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If Martin's Department Is Enjoined the
State Soldiers Will Appear
'-.board of supervisors and the police department, an armed force would be
V: necessary. To make the order official, he telegraphed to % General Lauck's
office in Sacramento, ordering the companies to be held.in readiness.
The announcement of the step struck the city like a thunderclap. While
. ;. : there had been vague and undefined rumors of it, it was suspected by none
:; \ ; that action so drastic as this would be deemed necessary to stop a prize fight.
"\u25a0„\u25a0\u25a0. - • '"The fight will not be held," repeated Gillett time and .again, during the
• .v.day. "If there is no other way, the militia will be ordered out."
;\u25a0"\u25a0 ' It was only as the day's events developed that Ahe full import of the
-situation began to be discerned and understood. All day long the wildest
"•.Tumors ran riot. There were stories that the entire state coast artillery corps,
• now mobilized and ready at the Presidio, was to be marched to the arena
and encamp there; others to the effect that plans had been made whereby
militiamen in plain clothes were to station themselves in the arena and at
a command stop the contest at the point of revolvers. The rumors surged up
and down the city and in the afternoon centered around Judge Van Nos
trand's court, in which was to be heard the application for an injunction
to restrain the fighters by order of the court.
The question then arose as to whether Judge Van Nostrand would
support the governor or not. Scores of lawyers thronged the corridors, argu
. ing on the legal merits of the application, the majority of them seeming to
hold that it would be a violation of the principles of the law to grant it. The
hearing was behind closed doors, within the private chambers of the 'judge.
Attorney General Webb, accora-*—
panied by "William Cobb, an assistant,
appeared with the application. The
. plea for the injunction was not to pre
vent the crime of fighting-, but to re
strain the fight on the ground that it
was a public nuisance. District At
torney Fickert was called in to the
. consultation and after about half an
hour the doors opened and Wekb and
Cobb came out, both palpably chag
rined and disappointed.
"Gentlemen," said Webb to the
Queries hurled at him from all sides,
"the presiding judge of the superior
court has denied the application for
. a restraining order in the prize fight
matter of the People vs. Kaufman,
. Langford and the Metropolitan ath
•:-'_ letic club."* The two passed on. The
\u25a0•• patrons and supporters of the fight
. laughed and the crowd hummed and
buzzed with excitement. ~
"My reason for denying the appli
.; cation," said Judge Van Nostrand,
"\u25a0was on the ground that sufficient time
• had not been given defendants for the
\u25a0 presentation of their defense."
" : In the face of the order of the court
\u25a0; Governor Gillet's determination to
'". stop the fight at all costs became all
\u25a0 the more indomitable. The confident
; expectation of his opponents that his
Inability to obtain the injunction
would result in a complete victory for
them and that he would back down
f from his stand, were overthrown. In
. stead of backing down he became the
\u25a0- more drastic. . Whatever hopes he
• might have had of the court siding
. " with him being lost, he turned to his
own gubernatorial power exclusively.
. Behind him were the bayonets of the
national guard and these he prepared
to Invoke.
"I say this fight will not be held." he
declared, smashing his closed fist down
.• on his desk. "It is a felony — a clear
:cut. palpable felony, and it will not
Then it was that the police depart
ment and district attorney interfered.
. - Chief Martin, who all day had kept
- , strictly neutral and silent, jumped to
• the forefront, taking the case into his
.'. own hands.
1 ; "I have not been consulted" he told
• " the governor, "but I have decided to
interfere. I have decided to police that
fight, and if you insist on having your
• militia there the probabilities are' that
there will be a clash. You can see that
•' In case of this kind many innocent per
.- sons will suffer and innocent blood
will be shed. Therefore, 1 ask you to
.\u25a0 withdraw your order and keep your
• troops away."
"I will keep away the troops only
on one condition," retorted Gillett, "and
that is that as chief of police of San
Francisco you promise me that those
• .two men shall not fight."
"I promise you that," said Chief Mar
• , tin.
"Then on that promise to prevent .the
£ fight I will promise not to. have the
* troops sent to the ringside."
• I At this conference District Attorney
i Fickert interrupted, saying that if the
{governor had given him information
r that a felony was about to be com
! mitted he personally would have seen
f'that it was checked.
"You did not show any such incllna
• i tion by the statements you made In the
| public pre??," retorted the governor,
f angrily.
•* "I was misquoted," replied Fickert.
"Inasmuch as those interviews were
(•,ln line with a telephonic .communication
: I had with you and in line \u25a0with a let
•j ter you wrote to me on the subject, it
; does not make any difference whether
< you were misquoted or not- You have
made your position in this matter
pretty clear, Mr. District Attorney, and
. I want you to understand that I am
doing the same thing."
With Chief Martin's definite promise
that he would prevent the "fight it ap
peared as if the whole difficulty had
been swept away and the fight problem
- solved. But while the officials j argued
and fought they neglected, to pay atten
. tion to an Important- personage in the
strange imbroglio — Louis Blot, the pro
moter in charge of the Langford-Kauf
man fight. Him they had neglected to
take Into consideration, but by nightfall
he succeeded in overturning the entire
plans and making worthless the prom
"This fight is going on," he said. "I
have not been notified by any official to
stop, and I hold that I am within, my
rights. I plan to give a boxing exhibi
tion according to the provisions of the
code, and If the chief of police inter
* feres I.will have him, enjoined. ;l have
certain rights In this matter which can
Bot be overlooked."
The situation again became . acute.
Tith the district under, martial law and
lie militia on the ground, injunctions
irom a civil court would -be absolutely,
worthless; but there was. nothing: to
prevent the police 'from being enjoJned.
.The question was laid to Chicf >.Mar
tin. "What do you intend to do in- case
j-ou are enjoined?" ' . \u0084; . \u25a0' . ".<
"There will be no fight," said the
chief stubbornly.. .
"Does that mean that you will dis-
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obey an order from the court?"
"Oh, no. There will be no fight. I
promised the governor that, and — and
there will be no fight."
"Will you disobey the court order?"
"No, I do not say that. If there is
an Injunction I do not know what I
will do; but there is no use talking
about that matter. There will be no
The latest difficulty was then put to
Governor Gillett and he was asked
what he intended to do if the police,
by injunction were rendered power
less to interfere.
"Then," replied GUlett. "I will.pro
claim martial law and turn the troops
into the areqa. It might as well be
realized now that I do not intend to
have that fight held here. I am deter
mined in that matter and the sooner
the promoters understand this the bet
ter it will be for them."
The situation changed complexion
every hour of the day, but through the
tourmoil the governor refused to give
in. Criticism, arguments, pleas he met
with the same remark:
"The fight will not be held."
The strain of it told on him. He
was white and haggard and his voice
rose high in discussion. He was plain
spoken to an embarrassing point. His
attitude to District Attorney Fickert
was openly hostile and bordered on
the openly contemptuous. He over
looked the latter altogether in his
dealings, speaking directly to Chief
Martin and demanding his promise.
Toward the very last as he prepared
to board his train for Sacramento he
allowed his feelings to show himself in
speaking to a body of newspapermen
"I feel I am right in this stand," he
said, "and it is hard to have my mo
tives misconstrued. Nobody realizes
more than I do what it meang to have
state troops rushed into a city, but I
only wanted the promise of the officials
to prevent crime, to withhold any such
action." .
The only light touch to the day was
the remark made by Sam Langford
when informed that state troops were
to be called out.
"Gem'men," said Langford, solemnly
Ah doan mind fightin* that ere Mister
Kaufman, but this bayonet game am a
new one on me. Ah shorely doan rel
ish the idee, of clinching with a bayo
net, specially when Ah'm stripped." •
The remark was repeated to the gov
ernor and he laughed uproariously,
making the most of what little comedy
the whole affair had given him. While
crossing the bay to Oakland he gave
out an interview summing up his ac
tions throughout the sensational day
"It is neither my inclination nor my
duty," he began, "to order In the state
troops when the local authorities can
cope with a situation, but it certainly
is my intention and my duty to do so
when I discover that the local author
ities either can not or will not prevent
the commission of crime within their
"In the case of the prize fights I
awaited the f action of District Attor
ney Fickert, hoping that he would
take the proper measures.. There is
no getting away frpm the fact that the
time has come when prize fighting
has to cease in California. To me the
law on the subject was clear, it did
not take me long to observe that the
decision of our sister state on the
same subject under the same circum
stances were against such exhibitions
and I naturally, thought that the dis
trict attorney on reading the law would
arrive at the same understanding of
It. Ultimately I called him up over
the telephone and from the conversa
tion I, had wlthjtiim I saw that he did
not Intend to prevent the Jeffries-John
son fight. A day later I received a
letter" from him expressing the same
"Then I decided to take the matter
Into my own hajnds. I had his letter on
my desk when I wrote to the attorney
general, telling him to take legal steps
to stop the fight, and If not then to
prosecute those who violated the law.
"Of the court decision I do not care
to speak, inasmuch as that speaks for
itself. But I saw this evening that
drastic measures were necessary, and I
was fully determined that they should
be taken if no other way could be
found to stop the fight Saturday after
noon. I was making the last arrange
ments when I was informed that Chief
of Police Martin and District Attorney
Fickert wished to consult with me Of
course, I immediately expressed my
pleasure of meeting with them and
talking the situation over.
"My. dealings were with Chief Martin
I told Fickert that I was surprised that
he should wish to interfere, as I had
judged from his published statements
that he had no desire to take*- any
steps-In the case. He replied that he
had been misquoted in the papers r
"Then, sir,' I told him,? 'it ; does not
make much difference, 1 , inasmuch as
these interviews were in line with your
conversation with me and with your
letter.' . • \ ; "
"No sooner did Chief Martin tell, me
that he promised ; to prevent the fight
than I left the matter, in his" hands.
That was all I : : needed.' It'was hot my
desire . to stir up trouble, but I\ am de
termined -to ccc '\u25a0\u25a0 that ' the law -is 'f- hot
MONTEREY; JunV'l7.— Ordersrto: hold themselves in .readiness to proceed to San Fran
cisco with 'their commands were received - today by the officers of the Fifth regiment, national
guard ,of California. Commanding officers of Companies H of 'Hayward, G of Alameda, D of
San Rafael and F of Oakland were ordered to return to 'their respective headquarters from the
summer encampment here and hold themselves in readiness to proceed to San Francisco to- .
morrow afternoon.
All the officers of the Fifth regiment were paid off today that they might be. in readiness to
leave at a moment's notice.' V V
The following officers of the regiment started north on the train which left here at 3:20
p. m. : Colonel D. A. Smith, Major G. H. -Wet hern, Major M. W. Simpson, Captain Rustin
McConnell, G company ; Captain Fred W. Peterson, quartermaster ; Captain R. T. Faneuf, adju
tant; Captain Meyer Herman, commissary; Captain A. W. Stedley, D company; Captain C. A.
Sullivan,' F company;* Captain J. j. Borref H company, and the subalterns of the companies
Jeff Thinks Politics Is Mixed Up With Governor Gillett's
Orders Forbidding Promoters to Hold Fight Here
ARDENNAN, June 17.— "1t really looks
as 1 if it's all off with; the fight so -far
as San Francisco is concerned," said
Jim Jeffries at noon today, as he was
loking out of the window of .the hotel
dining room and talking -to' the mem
bers of the press.; *'I never dreamed
of such a thing happening and can not
account for the governor taking this
late stand after all the trouble and ex
pense we have gone, thinking that' the
governor was sincere when he said he
would not interfere.
"I think there is a dirty lot of pol
itics mixed up in this affair. What
would start the governor making this
move at this late date? Do church
people think, they are 'pursuing a re
ligious course in starting this . agita
tion after a man like Rickard has in
vested most of his fortune, and stands
a chance of going broke? If they do,
I don't want to speak to many church
people. ' "* - : .
"I really .don't think the governor
has acted fairly in this matter. I trust
and hope the right will 1 stay in San
Francisco. I will stick by Rickard
and Gleason at any cost."
Jeffries expressed his sincere sym
pathy for Rickard, whom .he called a
game and honest man. He appre
ciates what a loss the change means
to the Nevadan and feels keenly, the
injury done to the promoter.
It is expected that the camp will be
broken up tomorrow, and this will
practically end Jeffries' training here.
He has an engagement to do a sparring
turn at the casino at Santa Cruz Sun
day, and according to the present plans
this will be the last: seen of Jeffries
in training in California for all time.
According to . the present arrange
ments, Jeffries will leave either late
on Sunday .or early Monday for Reno,
violated in California in this open and
wanton manner."
Fickert in a brief statement declared
that he had ever been ready and will
ing tp stop the fight, if he had been
in possession of evidence to prove that
it was going to be any more than a
boxing match as the law construed it.
"The governor says he has evidence
to show that the contest is to be a
prizefight. If he had -he has not com
municated this evidence to me. , As a
lawyer he ought to know that Tie can
not take these high handed measures
on hearsay- evidence and surmise. By
calling out the militia he has done the
city irreparable harm and particular
ly at a time when it was necessary to
establish its good name in : the easL
Tonight's dispatches will brand San
Francisco as a lawless place requir
ing the presence of armed soldiery to
prevent crime. He has taken the mat
ter too seriously."
Louis Blot's colossal arena at Eighth
and Howard streets promises to be the
scene of a rather lively, torrid dedica
tion this afternoon. The man whose
name it bears boldly shouted to the
world last night that he will dedicate it
with the 20 round boxing contest j be
tween Al Kaufman of San Francisco
and Sam Langford, colored, of Boston.
Governor Gillett promises to have the
state militia dedicate the place. Chief
of Police Martin believes that the dedi
cation ceremonies, willlbe conducted by
some of the members of his staff. -Dis
trict Attorney Fickert lives- in hopes
that he and a few of his associates also
will figure prominently, in; the affair. ,
The general impression" all, over the
city is that neither of J the principals
will step into the ring. Late last night
Kaufman announced that he would re
port at, the arena, but that he would
not climb 'within the ropes unless he
felt positively certain that there would
be no Interference on the" part of the
officers of the law. v His manager, Bob
Deady," takes a like. view' of ;it. %
So far as is known/ the two prelim
inary fights will be allowed to proceed
without interruption. These are . both
six round affairs. The first is to be be
tween - Charles I Rogers | and; Kid IQuinn.
Steve Douglas Vill ,be the referee. • He
announced last night that. he ; ; would; be
there to do his duty, even if he - has to
go to jail. The fighters also "declare
that they willgolon, though there is a
chance that they will weaken at; the
last minute. ' : ; . : 2:> - "
"I haye • completed ,all my. plans and
I will carry them through- as far, as I
can," said Blot last' evening. "My at
torneys, Dorn, Dora! &v Savage; : have
been working on this case all day long
and I am acting under thelri instruc
tions; .If the) fight is ; interfered with,
then I will take the case;to ) the „ courts
without further : ceremony. I want
quick/action in; this case. .; .
VMy attorneys have promised me that
they will be able to get a decision \ by
the ( \u25a0 court : by ' next afternoon
at the latest. This iiheans . that \we iwill
then know whether or not boxing icon
tests will* hereafter; be permitted ; in', the
state iof California^ ft I believe I that? I
will win my case.^ Anyhow," I twill be
game, to "the ; ? finish and die with my
boots on." ,'\u25a0 \u25a0 \u25a0 \u25a0'..\u25a0\u25a0' : ~~~?*!~'-J- ;\u25a0;"'\u25a0 ' \u25a0• -'>:"'; ~: '*"--.• : * ;jr . : \
\u25a0:) Neither ;• Kaufman 1 nor . his » manager,
Boby Deady, take f such; a cheerful view
of the 7 situation <~ as 7 does ; Blot. Both
of i them * looked I rather? sul len v and J: sad
last night, and they, have ? good • reason/
There will, be; nonfat 'purse lin sigh C It
goes 1 , without ; saying" that "this
does not r figure v to $ draw^out^a:; record
breaking crowd,'! or nobody knows .what
is i going -to* happen.' t \'?' r '" ; . , V. V
'; : Joe: Woodman,";, Langford's '; manager,
takes the ; same i/vlew/o^ the
situation '•; as '{ does X Kauf maivi'i* He
nounced v last S night I that -\ he .will } have
his - fighter *; on" the s Job,"* ready to ' \u25a0 ap
[Special DhpatcK to The Catt]
where he will go into training imme
diately.; if a- move is necessary.
Manager Sam Berger made a hasty
trip to the city last night and returned
early,, this morning.
Berger informed Jeff that it was
practically up with the fight so far as
San -Francisco was concerned. They
are still hanging to a thread, hoping
against hope; that something .will
come; up that , will cause the governor
to recede from his present stand. ,-..-\u25a0
, Jeffries' statement came .when he
learned that Governor Glllett had or
dered the militia out to stop the Lang
ford-Kaufman fight in San Francisco
tomorrow. He was very sorry at first,
and declared that the press' could not
go too strong for him in < criticising
Governor. Gillett. Afterward Jeff /was
tempered down by his diplomatic wife,
who realized' that a rash statement iat
this time, might be a bad move, took
the big;; fellow in hand and gave -him
his cue. . \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0• '\u25a0*?<
Corbett still thinks that there is a
-faint" chance and .does not want to do
or ' say anything that might interfere
with it. >
Berger said that things looked bad
for the fight being held July 4, but he
maintained that if Governor Gillett al
lowed the ease to be tried In court,
strictly on its merit, the battle would
come off as per schedule. But, on the
other hand, he maintained if the' state's
executive continues to use every tech T
nicai weapon then it will force the
promoters to take the fight to another
state.;."- ._;\u25a0;,- \u25a0 ; . : '-, v*,.-v-,. '• ,*
Everybody connected with. Jeffries',
camp is making guarded statements "soi
as not to say anything that might; of-!
fend Governor Gillett. • -.\u25a0> .'-, ';
• I The troubles that the promoters are
having with the governor again upset
Jeff's training, and unless a* change is
pear. But this is as far as he is will
ing to go. Woodman has been warned
by Chief of Police Martin that the fight
can not take place and he does not
care much about bucking the law.
. "Yes, I will be there, teadyto do my
duty as the referee," said Eddie Graney.
"I don't know whether there will be
anything for me to do, but if there; is
they will find me right on the spot. I
have a clear conscience and I am not
going to violate; the law in any way.
The outlook is .none too bright, but I
will take a chance at all events."
Rickard, Gleason, Berger and possi
bly Johnson will all.be; there to look
ther situation over. Just as soon as
feels convinced that the fight is to *be
stopped Rickard will make up his mind
to hop on the next train for Reno and
say goodby. to San Francisco so far as
the big battle is concerned. It Is his
own private opinion' that Kaufman and
Langford will riot step into Blot's new
ring this afternoon at "the appointed
It is; not known whether or not the
authorities will bother "any of .the
spectators, but. the belief is that the
principals, promoter, referee and eec
onds.wlll be the only ones whom; the
minions of the law will pay any atten
tion to. /The chances are that most of
the crowa will remain on the outside.
\ Life was one long golden dream for
J. Arthur Johnson 1 -yesterday, as he
spent his time just as he liked without
disturbance of any kind.
j Probably the most delightful part; of
the day's doings for the. blg^ cinder was
when he appeared at the office, of the
bond and warrant clerk -In the;tempo
rary hall of Justice and*- asked for ai
felony warrant for the arrest of George
Little, . his former .'manager, on \u25a0 the
charge of passing.a fictitious check for
$300. t "While the warrant . ..was ; not
granted a citation was issued against
Little, ; ordering s f- him .to appear,. this
morning and showcause why the war
rant should not be allowed. ? - ~i'.:\- : l's
Next to the warrant I incident John
-son's cup of joy was still further filled/
when he appeared at the' office •of \u25a0 the
sheriff and gave aa v < $5,000 cash \bond for
the .release of .the attachments on -' his
automobiles. . Llttle'caused 5 the attach-,
ments;to be, placed "^n 1 the; machines on
Thursday as 1 security -for* aisuit/over
some $2,300, which the former manager
of) the champion claims. Is due hlm/ v ; ; . ,
: Later, in: the day,/ Johnson said:. >"r
« "I hear the call of the wild. ** Me for
a little spin In the auto." . •. / : '-, : "\
t "Here, here," shouted -several of his
training crew, "you^promised Rickard
you would not do* that." \u25a0 ' - \
v With great mock dignity Jack (drew
himself Ito full height and answered :
;,','l:anra manfof-my; word/suh. V It Is
not, for ,; the pleasure B of driving 1 that 1 1
will " take tmy car, on the road,' but if or
the ; express purpose of If 'that
pesky; deputy who guarded the car last
night got away. ' with; any.i of -the gears
or cylinders." ; %|^^^^^^>|.?s-^SCw?
Wi th vv aYa V sly ; wink Johnson B raced | up
the beach to -the;garage.;and:ln.a;min
ute^ hadvhis Void -; roadster j spitting and
roaring like "a cannonade. Dexterously
backlng_ the * machine <from the . garage
Johnson'- turned Into: the boulevard;and
a- minute^ later/ was lostiin^aVcloud^of
dust i a, mile \ away. ••> But,' though -he' was
.tempted f arid j fell,' 1 Johnson X showed- that
he \was ! partially: Incllned> to keep from
worrying Rickard 1 too much, as. the big
black was gone - less : than I five \ minutes,'
when ; he '\u25a0£ returned ' to ; the "hotel " and
stabled his car. : • ';' - : .;.;.-^
;'"*,,'>' After t, all," " remarked* Johnson, with
one t of \u25a0 his ",". most i expansive 1 : smiles,": "I
don;t think he. took a thing off the car."
' j ."Gbldfield is 'the best place in Nevada
for 'the r Jeff ries- Johnson'i contest,''- said
J. v H. Brown; 1 * traffic \u25a0•': manager •of the
1 made soon or some definite action js
taken there is a possibility that Jeff
may not be in as good condition as if
nothing had come up.
Jeff practically loafed again today.
i He did nothing In the morning but
stroll about the grounds with a rifle In
his hand shooting gophers. In a talk
with his 'friend, .-Al vie- King. Jeff said
•he .would not be worried if the pro
j moters were forced to take the fight
into Nevada.
"That high altitude will not affect
me as much as It will thje other fel
low," declared Jeff. "You know I have
been dwelling "around these mountains
fora long time and I am right at home
in them."
Jeff went on the road this afternoon.
He took another trip .to Mount Ben
Lomond and was accompanied by his
brother Jack, Joe Choynski, Roger Cor
nell, Farmer Burns and David Lewi
Corbett left for the city this after
noon but said that he would return in
time to fill his sparring exhibition date
scheduled at the Santa Cruz casino on
Sunday. ./
Jeff and all the. trainers have packed
and are ready to move. Arrangements
are being made to secure a training
camp in or around Reno.
Manager Sam Berger phoned Jef
fries a message tonight notifying him
to pack and be ready to start for
Reno on short notice. The (game ,was
up, said Berger over the phone, and
there was no- chance of the governor
changing his attitude.
:\u25a0 Jeff, said tonight that he would' give
his sparring exhibition with Corbett
at Santa Cruz Sunday night and then
leave ' that evening for Reno, going by
way of Santa Cruz, Pajaro and Sacra
mento. The other members of his
training staff probably " will follow
early Monday. ,
Las Vegas and Tonopah railroad, yes
terday. Btfown is in thiscity working
to secure the big millfor the big Ne
vada mini&g camp.
"We have guaranteed Rickard 6,000
tickets at $20 each and I , have no
doubt that we can guarantee at least
another 1,000 tickets at the same price.
Goldfleld has more and better hotel
accommodations than any other town
In Nevada and besides we have a large
railroad yard and can easily park 20
or. 30 special trains.
'.'Then we have all of the other camps
to draw from— Manhattan, Tonopah,
Rhyolite, Beatty and Blair. Rickard
can pull the big fight off In Goldfleld
and stands to do Just as well there as
in San Francisco.
"We have a committee In. Gold field
working on the matter and may make
a better guarantee tomorrow. We can
get the lumber for the arena from this
city to Goldfleld within 50. hours and
it will be easy to land a large force
of carpenters there in less time than
it takes to haul the lumber."
RE NO, June 17.— -William McCar
ney, special j| representative of Rick
ard and Gleason In Reno made the fol
lowing statement regarding the possi
bility of the fight being taken to Gold
field and the probability of Its being
held in; Reno:
"I do not attach any importance to
the Goldfleld offer at all. On leaving
San Francisco there was no mention of
Goldfleld, | Carson, Ely or "any place else
but > Reno. The city officials and the
businessmen of Reno have, gone to 'the
battle ?,with a vim and have assured
them every protection. They will erect
the , arena; and take care of the license.
Every offer made by the Reno people is
bona fide and this looks likeHhe logical
place 'to; decide the fight.
, "The . businessmen mean to go
through with eve,ry promise they have
made. This Is proven-, by the fact that
'they have already i arranged with lum
ber merchants, . contractors and labor
ers and are ready tostart work on the
arena at '• once. ; Nowhere in the . coun
try will • promoters *or fighters be I ac
corded ; as ; good treatment . as they will
here: in" Reno. \u25a0 r .
"I have looked • into the hotel, res
taurantand: railway facilities and find
them' perfect. Sufficient sidings are on
the 5 edge -' of l the f town to take- care iof
all J the ' special trains coming from the
east 1 and .west. Further; than this, the
Southern Pacific will make such' a low
rate \ f rom ' San j that Itj makes
it ?an inducement to the people on the
coast." \u25a0 \u25a0 ""\u25a0\u25a0-\u25a0" ,-' .
i GOLDFIELD, . Nev., June 17.— The of
fer of $120,000 for the Jeffries-John
son: flghtfon July 4, which caused Tex
Rickard ; to favor; this ; city, as a site
f or.VHhe \battle; i'lwas ' -telegraphed by
MauriceYJ.;, Sullivan, .president of the
Goldfleld ] chamber. of commerce. - v :
I r fGoldfield wants . the . fight," Sullivan
saidi today." "and we , get it if there
Is * any; way /of doing so. ; fWe "carried
through i- the Gans-Nelson '.battle when
Goldfleld \ had \ but 'one 5 railroad \u25a0 arid the
gate'J receipts ; were " s69,0 00, the)great
est»gate J money on ; record iupv to i that
time.' 3 Since thenjanother railroad out
let has been -supplied ; for. the town." In
fact,*^ there ; : are three r roads," one " direct
to ; Los 'i^ngeles, ' another I direct ; to ; Salt
Lake and ' the j old; road : connectlng.-with
the Pacific's main line at
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;-v''So": far:, as; the: arena. is.concerried^it
Vouldi: not | take ; us# 24 1 hours",' to J bring
In"; lumber| f rom^San", Pedro. f^Goldfleld
wants 'j, the i fight 'and vis going ;\u25a0: to .-", try
mighty I hard to \ clinch /, Rickard'a
tative acceptance of iltat offer.*
Is Planning to Leave for Reno Tonight,
But Still Clutches at Straw
Shortly before midnight last night Promoter Blot,
through his attorneys j Dorn, Dora & Savage, announced
that he would make a definite announcement this morning
at 10 o'clock as to whether or not he would attempt to pull
off the Kaufman-Langford contest. It was common gos
sip last night that Blot is ready to throw up the sponge.
HE "On to Reno" chorus rang out louder and louder yesterday after
noon and last night. Every sport in town who had the price of a
ticket and railroad fare to the Nevada town was singing it. Tex Rickard
is all packed and ready for the start. He will hop on the northbound train
this evening or tomorrow morning, and when he arrives in Reno he will be
met by three committees — one from Reno, one from Goldfield and one from
Ely. Each town wants the fight, and the one which makes the best financial^
inducement to the daredevil promoter will land it.
"But, remember, I am like a dying man clutching at the last straw,"
added Rickard. "It looks as though I still have a dying chance to pull the
fight off in San Francisco; but I will know by tomorrow night, anyhow."
This all means that Rickard intends to wait the result of the contest
between Kaufman and Langford, which Promoter Louis Blot has scheduled
for this afternoon. The Nevada man has his doubts — his serious doubts.
He can't see many rays of sunshine breaking through the threatening clouds;
but he is still a gambler and he is still willing to take a chance and wait till
the final moment. It's a cold matter of dollars and cents with Rickard now.
Any sentiment which he may have been heir to has takea wings and flown.
Jack Gleason still regards the Hvhole affair as a sort of joke. At least,
he leads all questioners to take this* \u25a0 — — — \u25a0 \u25a0'\u2666»
view of it. Gleason can't see why the
governor will not stand for that flght
at Eighth and Mission streets. Neither
can he explain why the governor won't
stand % for it. But at all event 3 the
local man absolutely refuses to take
the situation seriously.
All day long Rickard was kept busy
opening telegrams from various min
ing towns which are looking for the
flght.! Goldfleld came In early with an
offer of a bonus of $120,000, to be de
rived by the sale, of 6,000 tickets at
$20 each. This rather appealed to Rick
ard, but he admitted that he could
not for the life of him figure out where
the good citizens of Goldfield are going
to get their hands on $120,000.
Then came Reno once again. Rick
ard looks upon Reno as the most log
ical place of them all. " He has been
positively assured by the leading busi
nessmen of that city that they will
build him an arena and give him a
flght license free of v charge. This is
as far as they will go, but at that it
looks mighty good to the wandering
promoter at this stage of the game.
Just as he was endeavoring to frame
himself up to take a chance at the
dinner table Tex was handed another
telegram. This one came from Las
Vegas, another little mining camp
away down in southern Nevada. Of
course they want the flght there, and
of course Rickard wired back that he
would consider the offer. But it does
not look as though Las Vegas stands
much of a chance to land. Still, It is
on the • fighting map.
Ely is still on the job. Rickard re
ceived several wires from its leading
businessmen yesterday afternoon and
last night. \u25a0 The only objection Rickard
has to Ely is that it is too far off
the main railroad line and that the
telegraph facilities are not adequate
to handle a great big championship
affair. Still, if the proper inducements
are "made, Rickard may decide to cast
his lot with the men in the copper
camp, which, by the way, is his own
present home and scene of his mining
So far as the two fighters are con
cerned, Rickard Is not worrying at all..
Both of them have promised him faith
fully that they will fight wherever he
decides to pitch the ring.
Small Hope for Life of
State League
FRESNO, June 17. — Local baseball
men today express but little hope that
the California league will be in exist
ence after the present week. President
Frank Shuck; makes, no secret oj, the
fact that he Is thoroughly discouraged
and that he is ready to give up the
local franchise stfbuld any one be found
willing to take it.
The players, who on Monday last
served notice on Chuck that unless
their salaries were forthcoming on
Wednesday they would refuse to play
Fresno any longer, have as yet not re
ceived their money, though they have
announced through - Manager McDon
ough that they will stretch a point and
play .out the; series which begins in
Fresno tomorrow against San Jose.
The Denver club, to which organiza
tion McDonough belonged before he
came to Fresno, is after him.
MEMPHIS, June 17.— George Robert
son and his Simplex 90 won the honors
at the old Montgomery park racecourse
this afternoon. In, each event he com
peted Robertson came first with Ray
Harroun In second position. Track
conditions, however, precluded any at
tempt at record breaking, the condition
of ; ; the dirt track .making unusually
fast driving risky." * .
Smooth, healthy skins are a rarity in Summer^ Most persons are an-
noyed with pimples, boils, rashes or eruptions, while . others . suffer mors
severely with Eczema, . Acne, Tetter, Salt Rheum, or some kindred skin
disease. All skin affections come, from humors and acids in the circulation.
Thev : blqod,7aS' it circulates through the system, deposits these acids and
\u25a0humors jin the sensitive membranous flesh which lies just beneath tha
outer / skin .; or tissue ' covering, the body. Thi3\ acrid .matter causes
inflammation" and * a' discharge t'which breaks through the delicate cuticle,
and skin diseases are the result. To cure any skin trouble the blood must
be freed from all acids and humors, and for this purpose nothing equals
S; S. S. /. This great blood ; purifier goes down into the circulation andl
completely. removes every .'.'particle or impurity, enriches the blood and isr
this way permanently cures skin diseases. S. S. S. cures, because it purifies
the blood : and allows 'it to'nourish, soothe, and soften the skin instead of
irritating it with! nery acids and humors.. Book on Skin Diseases and any
medical advice free. -THE SWIFT SPECIFIC CO., ATLANTA, GA.
Work on the big arena at Eighth)
and Market streets was resumed yes
terday morning because of a misun
derstanding between Rickard antfc
[Jleason. On Thursday afternoon Rick
ard notified the contractors to cease
operations. Gleason ordered them ta
resume work again yesterday, and they
managed to nail up several thousands
of dollars' worth of lumber before
Rickard was advised of what was go
tng on. He hurried out to the place
and quickly called the carpenters and
laborers off the job-
Colonel Henry Kowalsky, ; attorney*
who drew up the articles for the con
test, had a long conference with the!
promoters yesterday afternoon. Hia
advice to them is to stick and to> test
the law. He declares emphatically that ;
the governor Is In the wrong and that,
if Gleason and Rickard make up their
minds to go through with their plansr
they can pull the battle off in Saa
Francisco and make money out of it.
Opinions of a like nature cams pour
ing in from several well known local
attorneys yesterday afternoon and last
night. But Rickard paid little or no
attention to them. It Is his firm belief
that the • governor has made -up his
mind to prevent the fight and that it
would be foolish for him or any other
man to attempt to buck the state
executive. Rickard has heard so much
legal advice during the last three days
that he has become calloused. He does
not take it seriously any more.
Sam Berger, Jeffries' manager, mad©
a hurry up trip from the Rowardennan
camp yesterday morning and spent a
large portion of the day conferring
with Gleason. Berger brings the news
that his fighter is simply waiting to
hear where the battle is to be fought.
He is practically packed and ready to
move at a moment's notice. Apparent
ly Jeff is not doing any worrying.
Rickard announced last night that
already the sum of $135,000 has been
taken in for tickets and .that as much
more is in sight for seats reserved but
not. yet paid for. Telegrams canceling
seat orders poured in from all parts of
the country yesterday and several per
sons wired in an effort to get their
money back, believing that the fight
will be called off.
Barney Schreiber May
Quit Racing Game
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
CHICAGO, June 17. — Discouraged by
the legislation' unfavorable to racing
in New York state, Barney Schreiber
probably will dispose of hl3 immense
thoroughbred breeding establishment.
Woodlands stud, near St. Louis, unless
there Is an improvement in the tutf^,
situation In the near future.
He has an idea that he may find a
market for his famous stallion Sala
in France, and the choicest of hi 3
mares will go to the Argentine repub
lic if he decides to disperse hl3 stud.
His California breeding establish
ment may also be disposed of.
The Maori team of Rubgy foot
ballers from New Zealand, who will
play a game at the Mission and
Twelfth streets grounds next Saturday,
has started training. Rugby experts
who witnessed their scrum formations
and passing yesterday were amazed at
the agility of such large men. The
team will be out at the stadium at
11 o'clock this morning. The Maori
team will be entertained at the Presa
club tonight.

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