sprung into the limelight, and it was
taken just as seriously as his oft
repeated challenges to other boys in
As he mounted the ladder, the feel
ing that some day he would beat
Rivers grew stronger within him.
After his first bout with Ad Wolgast,
m which he made such a great show
ing, one of his first thoughts was
"I am another step nearer Rivers."
One day while on the road with
Nolan, Willie, deep in a stirring novel,
closed his book with a snap and
startled Nolan by exclaiming, with
out any preliminary remarks : "Billy,
just as soon as this tour is over I
want to fight Rivers. I have had a
feeling, a sort of presentiment for
years that some day I would have to
fight Joe and that I would win, and
I want it over with as soon as possi
"You'll get your chance at him
in time," said Nolan, "and when you
do I know you'll beat him."
When Ritchie enters the ring on
July 4 he will carry with hm the con
fidence in his ability to beat Rivers
that he has. nurtured for years, and
should he lose, it would not be sur
prising if he were to renounce' the
ring forever. To meet and beat Rivers
has been his dream and the shatter
ing of it would grieve him so deeply,
he being of a keenly sensitive nature,
that the fighting heart that carried
him to the top of the heap would re
ceive a shock from which it might
TODAY'S OLYMPIC PROGRAM
2:30 p. m. Playground day under
the direction of E. B. De Groot, in
cluding exhibitions of dancing, ap
paratus work and flag drills; each
public park will be represented by
hundreds of children; ten events are
8:30 p. m. Parade of 750 play
ground children led by a twenty-five
piece band; zouave drills, dancing,
circus performances and singing;
fireworks and moving pictures.
.The grandstand of the Evansville,
d in 1
Central League, park was burned to
the ground when struck by lightning.
The hot wave may be broken, but
here's more woe. Arthur Pelkey and
Tommy Burns are to go on the vau
Bombardier Wells has found some
one he can knock out. In London
last night he put "Packey" Mahoneye
out in the 13th round.
VOTES FOR WOMEN PARADE
A parade of 1,000 autos, with Gov.
and Mrs. Dunne and Mayor Harrison
escorted at its head, this afternoon
celebrated the "votes for women"
victory in Illinois.
The route was north on Michigan
avenue, from Peck court to Randolph
street, reverse on Michigan to 33d
street to Grand boulevard, to 51st
street, around Washington monu
ment, and return over same route to
Every woman suffrage organiza
tion in Cook county participated. The
parade moved in six divisions, headed
by a squad of mounted police and
the. First Regiment band.
Upon the beach he met her
And to her he did say,
"I haven't seen much of you
All of this lovely .day."
"It isn't my fault," Bhe replied.
Ma made me .dress this way," .
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