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BAT HAD A REASON
BY HUGH FULLERTON.
"Suspicion is a terrible thing," said
Jimmy Britt, former champion. "One
gets so he is afraid to trust anyone.
I remember just before I was going
to fight Bat Nelson for the champion
ship a paper wanted us to p.ose in
fighting position for photographs. We
both consented. When we came to
pose I was watching Bat and he was
eyemg me. Both of us were sus
picious. Bat refused to pose at all un
less I got in one position and" let him
assume another. My suspicions were
aroused. We wrangled ten minutes.
Finally I consented, but was ready to
pump him full. of right hands if he
made a crooked move. Nothing hap
pened, and for years I wondered what
the matter was. Then, a short time
ago, I met Bat, and we had a long
talk. I asked him about it.
"You sure had me guessing," I re
marked. "Why did you insist on that
"Well," said Bat, "I didn't want this
worst cauliflower ear to s'tiow in the
TELL HOW MILITIAMEN STRUCK
DOWN THE AMERICAN FLAG
Hancock, Mich., Feb. 24- Conduct
of state troops during the copper
country strike was under fire before
the congressional investigation sub
committee. Strikers swore that state
guardsmen sruck down an American
flag they carried in a parade and one
witness testified that four "militiamen
insulted wives of strikers. Investiga
tion of charges against the militia j
was begun aftectwo wives had told
stories of alleged brutality commit
ted by deputy sheriffs.
General John P. Kirk, Adjutant
General Vanderchok and Judge Advo
cate Samuel W. Pepper of the nation
al guard cross-examined the wit
nesses. Frank J. King, pounding the table
and gesturing dramatically, told of an
alleged attack upon the flag by mili
tiamen during a strikers' parade at
Calumet last July.
"I was carrying the flag at the head
of the parade," King said": "A' cavalry
man struck the eagle from the staff
with his saber and a soldier on foot
rah his bayonet through its folds. One
soldier put his pistol to my breast and
told, me to give up the flag. I told him
I would never give up the flag. I
would die first."
Captain Blackman of the state
militia struck one of the marchers,
Tony Steffanich, in the face, blacking
his eye, King said. Steffanich himself
corroborated this statement on the'
"I made a lucky discovery today,"
said Doctor Bizz.
"Yes. I discovered a patient that
has never been operated on for anything."