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showed an iron jaw and stuck to the
Charles P. Taft, owner of the Cubs,
is itt -Chicago, and definitely says that
the deals of the Comiery syndicate
for the purchase- of his stock is off.
EDDIE GRANEY RAPS
The difference in the price asked and
bid is too wide to be bridged.
Taft will arrange . some business
details in connection with the club,
andmay select a new president be
fore he leaves.
TELLS OF REF
BY EDDIE GRANEY.
The thing the fighters of today
need most and get least of is the
plain, Jjlunt truth.
They are being "yessed to death"
by those' who fawn and flatter. It's
always "yes, yes," from everyone,
with never a sober, checking "no" to
drive home a warning or advice. .
The result is a surmounting van
ity which frequently makes the
younger scrappers of today the
Eddie Graney, Famous Tuxedo
laughing stock of everyone outside
their own coterie. And of course it
prevents them from ever becoming
As an example of this colossal ego
tism the assumption that the.world
hangs breathlessly on their words
and actions I remember one young-
ster with whom I sat in a box at the
Atheater, watching a Lillian Russell
With the utmost assurance he ask
ed the usher to go behind the scenes
for a specially requested song.
"Just tell Lillian that I want her
to sing it," he said, with a wave of
Needless to say there was no re
sponse. Lillian Russell probably had
never even heard of this second rater
Another, when his fighting was
criticized by the dean of sport writers
in this country, announced in a huff
that he was "going across the con
tinent to see that guy's managing
editor and have him fired."
And if you undertake to be frank
with this type of ringster, you may
count on his being your enemy for-N
ever. They can't stand sincerity, if
it's critical. And their name is legion.
A sport that is bloated with cheap
vanity, that lives on flattery, spurnin-j
the blunt, wholesame-ration of truth,
cannot long remain vital.
I can't draw a pleasant prospec for
the future years of the present day
What ring favorite, or for that mat
ter what other professional athlete,
ever becomes a success in the busi
aess world, except perhaps as owner
of a saloon or cafe?
Today the winners swagger down
the street with hat and cane, and
mane plastered over their eyes. To
morrow they're bums. Of course
here are exceptions, but they only
emphasize the rule.
Their parasites make, them so.
Fighters, promoters, referees, all
ing followers, are expected to' carry