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Defeat of Jeffries May Sound Knell of Pugilism in Country
Washington, Cincinnati and Bal
. timorc Fear Race Riots if
Films Are Shown
Campaign Against
Pictures Organized
•3OST9-V, July *>— Declarlnir; that
Ind»"i»cndenc* day v\nm dishonored
br a brutal prlr.r licht, ihnt *h«
moral wn«o of Ihe nation was
uulrnprd. hat that this harm in a*
no<hiß{r; eomnnred to that which
will !»«' doiif by alionine children
nod nitmrn to vir^r the repro
duction o/ the Jeffrle»-John*on
f;phi by marine picture^ William
S. Miavt, ereneral secretary ot th«
United Society of Christian Kn
deavor, In a formal statement to
nisrhi, announced a campaign
ngalnait the exhibition of these
Telegrams calling attention to
race riots thot follow ed the flxcht
were di«pntcheil tonight by Theo
dore RooncveK, Governor Hußhe»
agd Siayor Gaynor «f IV ew York t
aitkins tbclr co-operation in »up
pre*slßß the plctoren.
Mayor FMtxprerald of Boston
ivlil be asked to prevent the ex
hibition In Bonon.
In a day or two telegrams will
be went <o the go«rnor» of all
the state* roaKlns a similar re
Special Dispatch io The Call]
I>OS ANGELES, July 5. — That exhibi
tion of the Jeffries-Johnson fight pic
ture! will be forbidden in Los Angeles
is . the belief tonight, following the
announcement that Mayor Alexander
has been asked to put the ban on the
films. The mayor has the subject un
-der consideration. It was pointed out
to the mayor that if the fight was a
violation of the California law, exhibi
tion of the pictures will be prohibited
in law abiding: municipaltes.
Race Riots Feared
BALTIMORE. July s.— Backed by the
authority of the board of police com
missioners, Marshal Farnan will re
quest Mayor Mahool to prohibit the
proposed exhibition In Baltimore of the
moving pictures of the Jeffries-Johnson
light. The mayor says that with formal
complaint before him he will stop the
" Action by the police commissioners
was taken today following- the submis
sion by Farnan of reports showing the
widespread rioting all owr the coun
try, including Baltimore, during last
night, and the frequent clashes be-:
tween whites and blacks. Farnan said:
"I am strongly opposed to having
irioving pictures of th« Jeffrieß-John
eon flsbt shown in Baltimore. We have
a large colored population here and the
exhibition of the pictures might cause
racial troubles."
Gay nor (jives vl. X..
' NEW YORK. July 5. — Mayor Gaynor
said today that the Jeffries -Johnson
fight pictures could be shown in New
Tork city without Interference from
city authorities so far as he was con
cerned. He had no more right to stop
the pictures, he said, than to stop pub
lication of the story of the fight. He
added that the police would act in case
of disorder at any meeting.
Washington Objects
WASHINGTON*. July 5. — Moving pic
ture* of the Jeffries-Johnson fight may
b« barred from the district of Columbia.
Police Chief Sylvester said today he
would do ' his utmost to prevent the
films from being shown here. He fears
a repetition of the race tights which
took place yesterday.
Bar Goes Up
CINCINNATI, July s.— Mayor Schwab
said today he would not allow the
Johnson-JcffrJes fight pictures to be
shown in this city. The mayor de
flared the pictures would promote race
Uauc :.
Flag Day in Japan
In our land we set apart one day in
the year to celebrate the birth of our
"stars and stripes/ Japan, too, has a
flag festival. On that day the "feast
of flags," the nft*h day of the fifth
month, the Japanese boys have good
times. Just before the happy day rolls
around the almond, eyed little fellows
Sn the land of flowers set. up tall bam
boo posts. On the top of each of these
poles they place a large, brightly col
ored paper Ssh. If during- the year the
household has been gladdened by the
birth of a new baby boy the fish is
made very large. As the body of the
c-erp Is hollow, it wriggles when winds
blow into It from the outside, causing
it to move just as a fish when 6wim
ming in the water. The Japs believe
a great deal in symbols. . That is, to
them certain forms stand for ideas.
The reason, that they choose the carp
in celebrating the feast of flags is be
cause it is a fish which is supposed to
ewixn against the current and is able
to leap waterfalls. To the Japanese
it represents a young man overcoming
the difficulties of life and forcing bis
w»y over all trouble to success.
At the flag festival time the shops
must look like our Christmas stores,
for they are full of toys for both boys
and girl*. For the boys there are
Images of soldiers, heroes, warriors,
and wrestlers. In olden times this
small warlike nation provided its boys
with helmets, . swords, bows and ar
rows, spears and armor. As this holi
day falls on a day sacred to the Japa
nese god of war. Hacliima, the children
celebrate with & eham battle. The boys
divide themselves in two 6ldea, one
railed Heike and the other Benji. Each
Hcike carries a red. flag-, while every
Benji bears white colors. All of the
b«ys wear helmets which look like
earthen- pots. Each boy has a bamboo
•word. During the battle every play
warrior trie* to dash the enemy's
earthen helmet to the ground or cap
ture the flag, so his side will win the
day. The display of weapons and the
blowing of horns on that day are sup
posed to frighten away one of the "bad
spirits" of Japan. On!, this heathen
god, is said to, be afraid of sharp edged
•words and even afraid of the sword
•haped leaves of the flag Illy.* On ac
count of this these long pointed leaves
are hung up in every heathen house
hold of Japan.
Tommy, whose varying : points of
view are Illustrated by the Farm Jour
nal, had not yet learned the golden
rule. Neither have a good many of
liis elders.
- vl should" think. Tommy," said " his
father, "that you might find some boy
to^play with you. Now what's the
matter with Johnny Jenkins and the
little Dobbs boyf
Black Man, Flushed With His
Victory, Seeks His Car by
Roundabout Route
Continued from Page O, Column 1
Jeff and Gotch as headliners went to
smash along with Jeff's defeat. The
world's tour people had already spent
thousands of dollars, doing more than
six months' booking in advance, be
sides advertising. lithographs and inci
dental expenses of sending men; over
the country making preparations for
one of the largest contemplated tours
ever attempted in the world."
When Jeff arrived at Moana Springs,
where he has been doing his training,
he sat down and pouted like a child
over losing. Jeff until the last minute
was confident of his own condition and
very much satisfied that he would be
returned the, victor. Yesterday, a few
hours before the battle, Johnson went
to the Jeff party and demanded a split
of the money to 50 to 50. Jeff stood
pat, saying: "No. The big Smoke signed
for 75 and 25. and that is what it will
be. If he wants it, I will fight winner
take all."
Sam Berger, always there with the
smooth, oily talk, figuring that he could
see further into the contest than Jef
friee, said: "We'll make it 60 and- 40.
Better get as much as we can, for there
is nothing a certainty."
They compromised on that percent
age, making a difference of over $18,000
to the Jeffries end. I can't figure for
the life of me why Johnson wanted to
split the money, and it wijl long be a
mystery to the anxious* public.
The most curious as well as most
foolish thing I noticed around the ring
side during the battle was in the ninth
round, when George Little, former
manager of Johnson, handed me $1,000
to bet against $700 that Jeff would
win. It was apparent to everybody
that, after the first bell rang. Jeff had
no more chance of winning over John
son than a child.
I was talking to the different" news
paper men around the resorts. I talked
with "Wurra Wurra" McLaughlin of
the New York World and asked his
opinion of Jeff and he said:
"Bat, I've often said that you had a
dome of solid concrete, but I am more
positive that Jeff's dome is made ; of
reinforced concrete, although. * m sorry
to say that he did not stand for the
mauling that .I've seen you take on
various occasions."
I've been studying. ever since the
fight trying to figure how a man with
human intelligence could watch Jef
fries In training and "leave his camp
emoked up to such an extent that, all
you could ?hear them. say was "Great.
He will win in a round." -'-.'.. . ;
I have watched him train for ail his
important battles In the past.- The -first
day I saw him train at' Reno he boxed
with brother Jack, Clioynski and
Berger. I left the training quarters
convinced that he was going to re
ceive the roost terrific lacing he ever
got in his life, and he did.
Jean Richepin Among 1 Those
With Good Delivery
There is a small diversity in the ora
torical powers of leading^: French
writers. Jean. Richepin is a remark
able speaker, and f ew. . says ; T. . ; p.'s
Weekly, who listen to his" graceful
play of fancy realize howllttle" of his
eloquence is due to preparation. ; '-An
address he- delivered at a- poetical
gathering was so noteworthy,, that the
organizer asked the orator for a copy
of his speech, and was surprised (as
were all his hearers) to learn that" he
had neither manuscript nor notes."; "
Jean Aicard. on' a similar occasion,
read his speech, and Jules Bois," author
of **t»a Furie". and other, elocutionary
"masterpieces, was rambling and * unim
pressive in delivery. \ Edmond Rostand
(who h*e recently read i extracts \u25a0-. from
"Chantecler" and >bttier9 \u25a0 of • hisV works
at select gatherings and \ on \ behalf of
deserving charities) Is said : to possess
remakable gifts In this. way." - - -.;'\u25a0 -~yZ. '
• ,The parallel : of Dickens making his
first reading on \u25a0behalf; of ' a ,; charity
after attaining the pinnacle i of "literary
fame well spggests- Itself in this con
nection. .
insane " Chinese ; who vjumpod** from ', the .third
ftnry pf i ihe building .at 742 ? Jackson ''street
. July 2, «sicd v from bis- tajurles'.*t' the "central
" emery encj hospital yesterday s mornißg.
THE SAff; ffBAJS^^ 6, 1910
RENO, Ncv., July s.— Tex Rickard gave out tonight an official statement of receipts and attendance at
the big fight on the fourth. It shows that the total gate> receipts reached the enormous sum oi $270,
775; arid the paid attendance was" 15,760. _
In addition to those who paid to seejhc: fight Rickard says there were 760 complimentary tickets given
to the press and others. He estimates the number that slipped in at various places around the arena, break
ing ia through holes in the arena boarding or climbing up to the rim of the big^structure at 1,500. All told
the attendance is given, at 18,020. .... .
There were 1,258 scats at $50 sold, 150 at $40, 6?4 at $30, 1,505 at $25, 1,457 at $20, 1,706 at $15 and 9,050
at $10. 'yl V - -. - .;
The purse,' together with. the bonuses given tlie two figiiters, amounted to $121,000, and Rickard figured
that his experience at San Francisco cost him abo-pt $30,000. Thus he and his partner, Gleason, will have a
profit of about $120,000.- : . -\u0084 • ' '<.:
Tom Sharkey was In a pessimistic
mood yesterday over the future of the
fight game. But he was not so pessi
mistic as he would have been without
the consoling thought that he himself
may step in and save it from going to
the bowwows forever.
Tom came in from Reno with his
coming manager arid a large disgust.
The prospective manager Is Frank J.
Brady, the political boss and chief sport
promoter of Montreal. They have
apartments at the St. Francis.
Brady did most of the talking yes
terday, but when he said anything em
phatic Tom made it more 60. :
"This Reno fight," said Brady, "is the
biggest fiasco in a sporting sense that
has ever-been perpetrated on the pub
lic. And it will make the public think
twice before going to another._
"Jeffs excuse is that his stomach
\u25a0went back on him. But no fighter is
stronger than his stomach. When Jeff
realized that his stomach played him
false why didn't he step in and deliver
that world famous punch ef his and end
Southern Teams Play
23 Inning Game
m$ " \u25a0 \u25a0 - \u25a0.:\u25a0 \u25a0 ••\u25a0 \u25a0•'\u25a0 \u25a0 - \u25a0
,-SAN ANTONIO, Tex., July s.— Waco
and San of the . Texas ; league
played through four and a half hours,
23 innings this afternoon, to "a tie, 1
to 1. a. record -for the league, and one
of the longest games' ever played in
the south. Ablcs'of San Antonio and
L»oudell of Waco were the "pitchers, the
forme* striking out 17 men and allow
ing 16 hits, while" Loudell struck out
11 men and allowed 15 hits.
A Wonderful Machine
We hear much from time to time of
the wonders of this or that complicated
and intricate machine, but ? there ? are
few pieces of machinery,' says 'Harper's
Weekly, more marvelous than that of
the < common -watch: : A watch is ;l; l the
smallest,' most -delicate instruments of
the same number of parts. that has ever
been devised. About 175. different pieces
of material enter into its construction
and upward of 2, 4f10 separate operations
are comprised. in ; its" manufacture. :Cer-'
tain of t.he facts connected, with its per-;
fornia'nees " are 'almost^.unbelievable.'; : - A
blacksmith . \ strikes \ * several ;: hundred
blows on his anvil a day. and, as a' mat
ter ; of : course, is ;, glad . when ; . Sunday
comes; but' the roller jewel l otl a watch
every day— ana day after day^-hltsAZ2,
000 \u25a0 times, against - ths :. fork,': or 'makes
157,680,000 ; blowB~ during; the course of a
year, without ; > stop'. .or"; res t-^-some
3.153,600,000 ;blowm during I ' the space> of
20 years, , the period for 'which-; a 'watch
is' usually ; guaranteed ;: to r . keep -good
time. . :But the -wonder /of > it^does:;not
cease here.,»:it has: been calculated; that
the *: power; that i moves \u25a0\u25a0; the i\watch ji£ is
equivalent' to onlylfourjtlme't! ; the" force
used .in a" flea's ;,jump. .:. The"",. watch
power is, , *• therefore,^ l/what might £be
termed the- eqiiivajent* 61^ -four j' flea
power. /One : horsepower % would \u25a0 suffice
to i l op«rate; < 270 f ooo,poo'watches;«-: jFuf
thermore.Hthe" balance i wheel of a ! watch'
is : niovedibyithlslfour^fleaTpoWeril.43
inches '.each . vibration,- 0r43,558 94
miles"* continuously*;; irivono year. :;-;? Not
much ;diljfls^required ? for I the ma
cflhine on ( ;-its";3,500;. mile";. run.-,^ It; takes
b^ly^oae-tejiit.li;of^a^drop'tOjOlUtlie en
tire machinery. for a r year's ; serviced ;.
the fight one ivay or .the other? It
would have spared us a lot of tedium. ,
"We from the »sast feel that we have
been bunked. ;W,e relied implicitly on
the reports sent out from Jeff's. training
quarters. If he -was not in condition
he should have known it and held back
the false bulletins^nstead of permitting
his friends to put 'their good money on
hi flm— particularly those fa*»away from
the scene. But I don't believe his
trainers thought he was in condition.
If he believed he was in condition he
was either ignorant of the game or
hasn't much gray rmitter in the top of
his head. So far as the exhibitidn , was
concerned, we might as well havo had
some one from an old ladies', home. How
about it, Tom?" (
• "Sure," Sharkey commented.. "It was
the worst fight I ever saw. Jeff never
had a chance from the first sound of
the gong till the end. It was one big.
disgusting joke. I could knock Jeff
cold in three rounds." ,_"x^-f;.
Brady and the former champion both
unite in praising the governor of Ne
vada as "one grand maji," and in say
Jeff Did Not Box
Enough — Corbett
It was simply the- ojd story of j
the pitchier - and . the -well— once ,
too often. <It has : hapqjened 'ton
whole lot of us, and that it must j
happen to Jeff some day was just ;
an' sore as fate. .-. ' . -o~ ,'
Jeff did not box often enough
<o give utTa line on him. We
nil knew him to be In great shape
as far as ability to~ run npiles aiid
miles on the road was concerned,
but he did not Hpar enough for
any . of ns to - guess, just lioiv he
Would . show ' up " *>n ; • the : firing:
line. As soon as he had WxedtwO;
rounds yesterday I ltnew.that he
had ' nothing. He " was rtll ; right \u25a0
enough in spots, where he did not
need to be good, but the muscles
used V mostly In : actual ; flghtlngr,
because' of lack of 'practloe. dur
ing- the training, ' failed ,; to re
spond Trhrn called upon. ' . "
' The big fellow thought himself
rich t, and he j must hare J been ' or
he could \u25a0 not ; feel as ', well *"as ;. he*
does after that beating;. But he
should ] nff»V; boxed 'more/.;' ; ' Jeff
would have done better 'in a Mar
athon race than be did in a price
fight. ,-' %it was - only 'his icburasre
and ' his;, condition that . kent him
there as long as; he stayed* r . \\ .
- ; ; Guns : are , still i growing in" size. y Now
there .is >ari > i mmense S4S 4 style ; ;•;\u25a0 of U- gun
throwing-^a" shot \u25a0; lCinches .' in'i diameter."
One #: has ulbeenif successfully/ tested"!: at
Sandys Hook, ahd ; our twarlikeigtateskien
few; of » these.^ylThe T plan tis Jto \ pu^ up l &
dreadnought {of 30,000 Uons. VfAlthough
of f, the iWyoming, i soroej- doubt
.whether^ such; guns : could :;be; given! suf-^
ficient; protection and. room on a 30,000
ton battleship... \u25a0 "-.;"'. ~ ' ; ' \ : ,
s, : ; Stretching j the " truth ? won't y make it
lasf'anyV longer, '•"'-.-.' ; \ r .r - ' ;'\u25a0\u25a0--
SHope; is . about'tbe • cheapest ; thlng|in
the -world, \u25a0 ;'-"^"--V ':r-.' ;.\u25a0•:;,\u25a0, ;•;;\u25a0\u25a0 : ; c Vr^:'; r 'i\N
ing kind things about Tex Rickard and
the ; people . of Reno. They think Jef
fries was either;, the victim of a hallu
cination as. to his form, or his friends at
the training quarters deliberately set
out to deceive the public.
,') Brady's view is that it will take sev
eral real fights now to restore public
confidence. "And he thinks this can. only
be done byt putting Sharkjey. back' lnto
the ring. Sharkey said he thought so
himself, and intended to go: into light
training right away.
"But before I would put him against
•Johnson." said Brady. "L would try to
fix up a 'match : with; Tommy Burns, just
to prove to the' public that he was
really back in form." '/\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0'
v ."Yes," answered Sharkey, "it*, will
.take something like, this to get back
interest. The people who spent; their
money for nothing up at Reno won't be
caught again soon on ,apy bunks like
that.. It will, be a long time before
there is .such a crowd as that got to
gether." "'\u25a0"
Brady came out to back Jeffries, but
on the advice of Tim Sullivan made
$2,500 on. Johnson.- Sharkey did not
risk much. : . -""
Clarence Berry Lost
$35,000 on Jeff
RENO, July, s.— The betting atxTom
Corbett's official poolroom was not as
heavy as had bejen;: expected. Corbett,
however, declared himself satisfied. The
lack of Johnson money was a surprise.
,Tbe largest individual loss on record in
the 'poolroom was that suffered by
Clarence Berry, the California oil oper
ator. \u25a0>. He bet $35,000 on Jeffries.
a Among > the sportingmen left, here
there is not a dissenting opinion as to
the; justice of the: fight's end. Many
have nothinr but their return tickets
to show. for. their judgment on the out
come/ but that Jeffries ever had a
chance' with: the wonderful negro, no
one can be found now who is willing to
admit.-.-..... .:;..".-.\u25a0\u25a0•• .•',•••... : /' -.'•". \. - -\ .-\u25a0 • c
"Johnson's coolness, his repartee in the
ring,. the terrible: power; of his punches,"
his marvelous judgment'of distance and
his almost. uncanny, quickness and box
ing; skill is the talk of the town. Men
arecliving- the v fight; over round by
round. "As 'long as they .'live they will
never', forget k the pitiful spectacle ' of
Jeff ries at: the mercy of the : black pan
ther in the fifteenth', round. ,
[ . . A .wireless - telephone was , set up In
a*. Chicago i theater : last Iweek:/ Receiv
ers ;' scattered \u25a0« through % the '-\u25a0 house
and ithe I audience * had the 5 pleasure ; of
hearing.the voice of the' operator in an
adjoining- building," with i no wire con
nection^-At first tHe test was not good,
but? a; little ;iricorrect .vibration'atune
ment was: remedied . and f the ;' receivers
gave out I . the^words • perfectly. ; 'The f.in
veitori is^A.'; FrederlckJCollins of-New
ark,'.N.vJ.^ who ihasibeen experimenting
on t it \u25a0 for ; years, r : and got the first'long
distance \u25a0 success 'between v Newark 1 and
"of | talking" .^wireless 5 was '", SI : rhiles.'^ He
has perfected a 1a 1 machi he -for automobile
use" and has \ one : installed . In - his : own
car^v'v. •;\u25a0.., ,"".'." "\u25a0yv":^ I : \u25a0'""' "• ':> \u25a0 .-•
HTheJvillage' schoolmaster looked anx
ious "aiidVworfled. ; - \u0084-- -.- .'.. - >y -
I'* What's :; the matter?'* asked the
,vicar. " .3 v -v "'... :\u25a0'''\u25a0;' : . \ \u25a0 \u25a0"
V ; "I'm, worried ; about ithe boys in the
upper-classes,"- sir,"- replied thef master. 1
"I've L been -_ teaching ? them % how -to ," re
,vive Ijthe'i apparently J drbwntsd.*' 'V" .'•- ' ;
.; ? " V es7 ; sir, 1 1 [ : know * that ; '. but I've al -
. ready. ', caugh t J several of them ; try ing
to" drown ; one another in • order- to prac^;
tice what rthey've^peen:, taught.". -: v : :
Big Fellow Stumbles Through
Reno to Special Car for CalU
\.J: fornia Home
RENO, New, July 5. — James J. Jef
fries, whose great ring career came to
a pitiful end when he fell before
Champion Jack. Johnson in the arena
here yesterday, left the scene of his
defeat. at 7:30 o'clock tonight. He is
headed . toward his alfalfa . ranch in
southern California, ana there in the
quiet of his fields, surrounded by the
hills that he loves, he will tFy to for
get. :-''/; '6
In the meantime he will. spend a few
days in. San Francisco, straightening
up his business affairs. -
The Jeffries car was hitched to the
regular evening train. He motored Into
the city from his camp at ' Moana
springs with Sam Berger, and other
members of' his party ars hour before
train time and hi J himself as soon as
possible from the curious gaze of the
crowd that still throngs the streets
of 1 the world's fight capital.
In his every stumbling movement,
in his bowed head, in the depths of. his
somber eyes, in his nervous rubbing of
his swollen face and blackened eye, in
his almost timid shrinking from the
public, the great Jeffries showed that
his defeat had dealt him a vital blow
and that he never again would be the
man that he was a few hours ago.
There was silence as he passed
through the streets. Men rushed forth
from the "gambling tables to gaze, but
no word of taunt or derision was
thrown at him. Those who saw that
fight — and that includes nearly every
body in Reno — know that Jeffries did
his best. >
The train was lost in the red glow
that the sun shed over the Sierras.
Jeffries was gone into history.
The Fork in Turkey
* Salih Pasha, the boss of the Turkish
war department, has Just placed an or
der with a German manufacturer for
1.250,000 table forks for the use.' of the
Ottoman army. At present the fork is
rarely honored by the Moslem high pri
vate. Like the sturdy burgher of Switz
erland, the earthling of Sweden and
the honest peasant of New Mexico, he
employs the knife for all gustatory
purposes. His favorite blade comes from
Damascus and is dull • along one edge
and ground to a razor keenness along
the other. "With that one knife he slays
his horned cattle, shaves himself, opens
his mail and derricks his food.
We have no doubt whatever that
when those German forks are issued to
the Turkish soldiers and they are or
dered to use them there will be muti
nies in all the barracks, followed by
the usual massacre of Armenians.
It was not until the seventeenth cen
tury that the table fork began to drive
ouC the protean rapier of the ancients.
William Shakespeare, when he went to
dine at the Devil tavern, employed but
two- weapons at table— the. spoon and
the knife. The fork would have pro
voked bis snickers. The immense bat
tery of fantastic fish forks, salad forks
and prune forks which, burdens the
modern dinner table and tortures the
untutored diner— at sight of ' that pre
posterous armory of cutlery he would
have roared. . '. .
Artificial Sapphires
;News comes from Paris that at .last
artificial, sapphires have .been produced,
after many unsuccessful experiments.
• Artlflclalrubies are now an old story.
The artificial stones have all the prop
eres.* chemical, physical and optical, of
the natural gems. The only way In
which experts^ can detect them Is ,by
finding them too] perfect, as the natural
gems . .have microscopic irregularities
and inclosed imperfections, that are ab
sent from the artificial product. \
The stumbling block in the making- of
sapphires has been the color. Either
the ; experimenters . could, not produce
the desired blue, or the , stone , would
have "a^crystalline structure that made
its detection easy.
..-\u25a0: Now,' however, M. Verheull has sub»
mltted r'to the: Academy, of Sciences
stones which he has made, colored with
oxide of titanium, which, after aC sever*
examination, ; are pronounced i Identical
with'itrue^sapphires, though: it ;lsY just
possible that cutting them in gem form
may, reveal J some irregularity of reflec
tion 'or . refraction.
.... ''Pooh!: Why they're fa? 'whole .Vyear
younger than "I am.",, said -Tommy,' con
temptuously^ v ? 'l - couldn't r play 1 with
them!*ZJßStSß©S ..'\u25a0-.\u25a0 '. . \u25a0'.-.. , ' ,
• \ "Well, there's Jack Spear and Willie
Harlow." Won't they do**** V - , \
• "Yes; but (they're a year olden than I
am,"" said Tommy, * wistfully ; "so the
mean things won't; play "with -me." '
Many Believe the Final Battle
of Prize Ring Has Beea
Is the prone form of James J. Jef
fries, reclining on the mate in the ago
nies of defeat at Reno — the vanquished
Idol of the white race — to commemo
rate in the twentieth century what
the wounded and bleeding figure of the
dying Koman gladiator marked at the
dawn of Christian civilization?
Hundreds of those who journeyed to
that sun blistered desert arena mado
the trip. In the firm conviction that
they were to witness the last struggle
between two human beings in a rope<l
nrize ring in America.. Thousands lelt
the scene of Jeffries* inglorious defeat
certain that the last great prize fight
had been held in this country and that
pugilism was a thing ©* the past.
While this opinion is shared by
many, others believe that the heredi
tary, call for. battle la too. strong — that
men must fight ages hence as men and
barbarians fought in ages past—
that the hunger for blood, for mortal
combat, is yet all compelling and that
another Jeffries, as another gladiator,
imust listen to the plaudits of another
ringside multitude.
Many are certain that the deatli
knell of prize fighting was sounded iti
the Nevada battle of Monday. The
victory and the battle were unpopular
with . thousands, the laws of legisla
tures forced the. promoters from the
great centers of population and race
prejudice expressed itself to the ex
treme of wanton bloodshed and street
murder. All these factors are weighed
against the game and the most op
timistic enthusiast admits that a tem
porary setback can be expected.
Following are some of the expres
sions gleaned among the army of light
fans that returned to the city yester
day:. , : < .
Edgar Mlzner. clubman and oil oper
ator — I saw Jeffries fight for the first
time in Reno. I was very. much disap
pointed at his showing. Johnson could"**
have beaten him -when he was at the
acme of his career. Jeffries' muscles
were soft and. a novice could see the
fat about his»back and kidneys. I saw
none of the great rushes I had heard of.
Instead of the white man, the negro
was the aggressor. Ketchel could havo
defeated him on his showing at Reno.
Jeffries lacked the fighting spirit. John
son could have won in three rounds.
There Is no future for the fighting game
in this country. Jeffries* dismal show
ing sounded the death knell.
Sven Chrlstianson of the Palace hotel
—I predicted that Jeffries had no>
chance to come back. "I myself won.
and the men who took my advice as to>
the outcome prove that I am not merely
saying "I told you so." Johnson, showed
himself yesterday to be a greater
fighter than Jeffries ever was. 'H» la
the greatest fighter the country has
ever seen. He has never been extended.
Even at Reno* he was under wraps.
There is no telling just how good a
man he i 3. Nobody has ever seen, him
at his best. Johnson was never dls
tut%ed in the contest. The blood that
flowed "from bis 'lips was from a cut
he received -when in a clinch. Jeffrie*
never struck a damaging blow. John
son laughed his way to victory. -1 do>
not think that Jeffries* defeat means
the end of the boxing game. There will
be a lull for some time, because there
13 nobody before- the public who is a.
match for the negro. Other classes of
fighters will suffer somewhat because o£
a lack of Interest la the game. But
conditions will change. Time will bring
forth more good men. The laws of dif-^.
ferent states will be amended to suit
conditions. We will have limited bouts
In many states, and when a great bis;
man is developed there will bo a public
demand for an exhibition and. the place
will be found.
Robert FlUstmrnon."! — "Eh, what?
Jeffries got $116,000 for losing? He.
got one hundred. And, say. you mean,
that was the amount of the gate? Well.
Just to think of It! I am willing* to b«ti
that I could put up a better fight to
morrow without training than either
of the men put up at Reno. I would
fight them both In the same tins' tor
half of Jeffries* share. Jeffries out* I
boxed Johnson in the first six rounds*
But you have to give Johnson -credit*
He is a big man and a clever one. i \
am horribly disappointed over the ra-»
suit. Jeffries' crouch was easy for tba
negro. : After he licjcea me- I trUa to>
persuade him to give up his crouch,
but he has clung to tt. Jeffries was not
himself. "When he stepped . Into the
ring I never saw a man that looked
finer. He was the personification of a.
perfect athlete. He was molded like>
a statue of a giant, and then when the
gong sounded— well. I don't know whac
to think. I am awfully disappointed.
Yes. we have fighting, at least la Aus
tralia. So long as there are two good
men in the ring the public will want
to see them and will fln<J a -way. At
present I admit the prospects of tho v
game are blue, but conditions will \
improve. One hundred and sixteen,
thousand dollars for losing. Gee! It
wasn't like this In the days of old."
Jim Davl*. proprietor of the Wash
ington Annex hotel. Seattle — "It wa3
evident from the beginning- that Jeff
'was not himself. Something- 'was gone.
He was a weakling, and whether It was
his five years of Idleness or becaufgp he
was overtrained, he lacked: virlit^vvnfi
force in hia bout at Reno. Someth^g"
in. his. system had been sapped of Its
life. He never had a chance. It Is the
last big fight we shall see In thl3 coun
try for many a> decade. At least , it will
be hard to draw men^far away from,
home in the future. .Three-quarters of
the men I have spoken to said that the
reason they went to Reno. -was that
theydld not think they would ever see
a big battle again."
Hal S. RenTTick, president of the San
Joaquin Valley railroad — "When. Jef
fries was. knocked down the first time
he had the look of a dying man. He
fought to the best of his ability. He
fought on the square and never showed
a yellow streak. The simple, explana
tion is that he'could not comeb ack. He
.was at all times at the negro's mercy.
The prospects of the fighting; game are
not bright. The public is not satisfied
with having a negro champion and this
fact- alone, will put a damper on the
game. 1 do not look to seeanather bis
mill in this country."
Tom McCann, wine agent — "Jeffries
fooled himself in his training. \u0084 He had
a whole lot. of old .men. around him.
when he needed young- blood. It Is now
well known that he did not box because
he realized . that he did not know how.
It was the last of -the big fights and
well, worth seeing on that account. Jef
fries was v a. child inthe negro's hands."
Al HelmeT of the Palace hotel — "Jef
fries has lost over 50 per cent of hi 3
old time, form.' There /were none of tho
old. rushes, no steam " in his \u25a0 blows. .
Johnson -was his master at all -stages'*
of the game. With a .black man as :
champion, I have lost all Interest In the
game.'* . ' . .; "
William Erh, oil operator and at
torney—Jeffries came ;back*. physically
as .nearly as any man could who, had
been . out of '- the ? game for seven years.
He was not 70 percent as good as the
Jeff jit I old. He trained in th« wrong;

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