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The Sport of Kings May Be Dead, Still Many People Take a Live Interest In It
New York Sports Make Carl
Morrfs Slight Favorite
Over Jess Willard
NEW YORK. "Dee. *.—Nearly 500
pounds of bone and brawn will clash
In the Madison Square Garden ring
flight when Carl Morris and Jess
W7dard but up their gloved hands
for a ten round bout. Willard said
today that he would weigh about 230
pounda, while Morris admitted that
he migtit Up tha beam at 235. These
man are the biggest white heavy
weights in the, world and also the
tallest. -
WRlar* stand* 6 feet * Inches In
Jhis Stijeirtngs and Morris is only two
Inches shorter. Ea6h was born in
JSB6, and their- ring experience Is
limited. Willard began fighting two
years ago,. while Morris' first scrap
tor money occurred In 1910.
In spite of .'the fact that Willard
has accomplished more In ring con
tests, Morris is. a slight favorite, prob
ably because Ire put up such a bard
fight with - Gunboat Smith in the gar
den eajly-'in-Qctober. Morris is won
derfully "strong and game. He was a
§rreenhorn when Jim Flynn hammered
him for ten rounds here two years
ago, but-l-he -"has been Improving until
he begins!■ tip look like a real heavy
. yeigttV • • '.'.-;'
;,He haa-changed his stylo complete
ly. His." blows are delivered straight
from the;- shoulder with tremendous
power; ■•ftnd.he relies upon hooks and
upperCiits instead of the ineffective
overhandswings which he employed
When, he tackled Flynn.
'''■l yiriijLAtrD mist show tm
-probably knows more about
' boxing.than the Oklahoma giant and
he\ca'B - -hit, too. But Just what he
can,accomplish when Morris puts him
ourfder" a.-heavy fire remains to be
*e*n : :' ■■.Willard is so tall that few of
l.is opponents have been able to reach
hi* jaw}. : HV moves about with sur
prising- .agility and has a good left
' Three. Weeks ago Willard met RodeL
"the Boe>. in Milwaukee and made a
. pofiv .'ehqwlng. He says he was out
of c'nnditioh and underrated the South
Air.ic.ah,' -who actually outboxed him.
■yg Willard does not display an irn
° SPovenie.'ht . .thwelore, sport
ing 'Wn seem to think Morris, who is
"lip spbendid .condition, will defeat hiiu.
''"M.oxr.is .'frequently has promised to
"Stop.-:\V.ilfard inside, of the 10 round
limit,;'hut Willard doesn't appear to
Tegatd his Opponent seriously.
. The;Texan declared yesterday that
, he°. w'o,uid ; outpoint Morris by a wiat
margin. -.-Willard walked four miles
on the.-road up in Westchester yester
rJay ahd- ; 'bOx*d four rounds with Bob
McAllister. tlie California middle
weighO'v-Morrls also indulged light
e;\erv;'se-.-at-the new Polo Athletic as-
S»fiAt3ffh>"; ~%;
° /As;/si'matter of form, the state ath
letic,- commijsslon,; at yesterday's ses
sion; -.".Waited WilLard's suspension,
wtiHe.- WJlUem Joh was agreed on as
the nefe.r-.ee!
Bo.b McAllister, the California mid
dle we.ig.ht, has recovered from an at
.; of tons!'.it!s and will meet Young
Mike-Donbvari at the Fairmont Ath
letic: c}ub.e Week from tonight.
Sailor Middle Weight
Is Touted by Tars
As a Coming Wonder
J'aplj'.;Machedo, a husky sailor lad.
If being'; carefully nursed and groomed
by-HLs,.;associates over at Goat island
for-."his- debut before the local fight
fans,;at-'the Pavilion rink on Friday
eyenTrrg>. Jack, ik to start out against
Billy -Murray, .of Sacramento, who is
fnewned . for his punching ability,
end if he- beats-Murray he will have a
. fop chance to -go to the front.
The .'-tar/gained mWt of his ring
experience" ta?.. Manila. During his
Ft ay., there.' he cleaned up all comers,
ludlng.'severai.heavy weights. He
j - regarded aft a far better per-
SV-.neT--than Frank Logan. He is be
ing kepi--'under cover by the sailors
nt- the- island,. • who are figuring on
rnaklh-g:a big cleanup on him when he
•roes .up agaJp'st "Murray.. -
Th.c ButolSertb'w.p-contingent is also
•figuring" oft-- 'bashing In When Antone
La Qr%ye/ faces/"Al Rogers.■' This bout
Is causing' rau'ch comment.all along
the lib* and-.it gives ptomlfJe of being
a whirlwind affair. /" /
La Oravft surprised everybody by
rushinK Rogers off his; feet in their
last mixup a couple of weeks ago.
The fans thought he should have had
the decision, but the "best he'got was
a drn.w. Rogers 4s a. vpry tough fel
low with a hard punch and he Is also
noted for his gameness.
Johnny Sodenberg, the Omaha lad,
•Will try to get eyen on Tom Nlckola,
the middle weight, who beat him a j
month ago. They look to Be very
evenly matched, although Nlckola is
the better puncher.
MY Donald's new lightweight.
Tommy Stevens, gee's In-against clever
Frankie Jones again.* They fought a
hutriiane four round draw two weeks
ago and each is eager -to square him
self fans this time.
Five other bouts between all classes
©f scrappers from feather weights up
to heavy weights will complete the
card, .
Does the boxing game pay? Ask
the Wisconsin sjate treasurer, and he
v ill fay yea for he handles the state's
end !.i the different* boring matches
held ir.defthe Hedding law legalizing
the fight game» Although the law is
less than three months old, some
thing like $2,776.28 is in the treasury
the expenses of the commission
Which regulates the game.
The coin comes from 14 boxing
f chartered and operating under
mmission, and they turn over 5
.4 m of* the gross receipts from
~t icb v. nt*»st. The result is a big sur
prise to the authorities, who did not
- do bettor than break even at
the start. However, *now that the
game is supposed to he in its NHM,
the treasurer expects the Stats to
mate about. $10,000 by June JL
The Judge's "Wiff" Delivered a Regular Yell
UNLESS he meets with some unforseen accident or goes stale while
he is training, Champion Willie Ritchie is sure to display improved
form when he lines up against Harjem Tommy Murphy a week
from this evening to defend his hard earned title. Ritchie has
gone ahead by leaps and bounds ever since he emerged from the
ranks of the four rounders. Each start has been an improved one with
him. He never was caught napping nor has he ever had a "bad night,"
which so often is the alibi of great lighters when they suddenly go
wrong in an important contest
*'..-•.- * '■ '.»'.'
THIS is one of the reasons why he is'-hound to rule a top heavy
choice over his dangerous little rival from Npw.York town. Con
sistency is one of Ritchie's best assets: -.He has shewn it in every
battle that he has fought since he began.to come to the front. He,
therefore, has won the confidence
of many fans who at flrst refused
to believe that he had the goods.
* * *
only regret I have is
I that I did not knock Cross
* out," said the little cham
pion yesterday afternoon. "i
would have finished him up in that
third round, too, had I been used
to the clean break style of mill
ing. It was new to me, and be
fore I gould get my bearings
Cross was back on his feet again
and able to protect himself.
ALWAYS hare been used to
I the straight Marquis of
* Queensberry code of fight
ing, while Cross knew the other
like a book. Therefore, he had
the edge and I knew it right
along. But I will be right at
home in my next battle, and I
guess that Murphy will, too, for
that matter. I certainly am not
trying to take anything away
from him."
* * *
RITCHIE Is not making any
predictions, either. He is not
given to boasting. But at
the same time he Is full of confi
dence. He knows that he can hit
harder than Murphy, he knows
that he will have the advantage
in height and reach, and he knows
Just how much punishment he
can stand. He certainly ought to
after taking all that Wolg-st had
to offer him.
» * *
THIS is Just about the way the
fans have it sized up at that.
The close followers of the
sport have watched the past per
formances of the fighters with
great care and they have come ts
the conclusion that the class, the
strength and the hitting ability
of the Callfornian ought to prove
sufficient to carry him through in •
perfect safety.
* * * .
RITCHIE displayed his jgame
ness against Wolgast and
wore the champion-put : Then .
he came back against Rivers and
played the same trick over again,
for everybody who saw th* battle . .
must admit that the Mexican gave
Willie an awful lacing for the]first,
five rounds. Yet Willie was .stand
up and ■ Joe lay on his stomach
when the referee started to-count.
* ♦ * •
THEY seem to. be. figuring the
battle from all possible an
gles. Those who hive made
up their minds to get a little bet
down on Murphy believe that the
aggressiveness and the gameness
of the Harlemlte will count in the
long run. They argue that he did
even better than Ritchie did
agalnEt Wolgast and that Ritchie
has been afraid of Wolgast ever
* ♦ *
DID not bring this bby 4.000
I miles to have him licked,
even by a champion." says
Manager Jim Buckley. "He can
get all the action he wants
around New York and he is not
here to fight for the loser's end.
But lt is the championship that
he is after. He has been fighting
for years to get this chance and
he's going to make the. best of it."
* '* #
THERE is nb doubt that Mur
phy is a wonderful .all around
fighter, but 'still he never has
displayed the ability to punch. He
failed to show us the wallop In
any of his numerous -battles here
save the one against Frankle
Burns, whom he stopped 'in the •
sixteenth round. And then many
wink their eye and declare that .
Burns quit under fire. .
* » #
WE HAVE often heard good
Judges of the game remark
that lt will take a man with
the deciding blow to dispose of
the champion. And they corns
pretty- hear being right at that.
His- wonderful gameness and re
cuperative powers always stand
by him in. the fight places and he
must be'p'qt to sleep before he
"will cpnseht to remain on the mat.
Dai) s Day
It-is better to give than to .re
ceive, particularly when one is' in
the roped arena exchanging
* * *
No, Clarice, there is absolutely
no truth 1n the report Charles
Webb Murphy has wired Heine
Zimmerman's back dues to the
Basebal Players' fraternity. In
fact, there Is no foundation for
the report.
* * *
Said Willard CJees) to Pelkey
"For the championship I goes*
PII -.tart."
Said Peltier (Art) to Willard
"Great staff, old sport, have an
other guess.*'
:.»' . # ■#
The national Comlsh allows as
how Dave Fultz Is not the man to
head the Baseball Players' fra
ternity. This being the case, said
national comlsh will prbably pro
ceed to elect-the proper man and
then take full /charge of said fra
ternity, that being the usual pro
ceeding of said national comish.
. '# « *
Meantime, Davie Fultz recom
. mends a strike. About two
strikes and Davie will be called
i ••tit. ;.
•**■',* #
It Is said the Pittsburg Fed
eral league club has millions be
' hind it. ;The' paramount question
Ms—how far behind?
* * * *
We wish yon much joy nx the
world yon go 'round*.
You will ace many strange
sights, Louie;
Bat when you land ' over In old
Shanghai town.
You will Ions; for that State
street chop saey.
And you'll be hungry, toe* la
Hungary. Lou;
We fear It, despite all tout
For this is a fart, aad we're
heading It to yon,
State street Is the place for
* # *
•"Big League Teams Are After
Florida Quarters" —according to a
news headline In an afternoon
paper. We have always observed
that big league teams do not care
a tinker's curse what state the
quarters may come from Just so
• they come, and they are also al
ways ready to accept any twobit
pieces that happen to roll along.
Perhaps Vruwink figures he
was hoodwinked, and p'raps he
was. *
* * *
. John B. Barbour is the new
president of the Pittsburg Fed
eral league team. He is a stock
broker and we predict he will be
broker than usual, at the end of
'next season.
NKW YORK. Deo. 3. —Battling Lev-
Insky stumbled over a bag of thorns
last night at Brown's gymnasium in
the fighting person of Young Weinert
of Orange. The "skeeter" held the
battier to a draw.
American Mallet Wielders Ex
pect a Challenge Almost
Any Day ! *
NEW YORK, Dec. 3.—Poloists were
busy today discussing the cup chal
lenge, which is on its way here, ac
cording to table dispatches from
England. No official notification has
been received by th& officers of the
polo association and none Is expected
now until the challenge arrives.
H. L. Herbert, chairman of the as
sociation, has had private advices to
the effect that the Englishmen
would make another efTort to lift the
.cup, but it U unlikely that any prep
arations for the defense will be be
gun until after the annua] meeting
of the polo association in January.
America is better off in the matter
of ponies than for many years back
and some extremely useful animals
were left behind by the duke of West
minster's team last season. It is
likely that under the care of Larry
Fitzpatrick these will show much bet
ter form on the field than when they
were used by the Englishmen. They
will have had time to become ac
climated properly and will be schooled
In the tactics of the American play
Fitzpatrick is a past master In con
ditioning polo ponies and has always
surprised rival teams by the speed
and hardiness developed for the
match games. About a' dozen of the
English ponies came into his hands
after the last matches and he al
ready has brought about consider
able improvement in their appearance.
In applying the weight fest Fitz
patrick found that the English lot of
ponies increased about 1,500 pounds
and one put on about 150 pounds
within a couple of months after he
took them in charge.
Gossip Along Gas Row
"No, we haven't finished moving
yet," said Frank Renstrom of the
Regal organisation. "We have been
th our present location so long that
we ccruldn't make up our minds to
get out of the neighborhood, no we
secured the building across the street
from our old location. I really be
lieve that Van Ness and Golden Gate
avenues will remain the 'heart* of
automobile row for a long time, and
of course I want to be right in the
swim. Thts moving Job Is some Job,
all right. It has taken us a month
to prepare, and the average person
would suppose we could pick up and
drive across the street in a few hours',
time. Our stock room is the biggest
Job in handling, while our accessory
and supply department will also be a
big moving job. It will take con
siderable time also to dismantle our
shop and get all our machinery set
up in our new location, and as we
were delayed In our calculations be
cause of tho fact that the building
was not vacated when promised, it
will be several days before we are
located and running smoothly at the
new place."
* * #
Mr. Bert Bingham, traveling sales
manager of the Pioneer Automobile
company, has returned from a trip to
the central part of the state, where
he placed several new agencies for the
Chalmers cars.
"Business looks very good, and the
ranchers no doubt will have a good
year, and as a result we are looking
for a big demand for Chalmers cars,"
said Bingham.
* * ♦
Mr. C. N. Weaver of the Studebaker
corporation has been a very busy man
of late. He has taken an agency for
a carbon remover, and it has proved
so satisfactory that he has been com
pelled to wire the factory for an im
mediate shipment to come by express.
Joe Graves, a Chippewa Indian of
Walker, Minn., has signed as a pitcher
for the Philadelphia American base
ball team for the season of 1914.
Graves during the last two or three
seasons has pitr-hed sensational ball
for Walker and Brainerd. and has
been lieen looked upon as s local won
der. He was n. teammate of Leslie
Bush and Albert Bender in several
professional games before the two
latter broke into the big leagues.
Charley Brickley Is a great kicker.
Admitted. The same Charley Brickley,
however, while he has the elevation
to drop the ball over the bar for goals,
has still to go some before he can get
the distance to his kicks to put our
Pat ODea out of the limelight. It Is
some years sfnee Pat established his
world's record at Wisconsin, but it
still stands, and until some one breaks
it the same Pat must always be re
membered when talking of some
* * #
Doctor Angeil of Stanford has not
minced matters in the Rugby football
There is not a keener man
for sport than Angeil, but he likes to
see so styled "governing bodies" at
least act up to their policy.
By the way. just a suggestion. What
is the matter with Angeil for the
presidency of the California Rugby
union for 1914? He would be the right
man in the right place; a man that all
organizations have confidence in, and
a man who deals out justice with a
firm hand.
Tho intercollegiate agreement be
tween Stanford and California calls
for Just three reserve men to be used
In the game.
Why not have the same rule apply
to all games whether varsity games
or college versus club?
It will be remembered that Cali
■ *
secured at a trustee's sale the entire * ;
Km 132 Kearny Street .
Mf at a price so low as to admit of bargain prices—less than
\S| w| Sale Starts Thursday, 9 A. M.~~
|f |p Mens Store, West Door The Emporium
fornia accidentally used four men this
year, and my, oh, my, what a holler
was raised! The clubs, however, can
holler as much as they like and there
is not even an apology made such as
was the case when the college agree
ment was broken.
If the California Rugby union had
control of the, football situation there
would not have been any of the
schoolboy antics that prevented the
Olympic and RarbaTitfn clubs playing
off their contest. Properly constitut
ed Rugby union will haVe lawjs "to
prevent men Jumping from one club
to another just as fancy strikes them.
Alfie Shrubb, the professional dis
tance runner, has shown that he is 1
still the great performer he was some
years ago. The other day down in
Australia Alfie beat the Frenchman,
St. Ives, over 10 miles in 51 minutes
odd. It takes a man in his best con
dition, and a good one at that, to
travel the 10 mile course In 51 min
utes. Shrubb has been running for
many years and for the last few
years has coached the Harvard cross
country men.
"No use," says John Elliott, "you
might Just as well try to mix oil with
water, as to mix amateur and profes
sionals in competition."
Oakland Likely to
Meet Palo Alto on
The Stanford Field
Although the date for the playing
of the, Palo Alto-Oakland high
schools Rugby game for the cham
pionship of northern California has
been definitely decided on as Satur
day, the coaches of the two teams'
have not as yet decided on the field
for playing. Opinion has it thatt the
teams will line up on the .Stanford
Palo Alto won the Portola - inter
seholastie championship game by de
feating Berkeley high and the Aca
demic Athletic league honors
recent victory over Lick, while
Oakland, after defeating some of the
high class teams about the bay, Te-
centiy took Sacramento into camp.'
The winner of Saturday's„game will
meet the Los Angeles high fifteen for
the state championship.
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 3.—Buck Crouse of
Buffalo defeated Billy ' Grup of St.
Louis in an eight round bout here
last night. Crouse sent Grup dowh
for the count of nine twice.
INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 3.—Pitcher
Ralph Works, who came to the In
dianapolis American association team
last season from the Cincinnati Na
tional league team, was sold today to
the St Paul American association club.
Opmibns differ .between Stanford
and California professors as. to thp ad
visability of- having*;* Rugby union to
control/the sport. Prof. T. M; Putnam,
cMafrman' of the fiacjilty-.atKle.tic com
mittee' of-the. University of. California,
takes a. direct.opposite vie*w to the
union idea .-that' Prof. Frank Angeil of
Stanford'doe's...'. '.. *~'. I*. ,
:.- Professor- •, Putnam does' not thin*
anything wpuld 'be'gained by a strong
er" .union, -and' "points out - that the
primary object -Is 'only for intercol
legiate relations'and that the idea of
a Rugby union"'is secondary:only with
California.* ; " *».. *!'•.'•.•
The • California . professor realises
that jsucfi*visits as "the' Australian and
New Zealand teams-make could not
have bees arranged had it not been
for the Rugby union combination, and
he gives. the" union full credit for i$M
work .along 'those lines. He also ap
preciates the fact that the Rugbi
union has done *good" work in supply
ing referees, for the games. ••

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