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brought on death, and a money-paying
public given the "privilege" of
witnessing a murder, even though
unintentional and unpremediated.
Arthur Pelkey is in no way to
blame for the tragedy. He was given
no information that his opponent was
not in perfect physical condition.
If such a thing as poor condition
Is- discovered in a boxer, he should
not be allowed to fight- despite the
loss of dollars.
There is no individual profit in col
lege athletics. Oarsmen, football
players and other athletes are train
ed to the minute and examined regu
larly. The present commercial policy of
allowing a fighter to enter a ring out
of condition andwithout being exam
ined, letting him take a chance of
being killed, will wipe out the game.
It is dying already and the only rem
edy is honest promoting.
There is now no world's heavy
weight champion and there isn't a
real champion in sight. "Gunboat"
Smith and Pelkey probably will be
matched for several bouts to decide
the championship. They' appear to
be the best of the present mediocre
Jess Willard, the big cowboy, is 26.
In the fight game a man shows his
class before he reaches hat mark.
Willard is strong and willing, but he
isn't championship timber.
Bombardier Wells and Al Palze"r
are apparently out of the running. I
am rooting for a "dark "horse" not
literally to prove a real successor to
the heavyweight title.
Abington, Mass., May 27.
A paper dealing mainly with agri
cultural matters received from a
reader the following query "What
do you think is the matter with my
hens? Every morning when I go to
feed them I find that two or three are
lying on their backs, Btiff as buck
ram." The editor's reply was to the
'point "We are afraid that your
liens" are dead!" '
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