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a sort of public wallet with funds at
the disposal of every camp follower
and down and outer who makes them
It's fifty cents Here,, a dollar there.
He is, unlike the business man, ex
pected to lavishly entertain everyone
who hails him by his first name. He's
got to be a good fellow. If he spends
less than $500 a month he's rated as
What chance has he to gain a sub
stantial foothold in any community?
To buy property, he's got to make
money in big sums. So rare is this
that when a successful fighter does
buy property valued at $25,000, let's
say, he gets million dollars' worth of
Is it any wonder that most of them
become paupers bums after a few
years of -victory.
To me the thing that put the stamp
of real greatness on John L. Sullivan,
the most remarkable example of
come-back in this respect the ring
produced, is the fact that after he
was defeated he cut out the booze
and educated himself so that he is
today a credit to any circle he grace
He whipped the thing that has made
so many of his ring-fellows bums.
A referee has no right to count the
seconds over a man when he's on the
mat. That is assisting the fallen bat
tler, as I interpret the rules.
He must arise within 10 seconds
The prostrate man has no more
right to know how much time he has
left before being counted out than he
has to ask the referee or timekeeper
how many minutes remain in a given
It is giving him an advantage not
contemplated by the rules.
He knows just how long he may
rest upon his knee before getting up ;
how long he has to recuperate.
The way time should be counted is
the method employed by the Old Cali
fornia Club in San Francisco, where
the timekeepeis were in a gallery 35
feet-away. At the expiration df the
10 seconds a gong was rung. The
fallen man, not knowing how much
time he had left, got up as quickly as
he could when knocked down.
Under the present practice of
counting, the battler who has gone to
the mat turns to watch the referee.
On his knee, he can wait five, six,
seven seconds, as the .case may be,
before rising, and then lunge at his
adversary, go down again and get
another period of recuperation,
knowing just how long to wait.
He is thus decidedly assisted. He
can stall. Otherwise he would resume
fighting as quickly as he could regain
his feet. And' that is what .the rules
Nor has a referee any right, 'ac
cording to the rules, to lay hands on
fighters. That's why I never "break"
men in the clinches, but order them
Suitor Cheer up, sir.. Why not
look at it that when your daughter
marries me you will be gaining a son
and not losing a daughter.
Her Father That's just the way I
do look at it!