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THE CHAMPION BOXER
When Tommy Tuller invited
the members of the Athletic club'
to his home on the heights for
- dinner Christmas eve, it was for
the sole purpose of settling a
score with the boastful Jack
Hurley. His rival .had more
brawn than brains, and in the old
days when they were in school to
gether, Hurley had licked Tom
my several times; but that was
not enough, for he often twitted
him about it in the presence of
When the pugilistic art was
renewed at the athletic club, the
rivalry was continued in a gen
tlemanly manner. The fact was
Hurley could outbox Tommy.
This led-to strategy on the part
of hisiopponent. Tommy let the
rest of the boys into .his secret,
and furi was in store for them on
the eyentfiil evening.
The dinner was a cos'tly affair.
The best caterers had been secur
ed, and the big colored waiters
walked round and found the
'tables, filling the glasses with
-champagne. Hurley took his full
share, and soon felt like conquer
ing individuals or worlds.
It was then that the toastmas
ter proposed that they adjourn to
the gymnasium on the,top floor
anS witness a gentlemanly bout
between their host and the cham
pion. Of course, Hurley didn't know
what-inventive genfus could pro
duce in the way of a professional
boxer, but Tommy had arranged
for that, and the machirte-man re
sembled him, -closer both-as to
form, size and make-up.
The machine-man was run by
a powerful electric motor from
below. It was arranged behind
a panel at the side of the room,
and could be shoved outAquickly,
having all -the appearance of a
fighter with his back to the wall.
A revolving shaft entered the
"back of the dummy and connect
ed with cogs controlling the
arms. The current could also be
regulated to suit the occasion.
It was agreed that when the
machine was in action the slight
sound made by its well-oiled parts
Was to be drowned by the cheers
of the bystanders.
Tommy stood up himself at
first and took some punishment
to reduce Hurley's strength.
Then while the seconds were flap
ping a towel before Hurley's eyes,
the machine man was run out at
the opposite side of the room and
the arms given a slow motion to
invite attack and prevent recog
Tommy, meanwhile, disappear
ed to witness the fray from his
Hurley made a rush for his
man, but the machine arms were
going at a fast rate when he
reached them. It was like a "bun
dle of wheat entering a threshing
machine and Hurley oked about
as bad when they picked him up.
His seconds took him to his cor
ner, and fanned him while the
Tommy came in for the next
rourid, and the honors were about
even. It could be plainly" seen
hoyreVer, that Hurley; was not a
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