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Occasion on Which Corbett Threw It Into a
Bunch of Fake Managers Who Tried to
Use His Name as an Advertisement
Jim Corbett is to referee the fight at
Hartford between "Young" Corbett and
Terry McGovern, and the knockers are out
enforce and the hammers beat a merry
tattoo. They decry Corbett's lack of ex
perience as a referee and claim that he
won't be a fair judge. In this connection,
it is well to recall a little incident that
happened at Hot Springs some years ago,
which though essentially an amusing story,
nevertheless goes to prove that "Gentle
man Jim" is not altogether without a
reputation as a referee of fistic events,
however much the aforesaid knockers may
maintain that he is.
It was just after a prolonged theatrical
season, and Corbett was at the springs
"resting up." lie was then the champion
of the world and naturally was the ob
served of all observers.
Ilot Springs was then imbued with a
decided sporting atmosphere and it was
the order of the day to arrange so-called
boxing contests between fifth-rate men,
generally known as "dubs." There were
a number of amateur fighters ln.the town
who thought they were at, with the big I.
A Happy Idea.
Now managers of all sorts of amuse
ment are generally accounted a shrewd set,
and the promoters of fistic affairs usually
have sufficient nerve to carry them through
all difficulties. Business was poor when
Corbett struck the town, but his presence
inspired the light promoters with a happy
idea. To the printers they hied them
selves, and the next morning the bill
boards announced a big fight with "Champ
ion" Jim Corbett as the referee.
Corbett, when he read the bills making
the astounding announcement, was the
most surprised of all. He wanted to go
out and whip the promoters, fighters and
all, but better counsel prevailed.
The natives of the town had been so ac
customed to seeing "fake" fights that they
were very anxious to have a real bout for
"See here, Mr. Corbett," said one, "we
have been having these fake fights so long
that I wish you would referee just for
once, and give us a run for our money.
IMake them fight whether they want to or
not, and we will be yours to command for
all time."
Jim Was on Hand.
'After a little additional persuasion, Cor
bett finally consented, and on the afternoon
that the fight was to occur, his anatomy
loomed up in the doorway of the place
where the fight was to take place, filling
the hearts of the promoters with dread.
They summoned their courage, however,
and extended the champion the glad
hand. Corbett was given a rousing wel
come when he entered the private box that
had been hastily prepared for him.
Then the fighters were announced. It
doesn't make any difference about their
He Says He Won't Play Off That Post
poned Game Monday Because iHe Can
Feed the Senators More Cheaply in
Capital City Than in Butte-But in
That Case, Game Will Go Forfeit,
lion. Jack Flannery, manager of the
police-protected players from Helena, has
got in another kick which is bringing about
one of those petty squabbles so dear to the
man who has adopted the police system of
ball playing, win or lose.
The honorable patron of the cops has
declared himself opposed to playing off
the game postponed last Tuesday on ac
count of ruin and which the Butte man
agement had announced would be played
next Monday.
The gent from the Helena police circles
asseverates that lie will rest his team
Monday, because if he should keep them in
Butte he would have to pay their feed bill
and bed money, whereas, if he takes them
hack to Helena they will most assuredly
be paying their own bills.
Talk about financiering. There's noth
Ing to it when Mr. Flannery gets his think
ing cap on for the purpose of either trying
to win a game, dodge a defeat or save
money for his directors.
McCloskey Is Willing.
It is this kind of financiering that makes
money for the men who put in cash for
baseball stock with the sordid expectation
of making two or three fortunes, instead
of investing as patriotic supporters of clean
But then Mr. Flannery Is once more up
against a propositiont of the stone-wall
order. Honest John McCloskey is to be
consulted also, and if the Helena team,
through motives of economy and in order
to make the players pay their own bills, is
taken back to Helena Sunday night, Butte
will eurely claim the game as forfeited.
"Monday is an open date," said Manager
McCloskey this morning, "and there is no
reason why Holena should not play off. It
the team goes away we will take an umpire
out to the grounds and then have the
game declared to us--9 to o. Flannery
will have to forfeit, and if he wants to do
thalt, why I'lt willing."
So' there's likely to be some rc
squalbbling on the' part of the seonai.trl
moatnag, r of the policemlc.
names; they had not been heard of before
and were never heard of after. The
master of ceremonies then stepped forward
and made his little speech.
"Gentlemen," said he, "the contestants
in today's great battle have been unable to
agree upon a referee-"
"Corbett," yelled the crowd.
"As I said," began the master of cere
"Corbett," yelled the crowd again, and
the speaker retired and Corbett walked to
the front.
Pompadour Explains.
Corbett explained the circumstances,
that the advertising was done without his
knowledge, and that he would referee the
fight so that nobody would be disappointed.
If there were ever two scared pugilists
it was the two men who sat in the cor
ners of the ring waiting for the time to
be called. They were the most amiable
looking pair of scrappers that ever stepped
into the squared circle. Both were fat,
clumsy mortals, and by the time they had
"swatted" each other a couple of love taps
they were puffing like a pair of porpoises.
They were glad to get to their corners
hen the round was over.
At this point, Corbett decided it was
about time to begin the fun, and incident
ally to see that the people got a run for
.4heir money, as they should. 'He walked
over to one corner and patted the old boy
on the shoulder.
"You are all right, old boy," he said.
"You have him beat already. Go in and
hammer away."
Then walking to the other corner.
"Strange I have never heard of you be
fore. You are in my class. That fellow
don't stand a chance with you. Give it to
him proper."
Thus their vanity was flattered, and in
the next round they went at each other like
a pair of tigers. They clinched, bdt kickdd,
anything that they happened to think
Crowd Got Onto It.
The crowd got on to the joke and divided
into factions, one urging one man on, the
other taking sides with his opponent.
Everybody enjoyed It immensely; except
the fighters themselves, and they were tired
and bleeding. It was no joke for them.
By the time the sixth round was
reached, both the men were winded and
could hardly stagger into the center of the
ring. They would fall against each other
in a vain attempt to get busy, but neither
could strike a single blow. Suddenly they
came together with an awful crash and fell
in a heap in the middle of the ring.
Corbett declared the fight a draw and
complimented both men highly. Later re
ports said that it took the men two weeks
to recover. At any rate, it was the last
"fake" fight that was ever arranged in the
town, and the natives are all "Corbett"
men to this day.
Though a Poor Substitute Ping-Pong
Creates a Healthful Interest in the
Great Outdoor Sport.
Tennis seems to have increased much
in popularity throughout the country this
season, and in casting about for a reason
for the interest in the game which has
sprung up again, one is led to believe that
the ping-pong fad of last winter is largely
responsible. Ping-pong is a tame game
indeed as compared with out-door tennis,
but the craze for ping-pong which took
hold of the country at the close of the
summer season of 9por aroused the old
time interest in the game and as soon
as the winter snows were off the grounds
the tennis courts were hastily put in
order and the game went "out for an air
ing" as it were.
About six thousand people saw the in
ternational matches held recently at New
York, and it is stated on good authority
that half of those present were ping-pong
enthusiasts. No matter what the crack
tennis players may have to say against
the little indoor game, and no matter how
they may ridicule it, and no matter how
frequently the Dohertys may repeat their
assertion that it is a "game for women,"
the fact remains that it is a very accept
able substitute for tennis during the win
ter months. The miniature racquet and
table courts will be much in use when
the time comes to abandon the outdoor
sports again.
Next to the intercollegiate championship
events, the biggest meet of the year is that
which decides the Amateur Athletic union
national championships. These games will
be held September .o at Travers Island,
on the grounds of the New York Athletic
club. All the cracks of the country will
come together at that time.
Louis James, the new amateur golf
champion of the United States, will enter
Princeton this fall. With his assistance
the Tigers should be able to wrest the in
tercollegiate championship from Yale this
,,,ar. Yale already hs. twoe cli'rc in
Rheinhart, who once beat Travis, and
Percy Payne. James is only 2a years old,
and until this year was never heard of in
golf tourneys.
Harry Varden, by many critics consia
ered the greatest player who ever lived,
has abnormally large hands. Hie considers
them as part of his stock itn trade, and is
not a bit sensitive to comments upon their
lack of beauty. it is the power concealed
in those tremendous hands and wrists
which accounts for the lenaMt of his CIanst
from the tee.
Chisholm Beach, a Cleveland lad, is at
t'acting the attention of the golfing world,
oqf which he bids fair, in the near future,
to be one of the most prominent repre
Arrangements are being made for a big
pool tourney in Butte in which all of the
participants will be local players. The in
tention is to hold the tourney at one of the
well-known billiard rooms in the city and
to afford every player worth rating at all
an opportunity of contesting for a long list
of prizes.
Owing to the fact that three or four of
the pool players are far ahead of the aver
age run it will he arranged to have the
play under handicaps imposed by a handi
capper chosen from among the best of the
It is likely that McKinley of the Thorn
ton rooms and alleys will be chosen as the
handicapper, though there are a number of
players who would like to see McKinley
and Bill:, Whitford in a match game as an
addition: 1 attraction to the tournament.
Butte Tonnr a Player Who Competes in
the Finale Today in Helena.
Summary of the Events of the Montana
Jockey Club.
First Race-Selling; mile and 40 yards;
purse, $250:
C. W. Chappell's b g Ping by imp.
Maxim-Music, i t (Waterbury), 4 to 5,
first; J. L. Kirke Co.'s br h Castine, 114
(Lewis), 4 to I, second; 1. Morehouse's b
g Chappie, ili (Kelly), j to r, third.
Major King, Rey Hooker, George Palmer
finished as named. Good start. Castine led
around to the stretch, Ping going second.
Won handily by two lengths, three between
second and third. Time, t :46.
Second Race-Selling; five and one-half
furlongs; purse, $50o:
H. W. Hoag's b in Miss Dividend, by
Almont-Maggie W, i12 (Frawley), 6 to r,
first; John Hawkiner's b g King of Dia
monds, 114 (See), to to s, second; W. L.
Stanfield's b g Dan Collins, Io7 (How
son), 5 to r, third.
Morven, 6 to 1, Maplewood, ao to I;
Blanche Sheppard, 6 to s; Winnehejour,
la to z; Virgil D, so to z; Aunt Mary,
15 to i; Carlonian, 25 to I, finished as
named. Jerid, 8 to 5; Valencienne, 6 to
i, left at post, otherwise good start, after
so minutes. Miss Dividend led all the
way, Dan Collins going second to the
stretch. Won by two lengths, necks be
tween second, third and fourth. Time,
Third Race-Selling; six furlongs;
purse, $a5o :
J. S. Gibson's b g John Boggs, by imp.
Friar Tuck-imp. Czarina, tog (Howson), 3
to 2, first; S. Merriwether's b g Devereux,
zoO (Frawley), 7 to t, second; C. W.
Chappell's blk h Decapo, a12 (Kelly), $ to
2, third.
Roltaire, a to I; Captivate, 3 to a;
MacFlecknoe, so to a; El Mido, 8a to a;
Wachusett, ia to t; Caplota, 30 to z, fin
ished as named. Poor start. Devereux
led to the last turn, followed closely by
Roltaire and MacFlecknoe, John Boggs
going fifth and fourth. Boggs led into the
stretch and won handily by two lengths,
necks between second, third and fourth.
Time, i :15.
Fourth Race-Six and one-half fur
longs; purse, $250:
J. S. Gibson's ch m February, by St.
Carli-Sister Toruthryan, so7 (lHowson), 5
to a, first; Piedmont stable's b g Ned Den
nis, io9 (Kelly), 4 to z, second; T. A.
Davies' b m Eleven Bells, o07 (Walker), 2
to I, third.
Montana Peeress, a to r; Billy Moore,
12 to 1, finished as named. Straggling
start. Billy Moore far behind. Ned Den
nis led to the last turn. Eleven Bells.
second, February third. February led into
the stretch and won handily by a length,
two lengths between second and third.
T'lime, :21...
Ififth Race-Mile; purse, $250:
G. II. Neal's b g Dawson, by imp. St.
Andrew-Easter, o05 (See), 8 to 5, first;
P. C, Cooper's ch f IHalmetta, aoo (I.ewis),
a to z, second; Quinlan & Peck's b g
Tufts, 1o4 (H. Stuart), even, third.
I, O, U, even; Budd Wade, 8 to a,
finished as named. Fair start, Tufts led
past the quarter, Uudd Wade past the half,
I, 0, U, past the three-quarters, Dawson
first into the stretch and won by a length,
half between secono and third. Time,
Entries for the tournament can be made
with the sporting editor of the Inter
Mountain, beginning next Monday, at
which time the date for closing will prob
albly be announced.
Among the players in the city who will
most likely compete in the tournament are
(thief of Police Reynolds, W. F. Winn,
Hilly Whitford, Bert Scott, Miley Mc
l)unough, Frank Birth and Dan Tewcy.
Just what the prizes will lie have not yet
been determined, but a list will he made
up withlit the next few days and will ini
clude a gold trophy fur the tirst place in
the list of winners.
There are a number of good billiard
players inl the city outside of the regular
clubh players and the itlcntion is to fol
low the pool tourney with anl open billiard
maiitch in which a nunlber of the fast pIlay
ers in balk line atnd caroul will participate.
Sixth Race-Matched $5o00 a side; quar
ter mile :
J. I.. Kirke Co.'s ch g Judge Thomas, by
Traveler-dam unknown, a i (I.ewis). 7 to
io and .1 to 5, first; George Miller's hb I
Silver Dick, by Tomn Cavendish-danm un
known, 18 (Clayton), even, second.
Good start. Judge Thoias lfirst away
and never headed. Won eased up by five
lengths. Time, :a l4.
Seventh Race-Selling; four furlongs;
purse, $joo:
J. II. Brannan's , m Aurora Is, by Val
paraiso-Fancy, Ito (Kelly), 5 to :, first;
A. Neal's b m llurtle, ito (See), a to a,
second; B. A. Chelsen's b in Abba I., to
(Frawley), 3 to t, third.
Tommy Tucker, 7 to t; Miss D)yke, 30
to t; Madam Bishop, 6 to i; Dyke, 3j to
t, finished as named. Good start. Abba
L first away. Tucker led into the stretch
with Aurora second. Won easily by two
lengths, heads between second, third and
fourth. Time, :47j4.
Racing at Buffalo.
President S. S. IHowland of the Wash
ington Jockey club has been appointed
presiding steward at the comling meeting
of the Buffalo Racing association, which
begins at the new track on August 33.
The course israpidly nearing completion,
and will be when finished one of the finest
race tracks in the country.
Santa Anita Is One of the Finest Places a Derby
Winner Ever Frisked About in--Long List
of Runners in the Stables.
R. J. Collins of St. Louis gives an Inter
esting description of "l.ucky" llaldwin's
Santa Anita ranch.
"No wonlder good race horses are bredl
in this place. The ranch consists of about
38,0oo acres right in the heart of the far
famed San Gabriel valley.
"Mr. Itallwin's ground is fenced in on
one side by several big foothills, on one of
which there is n lake that irrigates the
ranilch. Thait portion of Santa Anitai utner
cultivation is a perfect paradise. The
orange grovce, covering htlulilredis of iCtr's,
were in full blooml when I was there, and
tihe ll;agniticent llalln lshaled houlevlrds,
through which we drove, must be seen to
he appreciatedl. Mr. ltaldw; 1's reslidence
is surrounded by the most Iieautiful gar
dlens in C'alifornia. T'hey have nothing
hut sntishine ald roses frimn one end of
the year to to te other. Thie lake or moat
that surroands the I talwin residence it
Santa Anita represon,, an outlaly of'
$bui,0i. MIr. laldwin ii.tasis tihat iit took
ton ('hinaii:tion 5 days to dig the trellct.
"Somell of thle pai I rees in the gardilens
lower as Ihigh as telegrapth poles, btrtini g
forth at the topll iltli the Ilmost betatiliul
green plumllage imaginiiable. Every ptllat
that will flourish. in thie lilalte, which ill
cliles everything known Ito botan;iy, is to
tie found in the ilahlwin hardens. Ilun
Idrld of the iost bieautiful peafowl Iiake
their houie on an islandl in theli lake.
"Ainother night worth seeing is the dl..er
park conltainllg luite na large hlerd. The
hiiue of 'lucky Italiwin' is siirruitinilel lby
a wall of helldge ilos. the threads of which
ate as line as silk. The hedglie prenilts a
solid front, and is aihoit fouir feel high.
The Home of Grinstead.
''''Thli hoie of t(l instead' is plainted
promilintently liver ithe tlitrance to the
sttdl hart. 'Griinsteadl was the grelatst
thoroiughbredl that ever stloll ill (alifor
nia,' declared Mr. ltaldwini. 'Ii snllll
have deiioestrated the ir ability to get will
tiers, anl his daughters are produciin g
lilres if the irst class. I ibelive that Sait
tiago will duplicate Iriuist'ad's sucells iin
the stid. Santiago was a good race' horse.
ihe raced until he was q years oll, and
retired from the turf as sound as a hell.'
'The stallions at Santila Ainita include
Iey del Aniito, 'iinperor of Norfolk, San
tiago, Atiigo, Iloiidliras anid (Ches'terlihel.
Rey del Sainta Anitii was caiupaiginedul in
Englandl biy Richard ('roker, Mr. tlialwiu
having leased the running quilatiies of the
ihoirse to the Tiiiiuaniy chieftain. It is Mr.
jllaldwin's iintention to give this horse
every oppliorlunity to pierpellunte his great
ness, soiie of the libest piroducing iiIares at
the ranch being reserved for hint this year.
"leyondt taking oni scine flesh Emperor
of Norfolk hasnl't clthalnge'd since he retired
front the turf. Msany Californians con
sider the EInlleror toe greatest race horse
that ever carrid thei red and black imaltese
cross to victory. Mr. Ilnadwin hnimself is
nuthority for the qstatemen't that the Em
peror witlkeld a mile over the Washington
park track itn :.tH.
Amigo a Star.
Amig i's ithes sirt'e it L a. (;.s'ta. lIon
dur- s is a full brother to thie fatmous lare,
WI Io f " Forttune, Iby tanuo. t\hIel itof
'lortune is ote of the few great race
tIrse', that Ilaltlwint ver lit get away
frln him. Site raclted itn the' eI( sr's of tJoe
IHairvsey otf Sil I'raineis'l, fitr whomI she
Wnil the $t1, it Ilurns httdII lic;ap stiIIomeI
years ago.
"( 'het.terlild is an Austtralian bred
horse, .W yval4 t11l Mir. IIllwin. thinks
pretly we'll iI thie ,Il horse' sitI aIccount ofl
hi.s halving siredI the good cIlt I.is Medtla
ntts. Tis', y'ear ( 'hsierlibtl Is to lie sgivels
some it I thei' li.'st mIa'es aSt Sant.l Anita.
"ley del (: ai.re. and eIy del Santal
Anitai were tl Iaken to Englanid by icl:ard.
'rltkel . lt'y I.l I atrers. riaced on the
lother side' it the bug po~id tilehr ti'he name
i /s tl l t.' li.t.
of Ameri tts.
"Lli A Ingele's, the' greate''4t mare that
ever wlstse tlist Iihlwu i colors, itn i htar
Iews otitIheLt rtianch. "l'Tht oslit tLit're ci'st
hit' $.1,<,-,,' saidi M r. lia lwin, p illti g toi
l.Oi Angeles, 'hlt 's.'" was well worth the
smotily, having wv.n ini the neighborhood of
$sti,iu ill t.se daysti whenst lptur's a ill
s.lak s were ,'mall ill valr' 'utip.ned it
what they were a few years afterl the sase
was ieltitl. Thlingi wire' comiinsg llt way
in the Ilts when thait slls mars' was it hier
best., lit'mperor I Norfolk sild I.nis Anitgels'
wisn . yells sli tar'r the atIti yeair. Vii
l|sut won the AIit'suitsan dehrby rit niii in
itXi; 'ilv'r ( lInd, aisitlher oi sty iyhorses,
situ.lexd it itn Ils; itit Miss IFordt, ilty
I'tprs.t'.lattive, wa ibri'ate by C. 11. Todd
in 11417. In n1H41 I w lnt East dletermined
to win the bigt derby for the third tin.ts.
Anttele's wais a lsrStly swet' Iprolpositiion hier
:,, .It
" '.'lin I'inty lest her in hS ()tsks at
I.noisville', hibut she rediueted herself
grandly its lit' I.t lijia dthrhy, winning the
tiun itn alter itisakingi a deaid heat with
White.' "
Etl. ( 'orrig.;ts's M ,dl 'sty and Lus An
t'elis hIve tihe hionor iof b'in:g Ithe only
twoi stir's tilat ever won as derby in this
tountyiy. lModesty won the first American
iderby rus in 5884.
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