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San Francisco Sunday Call.
BOXING THAT CAN'T HURT — ►+_ Protective Armor That Opens the Game to All, Girls and Those With Defec tive Eyesight as Well —All the Excite ment and None of the Objections—A Safe and Sane Method of Learning the Art of Self-Defense. Dr. Guy Otis Brewster I HAVE discovered how to make box ing as safe as tennis. ' This most healthful and exhilarating sport is now j •■open to all, because by my method . FORTUNE SMILES ON A STREET SINGER •9 '" ■■'■■-■'"■■. & Three Months Ago Theo dore Kittay, Poor and Un known, Was Picked Up Outside a New York Hotel I* and Started on His Career. LESS than four montr % ago a hun gry, wistful boy with an artistic soul yearning for seemingly Impossible operatic goals stood outside the St. | *'Regds Hotel. He was singing. Pres ently a reporter for one of the big metropolitan newspapers heard * the tones and their lovely quality touched j him. ''Salut Demeure" sang the boy, and the phrase died away into a thread of tone that spun on and on. Music crit ics would have pronounced it a per fectly executed diminuendo. /At that moment an automobile ■whirled to the curb line. A smartly garbed woman alighted, but she did! not proceed toward the hotel entrance. I She turned toward the two standing figures. v ; The boy stood sinking outside a hotel. Dr. Guy Otis Brewster in his protective " armor. ' ■ ■ .■:. ■" - ; ■■' -' ,' "J- , ' •-,-• - .1 L V ; -' : ■:■,"- ,:: -'■'- ■;■ -'.'■■■.■-■•, defective vision is no longer a bar to indulging ■in the splendid exercise, And. above all, it Is impossible for con testants to suffer any injuries. Black eyes- cut lips, puffed ears or bruised "Who was that who was singing?" i demanded the newcomer. ; "Bring him to my apartment/. please!" The feminine inquirer, Mrs. Edward N. Breitung, did hear the young man under fair conditions in the ' interpre j tation of the same aria from. "Faust" he - had partly given in the street be low. And she then and there , offered Ito defray the expense ; sufficient for the support" of Kittay. as well as his father and , mother and brother, until his chances for a career could be de termined.- I Theodore Kittay was , happy on that eventful night, but he is happier now. >, The reason? ■'■;.• \ * ■ , . Well, on May 14 this gifted youth, with a tenor voice v not unlike the quality of the : matchless instrument belonging, to the famed Enrico Caruso, will step aboard a steamer bound for Italy. He will - accompany Pasquale Amato, first baritone of the Metropoli j tan Opera ; Company, ■ New York i City, I who is not only to make Kittay a member of his V household at his villa lin . Cesenatice this : summer but will continue the instruction he has been giving the boy for the -past three • months. • - The plans are concluded and •if the twenty-two-year-old Russian progresses as it is hoped he will Ami to, is to carry on his work with the young tenor during 1 the approaching winter. Then [ experts can set the] date for his Italian debut. ! > r Amato has been Theodore Kittay's friend r from the moment : the distin guished baritone . heard " him ; sihg "in the auditorium of the Metropolitan Opera House, where he was taken for a private audience the day -following his discovery. , ' -.v ■ / \-\ y ;"■, ■ :- : "The boy has a beautiful voice!" as serted : Amato. "I do not usually teach? but I will gladly, make ■• an exception in this instance without payment. "He is worth it," commented Giulio faces can now be avoided ! Boxing armor has solved the prob- I. The high school •• lads of Dover have* taken up the . sport with enthusiasm and: immunity :from. hurts." ■ Evenvthe schoolgirls have been clamoring I for i immunity from hurts. Even the Jlgirls have been clamoring for mcc to learn how to box while guarded, by the protectors 1 have in vented. With consent of the parents I have just started a girls' class. They grasped the method, of hitting and blocking from the first and danced into the footwork as easily as the two „■; Boxing embodies the - powerful com petitive appeal of modern 1 , life with its give and take at close range. Yet it is not a game, but a mere primal effort of two individuals *to overcome each other with their hands. , - .. ' < Several years ago while teaching physical training in the DeWitt Clin ton High School, Xew York City, I was 4 impressed with the possibility of making boxing an organized scoring - With r this : end in view r organized I after-school classes in cboxing and taught them for two years, but could not work out a game which permitted free hitting without damage to the participants. That difficulty caused me to • devise the I simple mechanism which has proved so effective. . - My first conception was of a pro tector of steel wire. Laying in a stock from Centre street in New York I put i- in some exceedingly trying evenings j shaping my ideas into wire-meshed i facts with obstinate, twisty wire go- ■ ing everywhere * but where i wanted ! it to. " ' .(I turned next to rubber and fibrous material. Having overcome the diffi- j culties of construction, ;I ; learned so I to fasten; it on the head and body that! no : blow from straight jab to uppercut j could displace it. ; Then "\ I ; had to turn ' back to wire as the only material that > would stand the force of blows, hav- ' ing the added quality of wear and' cheapness of construction. \ The frame of my protector consists of steel ; spring wire a littje ;': smaller? than that used in baseball masks and j about the same size. - .vi i v:; The ■ shock is absorbed :by ' soft felt ' [ pads encircling two-thirds of the head ' j and offsetting the head portion • about ■ j two inches from the face. .' The lower ■ portion rests on the chest and a sim ! ilar felt pad offsets and absorbs shock there. The body part is hinged to the : head part * and the lower portion rests ; Gatti-Casazza, general manager of the greatest operatic institution yin ; the world. ■ :- .'' ■'; ; - ■' ■ ~ "> ' So it happened that • Pasquale Amato found time, in the midst of his exact ing duties as leading baritone at the on the chest and abdomen, being off set by felt pads. The fastenings have a lock ?j snap which % prevents ;? slipping or any pos sible loosening, as p you must bear in mind i that .no •' other protection worn Iby athletes is subject to so much . strain as this one. The apparatus ' is in constant use and must withstand j NwMewHeewH*? , - '",<"—" 1* '','•' * '■»"?¥*«< ! every shock and effort to loosen it by blows which reach it with full * force from every conceivable angle. A special chin strap had to be de vised to . hold the face in the centre of the head portion and at the same time give the boxer control of I himself in ducking and twisting aside. The protector when adjusted sets as closely and firmly : - to» the body as i though it were part of the wearer. : And for ! the first time the individual I with poor eyesight i who ; has been de barred on that account > from major games can get into one of first rank games possible to mankind. For. of course, - the wearing of glasses behind such a protec- tor is perfectly safe. For the timorous there is now an opportunity to culti vate their skill and muscular development to the fullest capacity. ■'. ■ - -.; - There are many possibili ties of games with the box ■\ in gloves. ' Here -.;_ is ;1} one S 1 which we are at present ■"":, - ' ■ -j »' • • . ■ . I ... >~ - .j... • :..,-. ~ .-,^^^^^^^™^ liiacxcened eyes, cut lips, bruised ears may now be avoided— armor has done it. using fin the Dover schools. - i Rule 1. The ring shall be twenty-1 four feet square and there shall be j '-~ .five men on a team and each man ' shall box twice with every one of : the opposing team. v Rule 2. The rounds ' shall consist of 1 one minute, with four minutes' rest, i Rule 3. The game is continuous in each half, the signal that closes one round opens another and the op- j ponents start the succeeding foundj from opposite corners as ' the first! — Metropolitan, to work patiently with his only pupil.; [ ■/[ .; ■,-. "■" ';; ;:- .γ-r. t< Two months elapsed. On an after noon momentous to the operatic as pirant Otto •H. Kabn..oi l ,] fo . Gattl-Ca sazza, Pasquale Amato, William J. participants ; are leaving the ring. ; Rule 4. The contestants shall be judged on the following points: 1, footwork; 2, leads; 3, parrying and blocking; 4, ducking and avoiding; j.6, correct sequence of ;: leads; '6, strategy and • self control. s Rule 5. The officials shall ... consist of a referee- who judges points and a scorer who records the score and keeps time. Rule 6. The contestant in each round , with the highest number of points Guard e and a dozen other ;■ attaches of the Metropolitan assembled in the big! auditorium to hear the test. Mrs. Brei tung was also present. When young Kittay walked out on the stage and took a place alongside the piano, where Assistant Conductor Willy , Tyroler sat ready to play his accompaniments he was trembling. ' Mr. Tyroler struck the opening chords of a great aria and • Kittay be gan to sing. One aria, then another, and finally a third were given. There were defects noticeable in both the - ------.-.--".vs.. ■--}....• - ._..,.•, -.;.- .»- *■-:,.,,.t. ~.:,,,,; . technic f and , style .-; of the young mu sician, but the warm, velvety • quality of a rare tenor voice and an inherent musical feeling were there—undimmed. This photograph was taken especially for \ this magazine' in the • New York apartment of Pasquale Amato, showing Kittay (at the left) being coached by Amato at the piano. ; Kittay is to t spend the summer in Europe as Amato's pupil. wins the round and scores one point for his team, which is called aloud ; and "U recorded In -; plain view on a blackboard by the scorer. In case iof draw —no ■■- score. Rule ;7. ; A five minute intermission v is given between halves. -\ The * following ? plan ;is ■; used to keep the boxing opponents shifting. ' The number of each boxer is called aloud to the players by the scorer. They take their corners just before the sig nal for those in the ring to leave. ..:.•■. ~ ■ . \r~ . -~- '■ ■ ■ - -. ■ ■ .-..; ■ . jlt was a teat so successful that ; Mrs.. ' Breitung \ pledged \ her efforts to secure ; the co-operation of others :in making up !- a ; fund to ; educate Kittay, r and "'- Otto jH. Kahn likewise \ volunteered person ally to contribute. - . r Kittay has had a hard time of it through most of his twenty-two years. Born in a email ; . village near St. Peters burg, Theodore was one of a family of seven children. ' When Kittay was fifteen the family moved -to : St. Petersburg, s where the father :. obtained ' employment as a tailor. ■v -, At eighteen "he discovered that 'he had a ; voice, not by accident, because a distinguished professor of . * singing Round One Round Two.: •'" J 1. Ames 6. Fan* 1. Ames 6. Gans 2. Brown 7. Cans 2. Brown 7. Horr 3. Carter 8. Horr 3. Carter 8. Ilk 4. Dunn 9. Ilk '' 4. Dunn j9. James 6.: Ennis. 10, James 5. Ennls 10. Farr ;It will thus be seen that one team (presumably = the home team) keeps ■■ the same ; order or position throughout The other team shifts from the top of the - list 'to ■ the ' bottom, and with each I round comes back ; one number ; nearer their original place. ' in the ■St Petersburg Imperial Con servatory heard him " eing - and pro nounced the instrument exceptional. , .Then—a year ago—he came with": his father and mother and the other small Kittays to the land \. of opportunity. Kittay senior could > not find employ ment and t when Theodore was . discov ered the little surplus of funds was very, very low. ■■'--■. ' " ;. ..'; '- .'• "Why is Amato doing all this for a poor boy?" asked . a prominent citizen. .; This is the answer: ; : ? When the baritone who is now at the head of ' his h profession t first began to sing vhe , was forced to Vstruggle for years.'.,: Often he and his wife had only a glass ,of milk and . a single roll for their day's * food. ; They -. denied themselves that their baby might be nourished. r 5 On one occasion Amato arrived at a theatre in one of the Italian cities pre pared to make a debut only to find that he had fallen ill of bronchitis. tHe had no money to pay a . physician's".': fee, so he sold his , scarfpin ' for twenty-five lire. Fifteen lire went to the doctor. ', These experiences have caused lAm a to's •. heart to warm ; toward •; any * gifted young singer who has no money or friends. The Metropolitan ' baritone is a man. ■ That is one of the best reasons why Theodore Kittay is to get his chance. . . v■ -• ■'. \,,■ ■■ ■ He will ride first class.