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ject to service in the French army.
No sooner had war been declared
than Johnson announced his inten
tion of joining the colors. Further,
in a burst of enthusiasm, he announc
ed that he would present all his motor
cars to the French government for
military use. The fact that he could
not escape service and that his motor
cars were subject fo impressment
may have something to do with it.
Georges Carpentier, heavyweight
champion, and the idol of the French
sport followers, was a member of the
reserves and immediately upon the
declaration of war he cancelled all
his fight engagements and joined his
regiment. Bombardier Wells, the
British heavyweight; Freddie Welsh,
the lightweight champion, and Char
lie Ledoux, the bantam champion of
France, all are subject to military
The war has summoned a score of
French and English prizefighters,
while in both Russia and Germany
the wrestlers are in the army. George
Hackenschmidt is with his regiment
somewhere on the Russian frontier,
and the German wrestlers who have
visited America are all under arms.
The prizefighters are not inesperi
" enced in war. Carpentier was an ac
tive member of the French Teservists,
and Wells saw service in India before
he became heavyweight champion of
the Great Britain. Ledoux has an
swered the cair to arms. Neither
Johnson nor Welsh has had military
experience, but they will have .the
chance to learn now.
There are a dozen or more of the
British fighters who are subject to
call to arms and four of those who
have been fighting in England dur
ing the last two years are members
of the army.
It looks as if the war will wipe out
this generation of boxers and per
haps produce better ones.
WOMEN PROTEST IN WAR
Members of the Woman's Trade
Union League of 'Qhicago met with
Miss Mary McDowell,' head of ttie '
University of Chicago settlement yes
terday. They endorsed her views on
the European war situation.
Resolutions adppted set forth that
in time of war it is neither the rulers
nor diplomats whosuffer, but the
working men, women and children,
not a fevJ of whom give-up their lives
for the greed of. others. It also sets
forth that war usually results in
throwing a large number of women
and children uppn the public when
they become objects df charity.
The women therefore- protest
against the war and advise that the
United States keep wellaway to avoid
being entangled in the mess.
JOINS FORCES WITH, WAR" LORD
yng of 'Saxowg.'
The king of Saxony, who' rules one'
of the German principalities, has
marched his troops to the front to aid
Bennett, who invented the piano
player, is dead. There was genius
whpse place ur history Is dubious.
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