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WINTER SPORTING DOPE FROM EVERYWHERE
Carl Morris and Jess Willard Tonight
Big Carl Favorite.
At This Season of the Year We Earn
Our Salary And Admit It.
Carl Morris and Jess Willard,, two
well-known truck horses, are billed
to struggle in a ring in New York to
Great will be the clash of beef, as
the two men together weigh in the
neighborhood of 500 pounds, most of
the weight being distributed below
There is nothing in the fight to
cause a man to soak his wife's rings
in order to get a bet down. Morris
should win. He is as big as Willard
and carries a punch which he can
land now and then. Willard also has
a wallop, but he is not very clever,
not even as clever as Morris.
The only point of interest lies in
the fact that the winner will prob
ably get a twenty-round match with
the victor in the Art Pelkey-Gunboat
Smith battle, scheduled for New
Year's day on the Pacific coast.
This second battle will result in an
unquestioned heavyweight champion,
after which the white hopes will have
to begin all over again.
Morris, by hard work and dogged
determination, has become a factor
in heavyweight circles. When he first
left the engine cab down in Okla
homa he was soft for all opponents
and was chopped down on several
occasions. He withdrew from the
ring for a period and put in his time
trying to acquire a little speed and
To a certain extent he has made
good. He is not a topnotcher, and
would have been soft for some of
the second raters of a decade ago.
But any of 'those second raters would
have been a champion in the present
Sam Langford, the Boston Tar
Baby, has sailed for Paris, where he
expects to fight another smoke who
preceded him to Paris.
Now comes the winter of our dis
content, when sporting dope has
came and also went, and" we are in
an awful stew for news to fill up
these columns of more or less sport,
including wrestling and stories of
fights almost made by Ad Wolgast.
Publishing the outpourings of Ban
Johnson becomes wearisome, and
appointing a new manager for the
Reds daily gets to be work after a
week or so. Besides, it is unfair to
the poor athlete upon whom the job
is wished. There is a certain amount
of humanity even in baseball writers.
And this news drought is liable to
continue for quite some period. There
will be nothing exciting at the com
ing meeting of the National League,
which removes- one usually fertile
field of dope. Gov. Tener of Penn
sylvania will be elected according to
schedule and there will be no fight.
No magnate will be looking at the
bottom of the glass for poison as he
exterminates the bubbly water.
Cosh! Wouldn't it be the acme of
something or other if we could talk
about the kind of pie the newest re
cruit likes, and how many apples per
acre one of the veterans raised in his
orchard, to which he has threatened
all winter to retire, appearing as us
ual in the spring. It would, but this
is an impossible dream for at least
two more months.
In the meantime we must fall for
such things as the Morris-Willard
fight, and a succession of Lewis-Cutler
wrestling matches. And Walter
Camp's All-American football team is
yet to be inflicted' on us.
This is the ideal time for a vaca-'
Ban Johnson, to whom the idea o1
anything savoring of trickery Is ab
horrent is out with a crusade against