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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 05, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 12',
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ONCE PRIZE RING PET WIJH $100,000, NOW
SWEEPS STREETS FOR $2.50 PER DAY
Los Angeles, Cal., May 6. "Deys Robert Lawrence Thompson, one
one thing hard luck ner hard work time pampered pet of; the prize ring,
ain't nevah whipped out'en me yit now "jes' plain street sweepah" on
dars bem' happy wicrwhat I got." the city's boulevards, straightens up
his bent back and says it proudly.
The fall from a 4100,000 fortune,
earned with his gloves, to a $2.50 a
day job, might be expected to sour a
man. But not "Old Bob," as he is fa
With, Joe Choynski, this aging ne-gro,-now
52, holds the distinction of
having whipped Jack Johnson when
the black champion was a young
comer. Then the money fairly rolled
in. He was eagerly sought for fights
before exclusive private clubs, with
millionaires at the ringside.
"Now itv comes harder," he
chuckles, mopping his black brow.
"De sweepin' does try-dis crickety ole
back sometimes, but cleanin streets
is a honest business.
"I was square in dq ring; dey
warn't no disgrace on my gloves
when I laid dem away, boyk And old
Bob Thompson aims to keep hisse'f
square to his dyin' day. Yes, indeed!"
He delights in recounting that fight
with Johnson, before the Galveston
Athletic Club, when "Jack was only
a growin' pickinniny."
"Jack was jus a club boxer den,"
says Old Bob, "widout no defense to
speak ob, but, boy, he sure did hab
a punch like de kick ob a mule's
bin' laig,! I licked him good an plen
ty but -when I lef de ring I knowed
I'd been f oplln' wid aycomin' champ.
"Anybody dat says Jack's gota
yallow streak in 'im don't knowwhat
he's tallon' about." x
Out of 130 battles, Thompson lost
but eight. He quit cheerfully when
whipped by Prank Field; convinced
that he was outclassed by the young
Bread or Pastry Heat of oven
must turn white paper .dark brown
Robt. Lawrence Thompson. I in five minutes.