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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 02, 1912, Image 19',
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POVERTY TO WEALTH RISE OF JOE RIVERS
Los Angeles, July 2. Time,
three years ago. Place, ALGreene
wald's cigar store on Spring
Enter a little stocky Mexican
boy wearing a dirty, frayed gray
Inside stood Unde Tom Mc
Carey, fight promoter, pulling his
mustache fiercely. It was the day
before a boxing contest at the old
Naud Junction pavilion and one
of the principals had failed to
Max Weber, a sturdy feather
weight, was billed to appear in a
twenty-round contest and his op
ponent had disappeared.
"Where can I get a good boy to
go on with Weber?" raved Mc
Carey, as he did much business of
walking up and down.
The.Jittle stocky Mexican lad
tugged at McCarey's sleeve and,
pulling off his ragged cap, smiled
"I will take Kim on, SWor Mc
Carey." "Who in Sam Hill are you?"
snapped McCa'fey, looking at the
little ragged figUpe.
"I am Jose Rivers, a very
strong boy and good fighter," an
swered the Mexican lad.
Two fight fans who weYe pres
ent told what they had seen the
little Mexican do fn street scraps
and in contests before the local
"Will you box Weber Tomor
row?" asked McCarey, finally.
"Con mucho gusto, Senor."
eagerly cried the little Mexican
Well, how up tomorrow at
least a half-hour beforfc the con
test so we will be sure you are.
on hand," and McCarey started
Again there was a Ifttle Mex
ican lad tugging at his slfeevd. j
"Well, now what do ybtr
L-J' -- I
want?" asked McCarey, turning
to face' the Mexican boy.-
The latter hesitated a few mo
ment's and then blurted out that
he did not have rar fare to go out