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SCHOOLS WHERE MEN ARE TAUGHT HOW TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AGAINST THE ATTACKS OF STREET ROWDIES
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Tarrying a thug's left-hand blow and breaking Thwarting a left-hand blow with the elbow Making a "hooked thug*" see stars, so that A cane thrust Into a thug's neck to make- V.m
his arm by a crack on the "crazy bone." and simultaneously strangling the thug. he lets go of his cane. drop his knife.
so pleased with their first winter's experience
her© that they decided to make the capital their
permanent home. Mr. "Walsh purchased a site
on the most fashionable avenue, and built a line
house, which is now completed and which the
family will occupy in the autumn.
Mr. Walsh has also in course of erection near
the Treasury Department a nine story oflice
buildintr, which he has named after his State,
and is identifying himself with the interests of
city in other important ways.
ART OF STICK DEFENCE.
d Ready Means of Warding Off
In the crowded <ity as well as at the lonely
crossroads a man never knows when he may be
called upon to defend himself. However vigilant
may be the police, however strong the windows
>f his house, one is never absolutely secure from
>ug or burglar. However regular nay be his
habits, however restrained hjs desires, still
(here are emergencies which may keep a citizen
>ul until the "owl" hours or call him into un
Street gangs never seemed bolder than at tho
present time, and their attacks upon law-abid
ing < itizens are of frequent occurrence. The
majority limit their operations to the tenement
house districts, but now and then they appear
where leost expected. Such was the case in the
alleged attack upon David Laraar's coachman in
Long Branch by "Monk" Eastman and some
other members of his notorious Bast Side gang.
When a man is called on to face a ruffian, he
,/eeds no better weapon than a hickory walking
stick. A revolver is likely to harm him more
than to help. As .soon as a man reaches for his
weapon, his adversary has the right to shoot,
and the accomplished criminal is almost sure to
lave his weapon ready first. The stick is the
better weapon, because it is quicker. It is in
one's hand aJready. It te always "loaded."
In sue h a crisis the first blow counts. At
lueh a time neither endurance nor strength is
"Fighting fire with fire." How to hook .1 thug
around the nock when be tri< s to use a stick.
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as important as quickness. Tb< re is only one
round, and in most instances there is only one
blow. Th.- man who gives it first, and gives it
right, is the victor. One does not need to be
an experienced boxer or wrestler, for his ad
versary on such occasions is not likely to ob
serve the Marquis of Queensberry rules or tho
laws of the Greco-Roman school of wrestling.
Foul nil ans are fair at sin h times.
In the city of London the crime of tho hish
wayman and burglar ha.s increased to sucb an
extent that many schools have sprung up in the
great English metropolis where one may learn
the art of stick defence. The schools have
proved popular, and many of the professional
fencing and boxing masters have included
courses in which the pupil is taught to handle
the stick. The instruction is simple, and •■,
trusts in a striking degree with the complicated
si lence of fencing. Neither is it anything like
th.- old art of handling the singlestick, where
two men armed with sticks parry with •
othi r for an opening to administer a biow.
Stick defence differs from ail these manly ex
ercises in this essential— it is not a pa time be
tween spoilsmen; it is a quick and safe method
of knocking cut a thus.
Many a busy New-Yorker, however, would
never learn the- art oi slick defence, even though
h^ believed it would some day save his life, if
he had to go to a gymnasium or a fencing
Echool to learn it.
"I simply haven't the time," such a man
!■'"!• the same reason he has long wished to be
a boxer, and secretly envied the splendid mus
« I s of the athletes he sees at the beach when be
goes down there for a Sunday swim. Neither
does lie know anything about wrestling or many
another manly sport which would not only be
friend him in an hour of need, but, best of all.
build up his physique and enable him to work
harder and longer, and yet fee) far less weary
when he loaves his office at night.
Stick defence, however, can be learned at
home more easily, perhaps, than any other art of
self-defence, and after a few general rules are
mastered the beginner may learn how to apply
them in many effective ways. He must first of
Tr 1 1 r l ip a Ucker with a hook-handled umbrella.
all have a roommate or some other good friend
who is willing to play the "thug" and to be
'"knocked out" some half hundred times. In
imagination the "thug's" arms will be broken,
his wrists and ankles dislocated and his neck
The thug who is of Anglo-Saxon origin spn
erally makes his assault with his lists. If he
doesn't he pulls a pistol. His most common fist
attack is to strike his purposed victim in the
face with his left hand, and to hoW back his
right ready for a blow in the stomach. Nine
times out of ten such a ruffian overwhelms his
man. and even an experienced boxer may fail to
thwart such an assault, But the man with a
stick, should he handle himself right, ought not
only to withstand his enemy, tut break his arm.
As soon as the stick man sees what i
gallant is up to he clutches his enemy's left hand
with his own. and with his light, holding his
stick and guarding his stomach at the same
time, he cracks the thud's arm tin the crazy
bone, at the • Ibow. At the same time he strikes
he twists the arm inward, so as to make the
pain of the blow .'till more acute. If the stick
man wants to strike hard enough he can break
a thug's arm in this way.
Should one find it impossible to use this iie\ ..- :(
in withstanding a left-handed attack, t
another way which proves almost as efl
As the thus rushes for his nan the st i> k man
grasps his cane at the- small end with !
hand, and with bis sight he clutches it near the
handle. His hands are near enough to
however, so that his ri;_;!;t elbow is at ai
of 90 degrees, and with this protruding
wards off the swing of th^- thug's left arm. At
the same tune he thrusts the handle of Ins • ane
under the <!un of his foe and topples him over
on his back. In ease f a right-handed attack,
tbe man with a slick nueetfl :t in th^ same fash
ion, but with opposite hands.
I'niess the sight of a pistol's muzzle unnerves
him, th<* man with a cane is able to dispose f
the thug who pulls a gun easier than if he used
only his ftsts. If the pistol puller is left nan led,
an upward blow of the cane is best, for it
knocks the weapon high into the air, and does
not swerve the barrel sidewise, so that the
bullet Is likely to reach the he:.: I :
But in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred the
gun is in the right hand, and the stick man
need only drop to his knees and at the same
time strike his would-be murderer ■ sharp side
wise crack on the Knuckles to disarm him.
As the Anglo-Saxon uses his lists, so the Ital
ian and Spaniard have recourse to the knife. Un
less such a thug is left-handed, he strikes with
his right hand, and he is met by the stick man
in much the same way as a left-handed fist blow
is averted by the thrust of the cane's handle
under the chin. The stick man. however, holds
his arms differently. He now bends his left
elbow to avert the stab and shield his vitals.
As a general thing the thrust of a cane under
the chin partially strangles a thug and so ills
concerts him that he drops the blade from his
hand. Should the ruffian use his left hand, the
man with a stick grasps his weapon with his
right hand around its small end and his left
about its centre, and with his rig elbcw shield
ing his breast he gives the strangling thrust
into his enemy's neck.
The German also has his waj
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ai>d thus surrenders himself t.. The mercy of hi 3
Some thugs have a way of coming up i
victims from behind and disc one ertmg
with a kick. Tho stick man who knows thf tac
ti'S 01 thugs is prepared fot this kind <>f a
Aa soon as he suspects what is to occur he
Ho 1 Hag c(T an awsaitaal bj a thrust ir. the itaaa h.