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who would make their living in the ring.
"Play fair with the.' public, for It is the
public that supports you. It's your bread
and butter." . •
If we divide the spinal cord of a frog
and irritate the foot the leg will be moved.
Rfter. the. fashion In which the uninjured
animal would -resent being tickled. Here
we have separated the brain from the
feet, and yet control of the muscles of the
leg Is not lost. That which tjie brain does
In the frog apparently is not so much to
carry out movements, but to Initiate and
control them! If a frog's legs be allowed
to come in contact with some weakly fr
ritating fluid the Ieg3 would naturally be
withdrawn after an — '
Interval. Time after
time the action will
go on, till we can i3§|sl»
gauge fairly the pe- aHWj^H
rlcd which .will jSM&iL^
elapse between the
withdrawal of the ,
legs and their de- Sj
scents.' If, now, the IB
spinal cord be divid- ;;W^
ed below the brain, «mS' w
we find these move
ments much accelerated. Tliey pro
ceed at a quicker rate, because the brain
control Is removed and the mechanism of
the animal is leff, as it were, .to. run wild,
like an engine from which the Influence
of the flywheel has been removed.
But we may find evidence that the
spinal cord of • the frog may control ac
tions in a fashion that would almost lend
belief to the idea that It Is much more
than a mere brain deputy. Cut off a
frog's head carefully, so that there may
be as little disturbance of parts as is con
sistent with the performance of this op
eration. We have removed the brain, of
course, and all that is left in the* body of
the chief nervous sysiem Is the spinal
¦cord. Now place a drop of acetic acid
on the inner side of one thigh of your
headles frog and you * .1 see the animal
raises the foot of that leg In «.!, endeavor
to wipe the acid off. This Is a weh-known
experiment and its .teachings are singu
larly instructive. -
On such a principle of the division of la
bor we are bound to find the varied ways
and works of the nervous system car
ried out on different levels, as regards
the importance of the dutle3 performed.
Now. It happens that the spinal cord
which runs through the middle of the
backbone, within which. It is protected as
within a bony tube, io really a kind of
brain deputy In many respects. It acts
on the whole as the confidential servant
of the brain, but it also possesses an Inde
pendence of Its own. Its duties are of a
lower nature than those discharged by
the brain, but they are none the less es
sential for the perfect ordering of tho
body's welfare. Even If- the head offlco
be singularly well organized it cannot ex
ercise Us functions piorerly in the ab
sence or Inefficiency of the sub-office, and
the special cord is really a series of sub
offices which carry out many actions
which otherwise we might be tempted to
credit to the share of the brain.
We see a very dtstinct reflection of the
duality of our vital state In the very ar
rangement of our nervous system. The
chief masses of that system, as every one
knows, consist of the brain and the spinal
cord, and a second system of nerve masses
called the sympathetic system also exists
and is found lying as a double chain of
nerve knots or ganglia down the front of
the spine. Xovr. it is evident that as the
brain is the most Important part of the
nervous apparatus th» spinal cord and
the sympathetic system must together oc
cupy a secondary position. This lsunnues
tionably the case and the plan on which
: our nervous affairs have been ordered
represents the well-known principle of th3
"division of labor." With a complex body
to look after our nervous system exhib
its a clear specialization of Its duties. If
there are parts in the brain whose duty
it is to "think" there are other parts
whose function it is
to guide our move- Hw
rr.ents. If there are jE&* ,^P
groups of nerve cells jfijpsjSZ^'^
destined for the
purpose of receiving
rnfsiiist^ from tho E&^L
eyes ami ears, the Yg*rgV
"Intelligent dftpart- aSmNS^
ment" of the brain, fflB
there are other Jew Jw
groups that super- BS H;
vise the work of the ffl ffa^
trol our digestive -
proceedings, and that see to it that the
flutifs of the lunss are duly discharged.
A writer remarks that a freshly guillo
tined head has been known to make ges
tures of the mouth and to move the eyes
when a bystander taunted It. I have been
unable to trace cither the truth of the De
la Pomraerals story or the source of the
last named Incident, but there is no rea
son why both should not have been cor
rectly reported. Much* would depend on
the "rapid flow of blood In the case of tho
head of the guillotined criminal in respect
to the existence of movement or con
sciousness.
his execution and. informing him that it
was their desire In the interests of science
to test whether any degree of conscious
ness remained in the decapitated head
just after execution, asked him if possi
ble to give some sign or token by way of
solving the pr/iblem, De la Pommerals
acquiesced in the suggestion and It is
said that, securing possession of his head
as It fell and preventing further hemor
rhage, the doctors shouted in the ear of
their former confrere demanding of him
to give some response. One of the eyes
was said to slowly open and shut, and
then all symptoms of life ceased.
there is nothing
to do but wait for the fight? I went
there to see Fltzsimmons defeat Corbett;
you couldn't pay me enough to make me
take that trip nRain. They were banking
on getting a lot of people and a lot of
money at that battle, but they didn't.
There were not 1000 men there from San
Francisco, and it's only twelve hours'
ride from there, as I recollect It, to Car-
Bon City. And every man Jack of them,
and all the others, too, made quick tracks
for the trains to get out of that place the
minute the fight was over.
But it's not bo in this city. Here a
man can come from far away; he can go
to the theater or to the opera; he can do
a thousand and. one things. to amUEC him
self or to Instruct himself, and he may
transact some business as well as see the
right. Bringing off these fights here
means throngs of people from Boston,
Philadelphia. .Cincinnati, Pittsburg, Cleve
land. Chicago and St. Louis, and even
from Kansas City. And they are all of
them looking for a good time and are
ready and willing to pay their "money to
get it. Doesn't that mean Something, fdr
the money Interests of the city?, _
.86 the future of prizefighting, I say.lill
depends on what we are allowed to do in
this city. ...
But what are we to do? "Well, I tell
you what I think should bo done. I can
sec no reason why good boxing is not as
good as any other sport, or is not as* hon
orable as any other profession, if it is
handled right and the men who' engage
In it arc honest
In the ' first place I believe the State
would go from here
or from anywhere
east of the Missis
sippi to Carson City
to see another fight?
I really don't believe
you could get a
handful. What man
is going to rtde three
or four days in one
car, stay at a place
where there are
nothing like civilized
hotels, and .where
places. And every
one of these sports, drummers and busi
ness men always spends his money freely
In this city.
Where in this country Is there a place
like Madison Square Garden for having a
good glove contest? You can't name one.
The good business man Is not ashamed to
go there; he doesn't have to sneak in anl
s!t in the cold or Intolerable heat while
watching a fight. Everything there i.-«
Just as nice as.it could possibly be. I
Faic' this Is true of a fight between b!K
men; I would sty. also, that little Terry
McGovern. if matched against a lad who
could give him a fight, -.vould also draw
people from all along tho continent," for
he Is a wonderfully clever lad and is well
liked. He's "on the level." too.
Now. suppose we can't have fights here,
what is to become of the game? No one
will go far to get to Chicago to see a
bout, because the lawmakers there will
allow them to battle for only six rounds.
Nor will they go to Philadelphia, where
the limit is the same. Surely the men
from this city who like a good battle will
not go into a car and ride for a day to
see two men buffet each other. The be^t
pecple here want to be able to get a good
dinner, then go leisurely to the Garden,
see the fight and be back In bed. or with
the family, by midnight, so they may be
up and at business the next morning, as
usual. But no more long trips to a town
where there Is nothing to be seen, where
there are no good hotels and where one
can't get a square meal.
How many persons do you suppose
Just think of the benefit these affairs
are to the financial interests of this city,
and then estimate how much money these
lawmakers are driving out of the city and
out of the State as well.
A flght In this city between two big.
clever, honest men will .bring sporting
men from all over the country. And busi
ness men. too. will come here to see it,
for the drummer, who is generally a
/Z9$ yport. having to
jnfp make a short trip
j/&£r±^Jts here, will put It
/^*5^3£? S -' ofT until the 'fight
C4 £*0* wl!1 come, and in
n Sv^V stead of staying one
/^5i?$vV * °- r :wo da - vp ne w!!1
eSsr^SL ~ ' remain a week or
JW Wi two * and if u is
fflr Sfl summer he will gn
£F C^ to the beaches and
Q^ W5sa the nearby watering
Of course. It all depends upon the men
who are In the Assembly and In th« Sen
ate. I don't profess to be much of a poli
tician, but it seems to me as if the men
In the Legislature, where the balance of
power is with one party, feel that tho
politicians in power in this city, who are
of the other party, are making too much
money out of the fights in this city. But
that's all nonsense, and those men of
brains should know better.
country- I can't help saying right here
there's only one city in this world for
me, and that's good old New York; give
me New York first, last and always.
I know that in that Corbett-McCoy af
fair there was a third individual In it be
sides the principals. Of course, the ob
ject was to make a bag of money In the
betting, but they were fooled at thRt. I
wan told to keep off it: not to bet my
money, as It had been fixed for Corbett
to win. I thought McCoy ought to win—
I think bo yet— so I put a small bet down
on him and, of course, I lost It. I didn't
pet to the Madison Square Garden until
after theTirst round, but as soon as I saw
the men come together 1 «.iM t-> p*« i
"That settles It; McCoy hfis been paid to
lose." Why, he didn't hit Corbett one
good punch. If was the greatest piece of
robbery I over knew of.
Now, as to the lepal end of It. I really
can't see why the lawmakers want to
take boxing out of the calendar of sports
in this State— and especially out of this
city. This is the greatest city In the
country: It's first in everything, and what
is done here will be copied all over the
comes the Walcolt-West affair— another
robbery of ever?" man who paid his money
to see a fight.
Many think Corbet t ought to rank sec
ond because he made such a good showing
with Jeffries. But you must remember
that for a long time Jeffries.had hilped to
train Corbott; he was his punching bag,
and so it was that Corbett knew all of his
defects; And ho was wise enough not to
start right in lighting him. but to keep
away for a time. Jeffries, I believe, woulT.
whip him, much sooner now, as he. Is Im
proving all the time, while the other man
Is going back.
Writing of Corbett reminds me that he
and t fought for the biggest purse ever
battled for. It was $25,000, and there was
$10,000 up on each ride. There was no
division of the purse— the winner was to
take till. I got a betiting; that's all I got
out of it. I sometimes wish I was fight
ing now, for with these clubs giving a per
centage of the receipts a first-class man
who Is always ready to fight could make
a barrel of money. But it's too lato to
think about that now; I've had my s.hare
of the glory and money, and my time has
gone.
In ending I want again to say to all men
About the mrn who are in the top row
now I will say that Joffries Is young and
strong, and it doesn't seem to me as if he
would be beaten soon If he. takes good
cp.re of himsolf. Old Fitz Is a wonderful
fighter, and there's no getting away from
that fact. I don't believe that after this
last thing Corbrtt will ever amount
to much in the ling. As for McCoy,, he is
young and he's a good one if he is on the
level, and It may l,e he will he able to re
instate, himself In the, good graces of the
public. The American people are good;
they arc willing to stand for some shabby
treatment, and are willing to forgive and
forget. Nobody appreciates that fact
more than myself.
purse. There are plenty of these fellows
who have no better sense than to put
themselves in Jeopardy. It would make
lively, work for the police and the sheriffs,
but I think they would rather sleep.
£-j* he was struck .in
Hj * the ch^Pt by a par'.
W rtRS^ of a shf'11, th" mls
/&s'l[ 3 sile tearing the chest
J«B I a k** 1 open and wounding
qlS*! «* th ° hPart - Kinglake
fe^\ gives a praphir ac
/Ol£fe;&, count of the inci-
JSF e^ "The sword," he
iBr S says, "dropped from
B Jg< hiaj hand, but tho
««» arm with which ho
was waving it the moment before still re
mained hlerh uplifted in the air, and the
grip of the practiced horseman, remaln
inpr as yet unrelated, still held him firm
in the saddle. Missing the perfect hand
of his master and finding the accustomed
governance now succeeded by the dang
ling reins, the horse all at once wheeled
about and began to Rallop back upon the
front of the advancing brigade. Then from
¦what had been Nolan— and his form was
still high and erect in the sRddle, his
sword arm still high In the air— there
burst forth a cry so strange and appalling
that the hearer who rode nearest him
called it unearthly. And In truth, I Imag-
The first point to which attention may
be directed Is the collecting of evidence
regarding the immediate effect of severe
anil mortal Injury on the subject thereof.
One of the best known Illustrations of the
fact that such injury does not produce
immediate death, or at least that absolute
cessation of all movements which we pop
ularly recognize as the main feature of
life's ending; is that afforded by the case
of Captain Nolan. The . captain headed
the famous charge of the Light Brigade at
Balaklava. In the course of his duties
tended far beyond the usually accepted
state of death. Kvldenee Is accumulating
of the- most surprising nature to prove
that life frequently exists after supposed
death has occurred, much of which is both
Interesting and highly Instructive.
And aftPT all this some of these fellows,
•who know no better, are .trying to drag
boxing back Into the rot where It was
when I took It up and made it fair, honest
tr.d above board. The worst of this, too.
Is that the future of the sport rests with
these same fellows. If they go on trying
to deceive the public they will find their
pame cut very short <1&
Indeed. It is up
i!,cm to show
nhrther the public JE^SIs*
! • '¦ v. s in ! h< m, has jMi>gjKi
'.-.¦..•\i In tl:<m. or M£&£&^^
whrth'-r it scorrit /^SrwaP* '
them and r<-fu-<-s to *mSPmk
co and see tlu>rn §£
la «11 the time that W »
to recollect any flgHt ***
that was anything like the Cofbett-Mc-
Coy fraud: nothing: that was so barefaced^
and deliberate. Of course, there have
been times when, one : an being
efra!d to meet another on the turf,
there would be some disagreement
ebout the referee, or about the purse or
FonicthJr.ff that would prevent the men
from coming together: but nothing like
U'-ttlns into the ring and making believe
to fight— Just acting like two monkeys.
None, at least, that I can recollect. Then,
rit hi en the heels of the other fake.
I don't want to throw bouquets at my-
Fc2f, but I will cay that I did much to
make these men and make It possible for
them to earn big money. I took boxing
cut of the filth of disrepute and made
Fomethlngr of the frame. I drew the good
men. the business men, %o the fights, men
•who under the old conditions would not
care to mingle with the crowds that then
attended fights. And as a result yon will
pee roilJionaries. club members, men In
evening dress, at the rlngsi.de when they
relieve two honest men are about to bat
tle for the supremacy.
yir-n who want to earn money In the
ring are Fhortsishted when they take to
Fuch methods. Don't they know that
without the public and its support they
can't win enough to get a meal? Can't
they understand it is to their Interest to
treat the public fair and square and let it
have a run for its money? The public is
their bread and butter. Therefore I say
to these men, "Play fair."
I want to ray that, fn my opinion, the
fight tvtY-een Corbett and McCoy was as
bare-faced a robbery as was ever perpe
trated. The American public shouldn't
tolerate such proceedings: • no man who
loves to see a srood fight should ever go
agiMn to see men who were willing to de
peend to su<"h low
trickery f r the pake
of a few dollars. iSrejg*
career did ] hc?.T a
' ¦ . . • ¦ or a sugge* I n '£i«^
that I should ihtow SfM 1
a fiKht to an ir.- /'tCjtv'V.
f«rior man; I aon't g^y^^^R
b<"-'.icve the man lived t%3
who would dare to ££f 1J4
come -to me with lyr In
such an infamous Jy wt^.
proposition. All whj fl
kr.f-w me knew they
cou!d do r.o business with roe on such
lines; everybody knew I wanted to win,
for that's all there was Jn it for
me. I am getting \ my reward for it
n^w; that is the reason the people
f f this cour.tr>' have such confidence In me
t^-day: that's why I stand ?=o well with
all who follow th«" pport. and with thou
panfis -who never Faw a fight and never
rxject to. They feel that I was always on
the lerel-nand I was.
I have br-en asked to write about the fu
ture at prize-fighting or boxing. The sport
has received a few hard blows in the solar
plexus recently, and to discuss its future
intelligently it will be necessary to con
sider some of these happenings.
It car.not be denied that the revelations
about the Corbett-McCoy fight are upp*»r
m«t 5n the mind of the sporting public
ju^t nov.\ Of course, they have boen made
public property by the talk of two women.
I win have nothing to say about the wo
men. I was always ready to fight any
man that came along: I never differed
much ¦with a woman, and I'm not going to
begin at this late day. So we will cut out
the wonf'n.
Now that other fighters are accused of
dishonesty; now that the lawmakers have
rut an end to fighting in New York, what
BUtti more capable, from long experience.
to write of the future of prize fighting In
that State ar.d in the country than this
eame John L. ? Out of the ring for many
years, he has followed fighters and fight
!ne with wide-open eyes; he is interested
'.r.tcnsely in all that pertains to honest.
marly, Jrga! fisticuffs, and in the article
•which he has prepared he deals with his
subject with a breadth of view which
ir.rikcs every word he writes of more than
paFFir.g importance. Read what he has
to say:
Durlnp the twelve years that he he'.d
and defended his proud title of champion
of the world no one, not even his worst
enemy, ever rtared to whJsper that John
I* could have been induced by any in
fluence, no matter
how weighty, to lost? — ••faS'W.
a fight to a mar.
whom he could <;p- w^l^k
feat. The fortune 0$!*^
¦which h<» tron wU)i l@ffitt.
his brawn was *SwflL
earned honestly; not CT^S
e penny of it came jff ¥Jl
by penr.ittir.s en in- Ef S
fericr f.phter to win M "R
frora him. As he • •
himself eays, no one
would have been Indiscreet enough to
even have suggested such an unmanly
trick to him.
mirers which prompts John L.
Sullivan to affix this line to his signature.
And the man who is still re^a^d^d bj
rr.ar.y ss the greatest ring fighter of mod
ern days may intend it an a bit of wither
ing sarcasm, now that some of the men
who fight for a part of their living— and
ore of them, he who hurled him from his
high pedestal — are accused of being any
thing but "on the level."
<=7^P LTVAYS on the level."
/s=\ It is a quaint conceit and a pleas-
II V> ir.p one. withal, to his hosts of ad-
Opyr'.pht. 1900, by Quail A -Warner.
I would put it In the power cf the ref
eree to stop a fight at r.r.y time he be
lieves one man is whipped. I can't see
what is the use of letting a ir-n stay in
the ring when his nose Is smashed, his
eyes closed, Ms ears torn and he doesn't
know what he Is doing. He's only a
good crowd.
Then the State should stipulate hbw
many rounds men J5(V
may bo allowed to «K3r
fight. To my mind S§^
there is r.o use of </f|^
having a tight to a OscP^Vj^y
finish: I would put CJP^lk
twenty-five rounds >pT$ll
as the limit. If twb iffijt'f
men are anxious to
fight it will not be M
hard to toll who is ffl. 'm
the better if they \*& v^
are both in the ring ~" *¦'' .
at the end of twenty-five rounds. Thnt
gives seventy-five minutes of fighting
and twenty-four minutes of resting,
in all ninety-nine minutes of as* harl
work as any man ever "put himself to,
and if one, man in that time can't demon
strate his superiority, why. they may. try
conclusions soon atrain and be sure, of i
should license boxing just as It licenses
horse racing. Make the men who are en
gaged In managing fights, and fighters
carry on the game on business principles,
paying so much to the Stale for the priv
ilege. Then there should be an official
referee appointed— some man like Charlie
White, who has proved himsolf honor
able, competent and fair and honest In
every way. Then orrly the best of man
agers should i>e licensed. One whom. I
should like to see directing the sport un
der such circumstances is Jim Kennedy,
who. to my mind, is the fairest, most up
right man that ever lived. Tom O'Rourke
would ( be another; he's th« same kind of
man. He has'made his mistakes, hut then
we are all liable to do that, and I am the
!ast one in the world to throw stones.
"The result of this is that to-day there
Is a scarcity of the fur-bearing animate
In "Western Alaska. The Indian, before
he realized It, was robbed of his meat
subsistence, and worse than all, probably.
Is the fact that in this wanton destruc
tion he has lost the animals that fur
nished him with the furs from which he
made his clothing. So It has come to pass
that durlns the last winter, while the
house was cold, there was very little
meat, and the average Eskimo had not
sufficient clothing to keep himself warm.
"It Is true that within the past two
years the Alaska Indian has had a great
er revenue from his furs than ever be
fore, but the Indian up there Is Just as
Improvident as tho Indian In any other
part of the United States, and so he has
nothing left with which to purchase
either food or clothing. To these condi
tions to a large extent Is duo tbo great
amount of disease and death that has
prevailed in that district during: the tf&st
year, and thus it can be said that directly
to the advance of civilization in Alaska la
jmhj due the present con-
Cfc«roa2k> dition of the Eskimo
and h5s threatened
jgOPHro extinction/'
* between' Paris and
Mj Berlin, which haj
3 ' %& augurated.was com
w pleted in June last.
'^A .^»The French and
•^^ German offlctals,
however, would not glre the line over to
public use until it had been thoroughly
tested. A conversation between Berlin
and the French towns cost 5 marks, e.x
<*ei>t In the case of Bordeaux, Orleans and
St. Etlenne. for which 6*4 marks Is charg
ed. Both the lines between Paris and Ber
lin and Paris and Frankfort tare double
and are constructed with bronze wire five
millimeters thick. It was originally the
¦ intention of both governments that the
telephone should be ready at the opening
of the exhibition. The German part of
the wire was brought to the French fron
tier In March. The French portion, how
ever, was not ready until Jana^ .
"To the advance of civilization Is partly
due their state, for It cannot be said that
the Eskimo has yet adapted himself to
the new conditions. While I was at Capo
Nome I talked with the census suver
vlsor. He informed me that many of his
enumerators who did the work in the Ko
yukuk district brought In with them sto
ries of an appalling nature. He said that
In several of the districts from the reports
that he had received he was convinced
that fully 60 per cent of the Indians had
died from disease and privation since the
enumeration began.
"In several of the sections that we vis
ited we found little Indian huts in which
there had been no fire for the entire ¦win
ter season. Wood was scarce; the head
of the family was either dead or 111 with
some of the many diseases that have been
rampant among the Indians of that sec
tion during the past season, and there
wa3 no one loft to go on a Journey for
wood. So through the long winter day
and night these impoverished people lived
In squalid poverty, with no fire to keep
the body warm or with which to prepare
a meal, should the
j^^ victuals be in the
f§tg3§&V house with which to
V^P&^ " Eut th!a ! * but
l^S^lw rre °' l^' e conrtl
jS^j^Ssi &$ tior.s that v.-e found
L Hrnfe among the Alaska
m ' \a Indians that would
Ej B make the h» art sad.
V 5 I Slnce^ the advent of
« jjj white men Into the
•41ft j I district In great
numbers, and the
consequent Introduction of firearms in
abundance, the Indian has found it a com
paratively easy matter to get all the guns
he wanted. It was not long before he
understood that powder and ball was a
quicker roethod of gathering skins to sell
to his white brother than the bow and
arrow. The result of this knowledge waa
that whereas in former times he killed,
as a rule, only a sufficient number of fur
animals to keep him in meat, with arms
In his possession he began to ruthlessly
slaughter large numbers of fur-bearing
animals, the meat of which he could r.ot
use and which he allowed to He on the
ground and rot. He saw the white man
do this, and gave no thought of the con
sequences or that he was not In the same
position as the foreigner whom he at
tempted to follow.
"The condition of the native Eskimos
in "Western Alaska is pitiful to behold.
During the past year disease has wrought
much havoc amor.jr them, and unless
some measures are taken shortly by th«
Government to better their condition It
will only be a short time until that race
of people will be numbered with the past.
During our travels, for my wife was with
me, we saw many touching, sights, some
of which are never to be forgotten.
thar C. Jackson.
J&S* president of thd *o
jgg£ 13^ ? %L Clety. went to Al*s
jBrjMjBif ka tn the Interests
fifsSBr v °* t * 1Q society, an<l
L JmS during the two
months of his «tay
jJSjSnclp there h« patd much
Sr nttentlon to the con-
J? ditlon of the natlv«s.
Kj 9% Among the nights ha
M Si witnessed In a num-
*^ Y#r of the small In
dlan settlpmenta alonpr the western coast
of the district and far into the Interior
were many that were heartrending and
told a tale of want and suffering that are
surely carrying the native Eskimo to hia
doom. Air. Jackson returned to Seattle
6n the Roanoke, and in an interview re
garding this subject, given at the Rainier-
Grand, he said:
In the work of research the- Alaska
Geographical Society has made extensive
investigations, and the above facts axe
the result of its labors. In July last Ar-
twelve months there has been a decrease
of fully 60 per cent In the number of tliose
who in former days were considered
among the hardiest races and who, in
sunshine or frost, were physically strong
and knew but very little of fatigue.
As a matter of fact. Investigations, It
Is said, show that the native races of th*
new realm of gold are fast dying off. and
at the same rate of decrease as In the
past two years it will only be a short
time until the Eskimo will b« only told
of in history or in the fireside tales of
those who have been the pioneer* In the
land of six months' night.
THE SUNDAY CALL.
THE more ' closely.; medical t scientists
'examine .unique cases : . brought Z to
their "attention the more ; firmly ; is
the impression implanted in their
minds that the line which marks the pas
sage from life to death is a very broad
one" and that it may be frequently' ex-
<jn? MONG the gTeat questions that are
// VV being studied by scientists in con-
J{ . nection'with the far northern dis
trict of Alaska is whether or not
the advent of civilization Into that sec
tion is making inroad3 on the native
races. Strange as it. may seem, within
the past two years the native population
of Alaska has-been decreasing, and by
those who have made a careful study of
the matter It 13 said that within the past
WILL ESKIMOS
DISAPPEAR?
onds, the arms still
Kg waving 1 frantically,
ygjfcfr, hu t with ever-less-
JBhk^* enlng sweep and
flflflmjgiw power, until the
\fr^^EJ8|L ' forces of the body
*^ ' fiHHm. collapsed, when the
MWy& heartless trunk top
' mfr pled over to the
A stances above noted
; — that'men killed In
"stantly,* tn the popular acceptance of the
short term.*. may continue, to "execute ap
parently .definite and ' purposive move
ments. A 'somewhat ghastly recital re
"fcrrlng to a" guillotined man has been gen-,
crally 'credited 'to the renown of the, Paris
School^ of Medicine, ' and relates to the
same curious" features that- mark : the* bat
-'-tlefleld.';; The, Parisian; case was that of
la Pommerals* who was guillotined
for >the crime of murder, by poisoning.
.The atory. goes that some of his con
freres jwalted oii la Pommerala before
G.L. Kilmer.', who passed through the
Civil War, in his turn gives an interest
ing: parallel case to that of Nolan. He
tells us that a sergeant In charge of the
Ninth, Corps of the Confederate works
east of *Plttsburg leaped on the parapet
and. with, his cap in his. left hand and his
gun In his right cheered his comrades on
ward. • A shell decapitated him at this
moment "as completely as a knife could
have done," ; says Mr. Kilmer, "but the
tall. form continued erect for some sec-
ine. the sound resulted from no human
will, but rather from the spasmodic forces
which may act upon the. bodily frame
when life as a power has ceased. The
firm-seated rider, with arm uplifted and
stiff, could hardly be ; ranked with the liv
ing. The shriek men heard rending the
air was scarce other than the shriek of a
corpse.' The dead horseman rode on till
he passed j through the Interval of the
Twelfth Light Drag6ons. Then at last
he dropped from the saddle."
It wouldn't be necessary always to have
the men evenly matched.- They could do
us I did— lot the champion, offer a purse
to any man who could stay. with him for
more than a certain number of. rounds. I
'always had J1000 up which said that I
could stop any man In four rounds; I
don't 6ee why the present' flrst-raiers
shouldn't do the same thing. Arid, by the*
way, I think I was the only champion
who ever did it. The result was I had to
keep In pretty good ¦
know but that some Bm&F^
day when I. was not /&&&
quite fit some fellow - *^e|5^
would come along frlM
and win my roll. '¦ <3uL
| These are my'ideas . , gjgfl& .'¦.
for running the S&fim '
game, -and I flatter " JSr B ' ¦
myself they aren't ' ; ; W ' «^ :
bad. As It la now ff : w^'
there's no. chance at '"'^^
all. There's nothing : •
'in' It for two men^tci go/ !nto > a
• room and fight; the public isn't thero
and there's no large amount of money
for them to fight fcr. It might be
well, enough to eatisfy a grudge, but to
make a living it won't do. And I am much
afraid that If something; Isn't done 'soon*
you will find pome of these fellows going
back to the old trick of ' sneaking' into
some barn away In the backwoods ;¦ and
'battlijpg without gloves for any "kind 'of a*
I would not have more than one fight a
¦week in any city. Of course, even at that
rate It would be impossible to provide tip
to'ppers all the time to entertain the peo
ple; you couldn't have charrtpions battling
all the time, but you can get lots of good
second class men in all the weights who
can put up a good enough contest to at
tract a crowd and 'give them a good show.
punching bag for his opponent under such
conditions, and the spectacle is a revolt
ing one. He's a target that any black
smith could hit and I believe the referee
should decide It then and there.
"With a facility that might surprise some
of those who do not appreciate "The Hlg
, Fellow" at his full worth he -wrote this'
article In. an hour, stopping occasionally
,in a mental research for. the right phrase.
Ho was seated at a desk in the rear room
of his saloon on Forty-second street. Out
.side were several of his friends; constant
ly, the attendant was coming to him with;
Hie remark that one or the other cf them
, wanted j him "to have , something." On
. each occasion, he took .a. cigar.. He' says
'he has stopped his battles wlth : John Bar
leycorn, Who, he admits, Is' the most juc
' cessful "knocker-out" he ever encoun
tered. And there is not a man,who knows
: John . L. ' Sullivan, ,;'al ways on, the ; level,"
who does ; not hope he will ~ never change
his mind. , ; . HUGH J. BEIRNE.
THE FUTURE OF PRIZE-FIGHTING
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