any sign of satisfaction, The Points high brass ordered Billy returned, assigning a lieutennent colonel George McIntyre to assure him safe conduct to Annapolis.
The Navy swallowed its chagrin and hoped, unsuccessfully it turned out, to get back at Army in their annual football game.
Army won that year 20-7 with Army yearling halfback, Pat Uebel, scoring all three Army touchdowns.