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THE SUJSTDAY OEEGONIAN, PORTLAlfD, MARCH 4, 1900.
' 'm v iftNWAtti I
ga-oajlg Squarcst of 'Em All. " )J!77T? ,
Hjs SbUs? a TCatch '!Vltl1 tne our bJ5 fellows, Corbett, f $r
j&sf mSw Jeitrlas. Sharkey or McCoy, and his friends ?;v
Ci-A E2j I an aflmlrers claim that there Is a strong IJ W
"V AV 3b ' ulter'or motive for this in tho minds of )y
""N'ova Atalanta Ylndcx.
Edward F. Burns, S0 a$ Boston College Ban
,.1 anx not a. lhlng picture
5,2 classical athlete,
Ihae never made a touchdown nor a goal.
My 'sporting blood, believe me,
"Vouldnt J)ura at fever beat,
12 I chanced to put & golf 'ball In the hole.
Yet. whene'er I read the story
Of that foot race long aeo,
"Which HIppomenes from Atalanta won.
And realize the lady
Didn't pet a decent show,
I feel like making trouble with a gun.
Atalanta, being swifter.
Could hae left the man, with ease,
A parasang- or-tno behind her back.
But when fhe'd try to distance
jjThe- -oly- "HIppomenes
He w ould drop a golden apple on the track.
Ab the maiden, thus deluded
By a most unmanly trap,
' Stooped and stopped to gather up the golden
HIppomenes eped forward.
"Won the race by half a lap,
"Woi the maiden and the gate receipts the
' Eucfi a very rank decision
All true sporting men deplore.
But old Time, best referee, may make it
"When the teams of college maidens
Pay the Atalanta score
And, moreover, wipe eome others oft the elate.
Hoxv I'd like to see the settling
Of that .j ery old account!
See Jf air; "Wellesley make the Crimson heroes
See Smfih get square with Princeton
For afcry large ampuntf
AndjseVVassar maidens soundly wallup Tale!
But suppofe those dear young ladies
Plajed a Boston college team.
Then what feelings do you think I'd entertain?
"Wouldn't rude, poetic Justice
Then become a fleeting dream?
Is there any lhlng man dould stand the strain?
Wouldn't flesh and blood be rebel,
"Wouldn't Justice be a myth.
If you saw our halfback battered by a girl?
"Who, then, could keep from yelling,
"Vou hae lost j our sldecombs. Smith!"
-'Or.-y'Say.TVaiesley, say, A-ourVhair is out of
Tci"twlll be the same old'story '
Of the Grecian maiden's fate;
And again will Atalanta. have to yield,
3f fefie doesn't lose by tryicg
Tokeepjlier'hat on straight.
Why, then, drop a box of candy on the field.
TO ABOLISH "GRAFTING"
Valley Collesrc Determine on Pure
Amateur Sport Gossip of the
Fighters Iocal Matters.
The college boys down the Valley are
making use of every facility at their com
mand to get in readiness for the coming
spring's work in athletics. Indpor baseball
and lh& laying of plans lor their track
teams are being looked after sharply. Cor
valUs; Albany and Eugene all have In
door baseball teams, and the supremacy
in. this particular branch of sport will
be but one of the laurels In the college
championship wreath. Eugene, seeing the
excellent practice, for speed especially, in
the .infield, in the indoor game, has or
jganlzed a, fast team, under Captain Zelg--Jer.
As this Js its first season, its strength
1b an unknown quantity, but good reports
4ira,expeot,ea, H. D. Angell, pf the calss
of 1300, has been elected captain of the
U. of O. track team. Angell's good work
on the football toam will be remembered
by Portland's sport patrons, and should
he kcer up his standard on the cinder
path, his team should show good results.
The entire student body of the colleges
whoso sentiments were voiced by its rep
resentatives at the annual meeting at Sa
lem last week, of the Athletic Union, tends
strongly toward favoring strict amateur
eport, and the wiping out of the grafting
ejstem. Attention will be paid to the
lengthening of the courses of lectures,
which should shut out some of the "spe
cials" whose presence was a bugbear last
year. Confining the athletics to competi
tion upon -only one team during the col
lege ear will be enforced. Altogether the
trend of sentiment seems to be in the di
..recilon of pure amateur college sport a
consummation that will be ardently sec
onded by every right-thinking student
,. Among tbe FJsrbtcrs,
In the "fighting game," during the
past ryear, managers' of pugilists,
seeing their chance, and, in their
eagerness for ths public's money,
have done more to cast aspersion
on boxing exhibitions than have the fight
ers themselves. The Horton law. In force
In the State of New York, was passed
evidently with the object in view of pro
moting and protecting the manly art, but
the N privileges granted in this law have
been so grossly abused by the "man
agers" that the law is repealed, and the
boxers will be out of business in their
best feeQing ground,
j Baseball has been "knocked" by almost
the same class of men, chicanery, trickery
and double-dealing having caused an 'en
tire loss of public confidence and conse
quent support. In the palmy days of John
Ix Sullivan, Jack Dempsey, George Dixon
and other first-class fighters of their time,
fights were usually conducted "on tho
square." Then the fight "promoter" was
not the prominent character he is today.
I Some of the foremost boxers now are, no
doubt, just as conscientious as- those of
a decade ago, but they are in the hands
of the Philistines, and -so have to stand
Squarcst of 'Eni All.
"Bob" Fltzsimmons, the cx-chaxnp!on
heavy-weight, finds it difficult to get on
a match with the four big fellows, Corbett,
JeilriaB, Sharkey or McCoy, and his friends
and admirers claim that there is a strong
i ulterior motive for this in the minds of
j that shifty combination. There is no
doubt that Fltzsimmons is one of the
greatest of fighting machines, and one of
the "squarcst" pugilists in the ring. He is
much older in years than any of the other
prominent heavy-weights, and the longer
he Is compelled to wait for a match, so
much better a chance will the younger
men have of getting, or keeping on top.
Ho Is being staved off, at every oppor
tunity for a bout, on one pretext or an
other; his challenges are not accepted,
for flimsy Teasons, and he will be kept
malting just as long as possible by the
"gang." If a fight should finally come off
between "Fltz" and "Brer" Sharkey, as
now seems somewhat probahle, there will
bo music in the air, and "Lanky Bob"
will make it interesting for the gailorman
whom he so soundly thrashed in San
Francisco, only to be robbed of the fruits
of his victory by a set of thves.
A match of some importance has been
arranged between Frank Erne, the pres
ent lightweight champ'on, and Joe Gans,
the colored boy who is right in line for
championship honors. They meet at tho
Broadway Athletic Club, in New York, on
Go It, Terry!
There Is considerable talk at present
about Terry McGovern going out of his
class to meet Erne for lightweight prefcr-
ment, and the advisability of such a step
by him has been questioned. It may be
that McGovern, who is a heavy feather
weight and has trouble,, more and more,
as his years increase, in reducing himself
to the weight limit of his claK, would
like to follow the example set by "Bob"
Fitzslmmons, when he moved up the pugil
istic ladder and "brought "Pompadour Jim"
off the top rung.
At the regular meeting of the board of
directors of the M. A. A. C, last Thurs
day night, chairmen of committees- were
appointed as follows: Outdoor athletic, A.
B. McAlpin; indoor athletic, Frederick
Rasch; auditing. E. B. Miller; bath, R. H.
Jenkins; grounds, George E. Streeter;
general house, "TO". H. Grindstaff. J. T.
McKee was selected as club historian, and
It. J. Goldsmith was appointed manager
of the baseball team for the coming sea
son. Tho Multnomah juniors eldently will
receive their due meed of attention, if the
present arrangements for their accommo
dation continue. It has been decided that
a portion of the outdoor athletic commit
tee of the club shall constitute a sub
committee to look after the welfare of the
junior athletic department, exclusively'. In
a short time, swimming matches for jun
iors will he carried on, and for these
prizes will be offered.
To Drain Multnomah Field.
Another important step decided upon by
the club is to drain Multnomah Field. So
far in its history, during the rainy sea
son, the field has simply been a quagmire,
on account of lack of proper drainage. It
has been impossible to raise any turf, and
football, and frequently baseball, games
have "been sadly interfered with by .the
soppy condition of the grounds. A thor
ough system of subsoil draining will make
a vast improvement.
In the wrestling department of the na
tional athletic championship contests, pn
duer the auspices of the A. A. U., re
cently held in New York, Max "WHcy, of
Rochester, won the amateur championship
In all three classes the light, middle and
heavy--n eight. "TOllcy will be remembered
by local athletes as, on his trip to the
ooast, -at couple of months ago, he visited
this city and was a guest at the Multno
mah Club. He was anxious to meet Green
land, but tho latter, being out of train
ing, could not compete.
At the Y. r. C. A.
The first of the Y. M. C. A. series ol
interclass basket-ball games was contested
last week by the night and the "5-o'clock"
classes, both toams being composed of
men, and the night class winning by the
close score of d to 8. The second, game
will ho between the "noon" class and tho
"o-o'clocks." Tho thirds .athletic contest
in the gymnasium classes of the Assocla.
tlon occurs next Tuesday -evening. The
events will be the springboard dive, shot
put and the 50-yard and 75-yard hurdle
races. A checker tournament, with 2fl
contestants, is inv progress at the Asso
ciation rooms. If the success of this
tournament depends upon considerable
skill and intense interest, then already il
is highly successful.
R.EOEY GJtXSKXS FLAT BROKE.
Famous Plunder i'ails for Europe to
Recover Health nnd Fortune.
Riley Grannan, broken in health and ex
hausted financially, called for Europe re
cently, leaving behind debts that aggre
gate probably twice ax many thousands
of dollars as the erratic turf plunger's
years of llfo. Grannan has a host of
friends in England, among whom he hopes
to rocuperate his fortunes.
This is not the first check that Grannan
has suffered In his meteoric career. Four
times ho has been debtor to the world,
and three times he has been worth more
than 525c,O00. Just now, however, his fall
ing health makes It doubly hard for him
to regain a financial footing. He has be
hind him still a never-flagging confidence,
and, with the return of strength, his
friends expect him soon to hreak the run
of had luck which fortune has put upon
Ever since his return from Europe last
year, Grannan has been In failing fortune.
His speculations on tho turf were cos-
stantly unfortunate, with the result, says
the Denver Republican, that he lost tho
remnant of his last fortune, and then
plunged about $G0,O00 in debt. 'Those who
are nis-'creat's are'nofgreatiyrworrled.
His word Is as good as fils bond. he will
pay every dollar that he owes when he is
able to do so.
Grannan spent tho winter last year1 In
California, where he met varied success.
Often he "hit" tho bookmakers of the Pa.
cific slope hard. Again ho would plungo
and fall. He contented himself this year
with a contest with the New York pool
rooms, in which he wagered on the racca
in New Orleans and in San Francisco. His
credit was good, and he bet against it to
the limit. JOien he finally made up his
mind that he would have to quit he owed
1. Thomas O'Rourke.
2. George Dixon.
ln the various rooms and to tho faro banks
upward of $GO.OO0. He also owed his friend
Henry Harris a large sum, but of that
neither took reckoning. Harris believes in
Grannan, and is ever ready to back his
To cucfi a low ebb had Grannan's .for
tunes fallen that r- was forced to. seek
cheap transportation to the other side.
About a fortnight ago he was taken .seri
ously 111. When he Tecovered sufficiently
to got down town he went to a friend, who
Is at the head of a theatrical syndicate,
and from him obtained a cheap ticket. He
subsequently -sailed on tho St. Paul, under
an assumed name.
Grannan was a bell boy in the old SL
Charles Hotel, In New Orleans. 10 years
ago. He made a study of thoroughbreds
and was successful In several bets made
oh the races. In a short time he took tho
other end of the business and made books
at New Orleans. In a few months he was
worth several hundred thousand dollars.
In tho East he continued his successful
career. At one time ho laid seven to tei
against Domino, and when the race re
sulted in a dead heat he was $13,000 win
ner. Three seasons ago he was ruled off
tho tracks under the control .of the Jockey
Club. After tiso years he was reinstated.
"LANGFORD OF OURS."
Reminiscence of Yale's Splendid
"Did you ever meet Langford of Ours?"
asked a Yale roan of a reporter of the
New York Times recently. "Was In '97,
Sheff, and stroked our crew in '5 at New
London, in '95 at Henley, and In 'S7 at
Poughketpsie. Splendid, quiet, gentle
manly sort of a chap, and a born oars
man, who made stroke In the 'varsity in
his freshman year, and won his race
against Harvard, with Phil Bailey as cap
tain of the crew, but was beaten at both
Henley and Poughkeepsle. If he had had
his way at Poughkeepsle, I doubt If we
should have been beaten as easily as we
were by Cornoli.
"It was "Bob Cook's last year with the
crew, you know, and there was a revolt
among the men about his manner of
handling them, and particularly over his
last orders to tho crew, which were to. pay
no attention to Cornell, but to wait on
Harvard and devote all their attention to
them, as Cornell would not last the route
with the stroke they were rowing. Lang
ford did not agree w Ith Cook, and insisted
upon it that the crew they had to beat, if
they would win, was. the Cornell eight.
He had no faith in the ability of the Har
vard crew, and told Cook, rather snappl
ly for him, that the Harvard crew couldn't
beat a lot of old women. But he was
laughed at and overruled, and like a good
oarsman set tho stroke he was told to,
and followed orders implicitly, with the
result that he was beaten out, for, just
as he said, Cornell was the one crew on
the river that was In tip-top shape. It
was a heart-breaker to Langford, who
was, during the early stages of the race,
for gfilng ahead despite orders, and over
hauling Cornell, if that was possible.
But his captain wouldn't have it, and you
know the result.
"Well, after that race I was at a little
dinner given to the English coach, Leh
man, and we fell to discussing the merits
of the different oarsmen In the crews. At
that time Lehman told me he thought the
finest oar he had seen in America was
Langford, and that he could recall hut
one or two men in all his experience in
England, that were his superiors, and
doubted if they were at that more than
his equals. He afterward met Langford,
complimented him on his skill, and told
him he was the most powerful and grace
ful oar he had ever had the pleasure
of seeing stroke- an eight-oared crew. Had
Langf ord been' able 'to break a business
etigagement he had made, he would have
been the coach of the Tale crew last
"FAIIIVIEW PARK." .
"W. Go Hid Drokaw'a Magnificent Car
olina Shooting- Preserve.
Ono of the finest -and most complete
shooting preserves In ttie South, if not In
tho country. Is that owned by TV. Gould
Brokaw, of New York, la North Carolina.
"Fair-view Park, he name of this elaborate
scooting preserve, Js'situated in the center
or a wooded tract, about 100 miles from
AshevIUe, N. C, and consists of 1000 acres
o table and rolling land. In addition
to this Mr. Broka- leases 20,000 acres
more. The grounds are beautifully laid
out. The walks are dressed with fine
crushed stone. Tho beautiful drives
throurh the woods are the prido of tho
owner, as well sls of the. entire neighbor
hood, being similar to drives' through the
pines at Lakewood, N. J.' On the grounds
is one of the finest polo fields in tho
United States. In addition to this there
"TOM" O'ROURKE AND HIS STRING OF
C. "Joe" Wnlcott.
4. Thomas Sharkey.
aro unexceptlonably fine tennis courts and
golf links, and a fast race track.
Mr. Brokaws dogs, numbering In all
about 125. are the finest and best the
country can produce. The major portion
of them are pointers, but the list com
prises also some fine setters. In the
kennels are such famous dogs as Sir Wal
ter, Light Weight, Heavy Weight, Prin
cess Boy, Sir George, Shot Away and Wild
Lillian all of them champions and prize
winners. The stable is well stocked with
some of the best hunters and polo ponies
In the country. The building, which Is
perfect and complete In every detail, Is
3S0 feet long, with Its front entirely of
glass. It Is here, "says the New York
Herald, that many cakewalks, one of the
chief sources of amusement of Mr. Brokaw
and his guests, are held. The farmers
for miles around look forward with eag
erness every year to this season of jolli
fication. AMONG THE GOLFERS.
Ynrdon's VInIt to America Xot Much
Fenr of the EhtRllKhmnn.
Herbert M. Harriman, tho amateur golf
champion of tho United States, Is of the
opinion that Harry Vardon, the open
champion of Great Britain, will be some
what surprised at the efficiency of our
American golfers before he returns to
Golf is a game which the Americans
have taken to very readily, and great
playors of, a few years ago, although im
proving slightly on their former game, are
no longer feared and are beginning to
look like back numbers among tho young
er element. It is among the rising gener
ation that the greatest improvement is
being shown. The professionals are com
pelled to keep up in their .game. In or
der to retain their supremacy over the
young amateurs, who are showing greater
improvement each year.
The great anxiety expressed by George
Low. the Dyker Meadow professional, to
get a match on with Vardon. Is certainly
an indication that he has -no fear of meet
ing tho sreat English champion, as he of
fered to come from Florida to New York
to play him, in case a match could be
arranged. Prior to Jack Park, the Essex
County Country Club professional, com
ing to this country, Low played In an
open tournament in the fall of 1S38. which
was won by Vardon. Park finished fourth
or fifth and was spoken of by the papers
on the; other side as being one of tho most
promising of tho rising young players. On
this side of the water Park does not be
gin to class with Low, Smith, Raw'.ins and
a few of the other crack professionals.
"Wants to Pitch Asain.
Dr. Arlington Pond, the former Balti
more pitcher and now asslrtant surgeon
in the United Staes-army. Is deslrious of
once more becoming a ballplayer. Pond
has written to Manager McGraw, of the
Orioles, asking for a position on the new
American Association team at Baltimore.
Dr. Pond pUched his last game for the
Orioles in August, 1S9S. He showed he
was anything but a back numbr by shut
ting out the Washington team. He then
joined the army and In February of last
year went to the Philippines with the
Fourth Artillery. He made a fine record
and Is now in San Francisco, his term of
enlistment having expired.
HOW FIGHTERS ARE MADE
TOM" OTtOURKE AS A.2IANAGER. OF
Describes the Building and Control
of Human Scrapplnpr machines,
as a Business Yentnrc. '
"The majority of men Interested in the
art of boxing think that one of the easiest
positions in the world is that of a man
ager of pugilists," writes "Tom" O'Rourke,
bt self famous as ono of the class of
speculators he mentions. In the Denver
Republican. "Their idea is," he continues,
"that all one needs do is to get hold of
some likely young fellow, make matches
for him, and pocket half his winnings.
"Now, that is just where the rub comes
j in. First of all, as m the old saying
about cooking a rabbit, you must catch
1 him. It takes a man who has had a long
experience in ring mattera to pick out an
j unknown and inexpert young fellow, who
has probably never fought more than a
few times, and tell, by watching his work,
whether, after careful training, he will
turn out a champion.
"Then, again, in the matter of making
5. "Mysterious Billy" Smith.
6. "Boll,, Armstrong?.
matches, a great many managers come to
, grief. One must know the caliber of the
as not to get him up against too hard a
proposition at nrst. isor must a boxer
be allowed to fight too often and thus over
do his strength; nor, on the other hand,
must his engagements be too far apart,
so that he is idle and falls Into bad hab
its. "It is the manager who hits the happy
medium among all these pitfalls who is
successful with "hk charges, provided, of
course, they are good men to begin with.
I attribute a great deal of my success in
the management of pugilists to the fact
that I am in a position to act as a second
and can generally give good advice to a
man from the ringside. I always watch
both fighters very closely during tho
rounds, and If I see my man Is getting
the better of the argument, I let him go
along as he thinks best.
Should Be "Jollied" Alonj?.
"Whether a man Is winning or losing, it
is always the best plan to keep on 'Jolly
ing him along and make him think he 13
bound to win, and that the other fellow is
. getting the worst of it. It is of the hlgh
I est importance to keep, tha-' boxer In a good
vciiutt: wucii jii ine ring ana not let mm
get worried. It Is- half the battle trained
( If ho haa confidence in himself and In his
manager. This last Js the reason why
many fighters lose when they ought to win.
They have no confidence in their seconds
and, in many cases, know- more about the
game than their would-be advisers. I have
always been Interested In boxing, and con
j sequently have learned a great deal about
"is uusinces in me years mat i nave Deen
connected with It. The way I happened to
start out as a manager of pugilists was
"I was living in Boston, and Iko Weir,
locally known as the 'Belfast Spider,
boxed a lawyer In the town and received
a trouncing at his hands. The 'Spider and
his backers thought that he could do bet
ter and challenged the lawyer to another
go for $500 a side. I saw the first encoun
ter, and was so impressed with the ability
of the lawyer that I offered to back him.
"Some of the friends of the young law
yer heard cf the affair and persuaded him
not to fight any more, not because they
were afraid he would lose, but because
they thought if the matter came to the
ears of the public, his career would be
blasted. It must be remembered that nuel-
i Hsm in those day3 did not hold the high
piaco in public estimation that It has since
attained. Instead of having fine club
houses, with every convenience; purses
running up in the thousands of dollars,
with lawyers, doctors and people of the
beet standing In the audience; fights In
those days were held, as a rule, In secret.
Instead of five-ounce gloves, -bare knuck
les, skin-tight or two-ounce gloves, at the
most, were used.
Lookinsr for a Fishter.
"But to return to my story. When Ed
Holske, who was backing Ike Weir, heard
that the young lawyer would not fight, ho
generously refused to take the forfeit and
gave me three weeks in which to find a
man to take his place.
"Going along the street one day. I saw
Jack Haylln driving a coal cart. He had
taken part !n a few unimportant fights
J previous to that time, and I had taken a
fancy to him and thought ho had the mak
ing of a fighter. So I stopp.ed him and
asked him if he would meet "VVelr. He
jumped at the opportunity, and fought.
Weir for. four and 'a half hours In the
woods in Rhode Island. it "
"Soon after tha I'aw George Dixon,
beat a man who was 15 pounds heavier
than himself, and I took charge of him.
I wanted to match him against Cal Mc
Carthy, who was then the feather-weight
champion. McCarthy's manager told mer
first to put Dixon up against Eugene
Hornbacher, and that, if he "won. then
McCarthy should give him a chance. So
I arranged a meeting between Dixon and
Hornbacher, and the colored youth knock
ed his opponent out In a round and a
half. Then, as every one who has fol
lowed 'boxing win know, after a battle
with Joe Murphy, which Dixon won J in
seven rounds, he was matched to fight
McCarthy for the championship. The
fight took place in Boston, and lasted 70
rounds, when it was declared a draw.
"A little over a year later the two met
again In. Troy, N. Y., and there George
won In 22 rounds, capturing the cham
pionship, a title be held until it was
wrested from him by Terry McGovern.
Had George taken care of himself during
the past few years the result of his last
fight would have been different. Terry
Is a good young fighter, but he lacks the
experience Dixon has had, and had George
met him In the shape he was In five years
ago he would have won.
"Dixon is a good example of the. old
style fighter, of whom John I. SujUvan
is tJTical. Prodigal of his financial as
well as his physical resources, he parted
with his money almost as quickly as he
got it. He is the only grateful fighter I
have ever met in my whole career, and I
have had to do with a good many in my
time. It is generally the case that when
you havje dono your best for a pugilist
and managed his interests successfully,
he will suddenly leave you and, as likely
as not, abuse you into the bargain. Of
course, there are other exceptions, but
boxers, like George Dixon, who remember
past favors, are few and far between.
"I have quite a string of fighters in my"
care just now, including Tom Sharkey,
"Mysterious" Billy Smith, who has re
cently proved himself not such a back
number as many persons have thought
him; Bob Armstrong, the colored heavy
weight; Joe "Walcott, the phenomenal
West Indian welter-weight; George Gardi
ner, of Massachusetts, and Henry Lyons,
of Chicago. They are all good men at
their different weights, and I am kept
busy arranging and planning fights for
"It-will he noticed that I seem partial
to colored fighters, and so I am. Negroes,
in my opinion, are gamer than whites, and
can stand more punishment. Take Wal
cott, for instance. In some of his fights
he has taken punishment which I don't
believe any white man of his size could
have withstood and not have broken down.
And 7et Walcott Is today better than
ho has ever been. Last year he made
the best showing of his whole career In
the ring, knocking out Ryan, Edwards
and Creedon, three Australians. He also
knocked out Jim Judge. Jim Watts, Bobby
Dobbs and Dick O'Brien, and earned de
cisions over Creedon in three limited
Bad Men to Tackle.
"Walcott Is only 5 feet 1& Inches In
height, and weighs In fighting tr.m 145
pounds. .Yet his record shows that he
has been most successful against pugilists
heavier and taller than himself. He can
stand any numher of blows on the head,
and gives In return straight arm punches
and body smashes with deadly effect.
Walcott and Dixon have long been chums,
and the latter's defeat at the hands of
McGovern broke Walcott all up. He Is
now resting and giving his hands a chance
to get Into good shape, when he will again
meet all comers.
"There has been a good deal of talk re
cently of a party of American fighters
going over to Europe to fight in Paris
next summer. It is quite likely that some
may go -and I am perfectly willing for
any of my string to make the trip, if a
reputable man takes hold of the affair.
However. I think that there will be too
much doing and so much money hung up
In purses on this side of the water during
the next few months that the majority of
the fighters will find it pajs better to ttay
"Fights between the heavy-weights will
be fairly numerous during the next few
months," beginning with the Jeffrles-Cor-
bett battle next month. Jeffries will un
doubtedly win that, but then he will have
a much harder proposition to encounter
in the person of Tom Sharkey, who, I
am of the opinion, will defeat the "burly
boiler-maker. If he does, there will be Iot3
of sport, for the ex-sailor Is always spoil
ing for a fight, and is ever ready to give
aspirants a chance to show their prowess."
TO CONTROL PUBLIC LINKS.
New York Golfers "Will Orcnnlzc to
Develop Golf in That City.
A movement is now on foot among the
golfers of New York City, having for Its
object the establishment o a permanent
organisation, which shall control the pub
lic links at Van Cortlandt Park. Com
missioner Moebus, of the Park Board, has
been asked to aid the movement, and has
promised to do all In his power to fur
ther the scheme. An informal meeting
of some of the projectors of the plan has
been held, and as a result a temporary
committee has been, appointed, which is
to issue the call for the general meeting.
It is the idea of this committee to cre
ate a permanent organization to control
the public tournaments -ox Van- Ccurtlandt
Park, regulate the caddie system and as
sist the Park Commissioners in develop
ing the game as a public amusement. A
decided necessity seems to exist for such
an organisation on every public golf
course throughout the country. It Is
thought that if New York succeeds in es
tablishing a permanent organization to
control the links, Chicago and other large
cities which have public courses will emu
late it. Thomas Bendejow. the Superin
tendent at Van Cortlandt Park. Is strong
ly in favor of the idea, for It will aid
him considerably in extending the advan
tages of the Van Cortlandt course to the
golfers of both Brooklyn and New York.
It is proposed to hasten the organization
in order that it may begin work some
time this month.
SWIi'TEST OF PITCHERS.
John Taylor's SHclr IVay of Droo
ping n Bnll Over the Plate.
John Taylor, who died at New Brighton,
Staten Island, New York, recently, was
one of tho best pitchers that professional
baseball developed, yet he never becamo
as prominent as CUtrkson. Rusle, Keefe,
Young. Nichols, and other star players.
He could pitch, so old players have said,
the swfltest ball of all the professionals.
If you happen, says the Denver Repub
lican, io be a baseball crank, you will
recall that it isn't much of a trick to
pitch a slow drop ball, one of those lazy,
floating curves, that remind you of "Way
Down Upon the Suwanee River." But to
mke a ball drop and at the same time
send It over the plate with speed is a
trick that not more than five men ever
mastered successfully. Taylor was one of
them. When at his best he could make
the ball duck with a sudden shoot that
one might defy any player to hit.
Some of the best batters In the League
have scarcely been able to believe their
own senses it times when they missed
his curves. Generally they retaliated by
walking out on the coaching lines to tan
talize the pitcher. He was quite suscep
tible to a little spicy and well-applied
coaching, and apt to lose all control of
the ball as he lost his temper.
Ike Murphy's Home Sold.
The home left by the noted colored
jockey, Isaac Murphy, was sold recently
to satisfy a mortgage held by George Lul
gart for 55005, given by the dead Jockey's
widow. At ono time Murphy was reputed
one of the wealthiest jockeys in America.
BOWLERS AND BOWLING
MUirxojrAirs cleyeir tvixxig of
Tables Turned on Paget Sound Teams
Dnrinsr Their Portland Visit
Sm of the Alleys.
The Multnomah Club carried off first
honors in the Interstate bowling champion
ship, winning the Graham & Moore tro
phy by a good margin and outscoring all
tho other teams on total pins by a large
plurality. The. tables were turned on the
Puget Sound bowlers during their visit
to Portland, as they succeeded in doing
just .what tha Portland bowlers did In
Washington that Is, they won only eight
out of the 36 games bowled. Of these,
the Seattle Athletic Club won four, the
Tacomans three and the Seattle Bowling
Club one. In games won In the city,
Commercial made the best showing, by
winning 11 out of 12 bowled. Multnomah
won 10 and Arlington 7.
On the 2ith inst., the final games of the
contest were bowled. Commercial easily
won four, from Tacoma, and secured
third place in the contest. Arlington lost
one game' to S. B. C. and won three. The
greatest Interest- was taken In the games
at Multnomah, where first place was to
be decided. It required thek winning of
four straight games by S. A. C. to givo
that team the high place, and it was out
for a great fight, which it succeeded In
putting up. scoring a total of 1064 pins,
three more than Multnomah. This sub
series produced some of the best team
bowling ever seen, in the Northwest, and
the games, except the first, were close
ones. Multnomah scored miserably In the
first game, and the -visitors 'put up their
best game, winning by a large margin.
The second was a heart-breaker, Multno
mah winning by six pins. The third went
to Multnomah by seven pins, and was
very exciting. The home team won the
last game, making three, with compara
tive ease, and took tho Interstate cham
pionship, with four games to the good, S.
A. C. holding second place.
The last game at Multn6mah created
a great deal of interest, on account of
tho race between Buckman and Craft for
first place In Individual standing for the
entire tournament". They were even at
the end of the third' game, and the. high
est score of the final game would -decide.
Craft scored 47 and Buckman 53 giving
the latter the lead over all. Craft, how
ever, got 'lots of glory, as ho secured
tho four-game tournament record for this
contest 220. The Seattle team did splen
did work, showing no score below 160.
Churchill and Nelson did the best work,
but the others were all high. Nelson Is
tho only ono of the numerous slow-ball
bowlers from tho Sound who made a
good showing on the Portland alleys, all
the rest having gone to pieces.
Bet on Record.
The visitors left for home Sunday morn
ing fully determined to carry the cup
back next season. The contest was a
brilliant one In every respect, and not
the slightest friction or ill-feeling devel
oped during its progress. One and all
pronounce It the most su"cessful and at
tractive bowling competition ever held In
the Northwest. The Portland bowler3
were royally treated on the Sound, and
they have every reason to believe that tha
Washingtonlans feel that their many cour
tesies were fully reciprocated when the
visit was returned.
But two aEsodation records were broken
in tho interstate contest. One was tha
six-team tournament aerage. made by
the Multnomah team, 43 5S. This beats
the former, record, held by the Oregon
Road Club, by .05 of one pin. However.
the Road Club average, was maintained
for only 24 games, while that of Multno
mah was for 40 games, and Is more cred
itable for that reason. The other record
was the four-game percentage record, .095,
made by H. Buckman, of Multnomah. Tho
former record. .150, was broken three times
this year, onco In tho Big Four contest by
Richards. of Y. M. C. A., with .120, and by
F. O. Burckhardt, of Commercial, at Se
attle Bowling Club, with .112.
The highest four games of the contest
were made by Craft, of Multnomah, 220;
the highest single Individual game, by
Idleman, of Multnomah. SO; the highest
team four-game score. 1120. by the Mult-
nomahs; tho highest single-team game,
312, by the Commercials. The final stand
ing of the teams was as follows:
Won. Lost. Per ct.
Seattle Athletic 25
Seattle Bowling 20
The standing on total pins was as fol
lows: Multnomah, 10.460; average, 43 5S;
Seattle Athletic Club. 6S2: average. 40 S3;
Commercial, S650; average. 40.21; Seattle
Bowling Club, 959S; average, 39.90; Tacoma,
9223; average. 38.45; Arlington, 7734: aver
age, C2.44. This shows that Multnomah
had 77S pins more than the second team.
It will bo noticed that S. B, C. fell juat
two pins belong a team average of 40.
Buckman Lends the Llit.
Harry Buckman, of the Multnomah
team, won high place In Individual stand
ing on pins, by six pins over Craft, of the
same team, and no doubt has easily won
first place In percentage. Everybody con
cedes that Buckman is the best bowler
In the assccatlon, as he has proven on
numerous occasions. Craft mado hlo flr't
appearance as a tournament bowler this
season, and has placed himself in a line
position. He has been a tower of strength
to the team, and helped to pull It out of
a number of bad holes. Cullison. of tha
Commercials, with 2S game3 bowled, goto
third place, with an average of 44.18. He
was unable to accompany his team to the
Sound, and all his games were bowled at
home, but as he is an acknowledged ex
pert, he would, no doubt, have maintained
or bettered h's average on the trip.
Fourth place goes to Mallory, of Mult
nomah, and fifth to Idleman, of the same
team. Dunlap. of Commercial, who
dropped out of the contest before its
close, comes next with 42.5S, a pin or two
ahead of Gillette, of S. B. C. Cauthorn,
"Dad" Harrison and Barragar follow In
tho order named, each well above 42. In
tho 41 class are Churchill. Minor, F. O.
and C. A. Burckhardt. Pickering and Tln
Hng. Nelson, "the Terrible Swede." heads
the 40s. and Is followed by Sigler, Darling
ton, Ball, Huggins and Bowes. Every
man on the Multnomah team got out with
better than 40 average. The unofficial
averages of those who finished above 45
Buckman. Multnomah, 45.22; Craft. Mult
nomah. 46.08; Cullison. Commercial, 44.1S;
Mallory, Multnomah, 43.S4; Idleman, Mult
nomah, 43.35; Dunlap. Commercial, 42.5C;
Gillette. S. B. C, 42.53: Cauthorn. Multno
mah, 42.25: Barragar. S. A. C. 42.17; Har
rison, S. B. C, 42.12: Churchill, S. A. C.
41.75: Minor, Arlington. 41.62; F. O. Burck
hardt, Commercial, 41.60; C. A. Burck
hardt. Commercial, 41.53: Pickering. Mult
nomah, 41.41; Tinllng, Tacom'a 41.19; Nel
son, S. A. C, 40.S7; Sigler. Multnomah,
40.S4: Darlington, S. B. C. 40.60: Ball. Mult
nomah. 40.42; Huggins, S. A. C, 40.12, and
Bowes. S. A. C, 40.10.
His Talents Wasted.
Tho worst disappointed man Interested
in the late interstate contest was Fletcher
Tilllnghast Coulter, the famous $10,000
beauty, who served as chief "rooter" for
the Seattle Athletic Club. He came to
Portland with the express purpose ot
carrying home the Graham & Mcora
trophy, and, incidentally, giving the Port
landers a sample of the highest order ol
"rooting." Unfortunately for him. the
combination got mixed and he had no op
portunity to enthuse even a little bit. H
promises to make up for the loss nexl
year, as he expects to be a member of the
team himself . No doubt he will shine bet-
I ter as a bowler than he has as a mascot.