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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
WHO WILL SAVE THE PUBLIC?
"I WILL," SAYS TOM JONES
By Mark Shields
The prize (Mex.) fight between
Jess Willard and George Carpentier,
in which Anne Morgan, Tex Rickard
and Tom Jones are interested, is not
making very great headway. .Car
pentier, according to Paris advices,
has not been approached, but Miss
Elizabeth Marbury, prominent in'
French relief work, has been author
ized to act for him in New York.
Go right ahead. This is the sport
In order for the French relief com
mittee to get $50,000, Carpentier to
get his expenses, and Willard and
Jones to draw in the neighborhood
of $75,000, the long-suffering public
would have to put up wealthy prices
for seats at this ten-round affair,
which means 30 minutes 61 actual
appearance in the ring for each man.
Whether they will fight all that time
is something else again.
But the patient public need have
no fear. Tom Jones stands fia sc bul
wark (no pun) between it and the
slick, price-kiting promoters. Tom
is all het up for fear the fight fans
may be stung on this affair, and he
will see to their welfare.
He isn't going to let Tex Rickard
charge $100 a seat for this affair.
Not at all. Tom won't let Jess en
ter the ring if Tex even hints at such
a price. Tex tried to raise the, ante
to that figure when Willard fought
Moran, says Tom, and even stuck a
gun into his (Tom's) middle. But
Tom wasn't scared, though natural
ly, being an economical guy, he
didn't want to see Tex waste any
Anyhow, Tex didn't shoot, for Tom
i still talking.
Tom will get unanimous approval
on another remark, that a ten-round,
no'-decision bout isn't worth $100 of
any man's money.
Tom says he hasn't been ap
proached by either Miss Morgan or
Rickard about a fight with Carpen
tier and until he is there is nothing
doing. He says it's all right for Car
pentier to be patriotic, but he and
Jess are business men, and anyhow
they haven't much interest in the Eu
ropean battle. Look at those poor
goofs fighting for no gate receipts.
Tom doesn't commit himself posi
tively, but it is understood he and
Jess want something like $75,000 for
the fight That is all Tom is vitally
interested in, though he offers to
contribute to a fund to alleviate hu
man suffering if a way, is pointed out. ,
He doesn't care where this $75,000.
L comes from, just so the public isn't
gouged. It is evidence of a noble
spirit but Tom and Several other
people could alleviate human suffer
ing by keeping quiet and refusing to
be serious about this fight
Another proposition is afoot to
match Les Darcy with Carpentier.
The Cubs will train in Pasadena,
Cal., next spring. That has been def
initely decided. Pres. Weeghman
has. offered the Tampa business men
$1,500 to cancel their contract with i
the Cubs, a thousand dollars less
than, the southerners Wanted.
No matter how negotiations with
Tampa terminate, the North Siders
are going to California, leaving here
about Feb. 25. A ball field will be
constructed on the estate of Wm.
Wrigley, one,of the Cub stockholders.
Negotiations have not been com
pleted with the Pacific Coast league
clubs for exhibition games, but no
trouble is looked for oih that score.
League rules do not prevent the
coaBters playing big leaguers ini neu
tral zones, and there are plenty of
Pres. Weeghman shortly will re
move his baseball offices from the