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"My Best Fight Was With Big Hank (>iffin"-Jack Johnson
OF HARDEST RATTLE
Declares Hank Griffin Had Longest
Reach of Any Man in the
Heavyweight Champion of the World.
One of the hardest battles and one which I consider of
the best in my career in the prize ring, 1 fought against
Hank CI riff en, a colored man,
at Oakland, Cal.. in 1902. We
went 15 rounds, the decision
going to me.
Stiffen was a man about
■ix feet four inches in height,
and at that time he had the
longest reach of any man in
the boxing game. If he were
fighting today he would out
reach any man in the busi
This same Griffen fought
Jim Jeffries 17 rounds of
hard milling, and afterward
Jeffries acknowledged that
if it had not been for Billy
Gallagher, Griffen might
have been hailed as the winner.
Griffen had an awkward punch and one that carried
plenty of steam with it. It would puzzle the best of them
to get away from that punch, and. combined with Grif
fen's ability to take punishment and keep on fighting,
made him a dangerous man for any fighter to monkey
In that fight Griffen and I fought toe to toe, give and
take, and 1 want to say right here that I had to travel
my best to win. 1 did not knock out Griffen, but was de
clared the winner.
Afterward 1 fought Griffen in Los Angeles, Cal., for
Tom McCarey, who at this time was handling the big
fellow. I was then under the management of Frank Cari
allo of Bakerfield. This fight, like the first one. was a
hard battle that went 20 rounds, and 1 was declared the
in this fight I was able to avoid that punch of Grif
feu's, which had bothered me so much in the first fight.
At-that time 1 .was not as well developed, nor did 1 have
the physique I now have, and it is probable that men who
in.the earlier days gave me considerable trouble would
not bother me so much now.
Among the battles I have on my record is one with
Jack Jeffries, brother of the man I am now signed to
fight. I beat Jack Jeffries just the same as I intend to
beat Jim Jeffries when we meet.
Tomorrow The Press will publish on this page the sec
and story by Jas. J. Jeffries, in which he tells of his fight
with that piece of rawhide, Tom Sharkey. Jeffries ex
plains how he was forced to wage a one-handed batlte
against the sailor champion and how he outgeneraled
5. A. A. C. TO LOSE
The B. A. A. 0. is to lose its
star wrestler. George Brechin, the
best 135 pound amateur mat artist
in the northwest, is to leave tho
local athletic club. Within a few
days he leaves for Deer Lodge,
Mont., to work iri the railroad shops
at his trade as bollermaker.
The loss of Brechin Will he a se
vere one to the local club, as
wrestlers are extremely scarce In
this neck of the woods, with no 135
pounder to take his place. There is
one consoling factor in the situa
tion, however. Brechin intends to
return to Spokane in time for the
P. N. A. meet in Vancouver In
April or May.
"1 can't afford to stay around
here without a job," said Brechin
last night in discussing the matter,
"but while I will miss the inter
TUG WILSON AND FRED CREEL
MAY GO SIX ROUNDS AT S. A. A. C.
How would a six round boxing
exhibition between Tug Wilson, for
mer welterweight champion of Eng
land, and Fred Creel, the clever
boxing instructor of the S. A. A. C,
strike you as a feature of the Van
couver-Spokane Interclub smoker
on January 14?
Ever since Wilson struck town,
over six weeks ago, he has been
after a match with I'red Creel, try
ing to Induce him to fight 20 rounds
before a Wallace, Idaho, club.
Creel is- not desirous of entering
the professional game, but he is
willing to take on Wilson in an ex
"I am always anxious to learn
anything new about tbe boxing
RESOLVED: THAT 1 WILL QUIT
BASEBALL. DOES IT STICK?
Post-season resolutions by a ball
nluyer are to be classed with the
average New Year's resolution—
don't take it too seriously.
When Harry Ostdiek, the popular
backstop of tbe Indians, finished
th** season last year, he solemnly
Informed the writer, together with
a crowd of hla fellow players, thai
hae« bail would see him uo more;
he bad quit the game. It was Mln-
Iteft polls and a broker's life for him.
Harry felt muea Injured when
BY JACK JOHNSON,
HARDEST AND BEST.
club smokers I shall be on hand for
the P. VA. meet. I am determined
to win the title of P. X. A. cham
There is little doubt as to his
ability to win the title. He lias
easily defeated 135 pound men from
Vancouver. Portland and Seattle,
and were men to be nut against him
twice as strong as his competitors
of this season there are hundreds
of local fans who would bet on
Brechin to take them down the line.
When the S. A. A. C. officials
realize what the absence ot
Brechin will mean —the loss of a:
least one Inter-club event in each
of the remaining three smokers —a
position may be secured for the
wrestler which will hold him in
Spokane until after the P. N. A.
game," said Creel last night, "and
If Wilson would like to go with me
in an exhibition, 1 would be more
"1 would like to have him work
out with me at any time, und If the
under wraps dining the bout; let
him extend himself as much as he
likes. There is nothing for me in
the price fight game, and 1 do not
intend to enter it."
McMahon and Dalley of the Rex
bar have Wilson In town preparing
him for a number of fights in the
norihwest, but they may bo in
duced to send their man against
Creel in an exhibition,
club is willing, go on with me in an
"I will meet any man of my
weight in the business in an ex
hibition. He needn't keep himself
every face depicted amusement and
doubt, and declared It was no Pattl
affair, he was through with base
It was Minneapolis and the brok
ers office for him—but only for a
short time, Harry is now referee*
ing roller poJo mutches in Canton,
Ohio, and is anxiously awaiting the
signal to begin work fo r another
season on the diamond.
Base ball is like the fight ganu.;
they seldom quit until ill health or
old age compels them.
EOR FIRST RASE HONORS
] First base will be the scene of
the greatest ante-season struggle
among the Indians, with Lou Nor
dyke, Thompson and Boettiger
fighting for the honor of holding
down the initial canvas. Nordyke
has the best call on the job, but
both Boettiger and Thompson are
going to make a great fight for the
Dick Boettiger was out of the
game last year, but Rob Brown had
him under his wing at Aberdeen
for several years and is satisfied
that. Dick will make as good a first
sacker as backstop.
ONE OUTFIELDER TO GO.
Kippert. Clynes, Weed and
Blinker —that's the outfield Bob
Brown has lined up for the season
of 1910, Outfielder Kippert joining
the Indian squad yesterday after
noon when Manager Cliff Rlanken
IM. C. A. 24,
W. S. C. 23
Y. M. C. A., 24; W. S. C, 23.
With less than a minute yet to
play, Johnson, star forward of the
Y. M. C. A. basketball five, robbed
W. S. C. of another victory when
he tossed the winning goal at the
Association last night.
With the visitors leading 11 to fi
at the close of tbe first half, the lo
cals forged steadily to the front un
til it was nip anil tuck, first one
team In the lead and then the
The game was a much rougher
affair than that at the S. A. A. C.
Friday night and more feeling was
displayed by both players and
spectators. "Rough him," "slug
him," are a few of the outbursts
of the Y. M. C. A. partisans, who
thought that the collegians were
The lone official provided for the
game. George Varnell, has his
bands full watching, the ball and
was unable to detect* the numerous
tools committed. Had an umpire
been on the floor to penalize the
players a much better exhibition
would have been witnessed.
The lineup and score:
Y. M. C. A. W. S. C.
Fzzell Momb, Lowry
Abrama Anderson, De Witt
Goals—Johnson 6. Brain 3, Mc-
Omnia, Englehorn 6, Dalquist 3,
.Momb 2. Free throws —Vzzell 4,
Englehorn 1. Fouls called —On As
sociation 6, on W. S. C. 7. Referee
—.Varnell. Tinier —Zercher.
"MX ON THAT
"I am not looking for a fight with
Bob Bracken or anyone else at the
present time," declared Louis Orsie
this morning in speaking of the
proposed exhibition match with Bob
Bracken on January 14.
"if 1 decide to enter the game
after the first of the year, 1 may
give him a chance at 135 pounds. 1
am not fighting heavyweights any
more. When 1 fight it will be at
136 pounds. I have not had a glove
on since last spring, when I /ought
Louie Long, so am in no condition
lor a fight.
'When I do re-enter the ring it
will not be for $15 or $20. If 1 de
cide to fight again. 1 intend to go
into the game to win big money,
not play the part of a meal ticket
pug, as 1 did before."
This statement from Orsie, fol
lowing the talk about the coining
bout and Blackens offer to bet
1500 on a bout, temporarily
squelches all fight talk for a time.
Orsie's statement that he will
take yuor measure and
turn you out a suit
you'll lie mighty proud
to wear. The style will
be just right and the
fabric and tailoring will
be second to none. A
dressy suit or overcoat
at a right price.
We Do All Kinds
of Repairing. ■
THE SPOKANE PRESS, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1909
ship of the Tacoma Tigers wired
Brown accepting the exchange of
his outfielder for Rockenfield.
How do you like that outfield,
Mr. Fan? Do you think it can be
beaten in the northwest? It looks
mighty like the trio who will be
chosen from the quartet will form
a part of the 1910 pennant winners.
It's to the rear for one of the four
and the Lewiston training period in
March will settle the question.
Brown can't afford to keep the.
quartet. Who wil be left in the
stable when the race starts?
The only point on the diamond
that is worrying Manager Brown is
third base, and really Bob is not
losing sleep over a man for the dif
ficult corner, as Cleveland has of
fered him a first class man, with a
fielding average of over .970 and a
record of around .250 with the wil
low for last season.
not fight men heavier than himself
In the future puts the quietus on
the proposed match unless he
changes his mind and decides to
give- Bracken a chance in an ex
TACOMA MAY COME
The S. A. A. C. may hold an ln
ter-club smoker with Jimmy Car
ton's Tacoma fighters in March,
but not before. Cisco Bullivant re
ceived a communication from Car
roll yesterday i„ which Jimmy
states that he is busy preparing his
men for a society circus on Janu
ary 10. 11 and 12 and that he can
not think of a meet until next
Artistic bits of china for
Christmas gifts in our
Bargain Basement at low
prices. Mantel ornaments,
cups and saucers, plates,
fruit saucers, small dishes
and trays; 35c up to $1.00
values, at. and 48^
Toys and Dolls in the
Work and dress styles In a
gnat variety Of different pat
terns and weights; 13.00 and
$3.50 values; all sizes in the
lot; per pair $2.48
Silk Handkerchiefs—White or fancy colored,
each 35<S BOC
White Handkerchiefs—-Saney box of six, with initial, f0r..75«>
White Handkerchiefs —Full size, hemstitched; each;
three for 25<*; or one dozen for SI.OO
Silk Tie Set -Four-in-hand tie and handkerchief to match;
pure silk; in Xmas box fI.OO
Kemp & Hebert
The People's Store
The toy and doll prices are certainly in keepingavith the name "Bar
There are dolls of every size and every kind, in cloth, bisque and
kid bodies, from up to $10.00.
Also doll heads, toy dishes in tin and china, and all such things that
littlo girls like; while the boys will be glad to see the wonderful me
chanical toys, trains, automobiles, aeroplanes, mills, moving picture
machines, acrobats, etc. These are shown on big tables, the prices
running from W$ or up to $4.00 or $5.00.
Men s $3.00
Xmas Gifts for Men
BAT 16 BTRONG FOR ADVERTISING.
Battling Nelson versus Freddie Welsh. Place—England. Time—'
Does It sound good to you?
It doesn't noise well with me. It smacks of the Hedwlch bull too
strongly. It's too much like the Battler's abnormally developed adver
tising bump. Can't believe it.
In the first place, "Shunshlne Jim" Coffroth is over on the other
side of the pond with the avowed intentio nof matching the English
champ with the Battler. That bout is slated for San Francisco, and
Coffroth is not going to let the National Sporting club stage a 20 round
affair between the two premier lightweights without making a fight for
his Colma arena.
Then, too, the Welsh-Nelson go would be a 20 round affair, and
possibly a 25 if the Battler could persuade the Londoners to extend the
course, which is extremely doubtful.
When Nelson fights Welsh, if he ever does, the bout will extend over
'more than 20 rounds. Welsh is about the cleverest man In the ring
today and in a 20 round contest would hay more, than a chance to grab
the large end of the purse from the Hedgwich product.
The only phase of the situation which is calculated to lend an ele
ment of belief is a $20,000 guarantee from Nelson, win, lose or draw.
"Who did Jack Johnson ever lick?"
That's a question you hear on the streets every day, and a question
that, is by no means new. Can you remember a fight where someone
didn't ask: "Who did he ever lick?" I cannot.
This question has always been asked and always will. They asked
it when Corbett went up against Sullivan for the title in '82. Corbett
had beaten Choynskl, out pointed Kilrain and fought a 61-round draw
with Peter Jackson. Yet the fans were not satisfied.
They asked it when Jeffries fought Fitzsimmons, and the answer
was that he had put old Peter Jackson to sleep in three rounds and
won a decision over Sharkey.
They asked It when Kid McCoy fought Tommy Ryan. The answer
was that the Kid had licked a bunch of rummies, 'yet he cleaned Ryan
in great shape.
They asked it when Young Corbett essayed to stop Terry Mc
Govern. The answer was that, the Denverite had done nothing save
stop a few near-champs, yet he was the only man to ever knock out
They asked It again when Fitzsimmons went up against Dempsey.
The answer was Billy McCarthy and Arthur Ilphum, two mediocre men,
yet Fitz brought home the bacon.
They asked it of Ketchel before he fought that 20-round draw with
Joe Thomas at Marysville, and now he is the champ.
Johnson the same way. They ask what he ever did before he licked
Burns, Kaufman and Ketchel. A bunch of smokes and second-raters is
Because these questions were put to the above would-bes who
made good, don't dope it out that Jack Johnson is due to laud the coin.
This is not the rule; It is rather the exception.
Corner Main and Washington
Men's $ 20 Suits $ I 6£
Up-to-date winter clothes, nobby patterns in the
fancy or dark colors now in favor. Every suit guaran
teed to keep in shape and.wear satisfactorily; all sizes
from ;54 up to 42 in a fine line of $20.00 new suits
$16 Suits Are Now $13.85
It's a safe proposition that you can not match this
line for less than $1H.0() on the higher priced avenue.
They are worth $18,00, but we have been selling them
—CASH —at $16.50. All the.best styles are shown in
winter worsted and young men's patterns and sizes;
choice at only $13.85
Men's Overcoats at $14.85
Look for $18.00 value in these fine winter overcoats
—it's there. If we didn't give better values men
would not daily pass up the "deai'er" avenue to come
over here and buy clothes.
Swell styles, best materials and most wanted colors,
such as gray or brown effects, navy and black; all
sizes at $14.85
Boys' $4 Suits $2.98
The lot consists of a good number of suits
in broken varieties; all winter weights and
colors, dark mixtures chiefly. Well lined
garments in nearly all sizes from 8 up to 16;
pants are knieker style. Choice <t*o f\Q
for this lot, per suit yO
$6.50 Suits —A splendid lot of high grade
clothes on .sale for Xmas at $4.69
Sweaters—All eoloi-s and sizes for boys,
at 48£, up
Best Silverware for Gifts
Teas]toons, 6 for . .$1.48
Fickle Forks, each .
Olive Spoons, each .
Baby Spoons, each . .39^
WHO DID HE EVER LICK?
Knives or Forks,
G for $3.25
Salad Spoons, each $1.83
Pie Knives, each . .$2.00
Fish Knives, each.s2.9B
Stationery in Fancy Boxes —Also
novelties in notebooks, bridge tal
lies, shaving pads, trinket boxes,
postcard albums, playing cards in
leather case, whisk broom holders,
etc., up from -.">«■
From the Tacoma
Ledger of December
Tlie above shows the reason why we must sell our
stock of pianos in a few days.
New ianos now being sold in Spokane store, 118 Post
street, at less than cost to make them, if you have a
manufacturer's check you can give us so that we may
obtain the advertising allowance we are entitled to as
per our contract with the manufacturer.
$300 Kind ' tflOC
Now Only ... «J> 1 £*%3
$325 Kind 1 £/\
Now Only ... «P 1 OvF
$400 Kind <tOOC
Now Only .. .ty£t£tO
MANY OTHERS AT EQUALLY LOW PRICES.
Two years or more if you need it, ami this moans al
ums! any piano, used or new. Figure this for yourself.
Some pianos $3.00 cash and $-1, $6, $8, $10 monthly.
Lucore Piano Co.
SPOKANE STORE: 118 POST ST.
THE WALL STREET LUNCH ROOM AND BAKERY
126 WALL BTREET. You have tried our excellent 25c lunch. Now
try our 25c special breakfast —hot cukes, maple syrup, potatoes and
Choice of ham, bacon or two eggs.
$600 Kind &OQI
Now Only .. *J)Zo 1
$750 Kind <fcCOC
Now Only ..
$850 Kind <fcC7C
Now Only ... «J)D / O
Everything home oooked and on
the counter, where you can se
lect for yourself, Locution, 112
Wall, north of Riverside. Open
from 6 a. in. until 12:.10 n. m.
"The House of Quality." 420
First Aye., Spokuue, Wasn.
FINE HOME COOKING