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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 19, 1912, Image 9

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'FOUGHT-'30Q0v ROUNDS, MADE QUARTER OF A MILLION,
BUT GAMBLED.IT AWAY; THE PASSING OF ATTELL
" YoungCorbeft "Made a Plunger
Out -'of Me" anii He- Made- a
Good ,-0'ne7- But -the Book
makers Got 'It All;" Says Ex
WoflH's Champion. -
Abe Attell? fSl "never .fight
again ifjijfis wife can prevent it.
The-$day' Mter ;A.be lost the
champfonsftip- -to r Kjlbane she
;,Mrs. AbeAtteU.- -
came to-fight headquarters weep
ing bitterly- . - '. " '
"I can!t stand Abe bejng beaten
up this way," shesobbedr "If he
loses the fight with Tommy Mur
phy he shall never-step. into the
ring again.? -, --
Abe loststhe Murphy,fight, and
even if, he, doesn't listen to his
wife and'qiiit tjie ring, -it will be
only a question of a.year orso be
fore the public will force him to
quit. t
Abe is one of the most remark-'
able of the present day" fighters.
He was a wonder at the scientific
gaine, a man who made a quarter
of a million in cash, yet who has
little "of it today, a gambler and
plunger as well, but in .all else' a
clean liver. He never smoked or
drank.
He has fought 250 times per
haps more.- He has fought more
champions than any other man
now in the ring, and has defended
his title every time a 122 pound
man could get , the offer' of a
purse. "
He has "been whipped just five
times. He has fought perhaps
3000 tounds in all, and until-the
Murphy fight did not bear a maTk
where a glove touched him. He
learned how to plunge, arid
hardest of all he has .tried -to
learn how to quit plunging,
. "It's been a pretty good game,"
he said, reflectively the day" be
fore the Murphy fight?. "Of
course, I'm kind of sore when' I
'think of all the money-Tye let go
away from me -"but I can console
myself. I'm just as good as I
ever was, and I've had a mighty
good time.
"I was born on Washington's
birthday, twenty-eight years
ago,"' said he, "and my mother
named me for Abraham' Lincoln.
"Four of us began together in
San Francisco. There were Jim
mie Britt,and Eddie Hanlon and
Frankie Neil and myselL We

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