B1I>8 FOR JEFFRIES-JOHNSON.
Fight Greatest on Record?Action on
Bids Postponed?Selection of
(.round for Fight \\v\ be Made To
iih)'?Tremendous Piuraea Promis?
New York. Dec. L?No decision
announcing the successful bidder for
the world's championship heavy
weight prise fight between James J.
Jeffries, the retired and undefeated
champion, and Jack Johnson, the ne?
gro title-holder, was made in New
York tonight because the promoters
wished to avoid any possible clash
with the police authorities. The de?
cision will be made known In Ho
boken. N. J.. at 1 o'clock tomorrow
New York. Dec. L?Bids for the
championship flght between James J.
Jeffries and Jack Johnson were open?
ed late today In Hoboken. N. J., and
because of the numerous and large
offers made for the mill, It was de?
cided to postpone the selection of the
battle ground for a period of 24
hours. Teh offers for the fight were
the largest ever made for a prise ring
The bids wer? opened in the pres?
ence of Jack Johnson and his man?
ager. George Little; Hamberger. rep?
resenting James J. Jeffries, who was
absent; Thomas J. McCreary of Los
Angeles. Edward Franc of San Fran"
elsco. John J. Oleason of Ban Fran?
cisco. E. M. Ricard, of Nevada, and
many well known New York sporting
Graney, representing the Tuxedo
Athletic Club of San Francisco, made
a bid involving three different propo?
sitions. In his first, Graney offered
?0 per cent, of the gross receipts with
a guarantee of $76,000, the manage?
ment to have sole ownership of the
picture privileges; the second was 80
per cent of the gross receipts with
a 970,000 guarantee, and an offer of
110,000 for one-third of the picture
proceeds, and the third proposition
was 90 per cent, of the gross receipts
with no guarantee. Graney agreed,
If the offer was accepted, to build a
pavilion seating 25,000 people In or
within five miles of San Francisco.
John Oleason of San Francisco, In
combination with James Coffroth,
submitted a bid of $125.000 for a
light on July 4 at either the Colma
Athletic Club or Ocean View of San
Francisco, reserving full rights to the
picture proceeds. Oleason agreed. If
the bid was accepted, Immediately to
deposit a oheck for $10,0( 0.
Oleason mads a second proposition
offering a purse of $75,000 and 66
2-2 per cent, of the picture rights.
A third proposition by Oleason pro?
vided for an offer of 80 per cent, of
the gross receipts and If 2-2 per
cent, of the picture receipts. Coff?
roth agreed to deposit $10,000 if the
sffer wss accepted.
A cablegram was received from
Hugh D. Mclntosh of Australia offer?
ing $17,500 to each of the fighters
for a contest In this country; $40,000
to each fighter for a contest in either
England or Francs, and $50,000 to
each fighter for a contest In Aus?
tralia. No check accompanied the
offer and Ifclntosh's bid was not con?
E. M Ricard of Ely. Nevada, sub?
mitted a bid in which he offered $16.
?00 in cash and a check for $5,000
now for a flght on July 4 In either
Utah or CSI'fornla and a cash purse
of $101,000 and $6 2-8 per cent, of
the receipts of the moving pictures.
If the bid was accepted, Ricard
agreed to deposit within 60 days $30.
000 and the remaining $50,000 48
hour* before the fight.
Thomas J. McCarry of the Pacific
Athletic Club of Log Angeles offered
the receipts of the entire house and
60 per cent, of the moving picture
receipts or a purse of $110.000 In
cash and 50 per cent, of the moving
picture receipts. *
Fight Goes to Ricard?
San Francisco, Dec. 1.?The fol
Ipwlng message, according to Greg?
ory Mitchell, was received by him to?
night from James W. Cofforth, the
San Francisco flght promoter, who is
In New York.
"Ricard will get the big fight, hut
am not disappointed."
Two negroes afflicted with small?
pox were found wandering around In
?T?TE OF OHIO, CITY OF TO?
Frank J. Cheney makes oath that
he In senior partner of the firm of V.
J. Cheney A Co., doing business In
the City of Toledo. County und State
aforesaid, and that said Arm will pay
the sum Si ONI HUNDRED DOL?
LARS for ?>aeh and every case of
Cntarrh that cannot be cured by the
use of 1 la I I'm Catarrh Cure.
FRANK J. CHENEY,
sworn to before no ami ?absoribsd
In my present, this nth day of 1?<
cember. A. !>.. lilt,
(Seal.) A. v. OLEASON,
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Mr. D. A. Tompkins Shows llnw Far
morn May Help the Cause.
Oie of the leading cotton manufac?
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kln8. In a published Interview, pre?
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"The best way for the farmer to
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be for him to go to his home town
and buy his supply of cotton goods
for the year."
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Mat ROOT AS A DEFENDER OF
Senator Root's speech on centraliz?
ation before the National Civic Fed?
eration in New York the other day is
so entirely contrary to a speech he
made while a member of Mr. Roose?
velt's Cabinet as to call for some ex?
planation of his change of views. On
the 7th of December, 1906, while
Secretary of State, Mr. Root made
an address before the Pennsylvania
Society In which he expressed views
favorable to such extreme and radi?
cal centralisation of power in the
hands of the Federal government as
had perhaps never theretofore been
expressed by any responsible public
official who was a lawyer. In that
speech Mr. Root said: "We are urging
forward In a development of business
and social life which tends more ?nd
more to the obliteration of State
lines and decrease of State power, as
compared wtlh national power. ? ? ?
New projects of national control are
mooted. Control of insurance, uni?
form divorce laws, child labor laws
and many others affecting matters
formerly entirely within the cognis?
ance of the State are proposed."
And then he suggested seriously a
method of amending tr e Constitution
which was different ftom that pro?
vided In the Instrument Itself. If the
States refuse or negle :t to perform
their duty In the proper exercise of
their reserved rights?that is, of
course, If they neglect to perform It
as the President of the United States
might consider that 11 should be
performed?then "soorer or later,"
Mr. Root declared, "constructions of
the Constitution will be found to vest
the power where It will be exercised
In the national government."
The views of Senator Root, as ex?
pressed last Tuesday, are so radically
different from those of Secretary
Root, as expressed three years ago,
that we are forced to he conclusion
that In 1900 he was expressing, not
hie own opinions, but those of Presi?
dent Roosevelt, his then chief.
In his Civic Federation speech last
Tuesday 8enator Root was evidently
speaking his own sentlrients and giv?
ing his own opinions as a lawyer and
a statesman. He said:
The framework of our government
aimed to preserve *A once the
strength and protection of a great
national power, and the blessing and
the freedom and the personal In?
dependence of local self-government.
It aimed to do that by preserving in
the Constitution the soverlgn powers
of the separate States. Are we to re?
form our constitutional system so as
to put In Federal hands the control
of all the business that passes over
State lines? If we do, where Is our
local self-government? If we do,
how Is the central government at
Washington going to be able to dis?
charge the duties that will be im?
posed upon it? Already the admin?
istration, already the Judicial power,
already the legislative branches of
our government, are driven to the
limit of their power to deal Intelli?
gently with the subjects that are be?
fore them. This country Is too great,
Its population too numerous, Its In?
terests too vast and complicated al?
ready, to say nothing of the enor?
mous Increases that we can see be?
fore us In the future, to be governed
as to the great range of our dally
affairs, from one central power In
At this time, when men are forget?
ting constitutional limitations and
?omc of the Federal courts are Justi?
fying Mr. Jefferson's crticlsm when
he called them the "sappers and min?
ers of the Constitution," it is well for
men of Mr. Root's standing to talk
this way.? Baltimore gun.
A franchise for a gas plant has
been granted Chicago parties by the
Anderson City Council.
THE DEFENSE OF MANILA.
Could Manila l>e Easily Captured by
It is Invariably assumed by all rep?
utable and orthodox manufacturers
of war scares that in case of war be?
tween Japan and the United States
the Philippines would fall into the
hands of the enemy supinely and at
once as the result of a naval attack
But the facts, unluckily, do not al?
ways square with fine assumptions?
an axiom proved a million times in
human history, and here once again.
Would the Japanese, If they proceed?
ed against Manila tomorrow, find the
city the easy prey that Dewey found
it in 1898? They would, say the
makers of war scares. They would
not, say the seekers of facts. Manila,
in 1898, was an exposed port with
antiquated defenses and a stupid and
inefficient garrison, but Manila in
1909 is a city girt about by great
fortresses of earth and concrete, with
a plentiful armament of big guns,
and an excellent lot of gunners be?
The defenses of the Philippine cap?
ital, In fact, are now almost as effec?
tive as those of Baltimore. On Cor
regldor Island, which Dewey faced
with Impunity on that memorable
May day, there are now frowning
ramparts at the very top of the hog?
back, 600 feet above the water-level,
and mounted back of them are no
less than six 12-inch disappearing
guns of the most modern type, and a
round dozen of 12-lnch mortars.
These great pieces of ordnance, with
their attendant 10-inch, 6-lnch and
3-inch guns, command both of the
channels leading up to Manila, and
both channels are also mined. What
Chance would a fleet have in those
waterways before a plunging flre
from 12-lnch guns and mortars 600
feet above it, and with mines con?
trolled from the forts exploding all
But Corregldor Is not the only Ma?
nila fort. On Carabao there are two
14-inch guns and eight 12-lnch mor?
tars, and on Cabello Island there are
two 15-lnch guns, two 6-inch guns
and a second complete mine plant. In
addition to all this, a sort of artificial
battle-ship of concrete, 1,200 feet
long, has just been built upon El
Fraile, one of the four islands which
form a chain across the entrance to
Manila Bay. It has two enormous
steel turrets, operated exactly like
those of a Dreadnought, and In each
are two 14-lnch guns.
How could a hostile fleet, however
large and formidable, pass these de?
fenses? The thing, indeed, would
seem to be practically impossible. The
flre of battleships against land forts
of earth or concrete is so ineffective
that It scarcely counts In actual war?
fare. This was proved abundantly,
not only at Santiago, but also during
the Russo-Japanese War. When
Port Arthur fell the Japs expected to
And that their long and assiduous
bombardment had demolished the
forts on the seaward side, but what
they actually did And was that these
forts were practically unharmed. The
thousands of big shells that had been
hurled in from the sea had scarcely
left a mark.
But, assuming that Manila could
repel a naval attack, would it not be
essential for the United States to
command the PaciAc Ocean In order
to retain the Philippines in case of
war with Japan? Otherwise the
small army which is maintained in
the archipelago could no* be rein?
forced. Japan could land troops at
various places In the Philippines, and
if the Japanese had the support of
the natives, as thev nrobably would
have, the islands would be untenable
by an army of 20,000 Americans, and
the chances are their defense would
not be attempted. If the United
States had a superior navy in the Pa?
ciAc it could make it impossible for
the enemy to attack the islands. The
result in the Philippines would, after
all, depend largely upon the relative
strength of the contending navies,
unless the American army in the Is?
lands were far stronger than It Is at
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JOHN LAURENS, PATRIOl
Pia?, to Honor Ms Memory Ta
Editor of The Daily Item:
We have received a letter fron
Secretary of the Yorktown Hist<
Society in the following words: "
read with interest yo\ir recent a
in Charleston Courier in re
Laurens. I agree with you. '
with us and we will honor his 1
ory, as it should be."
This came in response to an a; i i
from the two Literary Societies of i
Gen. Sumter Memorial Academy,
proper recognition of the services of
John Laurens, as an American pa?
triot?especially in connection with
the victory at Yorktown of the allied
forces of France and America over
the British. Therefore, it is most en?
couraging to have the Yorktown His
torlcal Society to come so cordially
and promptly to our support. In
fact it seems to assure success to a
long cherished purpose, and earnest
hope of a few devoted admirers of
this superb American hero.
Now, to use a slang phrase of the
day, "it is up to" the people of South
Carolina to show their appreciation
of this brilliant and consecrated rep?
resentative of the State's patriotism
In the great struggle for American
We make no question that the peo?
ple of the State now will do their
whole duty in this important matter,
and if we may be allowed to suggest,
let us say that the next celebration
of Washington's birthday be charac?
terized by the prominence given to
John Laurens, who, indeed, was
Washingtons beloved and loving
The Gen. Sumter Memorial Acad?
emy calls earnestly upon all of the
educational institutions of the State
to enlist with It In this glorious work.
(Signed) POINSETT LIT. SOCIETY,
RAVENEL LIT. SOCIETY.
Stateburg, S. C, Dec. 1, 1909.
Stateburg. S. C, Dec. 1, 1909.
Mr. William Shields McKean,
Sec'y. Yorktown His. Society,
Washington, D. C.
We have received your highly ap?
preciated favor in re John Laurens.
We shall not attempt to tell you
now of whan enthusiasm It has awak?
The two Literary Societies of the
Gen. Sumter Memorial Academy
"Ravenel" and "Poinsett," will spare
no effort in co-operation with you,
to "honor his memory as it should
The president of each one of our
Literary Societies and the principal
of our Academy will send In ap?
plications for membership of your
society as soon as blanks are receiv?
Again assuring you of our gratifi?
cation at the receipt of your letter,
We remain ever,
Yours for the work,
(Signed) The Ravenel Lit Society.
(Signed) The Poinsett Lit. Society.
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