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Walloping Will Bryan Has Got Jim Jeffries Faded For This Come Back Thing. Champ Johnson Has Nothing On Champ Clark When It Comes To In-Fighting. (CDITED BV TIMOTHY TURNER) " Boxing Briefs From the Pen Of the One Man Most Known NEW YORK. N. Y June 29. Patrons of pugilism are to be treated to a sort of three ring circus the lommg week. Promoters are spread ins themselves in the matter of attrac tive cards. No less than three, and possibly four, champions of the prize ring are booked to emerge from ob scurity and appear as defenders of their titles. Johnyy Coulon, chairfpion bantam weight of America, opens the big show. Next Tuesday night at the St. Nicholas club in this city, Johnny will box Joe Wagner, a local bantam. Wagner, by the way. is one ef the best of the little fellows who call Gotham home, but not good enough, to my way of think ing to cop the title from the classy little Chicagotin. Thursday there will be big doings. Champions in the classes higher up will take the center of the stage, and it is safe to predict that they will fur nish enough excitement and thrills to KAtisfv even those bucs who deplore the modern safe and sane methods of celebrating the nation's blrthdaj. Naturally interest will be centered on the Johnson-Flynn contest at Las Ve ' gas. It must be admitted, however, that in comparisn with heavyweight championship battles of former years there is very little enthusiasm dis played. Fight followers throughout the country regard Flynn's chances for vic tory as very slim and practically con cede the contest to Johnson, i r But with the Wolgast-RIvers light weight championship match it is a horse of another color. Many experts figure Rivers has an even chance of westing the title from Wolgast. They t on tend that Ad is no longer the bear cat of a year ago and poirft to the re rent exhibitions with Ritchie and O'Brien to emphasize their arguments. Joe will have several advantages oer his rival. He is younger, heavier by several pounds, a better boxer, can h"'t just as hard and has a world of confidence in his ability to beat Adolph. Rivers's friends and backers say Ad win una me acaicui a. uiuiv . i able rival than he banks on. and .that j when he backs Into one of those Her- j will find the Mexican a more formta- rpra punches of Joe's It will take all thp fight out of him. MV opinion is that Wolgast will win. While his recent performances were hardly up to the championship stand ard, it must be remembered they were more in the nature, of try-outs than anj thing else. It will be recalled that when Ad was getting baek in the game last vear. after his broken arm had mended, he came east and based twp l short bouts with Knock-Out Brewn, a local celebrity. Because he failed to rut his man away the calamity howl t rs began to croak that he was through" as a champion and predicted defeat the first time he would meet a good man. As soon as the champion satisfied himself that the injured member "had realed and was as strong as ever, he proceeded to demonstrate to the, critics just how wrong were their prognosti cations by mepiing and beating all comers. Among he boys Ad licked in rapid succession and by the knockout route, were GeOrge Sfemsic, One Round Hogan, Frankie Burns and Owen Mo ran. I have not seen Rivers with the gloves on. To My Has never ap peared in the ring outside the state of I No Such Thing As A Prize Fight; Boxing Most Popular Sport Today By Tommy Ryan TK THE following story, written for The EI Paso Herald by Tommy Rynn, Is given, the opinion of probably the wisest and most popular promoter today. " The exmlddlewelsht and welterweight champion of the world. Ryan, Is known as the 'square guy" of the gn me, and hla presence in EI I'axo for Sunday's battle attracts eien more att entlon than the men who will partici pate. Sporting Editor. Boxing matches conducted properly, and the men taking part In them In proper condition and matched evenly, form the most popular sport in Amer ica today. There is no such thing as a prize fight nowadays. I will try and explain what a prize fight is, and what a boxing match is: Prize fighting is what they bad years ago, when men fought with bare fists, and every knock down was a round, the fighters were allowed to wrestle and throw each other to the ground, and fight to a finish. That was a prize fight, and was brutal. But in the contests of today where five ounce boxing gloves are used and the men fight under rules, where they must stand up and. box for points, they are not allo-jtred to wrestle or throw each other down, and the contest is limited to a certain number of rpends. The reason a great many people be lieve boxing to be brutal is, that they hae never seen it, and they form their opinion of the .contests by reports they have read in the papers. Boxing should be compared with all kinds of sport, with football, baseball and in fact all E-ports. You very seldom hear of a death' 'n the prize ring, and when you do It is of some one who was not In the proper condition. There are 10 times more ac cidents and deaths in other sports than there are in the prize ring. There is really no such thing as a SCOOP THE CTJB REPORTER Sfltf SCOOP - xj. IWAS WS 7Sl3uiPT Vf I Foo-rHE .JJZ He Tells of a Bunch of Attractive Programs This Coming Wolgast Will Lick the Mexican, hut Admits Rivers a Boxer Just Here and There. ' 111111111 M&MM ! 1 W-m I JAMES J. COrtBETT. Who now contributes weekly to The El Vaso Herald's feportlnc Columns. : - California, but his record there would suggest he is somewhat of a demon scrapper on his own account. The only black mark on his career was the de feat by Johnny Kilbane 'and in the light of the more recent performances of the latter, among them a victory over Abe Attell, that is nothing to be ashamed of. Luther McCarty's eastern debut was made in Philadelphia last week in a six rouna Bout with sailor Tim Logan. "While -the performance was not of the sensational order he made a favorable impression on a number of experts who Journeyed to the Quaker City to look the big fellow over. Although falling in the attempt to stop his opponent McCarty certainly handed him a good licking and might have put the "K. O." over had the bout been extended a few more rounds. Luther was apparently a bit ner cous and over-anxious to show to ad vantage on his first appearance in the east, and as a result there was little science to be observed in his methods. For that matter few of the heavy weight fighters of today can lay claim to any great knowledge of the art of boxing, so Mac will have little to fear on that score In meeting any of the present crop of ambitious youngsters, prize fight. They are things of the past, and a great many states are pass ing laws allowing limited number of round contests. And I think it will be but a short time when every state will allow boxing contests. Of course, like all people that are before the public there are boxers that should be doing something else be sides boxing. But you will find good and bad among all classes. I do not want to be understood as making so ciety men out of boxers, but I do want to say that boxers with any reputation can be like any other men. Because one boxer will be a booze fighter does not say that they all arc And the public must not form that opinion of them. A man will not be a boxer because he likes the business, but because he can make the most money at it. If he is a good one, he can make more money that way, and all of us try to make the most money we can. Most boxers save their money as they know when they are through and down and out. no one will give them any thing. There is no more miserable man in the world than a broken down boxet If he has nothing saved. As he has been a boxer all his life he finds it hard to do anything else. Of course people will say. If boxing is not brutal why do they knock each other down, and why do they pull and haul and fight in the clinches. The reason is this, when two good men box The Gentlemen From Missouri Held a By James J. Corbett Ex-Heavyweight Champion of the World. Week; Believes Better He will be given a try-out In this city within the next few -weeks. Packey McFarland could not resist the tempting offers promoters have been showering him with since telling the folks he intended taking a vaca tion to the other side. He has already signed to box in Cincinnati next week, and manager Gibson, of the Garden, has Paokey's promise to appear at the big arena once or twice during the su.nmer. There is more talk of matching Packey with Mike Gibbons, but I doubt very much if the men agree to do battle. Packey is willing to meet the St -Pmil "nhenom." but would insist on 142 opunds ringside, and I know Mike ! balks at making such a low figure. Packey is at his best around 136, while Mike usually scales in the neighbor hood of 150 ringside, a disparity .n weight that will keep these clever Queensbury experts from mingling, nhich Is to be greatly deplored. They would put up an exhibition worth go ing many miles to see. Speaking of Gibbons, that clever young man will soon have to box In the middleweight dlv slon if he hopes to continue making money at bis pro fession. I thought he had long ago exhausted the available supply of wel ters, but he manages to dig one up now and then. As Mike Is a good card at the local clubs It is not a difficult proposition to find a matohmaker will ing to gamble on any old match In which he is a principal. Gibbons would have things pretty much his own way In the middle divis ion, with Eddie McGoorty out of It. The latter party is unable from all ac counts to make I5S pounds, and to me he looks the only one of the bunch who might hold his own with the St. Paul whirlwind. From what I have seen of Klaus and Dillon in action, I snoum say it would be comparatively easy for Mike to best them. Both are husky Individuals, but neither is any where near Gibbons's class as a boxer. Jack Britton, the Chicago light weight, has not yet succeeded In per suading any of the local boys to agree to box him. As In the case of Willie Ritchie, his "rep" preceded him to town and scared all desire to meet him out of the New Yorkers. Brltton's man ager has tried In every honorable way to get" Leach Cross to consent to a match, but the latter Is evidently afraid to take a chance with the clever wst erner. Seems a shame to let a boy of the admitted skill of Britton set away without having an opportunity of showing his wares. Possibly McFar lai"! might be willing to accommodate if no one else will. Abe Attell will have another try at fame and fortune In the ring. His op ponent will be Tommy Murphy. The boys meet at Jim Coffroth's San Fran cisco arena the afternoon of the Fourth. Abe has been Duttlncr in the last few months at Billy Nolan's ranch near Harbin Springs, California, and Judging from advices that have reached me the long vacation in the hills has rejuvenated the former king of the featherweights. I am informed that Abe is now a regular lightweight and that the- conditions of the Murphy match calling for the men to weigh at 133 the morning of the contest are made to order for him. An Attell weighing 133 pounds, and In good phys ical trim well. It seems to me such a party ought to clean up in the light weight division. But I doubt that Abe will ever regain that great asset of youth stamina. one may be a man that denends on eet- 1 ting into close quarters, as that is the way ne can dox tne best, while the other man is better standing out at arm's length. As a man boxes the best way for him to win, they box for points and by one man landing on the right spot he sometimes wins the match with one blow by knocking the other man out Oftlmes that is by landing a blow on the right spot ho knocks his opponent down, and if he does not arise in 10 seconds he loses the match. And in five minutes both boxers shake hands and leave the ring good friends, as box ing today Is a matter of business. Boxing contests limited to 10 and 20 rounds with boxing gloves and con tested under rules. Is, as I said, before the most popular sport in America to day. BALL AT CLOUD CROFT FOR JULY 4 PROGRAM They are going to have a real fourth of July up at Cloudcrof t, . El Paso's mountain resort. What is a Fourth without a ball game? Tnat is Just it. The Southwestern shops team will travel up to Cloudcroft and engage a North Cloudcroft team. It will be ball up In the air proper, and large occur rences are expected. In addition, Reyes's band will play and the resorters will have other en tertainments. The Indians from the nearby reservation will be over, pitch camp and have pony races and whoop dances. NEGRO MEMBER OLYMPIC TEAM IS REINSTATED London, Eng., June 29. J. A. Howard, the negor member of the Canadian Olympic team, the announcement of whose dismissal on the charge of In subordination was made by the team's coach, W. Knox, on Wednesday, was officially reinstated Friday on his promise to place himself absolutely under the coach's orders. 4.4. j. 4- BAKERS TO PLAY MILLERS AAD SOLDIERS MEXICAS City league play this weekend will afford chances for some more surprises. While the Bak ers and Internationals are play ing today at Washington park, Sunday's doubleheader will bring on the Bakers and the Millers, for one. and the 2Sd infantry and the Mexicans for another. Rivalry is still so strong between the former lead ing team of soldiers and the Mexicans at the bottom of the standings that some lively ball ia assured. 184.108.40.206.4.4.4,4.4.4,4,41414,4.4.1 Knock, Knock, Ouch, Ouch! Facts and Fancies for Fans. By Timothy Turner HE MAN who fishes long enough usually catches something. We note that Jack Curley got his. It will be remembered that Tommy Ryan j and Mr. Curley ex changed some choice remarks after Kjan's throwing up the sponge in train Jim Flynn for his fight with Jack Johnson threw up tiie sponge oetore the first round. Now it would seem that Curley made some remark or other about the Sage of Syracuse .Anyway, Ryan, who is in El Paso with his boy, Howard Morrow, who Is booked to meet Jack Herrick in Juarez. Sunday, has issued an open let-j ter. The letter speaks loudly enough for Itself, and is as follows: "I was surprised to read an article in your paper this morning In which a fellow going by name of Jack Curlei but which Is not his name, has tried to belittle me. "Mr. Curley should be ashamed of himself to try anything like that. "1 have been a fighter for 20 years and have fought more and won more fights than any man in the world, and have brought out more good fighters than any man in the world. I retired undefeated after winning the welter and middleweight championships or the world. "All I have to say in answer to Mr. Curley is that he was trying to use me a man who has been on the leel all his life in the fighting game to boost a man who Is not a fit oponent for Jack Johnson. The match is one that never should have been made "Just have any sporting man in the country look up Mr. Curley and see what his business is and wnat he has done And they will say that all he has done was to go and get a wrestler named Hackenschmldt and help pull vA ...,. nicauiug IUUIU1 in VUlUttiiU, it I s WtfH 1 vv BLBE-t w '' Bfl..Kil ' Iffff jBTf T? ! I . 3 Rube Marquard, Modern King of Twirlers RUBE MARaUARD, MODERN KING OF TWIRLERS New photograph of the big southpaw, of the New York Giants, who has supplanted "Big Six" Matty Matthewson as the idol of the New York fans and who has broken the world's record for successive victories. Pitchlmr atralnst every club in the National league circuit Marquard has rolled up the un- !!5SaLe,d rec?rd .l n. sJtI?JsllV.v'ins.,SInce the Sinning of the present season and has not yet tasted the bitter dregs of defeat. " Democratic Hand Copj right, 131 Z. Two Championship Fights and Neither Is Attracting the Proper Attention AN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 29. The coming Fourth of July will see two world's championship DUtrillstlc events. One will be for the heavvwelght " championship of the world. The scene of strife will be Las AZ&. which was the largest lemon that waa ever sprung on the people. "Tommy Ryan. "Retired Middleweight Champion of the World." Here's another little knock. We may as well get through with the knocks while we are at It. Farth3t be it from any of us to knock Just for the sake of knocking, and there is that some thing about the Johnson-Flynn black and white fandango that should instill some mercy. But here, let's have it any way. It is a squid rrom the Los An geles Times, which is brief and to the point. We quote the Times: "Jim Flynn sends a picture of him self sitting on a fence. He is looking like, a washerwoman, who had Just fin ished her day's washing and was waiting to gossip with her neighbor. If Jim expects to win from Jack John son with this corporation he had bet ter guess again. Just think of a fight er fighting a 45-round fight in this condition, and think of what will be said by those who .pay fancy prices to see Johnson perform the operation on him, on the Fourth of July." V Oh, yes, we have a little one our selves. A southern friend raises the question, ''Is It proper for a white man to shake hands with a negro before a fight." He asserts that the Johnson Flynn match should be called off, or this custom of the prize ring eliminated. Our friend has fought lots of negroes with clubs and canister, (he says) but he says he would never shake nands with one. This certainly is a se.ious question, which as far as I know, never has been advanced. We should be glad to hear from sportsmen on the matter, and to settle It for all time so that in the future prize fighters will know what to do. We are pleased to announce to the suffering reader that this article Is concluded. We hope no one will be tickled to death. BY "HOP" ine International Syndicate, Has Johnson Gone Back, or Will Appendicitis Hurt Wolgast Are Only Specula tions, Not Science or Stamina; Story of Hunter and Bear Told by Old Darkey Illustrates It. Vegas, N. M., and the principals will be Jack Johnson and Jim Flynn. The other affair will take place at Vernon out side of Los Angeles. It will be for the lightweight championship and will be between Ad Wolgast and Joe Rivers. Candidly neither of these events 13 attracting the attention that usually attaches to world's championship dis putes, and one does not have to look for the reason. In neither instanee Is the contest regarded as a tilt be tween a pair of evenly matched men. The suspicion that Jack Johnson may have slowed up during a couple of years of inactivity and high living Is the one peg on which the admirers of Jim Flynn hang their hopes. The thought that an operation for appendi citis may have robbed Wolgast of his snap and speed is the one thing that makes Rivers's chances of success ap pear the least bit rosy. It is easy enough to verify this view of things. If Wolgast had not been taken down with appendloltis and forced to lay off several months, Riv ers's chances in a match with the champion would be considered so small that the Idea of the men signing would have been generally ridiculed. Prob ably the old lightweights would have risen on their hind legs and Joined in the one concerted round of protests, for Rivers was knocked out by feather weight Johnny Kilbane not 90 very long ago. Moreover this meeting with Wolgast will signalize Rivers's entry into the lightweight division, and to have a green light weight striving for tne worms cnampionsnip tne iirst time out does not seem by any means to be in accordance with the eternal fitness of things. But Wolgast was under the knife and the suspicion existed that Wolgast as a champion had passed away. To put the thing to the test it was neces sary for some one to be sent against Wolgast it mattered little who, and Rivers was the handiest. The men who consider themselves best fitted to a crack at Wolgast 1 towlt: Packey McFarland. Freddie Welsh and maybe Knockout Brown, would have objected strongly to this Wolgast-RIvers affair If there had been no appedlcltis, but as matters stand all Ad's most formidable rivals are view ing things complacently. They regard the match as a test case. If Wolgast shows he is the Wol gast of old he -will be more harried and challenged in the next few months than he has been during all the years he has held the title. Meanwhile down in Los Angeles they think so well of Rivers that they are willing to accept odds of 10 to 7 against the Mexican boy and it Is the popular belief that even money wagering will be the rule before the light weights enter the ring. This means that while a reverse for Wolgast might appear something sensational away from Los Angeles, the sports of the southern town are speculating largely on such a possibility. A Sunday or two ago. in discussing the Flynn-Johnson outlook, I took oc casion to refer to the fact that there was not a great deal of difference in the men's ages, the reeord books snow ing that Johnson -was 34, while Flynn has passed his 32d birthday. The pub lication of the article brought me a note of protest from one who is cer tainly in a position to acquire inside information on such matters. Flynn Six Years Y'onnger. Said the note: "For your own guid ance I want to tell you that the rec ord book does not state faets. John son is fully 36 years old, while Flynn Is only 30." If this is so Flynn's chances are somewhat better than I figured. But whether Johnson be 34 or 36, the ques tion in a nutshell is how much has The Fistic Event H - CI MORROW By W. W. Naughton , Johnson aged during the past two yearsr . If the negro is still in the heyday of his fighting force if he is as good as when he boxed Jeffries it seems to me it is not possible fer Flyan to have improved enough to relieve the negro of the championship. But if indul gence and excesses have left their mark on Johnson to an appreciable extent, he is likely to encounter a full sized mountain of trouble. Flynn, all reports to the contrary, is trained to the proper notch and 13 brimming over with pluck and confi dence. If he goes down he will go down fighting, as he did before. As to calling the winner I think any one would be foolhardy to attempt it. Everything depends on the changes that have taken place in Johnson if any have taken place during his lay off. I know an old negro back here In San Francisco he is an ardent ad mirer of Johnson and this is his phil osophy: "Johnson is like a mighty hunter. He is sitting on a mountain trail with his Winchester across the hollow of his arm and the magazine is full of cart ridges. There is a bear coming up the track. Well, sir, it looks bad for that bear. But if a cartridge catches in the breech and the rifle won't work then it looks bad for Johnson." As near as I can figure the old man means that if Johnson's fighting gear is not in as good order as it was two years ago Flynn may prove a bear. O ADDITIONAL SPORT S . OX NEXT PAGE. If yon want the best lumber money can buy, get yours from Lander Lumber Co. Rheumatism Stomach Troubles Kidney Ailments Faywood Hoi Springs It cares, and 70a remain cured, fr know, and you will if yon try it. Conceded tne greatest kidney wxter on earth. Why not visit Fayrrood Hot Springs iirst, since yoa will eTentn ally go tfccTB anyway r Large Modern Hotel. Perfect CH aate. Booklet. T, C. McDermott, "The FaywooS1 Fayvoofl, TZ. M. of the Season Sunday, Jnne 30, 4 p. m. JACK HERRICK vs. HOWARD MORROW 158 Pounds. Kid Fowser vs. Young Conley 140 Pounds. Jockey Carson vs. Battling Dick Evans 116 Pounds. Admission $1.50 Sun; $3 Shade; 5 Ringside. Seats on sale at Ely Club, Juarez; 108 Broad way; Lobby; Buffet; Ryan's Drug Store; Richelieu Cafe. The winner of the Herrick-Morrow bout to fight for the middle weight championship of the world.