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The Call's Page of Sports
Instincts as Old as Race Itself to
Be Satisfied at Reno
Fascination of Witnessing Two
Superlatively Fit Beings
Battle Grips All
( Spetkl Diipclch to The Cell]
RENO, July 3.— The world is
pouring into Reno today the
multitudes from the farthest
shores of this country and from coun
" tries beyond the seas. Tomorrow
'America will pause in the celebration
: of her anniversary for tidings from the
. >.rena where these thousands will sit.
..Two men are going to fight; "and
= these two arc the best of their kind.
:' There lies the reason for all this in
:.. merest for this tenseness . iii the air.
' .The people of today know that these
:.-t\yo six footers represent the best of
;,C\ii righters. And of the two, the
\u25a0 breathless thousands want to know
•' which is superior. Who will liek —
'\u25a0\u25a0 "'that is it — Jeffries or Johnson? Who
:. v.ill lick?
" . /It is nothing to be ashamed of, this
... interest. It is as old as the old race
-of man. It antedates our finer things,
as v antedates our evasions and sub
\u25a0 I'eties. It goes back to the days when
man" born of woman wore no clothes.
.And from those days it has come
. «!o\vn, retaining its. strength, until this
;. t&ird day of July, 1910.
.'•'" It is a brutal thing and, inasmuch
: ss we are strong, we are brutal, too.
\u25a0' Brutal in the word's better sense, bru
tal enough to go to war and revere
our war's heroes, brutal enough to
Jight fair and to glory in it, and brutal
- enough to brave hardships and endure
Luge things. We are fighters and we
are proud of it. And, being fighters,
we turn our backs on business and art
Snd industry, on books and offices
•r.nd laboratories and colleges; and we
crane our necks to watch two giants
\u25a0: .^!ug each other. They can slug a little
Tbetter and with more effect than any
v.thcr giants whom we know. They
are the best man to man fighters
Y.-hom we as a race have yet produced.
./Thpy are therefore well worth watch
ing, well worth special trains and long
journpys across far peas. To see these
•\u25a0 two batter each other is to have lived.
Therefore we come to Reno by the
The best of thoir kind; one repre
>pnts offensive fighting, the other de
fensive. One has always won because
.he kept on trying to best and paid no
attention to the blows of the man op
posite him. The other has always won
because he has been marvelous. in pro
ic-cting himself and while protecting
\u25a0.has always found an opportunity to
•; strike a vital blow. Each is complete,
therefore each is worthy of admira
<i£rE:v*E of prospect
Think of it! What we are going to
s<»e tomorrow afternoon. Picture what
tach of these two can do. Let your
mind go on ahead but for a few hours
to the afternoon in the planked arena
among the gray-brown hills. The
.\u25a0; dusty road, the thudding autos. the
paoke<j gate, the growing audience.
Thousands coming in and then more
I'ntll at last there conies that stir
which proclaims that the fight is near.
And then at length the fighters crawl
through the ropes. Robed, they wait
.i>r{efty; a bell clangs; they come to
jretlier; their gloved hands meet; they
separate again; they raise their fists;
they fight. They fight. Look at them,
at each of them, and see if fighting is
aot -a big tiling.
A tall, black negro, a skin as lus
trous as smooth silk. A lean body,
whose ribs show at times beneath the
tautened flesh. Huge, wide should
ers, whereon black muscles squirm in
licavy lumps. Arms long- and wonder
ful in girth. More than six feet he
stands, a splendid work in 'flesh and
blood* and bone. And watch him move.
I-ike a machine. He is so perfect in
the combination of his senses and his
hands that it seems as though error
wiire impossible, as though he were
immune from human misjudgment.
A blow flies toward his face; the
face is out of reach. A fist attacks his
body; his huge arms block the: way.
And when the other grapples with
liini mark the economies of motion, the.
absolute surencss with which limbs
and trunk work to one end.
Then look at. the other.. Sec the
chest so thick and so broad that" it
f««ms as though he were instead
Continued on Vase 12, Colm. 1 aud 2
Tommy Burns Says He Never
Saw the Calif ornian in
Finer Fettle
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
RENO, July 4. — Jeffries will surely
win today's championship battle. Put
that in ' your pipe/and smoke it. . I
have wagered my coin on the hairy
giant, and, as everybody knows. I am. a
conservative speculator, and if I wasn't
cocksure . of Jeff being, able to stow
away the husky negro who relieved
me of my title you can bet your last
dollar that I wouldn't be risking a
single cent on the result. -
I'm a pretty small chap compared to
Johnson. He towers over me like a
giant,, like redwood over' a pine
tree, and I j?av»-him ff the hardest battle
of his ontire career: If it hadn't been
for that punch on the jaw I received in
the. first round corning out of a clinch
when the referee was pulling: us apart
and Johnson took advantage of my arm
bein.£ held -I would have defeated John
son. Now if a much smaller man-c an
give Johnson such a hard fight what
should a monster liko Jeff do to him?
I look like a' pigmy when I stand. along
side of Jeff, and when Johnson gazea
across the ring and sees that mountain
of flesh spring toward him at the sound
of the fronK"he'll imagine he 1b tackling
a grizzly bear.
The Californian is in fine fettle.. I
I know what a trained athlete looks like.
I have trained for many battles and
hKve been around training: camps most
of my life, and never have I seen a
better specimen of physical manhood.
Jeff is right on edge, and. as he. is. a
fighter pure a.nd simple he doesn't need
to indulge in too much boxing to get in
Take it from me, Jen" will rush that
big "coon" off his feet. "Why, every
time they go to a clinch he'll take
some sap out of. Jack and it will not be
many rounds before the spectators will
see Johnson wilt before Jeff's furious
-I staved in Johnson's ribs and, l know
that I -can't hit as terrific- a punch as
Jeff. If I can get past Johnson's sup
posedly impenetrable guard," Jeff surely
will. That awful left hook will find a
resting spot on Johnson's short ribs
before the fight has gone a dozen rounds
and there will be a black fighter
squirming on 'the, mat. ', . .
For a while Johnson will be. able to
avoid Jeffries' swings, but even his
cleverness will not be able" to offset
Jeff's; wonderful strength. .They say
that Ijack -will wear down; the. big fel
low with his \u25a0 jabs !and ; right-hand : upp«r
cuts in the breakaways and- his right
cro*s. His left is no earthly* good. No
man can lick Jeff ; without a stiff Jeft
hand punch. 1 TheY Johnson, is r an easy
mark for af straight left. I caughthim
repeatedly with my left and everybody
Ciinlimird on Pace I O." «"olt:it«»;«*
REXO, July 3.— ln company, with the office; boy, who;
"\u25a0is a person of preternatural sagacity, I 'visited 'the .'
: Jeffries camp this morning." It'v/as -a- lesson -in
the compelling force of curiosity. 4 ' Crov/ds ;• of : gaping
citizens y.'ere grouped ! about"~in ;' bunches /• around' the
charmed inclosure where, uunderr r the -shade spread-/
ing tree, Jeffries and a select; company: of', bruisers: were. '
playing with a greasy pack of cards. The; curious mult i--:'
tude was kept awayat a respectable distance' by; a, cordon*;
of ropes. \u0084 , .. . \u25a0•.\u25a0.;/\u25a0.. .'\, : . .'.'/;
"You see."' explained ;an attendant to;me, "it ? s -only -
30 hours: away now," and if they got n.ear-T enough' they /
might put. stuff on him." •
"Stuff" in this relation was understood to mean.- some
sort 'of . '"dope", or drug .that' might "queer"- the- physical -
status of the central 'figure in the .'drama /of \ fists. VThc ;
game ofcarfis proceeded without interruption.; - ;;..:;
"Hcplay^ 'cm close to 'liis/bcUj'/'remarked /\u25a0 thcjoffic'c. ll^
boy; with critical /observation /of. the \ white' champion's ->.
methods. "And, gee, he's got a great poker »face !'•'/; •"•/• r
; \ don't -know about' that, but Jeffries had-a'.'scowl.;that "
never, comes off, and this/goes unexpectedly with-;his ' "
continuous performance; of gum chewing, .which: usually/,
indicates a placid beatitude of mental" Habit? Jeff /has
been called a grizzly bear. ..The fact isi he t belongs to the .
order, of ruminants and might remind .'one • of Tennyson's",:
"oiled and curled A ssyriair bull," ; if • his ciirl' had not-been
cropped ; to the bone as a, concession: to/ the ; need -of -.the '\u25a0\u25a0
prize' ring. There : will- be no hairrpullirig 'tomorrow.* \u0084 \u25a0 .
Johnson's camp;"presents a curious contrast:^ There
you find ' a strange company^ of prize "fighters, ' negroes,"
"ladies'' of. a sort, male persons of anbth'er/sbrt,4»traincrs, \u25a0
rubbers and all the miscellaneous," dubious camp> follow- ':
irig of. a" batjhhouse.' ;"/',"'."/"/"/; \:'/ / . \u25a0 - -" . '".' .
; The only thing in common; bet\veen;the twoi'carnps •
is' the gaping crowd of the curiotis: ';;'\u25a0 Johnson was 'not . :
visible to the eye of the vulgar, but a: husky-negro that
looked, big enough to/be a "champion \u25a0 bnjiser ; ; sat in . a
quiet corner of the stoop./;/ Keflooked .like ajperson of
some consequence • in' the .prize" fighting; world,f and - t the," .
crowd .took him for .Johnson. ,~"At v him/the" multitude -
gaped .for. half an hour in dumb worship and /at *a* re- f'
spectf ul .'distance, while, the, object rof their {attention ;. sat y ;
, taking 'it in as calmly •as Kipling's -.bloody^ 'eat He n; idol.!
Then somebody explained and thecrowd melted in"disgust.'
They had been worshiping the Vrong-'niggcr. ;' ' '
; ;The sheriff of \Vashoe,{being a*:rrian*of-.stfict"religious. '•:\u25a0
views, for at' least one day in , the ; week,: has;decided!'that ;
today being; Sunday,'^ there, shall Jbe-no^gambling-in^Rerioi
.until • midnight takes 'off vthe'JbaiV^ when Jonc'c-' more it
will ; be on.with: the ;dicc3-let : joy ;bc /u'nVorifineH.^ At;-'
lcast'one manun Reno had the courage^to?;raise'.his;voiceK-:
against, the -ii^ht -game;/: Rey : J Doctor/tUnsworthlof /thew-
Epi scopal \u25a0 church * devoted" his ' whole : sermon ltoday£to • at;}.
denunciation of; the" fight. * I ' fcariitjis -a '\u25a0'» voice? crying^ in* ."
the wilderness/of Washuc.. ' . ': ' r - ; ." •_* \u25a0
-[Special DiipatchUo The Call]
. The gamblers ; bitterly", resent the imposition, of. the
, lid for 24:hours*in, harvest, time. This-is the last big
killing that-- they expect to' make in Reno. A permanent
lid shuts 'down by. law in Optober. . The gamblers, unlike
the . common- run ;of arc not laying up money
against a rainy- day,. but against a drought/.
B6b~ ; - FitzsiiTimbns' drifted, clown' Virginia street th's
'mprning;-in /tow; of. Colonel Kowalsky.. \u0084 .
"I got a-mau in England;"' declared. Bob, at the top
; of- his- voice, ;"^hat kin lick am- of them." \u25a0\u25a0•',
: , -•'' .''lf 'Johnson wins : the fight," asked one =of the sports,
''will you. bring your. man over, to fight him?" ' *
:. • "Aw, ; - gwan, who's: Jphnson?'' asked, Bob. . with, fine
contempt' for his? crushed interlocutor.-
The; visiting;. hotel "thievesvherc 'arc .unusually , con
siderate.' They went.' through a long .row of rooms on
one corridor; last- night and cleaned up rr harvest, of : coin,
but cacTu one ;pi ithc sufferers' found" liis'.tfouscirs . next
morning in a'heatly'folded bundle- just outside his «ioor.
--/Tinker," tailor, i soldier, * sailbr,.;bcggarman,- plowman,
tlijef-^-thcy- are -all' here, andj-plentyMTiorc*- besides. ;' I
'. suppose ; Reno; never saw a'professional; beggar. • until' this
week, but now- they-' have. pre-empted- their. special' -coigns
of ;\ vantage;' in "the ; street ; " and are .'gathering in plentiful
' shekels.""; !" In ."outward seeming /they., arc . the : Lime, the
halt and the blind,' but- 1- imagine that -if Victor Hugo's
cart; of:, miracles could; be transplanted from ' Paris «o
Nevada we. should see. some astonishing recoveries. No,
these; gentry; did not'come'licre on the brakebcams like
the common 'liobo.. They /traveled in style.;: :-\u25a0 .
-What;do'the people say ?,^ They. say. all; sorts of things.
Inside of a i single; block you 'may -encounter a thousand
differing 'varieties' of wisdom, 2 but .'the /strange ' thitig is
thati they, all preface their/dispensation of "dope* with
a hypothesis. ;/ " "\u25a0 '?: :;"\u25a0/." '.':. v \u25a0":'\u25a0''.\u25a0;
"If this' thing isn't a :framc~up/' they all begin, ;and
then /turn -loose' the wind of wisdom. It is'a multifarious
information ; bureau sheltering behind a" universal "if." . f
, How much virtue may be -m : that ."if I /may ; not
pretend to kno\y. ? I-talked yesterday with the corre
spondent of the,- Philadelphia Ledger,: who-has followed
the -game, all: hisj life. -.:.;>-* ;// :\u25a0', r
.' ''I've for. years," he told me, ''and
watched T.hirh.i He is .eaten up with", vanity; and . now.he
has: all the money jhe swants.s5 wants.s " His -vanity/is/ so great that
it must prevent, him' from -selling: the fight.*'-..'.'*:
.1 .' visited' the arena yesterday./; 1 1^ is; a little bit : of
hades, all? right/ Imagine, a glaring .white pjt,, shut c in
fronv any' breath of, 'drifting, air r under/ the/vivid,* burning
sun * of,/ the /desert. . The * best ; scats 'are' the cheap " seats
on. the. outside;* where; thc>S r may.:'catch.,the- breeze. -These
places 'are -all "sold/. -The*" fight-is set^ for 1:30 'o'clock, but
t heymayUiave' to postpone? it- to'i a /later;hour. on account
Negro Fighting Continually
While Jeff Has Been Out
of Game Acquiring Fat
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
•\u25a0RENO, July 3.— Before saying much
about! the fighters I am going to be
blunt. I pick Jack Johnson to •win.
In the ,last few days I have -watched
the movements, of .Jeffrie^ and 'Johnson
in training.'.noted their, condition and
looks, and; will, frankly, admit that
Johnson should win on condition. John
son is -right in the active part of his
life- and has been fighting continually
of late, while Jeffries has been in re
tirement almost seven years, during
which«iime he has increased'in avoirdu
pois to such" an- extent that he might
easily be mistaken for an- alderman in
stead of a fighter.
There has been a little talk around
Reno} to the effect that Johnson was
going; to let "Jeffries win. "There has
also been some- talk to -the effect that j
'Johnsons had agreed to. do a turn with
Jeffriesbut: was; going to "double cross
him- andj fight on the • level. \u25a0
"'I;, have "been? scouring around at all
the -betting rings and every sporting
headquarters in the* city trying to find
out.- if possible of ' any job' up to date,
but have been unable to discover the
least trace. 'of -where there has been
anything doing. in the betting; whether
there has been; a job i. previously or
not. | I am 'l now' perfectly convinced
that;there is going to be a right strictly
on its merits.
Jyohnson' lias already bet 'ss,ooo, get
ting most "of .it on at 10 to 6 and some
of it- he was' compelled to place at
10'to.6^. ; ••-';\u25a0 : . .
Johnson sat-"down . last, night and
figured where.it would mean $23,000 be
tween : winning, and losing. "If nothrng
more \u25a0; than : money, that alone should
be sufficient ' inducement to make a
man try ;his level best to win.
; Jeff put. in. a day of rest at his Moana
springs j headquarters, while Johnson
warmed up with five' miles on the road.
From nowjuntil they" enter the ring
both • fighters { will be drying, out and
gettingrtheir stomachs- in good condi
tion^ for a. grueling battle. . - \u25a0
,":.: Stanley *Ketchel'and his: friend. Wal
ter; Levey, were i thrown 'out of Jeffries*
camp because Ketchel has been' boost
ing, ;the ;, Smoke. V The
champion wouldn't have 'cared -whether
he got Jintq Jeff's camp oK not; but what
got; his" "nanny" was a call down before
5,000 people. VAfter.JefC did'the.scolding
he !; Farmer ' \u25a0 Burns tbdo the
rest and overthe fence went : the smaller
m uch ' wa n \u25a0- tai/k
i Today/ Reno Js alive- with -war talkl
All - ; y on' 'can 1 ; hear 'around ; the v corners
and, hVI places '"i where men gather Is
; "\Vho..do -youilike?"/ ""Who' is going to
Continued on Fuse lit Column S
Jeffries Is 10 to 6 Favorite, Part'
ly Because of White Prcju*
dice Against Black Race
Surly Giant With Giouch to
Meet Light Hearted Child
like Negro
ARENA AT 1:15 P.M.
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
RENO. July 3.— Prime and ready
for the crowning effort of their
lives, James J. Jeffries and Jack
Johnson are tonight dreaming of the
minutes that must pass before they
step into the ring to decide whether
the white or the black race shall rule
supreme over the pugilistic world.
Trained as two great fighters never
were trained before, these wonderful
giants are ready to make the last stand
to Queensberry rules.
There may be other fights in the
future in other cities throughout the
world, but there never will be another
one like this. It must be written on
the pages of the world's history as the
one mighty event which shall mark
the passing of the game.
These men offer as great a contrast
as it is possible to imagine in two
human beings. One is black, the
other is white. One rs. mean and surly
with an apparent hatred for the whol«
world, including: himself. The other
is light hearted, happy and childlike.
It's a serious business with Jeffries;
a mere everyday, ordinary effort with
~ Both men and their admirers are
confident, absolutely certain that vic
tory will rest with their side, but of
j course this confidence is not shared,
entirely by the general public. Jeffries
Is a 10 to 6 favorite, a favorite partly
because many believe that the battle
is framed for him to win and partly
because that wonderful sentiment
which prevails among: the men of the
Caucasian race is with him. with him
to the bitter end.
Jeffries will meet tomorrow the most
formidable fighter whom he ever faced
in any ring. Johnson will meet the
greatest fighter, the most marvelously
developed giant the modern rlns: has
produced. It will be a question of
strength, endurance and lion hearted
ness with the white man. a question of;
speed, skill and ring: science with the
black monster. ,
Jeffries will clash with Johnson at
his very best, right in the height of
his" pugilistic career. He will meet a.
champion flushed with his many easy
victories, .a. champion who is proud
and conceited, a champion who be
lieves that he is positively the greatest
fighter who ever donned a glove, a
champion who will sneer and laugh
at him in turns.
But alas, they don't know what sort
of a man Johnson Is going to meet.
The best .they can say Is that Jeffries
looks good, works good and feels good,
but they must then sit and sigh as
they briny back the memories of the
old days when Jeffries -was wont to
batter them all down. Nobody knows
whether or not it Is the same Jeffries,
th* same marvelous fighting: machine
who mowed down- champions as. the
scythe mows . down the wheat in the
This Is where the result hinges. 'If
Jeffries Is only a hollow mockery of
his former self, only a shadow of the
once wonderful human being 1 , he will
blow up, fade away and Johnson will
dance around and tantalize him till the
humane referee puts an end to the un
even, struggle and dashes Jeff's hopes
by raisins the hand of Johnson la the
But if Jeffries is anything like the
spectacular fighting machine of six
years ago, then the thousands who are
gathered In* Reno tonight will witness
a struggle which bid 3 fair to make
their blood boll, a struggle which will
be handed down from generation to
'generation as the fitting one with
which to-close the Queensberry vol
We all know how jood Jeff used to
be, but none of us can tell how good
Johnson is. The black-giant never has
been, put to a real test. Nobody can
figure him on his fights with Tommy
Burns or Stanley Ketchel. or Al Kauf
man. Stop for a moment and consider
what the result would have been had
any promoter suggested matching Jef-.
fries with any member of that trio
when Jeffries was the champion of the
world, the fighter of fighters.
SOOV TO TElil* ;
But tomorrow will tell. 'After the
first few rounds, . if the battle pro
gresses that. far. the seasoned experts
at the ringside and in other parts of
Continued oa Fas* l-» CwU, 6 and I

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