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For Sullivan, Says Nat Goodwin Veteran Actor Tells About Ring Battles of His Old Friend? "Greatest Right Hand Any Fighter Ever Had"?Not at Best When He Fought Corbett in New Orleans By FRED HAWTHORNE ,_"?X THY, I could always handle John Sullivan like a child. If John was in training ?? \\ f?r a fight and tried to loaf on the job, and he often did, I would go right after " ? him and say: 'Como on now, John, you don't want to get a licking, do you?' Sometimes John grumbled a bit, but he always did what I told him to; yes, sir." It was a little, rather plump man, about sixty years of age, with a s_arseness of hair aS to his head that reminded us of the "restorer ad, "Going! Going! Gone!" who spoke jn this manner about John Lawrence Sullivan, the late heavyweight champion, for whom the world of sport is mourning. The hirsuto embellishment had about reached the stage of the second "Going!" but Nat Goodwin, for it w as he who spoke, stuck out his jaw and scowled quito fiercely enough to convince us that he was speaking the truth. fc Few men were closer to old John L. than Goodwin, and few men knew his virtues and weaknesses so well, and it was because of this that we went up to see Mr. Goodwin behind the scenes last night at the Astor Theatre, where Sullivan's schoolboy pal is playing in "Why Marry?" The stage manager buttonholed us in the lobby before the cui'tain went up and advised us that the best time to see Mr. Goodwin was during the wait between the first and second acts. "Sit out front here until then and size him up," he suggested; so we did. We congratulated ourself on the fact that it was to ask Mr. Goodwin "what kind o? man and fighter was John L. Sullivan?" and not "Why Marry?" that had brought us to the Astor. ?lust then the stage manager grabbed us out of our "hard boiled cfrg" seat and hustled us through an alley and back of the scenes. M r. Goodwin was not in his dressing room at the moment, so we began a search for him, tripping over a lot of wicker-work furniture used in the first act. "There he is," somebody yelled, as our victim appeared from behind a papier-mach? tree. Our errand explained, Mr. Goodwin led the way to his dressing room and sat down while a valet started to divest the friend of Sullivan of his breeches and dress him up foi the nest scene. "Vos. I went, to school with John L. Sullivan in Boston," said the comedian, a dreamy, retrospective look in his eyes. "It was a good school, too, and John was a bright lad. A lot of people think Sullivan was nothing more than a big, rough, brutal sort of fellow whe knew how to do only one thing well?tight?but they're wrong. John had a perfectly gooc brain and knew how to use it. Fie could argue logically and was a good speaker, as h( _ proved later on in life on the lecture platform." Would Have Beaten Jess Willard "Do you think Sullivan would have beaten .less Willard when both were in their prime?' WO asked, as the valet deftly removed a Goodwin eyebrow. The owner of the eyebrow glared at us i n a menacing manner and actually sputtered "Xot a doubt of that," he declared. "Why, young man. Sullivan would never allow Willarc to get set for a punch. lie would have been on top of him all the time. I've watched Johr in a majority of his fights, and I'm telling you I never knew him to take a backward step ir the riiiLr. He would have kept chasing Willard from ?.omor to corner until he got to him." Mr. Goodwin paused a moment and leaned back in his chair, gazing at the ceiling "Oh. what a right-hand punch that was of Sullivan's. Every time John shot that right-crosi to the jaw, if it hit the right spot the other fellow would go down for" 'Eight minutesl" yelled a call boy, sticking his head in the doorway, giving Nat th< it's, anu sui?itiiuiiea lu? i i..^ imu- ?; utcs," said Mr. Goodwin, in a manner that registered pride in the exploits of an old friend. "Don't make any mistake about SuUi- ; van not being fast on his feet, either," continued the comedian, in a threaten? ing tone, although we had given no in? timation that we thought Sullivan lack- , ir.g in that respect. "John L. was very quick in movir.it about an opponent, and it took a fast man in a big ring to keep ' out of his '?'. ay. Wonderful Right Hand "Sullivan had the gr? at ? t right hnr.d : I've ev< r m?':? on a man. ?i,, had a way ? :' feinting with his left and then slam? ming over a right cross to jaw or body. It was a murderous blow, and they never batted an eye afterward or wrig r. a to? if Joh i i m right." Mr. Goodwin allowed himself to be lifted into another pair o." breeches, got under a silk hat and remarked: "There are only two men of the ring I can think of who could use their right i,aad.> as effectively as John L. One was Joe Gans and the other Benny Leonard, They both had the trick of ; pping over the right with crushing for?;.-. Benny still has it, I might say." I; Mr. Goodwin is a good judge of fighters?and lie has seen the best of them in the ting a "boxer" would never have been able to ?tand off Sulli? van when John L. was at his best. The late heavyweight champion just waded right into his man, brushing off Ti.e blows with Jus left or ignoring those that landed, confident that all he had to do was to put his own deadly right over. Sullivan's former school? boy chum does not think very highly of the modern prizefighter. "John used to feint with his left ami then over with the right and'it was all ???ver. Nowadays the boxers feint, miss twice and clinch." "Was Sullivan anywhere near his best when he fought Corbett at New Orleans?" we asked, expectantly. Mr. Goodwin pulled savagely at a cigarette while he gazed boldly at a "No Smoking Here" sign on the wall. Began to lio Back at 2T, "Not by ten years. Sullivan began T?) go hack when he was about twfinty five. He was in no condition to fight t'oruett or anybody else that day at New Orleans, lie had been drinking every day for ten years, J begged him not to make t h <> match, first, and later, ? week or two before the light, when 1 saw how bad his condition was, 1 warned him not, to fight, but it was no use. John never feared any man, and lie was positive he; would lick Corbett." Mr. Goodwin sighed a bit wistfully and continued: "A few- weeks before the fight I went to Madison Square Garden one afternoon to watch Cor? bett go through bis work-out. Jim was training in New York and was g'i.ng to (jive a public exhibition in tiio Garden that day. 1 watched him box ?sixteen three-minute rounds with his trainers, punch the bag, skip the rope, tako a run and use the weight ma * chir.es, and after two hours of steady ,vork Jim was not even taking a full breath. "The next day I went down to Coney bland, where .Sullivan was supposed to be training. John was out on the beach in a bathing suit when I got there, and after lying around in th< Pun for about an hour the big fellow jumped in and swam about for a fen minutes. When ho came out he was puffing badly. "That was enough evidence for me,' remarked Mr. Goodwin sadly, "an. when I saw John again a few days later I ??id to him: 'John, I've bet ?> 1(11 of money on Corbett, and advisor my friends to do the same. Corbetf is KOing to lick you.' hut he wasn't worried at all, not eyen a little bit. 'I'll knock him out sure. He could never lick me,' saic ?onn, and then he patted me on the ?nonlder and added: 'Save your money "Ulo fellow; save your money.'" Corbett Didn't Challenge 'Hu sec," said the comedian, "I bac *ef-n Corbett box .Sullivan in a fiui rcund exhibition some years before oti(Wim outpointed him 'badly. Aitei na- Corbett was convinced he COU?C ?at Sullivan, aim often told me ao "ercs something about that fight thh' Kn People know. Corbett didn't nallenge Sullivan; it was the oth? i ?Va>'- Jim had'planned i' ell out nheac to beat all the other contenders and gv-.i \ '(ulllvan so worked up that John woub ." the challenging, and John ?lid ius! laV After the fight I saw SuHivai "K??m and he admitted he hud made 8 "??take in fightin? Corbett. 'I ?o ?erved it, Nat; 1 shouldn't have i ?ughl nim,' he said." ?lr. Goodwin was not g'catlv in P?.wed with the Sul ?van-Mi ch, ; ?vu.rty-muu round light at Chantilly John L. Drew The Color Line In Prize Ring U OU never met a good Irishman who had any lik? ing for a negro, did you?" demanded Nat Goodwin, the actor, yesterday when he was asked why John L. Sullivan would never agree to fight Peter Jackson when both were in their prime. "Well, that's the reason John wouldn't fight Peter. He knew Jackson was a great man and he admitted it, but that was as far as he would go. The man never lived that Sul? livan was afraid of, but black and white wouldn't mix, even in the prize ring, in this case, so there was never a chance of their fighting." Prance, in 1888. "That was a poor fight. They just slipped and floundered around on the turf, stalling their way through. There was a lot of money up on that fight and Mitchell was running away all the tin??'. "Sullivan was a great hearted fel lc\v, and gentle, very gentle. I re? member one night, when he was p!r.y ing at McVickar's Theatre, in Chicago. After the performance ?lohn came cut on the street and a big Irishman, a truck driver, walked up to hitn and smashed him on the jaw. "Sullivan didn't try to hit him with that awful right. He just pinioned the man's arm? and said: 'You don't want to get i;. tiouble, young fellow; just walk ah?ng now and be nice.' A police man came up and wanted to arrest the big Mick, but Sullivan wouldn't hear of it." .Mr. Goodwin had got as far as this when the relentless call-boy stuck his head through the doorway and re? marked: "You're next, Mr. Goodwin," and the comedian went stageward and we went out "front." "I never felt so damned blue in my life." were the first words the man we iiad jus! been taking to said as he came out on the stage, but the stage manager hastened to sooth our injured feelings by saying that Mr. Goodwin was speaking his lines in the play, and not referring to any impression he had gained by talking to us. -* Kieckhefer to Defend Newly Won Cue Title CHICAGO, Feb. P.?Augie Kieck? hefer, who won the world's champion? ship at three-cushion billiards from Alfredo De Oro last night, probably will meet Robert Cannefax, of St. Louis, who has challenged for the title, in Chicago March 20, 21 and 22. Kieckhefer, while he has not set any definite dates for the match with Can? nefax, said to-day that he probably would follow tho usual custom of wait? ing the forty days nllowed under the rules. Kieckhefer, as title holder, can name the dates and places for the match, and announced that he would play in Chicago. .--4? Chajes Still Leads Manhattan Chessmen The annual championship tournament of the Manhattan Chess Club is ncaring completion, with Oscar Chajes, state champion, in the lead, closely followed by G. E. N'orthrup. The standing of the eight contestants follows: I'laycra. W. T, I Player?. \V U Ciiftjo? ... H l KUIlngor .:. 4 N< rthrup' .... ? ' ??llaartcn . 2 \ I -,,..,! 1 3 Ui?-h? . 1 ?' Uiid .'. ?Hi -Va.li*ivw?ui .---- V? ?'? Yale Rowing Coach Discusses Plans for Year i NEW HAVEN. Conn., Feb. 9.? Details | of Yale's expansive rowing plans for ! this season were discussed to-day by I Professor Mather A. Abpott, of the i university, who will be the rowing j coach this season, and whose progres | siye policy is responsible for a deter j mination to have more races than ever ?before, despite war conditions. Professor Abbott wishes to have the races placed on the highest plane of ! American college sportsmanship. He i feels that the injection of high priced j coaches and trainers has not at all times kept the athletics of some of our American institutions at their highest level of sportsmanship, but he believes that no nation possesses ideals of sportsmanship of so lofty a quality as those held by America. As he is an Englishman, his opinion is a tribute of peculiar strength to American sportsma ihip. Yale Ready for Business Professor Abbott said to-day that, generally speaking, Yale stood ready to I meet all comers on the water this sea ! son. He hopes for a great variety of j races. Events with Pennsylvania, Har? vard and Princeton have already been , suggested and correspondence begun ?toward holding them. I As the members of the Yale rowing I squad will be allowed to practice only j three afternoons a week, the other thrbc being devoted to their intensive military training as members of the Yale naval units or the Reserve Offi? cers' Training Corps, the establishment of a programme which includes three intercollegiate races is a decided inno? vation for Yale. It is taken for granted thnt Pro | fessor Abbott's plan will sound the ] knell of the historic four-mile gruel i ling events on the Thames. This year, ' at least, the Thames will be discarded j as the scene of any Yale races, al i though Yale has an athletic plant valued at fully $75,000 at Gales Ferry. At present the sentiment ?s strong against any athletic features at Yale's Commencement in June. The university authorities feel that this should be k purely patriotic affair, that all banquet i ing should be reduced to a decidedly i Hooverized programme, and that all ; lavishness of expenditure should be | abolished. Whether the view regarding , athletic events will be changed will be | decided later, as the alumni are not ; harmonious on the subject. Places Not Settled | Tho places for the three Yale row j ing events are not settled. Yale has j challenged Pennsylvania to a race here j May 11. This will definitely be rowed ! on the new course on the Housatonic ! River, above Derby, if the race is in i dorsed by the athletic board of con I trol. It will be over a two-mil-.' course. Yale and Princeton have informally \ discussed a rowing event and the Yale rowing officials express themselves as willing to go to Lake Carnegie. There has been talk of Yale entering the Child? Cup event, but this race has hitherto been confined to entries from Cornell, Pennsylvania and Princeton and is purely an invitation event. If I Yale and Harvard Bgree on a racing ! programme it will he held at. either the Housatonic River course or on the River Charles. Yale is developing both a freshman ? and at least one 'varsity crew and cx . pects to enter both In as many races j as it is found possible to arrange. | Lawrenceville Five Wins Over Blair Hall LAWRENCEVILLE, N. J., Feb. 9.- In ' th? fastest and most interesting game seen here this season, Lawrenceville defeated the Blair Hall team, of Blairs town, N. J., by a score of 41 to "0. J. ? H. Er-.rret.t starred for the visitors, scor : ing h baskets. Weiser made 21 points ? frr Lawrenceville. The line-up: l.awmic-ertlle Ml). PosiUon Blair Hall (uP). Walter .r.I. W. Uarrrtt i-nniilm .Y.Winner (captain) Antrim .<-?.'. H. Harret? Howon (captain) .G.Robinaon Walt??? .t?. Windsor Meld (toala?Weiser (l>. Conklln (3). Antrim , (2), Hover, (2), Walton (2), Hlilst?. J W. Karrott i4>. Wirim-r (8). J. H. Hum-it. (5), Windsor (2). Kose ('.'). Foul goals -Walser (181. J. W Barrett (7), HiihsUtiitt>#--l?a?reiii,ertllc: l*.n<t-r tur Wh! ten. 1! I alte f??r Conklln, O'Brlwi for Antrim, low;? l for n?wri!. Blair Hall KtxMt for Hobluavu, ilaiacu fyj WlciWi. Uaicfoo?Sm-4. I A Panoramic View I I ?-;-By Louis Lee Arms- ?'j Giving the Spithall the Gate IT IS apparent that for the first time in its gay younpr life the spitball ?is going to be placed seriously on trial. President Tener and Barney : Dreyfuss are gunning for the saturated slant and promise to bring the ? j matter up during this week's National League meeting. Those most opposed to this effective style of delivery make general : ?? claims against it, as follows: 1. From its nature it is not legitimate. 2. It leads to other illegal styles of delivery. 3. It retards hitting. 4. It mars fielding. 5. It delays a game by delaying pitching. Each one of these claims is more or less justified. In opposition, those who favor the spitball submit the following: 1. From its nature it is NOT illegitimate. 2. It depends upon skilful manipulation. 3. It greatly increases pitching effectiveness. j 4. It is an effective substitute for the pitcher who is unable tu develop a first-class curve ball. 5. Its abolition would greatly weaken, if not entirely destroy, the major league usefulness of many established pitchers. While these claims are relevant, some of them are not so much so. If j the spitball is actually ruining the artistic success of baseball, as its I antagonists say, then the matter of several pitchers depending upon it for 1 major league longevity is not greatly important. "But," one of them declared impatiently, "if a pitcher is forbidden , to moisten the ball, then the batter should be prevented from expectorating j upon his hands, or his bat, before he faces the pitcher." There are elements of justice in that! It is our humble opinion the spitball suffers from nothing so much as its vulgarity. As a nation we are being taught more and more that it is usually insanitary and largely unlawful to spit in public places. A ball | park is certainly public enough for any one. Pithy placards in our subways, surface cars and "L's" and in theatres and public places- remind us that two years in prison or $500. or both, may be the penalty for even a first offence. We think now ere we spit. Back in grandfather's salad days the town bloods may have sat before ; the grocery store and spit with formality and greater accuracy. But if ! grandfather had happened along in 1018 he would have smoked Egyptian j cigarettes and saved the coupons. Assuredly as the spitball is vulgar, it is a highly effective pitching asset. Ed Walsh and Jack Chesbro will be remembered as among the | greatest pitchers in baseball, and the spitter made them that. Dozens of other pitchers have owed the greater part of their success to the Stricklett discovery. In effect, it is an artistic and astonishing delivery, as showing the "stuff" that may be put upon a ball over a fight of sixty feet. There is no curve that has to it the arrogant viciousness of the spitter. No delivery is harder to control. By control we mean the ability to "break" the spitter either way as well as to regulate the angle of the break. The spitter that carries the biggest break is not necessarily the most : effective. It was only the other day that Miller Huggins was saying he | had seen Bill Doak, eminent among modern spittists, knocked from the | box when his "spitter was breaking a foot," only to come back the next ' day with a delivery that jumped but a few inches and pitch unbeatable 'ball. It is unfair to the spitball to attribute to its influence the discovery ! of such illegal pitches as the resin and emery balls. Why not indict the knuckle ball on the same score? Yet no word is heard against the ' knuckle ball, which breaks much like the spitter, requiring, albeit, highly : talented knuckles to control. We shall continue to believe the main objection its antagonists find against the spitball is that it isn't polite. Yet they do not want to be thought so softened by civilization as to admit that. Colonel Roosevelt, Self-Made Athlete COLONEL ROOSEVELT'S autobiography speaks entertainingly of his efforts to attain athletic prowess. As we remember it, the Sage of ! Sagamore Hill almost deliberately entered one fistic encounter for the j sake of ministering to his "nerve." He succeeded so well he conquered I fear that was natural to him, as he ingenuously admits. Later he rode the range, was a big game hunter, organized a world famous Tennis Cabinet and boxed with John L. Sullivan. How many will i envy him for the last! From a boy who was not strong, Colonel Roosevelt through athletics and outdoor life developed by degrees into the picture of perfect health. To our mind he is physically almost the ideal for a man of his age, with chest and shoulders, and particularly his neck, indicating systematic athletic building. Of an athlete it is permissible to say "by his neck you shall know him," much as John McGraw declares he can tell the future of a ballplayer largely by the size of his forearm. We wonder what effect Colonel Roosevelt's athletic training has had , on the outgivings of his virile thought. Beyond doubt it has had its ? influence. It. certainly has permitted of montai and physical activity j that dumbfounds the ordinary man. Training Trip Of Cubs To Be Minus Frills Frills will be absent from the Cub spring training trip. It will be business all the way, and Manager Mitchell will be the boss. Stockholders will not be able to vote on the most likely recruit nor give advice as to the pinch hitter when the score is a tie, as there will be none with the team. Not even President Weeghman will be on the train to Pasa? dena when the team leaves Chicago March 12. The violent change from preceding trips came about through a conference with railroad officials, who have in? formed Mr. Weeghman that the fewer in the party the better. This decided the magnate to advise his fellow stock? holders that they were not wanted on tiie train, and, in order to set a good example, he counted himself out of the party. "The trip will only be of thirty days' duration," said Mr. Weeghman, "and I think it would be unwise to have any camp followers in the party. I have so informed our stockholders. 1 want to give the players all the comforts pos? sible, and, as railroad accommodations will be hard to get, I thought it would be best to cut out all extra travellers. "It will not be difficult for the rail? roads to handle the players and news? paper men. As the team will be on the jump most of the time, it would be no pleasure for outsiders to go along. Fewer players wiil be taken than for? merly, and that, too, will help.-' Business Manager Craighead, who is also secretary of the club, will handle the travelling arrangements. He has everything greased for the journey, as there are only a few more dates to fill. Whether the team will go through Texas has not been decided, but there will be games to go around should the state be invaded. Kennedy, Marathon Man, Not Aboard Tuscania William J. Kennedy, the Marathon runner of the Morningside Athletic Club, was not with the 23d Engineers, which unit was reported to have been aboard the torpedoed Tuscania. This information is given by Harry ?linger, an official of the Morningside organization, who declares that he re? ceived a letter on Friday from Kennedy saying that the latter had been made corporal in Company I. 23d Engineers, in training at Camp Glen Durnie. Mary lurid. Cornell to Enter Four-Mile Relay PHILADELPHIA. Feb. 9. Cornell has sent word that she will have a team in the four-mile relay champion? ship of America at Pennsylvania's twenty-fourth annual relay carnival on April 26 and 27. Cornell also expects to send down her one-mile relay team and to have individual entries in the special event?. The entry of the four-mile team is significant on CornelPs part, as she evidently will put forth every effort to turn the tables on Pennsylvania's dis? tance runners who defeated her in ? the 'cross-country championship last . fall. Coach Robertson will have practi ? cally all his 'cross country men avail ; able for the Pennsylvania team. Last i week, at the track meet at Ithaca. Dresser, Cornell's fastest distance man, ' showed his heels to his mate's, winning '? easily. In Spear, Stanton, Houston, Ferns child. Portier and others Coach Moak \ ley has a likely squad of distance men and they will surely give a irood ac? count of themselves on Franklin Field on April ~~? Though the relay management has not received the entry of the Massa? chusetts Institute of Technology team, it is likely that, it will be here for the i four-mile race, a* M. I. T. has an ex : cellent team. Halfacre, the last two ! miler, is still in college. This team ! disposed of the Dartmouth quartet at the B. A. A. games, and they will give i both Cornell :tnd Pennsylvania a hard | bat? la tor chjiiipn-'iuHio hunoid in '.hiy iftveaw A Wine Bill In Three Figures Didn't Worry Him AS AN illustration of Sullivan's generosity in money matters, Mr. Goodwin related a story of how he, George Kessler, John L. and two others had arranged to give a sumptuous dinner to some friends at the Hotel Richelieu, in Chicago, when Sullivan was champion. The bill must have eaten well i into three figures, for there were many courses and the wine was not only red but very plentiful. "When we went to the desk to settle," said America's favorite comedian, "we were told that Sullivan had already j done that little thing. He never mentioned it to us." 3,000 Bowlers in Big Tourney An official canvass of the entries for ' the International Bowling Tournament, to be held at Cincinnati from February 10 to March 12, shows that there are a ? total of 052 live-men teams, 1.489 two ? men teams and 3,021 individual bowlers I .scheduled to compete for the $30,00C ! prize money and other awards which have been offered for high scores and , for other extraordinary performances This entry list includes more than 50? teams from other cities, the Cincinnati ! teams competing for honors number ! ing about 150. It is expected that the mr.le bowlers will complete their schedule on Sun? day, March 10, it being necessary t<; date the pin topplers for morning afternoon and evening shifts in ordei to complete the contests within the : pecified time. The last two days of the tournament .March 11 and 12, will be devoted to the ! schedule of the Woman's National ? Bowling Association, about fifty woman teams, largely from Chicago, Cleve? land, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Kansas City Toledo and Cincinnati, being entero?; in this tourney. Many special entertainment? arc being arranged for the visiting bowlers including a banquet i?? the American ; Bowling Association delegates on Fen ruary 22 and a series of receptions foi the women bowlers. Lott, N. Y. A. C. Crack, Wins Lakewood Shoot LAKEWOOD, X. J.. Feb. !'. ,'.. H Lott, the crack clay bird shot of th< New York Athletic Club, had a difticul ? time in disposing of local nimrods her? thia afternoon at the Laurel Hous? Gun Club regular week-end shoot. Lott shot from scratch, as usual, a:n .-cored 94 kills. J. Goodrich Holmai and Charles Newman, o? Lakewood with handicaps of 3 ?each, also score i 94. It the shoot-off Lott broke 24, beat ing Holman by 1 and Newman bv -I '?'I'd shooters competed in a driszlinj ra i n. C. C. N. Y.Vrack Meet The nnnual track meet of the Colleg of the City of New York will be an in Uuur orTuili thi? ?prUlff, Il will bu bel ou ?arcii Ti in the gy waaaiiun. o Fight Against Poverty Hardest -I Battle Waged by Ring Champion Sullivan's Pride Kept Him From Making Wants Known to Friends?Christmas Turkey Sent Old Warrior by Com? rade Who Sought to Aid Him by Trick and Device By JOHN J. LEARY, Jr. WHEN in the course of the next few days application is made to the Massachusetts courts for the appointment of an administrator to wind up the affairs of the late John L. Sullivan there will be written into the record a story of one of the hard? est fights the old champion ever engaged in?his fight with poverty. For truth to tell, with reports of large earnings and a comfortable estate to the con? trary notwithstanding, Sullivan in the last few years of his life had very little and, as he might say himself, "died in hock." It would be difficult to say which was the harder, the old champion's fight with poverty or his fight to keep the fact that he was in need of funds practically all of the time, from the general public and even his most intimate friends. So sensitive was he on this point that the few who did know of Sullivan's condition had to resort to what the lawyers would call "trick and device" to assist him without his suspecting that the supplies sent his larder ?from time to time were other than surplus goods which the sender' had been forced to take for one reason or another. Thus it was that John L., the orphan boy, Willie Kelly, whom he insisted on sharing : his little with, and George Bush, his oldtime sparring partner, in whose arms he died, par? cook of a splendid turkey at Christmas, the gift of a Boston politician, who was very fond ! of the old man. "I guess," he said, when he handed Sullivan the fowl, ''you had better take this. I've I got two out to the house now and some of the boys down in the market made me take this. I had to take it or offend them. Can't you use it?" He could and did. This politician was one of a little group of conspirators, which included a lawyer, a high police official and a prominent doctor, who from time to time met to consider ways and ?% means of helping Sullivan out without his knowing that he was being intentionally helped, or that any one knew he was not as prosperous as common report had him. He even sought ; to conceal the fact from his counsel, as he did from his sister, Mrs. Annie Lennon, which ? explains why, though always pressed fot funds, he did not mortgage his little farm at Ald? ington. Any mortgage on this place, worth perhaps 83,500, would necessarily become a mat ; ter of public record and information to the world at large that Sullivan was "broke." Wouldn't Asi\ for Loans A On the other hand, any loan obtained on collateral would not 'be a matter of public i i ?record, which explains that his remaining articles of jewelry, including the diamonds of his ; ' I late wife and a ring given him by the late King Edward when Prince of Wales, are now in ,.'< i the vault of a Boston loan company. Even that loan was not secured until, without the |j j knowledge of Sullivan, a professional mari had given the management of the company In ?.'; | personal guarantee that the company would not lose in the transaction. The guarantor : would have gladly advanced Sullivan any amount in reason from his private funds, but \ ' Sullivan would not ask it and he dared not make the offer. j "It would have been as much as our friendship was worth," he said after he found the ; appraisers of the loan company were holding up the loan. The explanation of Sullivan's insistence on concealing the fact that he was in need of ????' i funds is explained by his friends on the ground that he had a horror of being classed with j great boxers of other times who ended their days as "panhandlers or worse." j at Sullivan's wake, "had all of thehig' I class Irishman's pride, and his objee | tion to what the Irish call 'the poor ' mouth.' Not that he thought poverty : was a crime or that he was ashame 1 ! of his lack of means. He simply was too proud to let people know that he no longer had means. "In a way h?. felt that he could do | more if the impression were g?nerai : that he was prosperous than if the contrary were the general belief. No man was no more sincere in temoer ance work than Sullivan, and e had ar. idea that bis influence with the young men wlwm h ?? tried to reach would b '? lessenetJvf they knew he was 'on the : bum.' The nearest he over came t,> ? complaining of his lack of funds would be occasionally when something would be said of his failure to get good the I atrical engagements. "In the old days when he * as drink ' ing, and it was a .natter of doubt whether he would do three shows a jA ?fay or three a week, he had li'l' ? urn (rouble in getting good engagemen* . ? When he quit and began to talk tem- ^" perance his ability to get engagement* faded. The agents wire rather afraid i to book him lest they in some way be ' came identified with, the temperanc?' ! prohibition cause and damaged accord? : ingly. John thought this was unfair,, j but he had contempt rather than bit terness nga'nst these who for this rea? con used to turn him down when hu : asked for dates. Overlooking Big Bet "'Why.' he asid to me once, 'these fellows are overlooking h big bei. , They'd ought to read.up their Barnum. Old P. T. was the greatest showmai , that ever lived. Remember how he : advertised his as the 'great mora! ! show' and always made a play te -? . | the ministers to attend it? Barnum knew his book and he knew that the ' ehurchgoing crowd was the crowd that he wasn't getting and did need in hi business. He bail the other crow?! , : anyway. "'Now T don't say this because it hitr me. but if these fellows knew any : thing and knew enough to read the j signs of the time?? they would make ?? . | play to get just the kind of people i talks ?'ke mine would get in?_> the ? theatres I mean church folks that no ! stay away so much. The other crowd I?why, they have them anyway, and I ?I never drive any of them awaj ?not on j your life. An?), anyway, prohibition i | is coming?at least on whiskey ' " 'l Another reason was that Sullivai i never abandoned hope of recouping h? i fortunes. Ile had an idea of late tha' . ; he could do well with a motion picture 1 | act, and with this end in view formed. i with the assistance of a few of hi^ - friends, the John L. Sullivan Motion Picure Company. The idea was te , build picture.; around him and his ? work. Some of the bigger people i? ? the motion picture game thought well , of i*. Sullivan could have made a ? salary arrangement with more than one ? company, but lie preferred to go alone. "I don't need as manj managers n? as ? did when I seldom had my head ! about me." he used to say. "If there' i moi?? y in this thins:, and I gue-?s there is, it ;- going to be for John L. and feu- ot' the 'right people.'" 1 His Farm a Failure Sullivan's farm, of which he I great expectations ai the start, wa ! mor?- ur less a failure. When he too'-. . ? :i over he spent a greal deal of mo ? on improvements and ?n various othei ?vays, but i? could not seen to ge ? :. ? monej oui "U hen I took ti ar place," he said. "I had quite a bit ?,?' money and 1 noetu ? like a drunken sailor on the place t Oh, 1 was ju^r like every other gentle man farmer, 1 guess. Now if I had ' hat moi I would put it to Bon , other use. The farm's a bully pla^e, ( and I like to live there, but there is . . no money in it r'.-r me." The farm had ???g:?, to run down long before Ssllivan di ?!, so that when i hia body wa>. taken to his sister's home in It? ?ton it one-half o" the stock o , the plac? belonged to him. The other ! half, a hoi e, was the property of a - friend who had loaned ; to Sullivai In the barn there was ;? little hay and enough grain to ?..-u a few days. "Was there any money in ti i house?" i fr - nd ask? ?: "Y ? -. -?. ! en John died ' " "o? ? $15 \ ?rue? (j under his pillow. It was every i nie' el d ' :? noth? r friei ? repl In writing ': is I have purposelj re v. frained from using the names of those who conspired to mak?- Sullivan's last days comfortable, because 1 k ?? th< would prefer no publicity. Whatever c they did for the old champion the',' did Hecau.te they loved h mi an? ?dniir* <i hU ?pirit ?nd mil becan.M- they Urufeffd i ?dver?ftwg at hie expose.