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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 10, 1913, Image 9

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Wisconsin Fight Commission Is Very
Weak-Kneed Body.
. Now comes the report that the
Wisconsin boxing commission may
bar Packey McParland for six months
in the Badger state because of his re
fusal to weigh in as stipulated in the
commission's rules.
To some that may sound like a
bold' stand. From this angle, it ap
pears that the Wisconsin commission
is a spineless organization, and al
lowed itself to be tramped on by Mc
Parland. The time to bar Packey was
before the fight, when he refused ab
solutely to go. on the scales at the
same time Britton did. Now Packey
has cleaned up something over $3,
000, and he doesn't care a whoop
whether he boxes in Wisconsin for
six months or not
There was a clear case against.
McFarland. The match was at catch
weights, but a rule of the Wisconsin
law provides that in no lightweight
fight shall one opponent outweigh
the other more than ten pounds. Brit
ton, in good faith, went on the scales.
Then, when McParland discovered
Jack's poundage, he refused to follow
suit That is circumstantial evidence
that Packey was more than ten
pounds heavier than the North Sider.
Packey said he wouldn't fight if
he had to weigh before Britton's
manager. Instead of telling him to
go chase himself, the commission
threw a bunch of fits and pleaded
with him to weigh in.. That was when
the commission should have taken its
stand. But it failed miserably,
knuckled under to McFarland, and
has lost considerable prestige by its
When McFarland was finally in
duced to weigh in private before a
member of the commission, the in
formation was given out that he scal
ed 141 pounds. Anyone who- saw him
in the ring understands how ridicu
lous that statement is. - .
Lynch Slaps Magnates As They Hand
Him HisHat.
Tom Lynch was officially canned
from the presidency of the National
League yesterday 'in -favor of Gov.
Tener of Pennsylvania.
But before departing. Lynch took
a slap at the magnates, that was de
served, and was an artistic bit, of sar
casm. After reading his report,
Lynch gave the magnates, and Mrs.
Britton of St. Louis, the lone mag
natess, the once over, and said:
"In chojssing your next president .
you have gone on record as wanting
Gov. John K. Tener.
a man who will-lend dignity and pres
tige to the league. In Mr. Tener you
have picked the right manbut I hope j
you will inject some of-that dignity '
that you will expect of him into your
selves, and.be, a help instead of a se
vere drawback to his efforts for your
A drawback is exactly what the
magnates have been to Lynch, and
dignity has been conspicuous by its
absence at most of the deliberations
of the club owners. Lynch's state
ment, was -gqpd, - honest, straight.

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