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"Nonpareil," they called him.
He was the only champion boxer'
who started out as a wrestler.
Dempsey never scaled over 142-145
in the ring and was called upon to
meet men weighing 154 pounds the
weight limit in those days.
Gaze over Dempsey's record under
London prize ring rules, on the turf
with bare knucks, then review his
padded mitt encounters, paying par
ticular attention to the size of 'the
men he met. Now review Fitzsim
mons', Gans and other records.
Your decision is bound to be that
Jack Dempsey was the greatest pugil
ist that .ever climbed over a rope.
Jack received his first repulse from
George LeBlanche. Defeat humiliat
ed him. His heart was broken. His
confidence in himself was destroyed.
The indescribable effect of defeat re
fused to vanish, and he was decisively
beaten by Fitzsimmons in his next
Wolgast is another example of
what defeat will do for a man who
has always been successful. Willie
Ritchie was the first man that stood
toe to toe with him and forced him
to quit fighting in the center of the
ring, later sending him to the floor
in a dazed condition on the verge of
collapse. In later battles, critics said
he lacked the old do or die fighting
Knockout Brown took his first ten
seconds from Joe Rivers. It broke
his confidence and, he was beaten
easily by others latip.
Joe Mandot was another -promising
lightweight whom Leach Cross
dropped. It unnerved him; he wor
ried and could not retain his weight,
dropping to 126 pounds instead of 133
his usual fighting mark.
The first knockout as a rule means
cloudy weather for future events in "
the ring, and few fighters ever
weather the storm. i
WANTED, A HUMAN EXCHANGE
A recent development is the placement bureau, designed to help school
children to fit into appropriate niches in life.
Its intention is fine and no, doubt in time those who are running it
will learn the way to be of large service.
If only there were a placement bureau for grown-ups!
Across the way, on the top floor of a dingy store building, is a stuffy
tenement. A woman lives there, an unusual woman.
She keeps her little home as neat as wax. In each window are pots
of flowers and ferns. She has a canary bird, too, to which she is most at
tentive. She spends hours, during intervals in her household work, tend
ing to her little flower beds. Every plant looks as if Luther Burbank had
its life in his keeping. The patience and loving care with which she
mothers these growths would do credit to the most famous plant specialist
in the world.
The woman is misplaced in the grimy attic of a down-town building.
She ought to be living in a bower-trellised cottage in the country. What a
splendid farm mistress she would make!
On many farms are querulous, fretful, discontented women who long
for the "freedom" and the excitements of the city.
In every city are scores of women like this admirable housekeeper
across the way; women who would find joy in ministering to the duties of
farm life and whose starved souls would expand in the wholesome out-of-doors
as they mothered the plants and the flowers, the birds and the fowls
and drew In deep draughts of refreshment and inspiration from uncon
If only there were means of exchange for these misplaced families!
Vhat assaying it would achieve in human values!