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guaranteed them under the provi
sions of the bill and that they have
been warned that if they attempt to
collect it will "crab the entire game."
Worse than that, even, it is charg
ed by fighters and by others that fav
oritism is being shovmnd that cer
tain fighters who do not obey the de
sires of the clique in power are pun
ished, while the local favorites may
do as they please,.
The punishment and threats of
punishment inflicted upon Packey
were made to bribe Chicago news
paper men to decide in favor of Riv
ers. There was a large amount of
money bet in Chicago the day before
the fight the "wise" money going'
on Rivers. The word was slipped
around that Rivers was to get the
decision, and the agreement in the,
majority of cases was that the deci
sion was to be left to one Chicago
paper. The evening of the fight,
queerly enough, the majority of the
McParland and Ad Wolgast have an
odd look. McFarland's legal proceed
ings are likely to bring out a lot more'
than some of those interested may
The worst feature of the present
Wisconsin boxing situation is that the
Chicago cheaters are gaining a big
foothold. The no-decision rule, while
good in intent, opens the way to the
coarsest kind of cheating. In the Riv-ers-Wolgast
fight two flagrant efforts
bets laid were on condition that they '
were to be left ;to another paper.
After the battle one reporter was'
offered a large sum of money if he'
would give Rivers a draw, (he fight'
being too one-sided for there to be
any chance for Rivers getting the de-?
cision. Strangely t,he paper to which
the bets were switched in the ele-'
venth hour gave it a draw and fol-"
lowed that decision up with an article
showing how Wolgast won.