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THE SUNDAY OREGOXIAN, PORTLAND SEPTEMBER 2, 1906.
BRET HARTE IS
TO BE OUTOOfiE
Goldfield Will Surpass Mining
Camps of Fiction on Day
of the Fight.
FORTUNES WILL BE WON
Miners Scout Idea of Fake, and Law
or tlie Camp May Prevail If
Gans and Nelson Are
FACTS ABOUT THE FIGHT.
PRINCIPALS Joe Gans, of Balti
more, and Battling Nelson, of
TITLE AT STAKE Lightweight
LENGTH OP BATTLE To a finish.
PURSE Thirty thousand dollars,
120,000 to go to Nelson, win. lose
or draw, and (10.000 to Gans.
RULES Marquis of Queensbprry.
MOVING PICTURES Proceeds to be
divided on percentage basis.
REFEREE George Slier, of Chicago.
PLACE OF CONTEST Open-air
' .amphitheater at Goldfield, Nev.
TIME OF CONTEST Labor day aft
ernoon, men to enter ring at' 3
P. M,., about 5 P. M-, St. Louis
WEIGHT One hundred and thirty
three pounds at noon and 133
pounds at ringside. ,
GANS At present holds lightweight
championship, which he won from
Frank Erne on a knockout In one
round In 1002 at Fort Erie. Can.
AGE OF MEN Gans, 30 years. Nel
son, 24 years.
Best fights of both men for last
GANS 1902: Frank Erne, knockout, 1
round; George McFadden, won, 1
. round; Rufe Turner, knockout, 15
rounds; Gus Gardner, knockout. 5
rounds; Charley Sieger, won, 14
rounds, and drew In 10 rounds.
1003: Gus Gardner, -won on foul, 11
rounds; Steve Crosby, knockout, 11
rounds; Willie Fitzgerald. . knock
out, 10 rounds; Buddy King,
knockout, 8 rounds; Joe Grim. 8
rounds, no decision; Dave Holly
and Jack Blackburn, 6 rounds
each, no decision; S&m Langford,
lost. 13 rounds. 1904: Willie Flti
' gerald. won, 10 rounds; Joe Grlm.A
won. 10 rounds: Mike Ward, won,
10 rounds; Jack Blackburn, won,
13 rounds; Jimmy Brltt, won'on a
foul, 4 rounds. 1805: Rufe Turner,
B rounds, no decision; Mike "Twin"
SuHlvan. draw, 15 rounds. 1906:
Mike "Twin" Sullivan, knockout,
11 rounds; Dave Holly, won, 20.
NELSON 1902: Johnny Thompson,
won, 6 rounds; Billy Hurley, won.
6 rounds. 1903: Adam Ryan,
drew. 10 rounds; Johnny Thomp-
son, won. 10 rounds; Clarence Eng
lish, drew, 15 rounds; Charley
Neary, drew, 6 rounds, Clarence
English, won. 14 rounds. 1804:
. Spider Welsh, knockout. 16 rounds;
Martin Canole, knockout. 18
rounds; Aurella Herrera, won, 20
rounds; Eddie Hanlon, won, 10
rounds; Aurella Herrera. won, 20.
rounds; Young Corbett, knockout,
10 rounds: Young Corbett, knock
out, 9 rounds; Abe Attel, 6 rounds,
no decision; Kid Sullivan, drew, 6
rounds; Jack O'Neil. 6 rounds, no
decision; Jimmy Brltt, knockout.
GOLDFIELD, Ncv., Sept. 1. (Special.)
Life will run large In the youngest and
richest mining camp on September 3. Not
only will those who Journey here see
the most attractive sporting event that
the world can give, but they will see the
modern mining camp at Its best.
They will drink in a little of the ex
citement that stirs the blood and makes
one feel that he Is alive. They will see
pictures that will linger with them, for
ihe modern mining camp is every bit as
picturesque as the places that Bret Harte
Immortalized, though It Is vastly different
in many respects.
Imbued with that extravagance that
oomes with wealth easily obtained, the
big men of Goldfield looked about for the
highest-priced amusement that they could
Itod. They wanted something that would
traw the eyes of the world to their little
town in the big desert. They agreed upon
"Get us the biggest right that you can
get," they said to Tex Rickard, mine
owner and capitalist. "We don't care
how much It costs. We want it and we
can pay for it."
That's the spirit of the mining camp.
"We can pay for anything." They do not
stop to form committees and to bicker
In Goldfield when the camp wants any
thing. A few of the big men of the town
meet on the street or at the club the
Montezuma and happen to think of some
thing that the town wants. "I'll give so
much," eays one. "I'll give the same,"
eays another, and before night a sub
scription is raised that would take a city
of some size a little time to get together.
Money seems to be fne least of their
troubles In Goldfield. Go around some of
the restaurants. You will hear something
like this: "And the rock looked pretty
good to me. so I bought in for five hun
dred. We took out fifty thousand last
month and the lease Is good until Decem
ber. When we get Into the hill a little
she will run even better."
What Counts at Goldfield.
Most of the men of the camp are young.
It takes good physiques to stand the wild
rushes to new strikes. It takes endur
ance and quick judgment. The man who
has these gets on in Goldfield.
There will be a curious assemblage In
the new arena when Gans and Nelson
face each other for the fight that all the
sporting world has been demanding. Af
ter the fight there will be scenes that
will rival Monte Carlo. The fight will
draw the men of the desert from far and
near for a holiday. The man who breaks
the bank at Goldfield will make the man
who broke the bank at Monte, Carlo look
like a pauper.
Women of both sorts will be there.
Probably there will be over 500. There
will be no veils worn. They will not try
to hide. The men of Goldfield have decid
ed that It is all right for themo be
there, and any one who has any objec
tions had better keep them to himself.
The gallantry of Goldfield, like that of
mining camps all over the world, is very
easily jarred, and the man who shocks it
once will not b given a second oppor
tunity. In order that the women will be assured
full protection, guards will be strung all
over the grounds, and the man who does
anything or says anything that might
' 7 1 -J
Battling Nelson, Joe
Gans, and a Group of
Goldfield Fight Pro
displease one of them will be Impressed
suddenly and forcibly with the fact that
he has done wrong.
"Why shouldn't a woman see a prize
fight if he wants to?" asks Tex Rick
ard. "Nobody up here objects, so it
Bets Large and Many.
Big preparations are made for the. gam
bling. There will probably be more bet
on this fight than there has been on any
pugilistic event that the world has ever
seen. Right in the- heart of a country
where precious metal Is plentiful, before
an assemblage of men who are finding
fortunes in a day, the event will be
marked with wonderful extravagances.
Here a man talks matters Involving
thousands with his hat on and a cigarette
In his mouth, as though he were talking
of two-bit pieces. Goldfield has the min
ing camp gaming spirit strong. Most of
the big men have made their millions by
taking a chance, and they are willing to
stake half of their fortunes on the turn
of a wheel.
They have some gambling places here
where good sized fortunes are cast
away In a single night. Picture to
yourself the night scene in Goldfield
after the fight. Thousands of men in
toxicated with the excitement of tne
fight and wild with the spi'it of the
game crowded around the tables. The
Course of the little Ivory ball slackens
and It rolls Into the whirling wheel.
"Number 34" says the dealer In mono
tonous tones. "Who has 34." Yes, sir;
2000 to you sir."
There are bigger games, bigger by
rfar than those run surreptitiously by
Canfleld in New York. There is no
need of concealment here. Everything
Is wide open. Everything Is on the
square. This is a place where every
man Is as good os-tne best intll he
shows himself otherwise and then he
had better leave.
If some of those who are whispering
that this fight will be a fake were up
here for just a day they would learn
bow wild and foolish such talk Is.
These men of Goldfield have paid
for this fight and It's going to be a
fight. They feel that the least shadow
on It would be a slur on their town
and they are as touchy about the rep
utation of their camp as they are of
their own reputations Individually
Law of the Camp.
The law up here Is crude but far
reaching. It Is the sort of law that
acts quickly and discusses things after,
ward. It has been said quietly that the
fighter who does not do his best to
make this event what It should be will
not leave the oountry alive. That in
no empty talk. Thf: men of this niiulnj
camp back what they say to the finish.
They say around here that Qina
should first take out the biggest life
Insurance policy thut he can get if he
does not Intend to do "nis Vest. If there
is the least thing about the bout that
does not please the members of the
Goldfield Athletic Club the negrj will
not get a cent. Every ddUlar that be
has or expects to get Is deeded over to
his manager, Larry Sullivan, one of tha
members of the club.
'If Joe don't show that be la on the
fcs; -Si v ) C V" -t iY' H
square up here," one of the members
said. "His heirs won' even get ,a
The people of GolUtie'.d are going to
make it as pleasnn as possible for
visitors. All the rlncrsUe and box peats
could easily be disposed of in t;ie town
and surrounding camps but the direc
tors of the club decided to reserve a
block of them for outsiders.
The arena will accomoJao 1,000.
The historical battle between Corbett
and Fitzsimmons, the fight tiia; decidal
the world's heavy weight champion
ship, drew only a little over tf.UOO. Tins
fight will draw the full 10,000 from -.he
State of Nevada, alon. Those in the
bleachers will have to learn how it
feels to be a sardine.
It will be a wonderful battle the
struggle of a veteran against endur
ance and youth. The Danish lad has
beaten down science, consummate
science and quickness In Jlmm'e Britt
of San Francisco. Against him this
time Is the man who is admitted to
be the most scientific boxer in the
Some may sneer at the word science
applied to a "brutal prlxe fight." but
Maeterlinck has come to the defence of
boxing. He declares that it Is a f,port
that uplifts and that thero is nothing
finer to watch in the whole world than
a trained boxer both on tlie defence
and on the offence.
The ladles of Goldfield do not point
to Maeterlinck as their exauss to seo
this contest of brain and muscle. They
just give the women's reason, "Just
because we want to, that's all."
It will be a scene that will outdD any
of the chromo stories of desert mining
life that the magazines dish out
monthly. It is hard to conceive any
thing that will have so much concen
trated excitement connected with it.
The clear sky of the desert country
overhead, the bare brown hills where
more than the wealth of Golconda is
hidden surrounding, a sea of faces
turned on the little square platform
where two men, one of the dogged de
termined Teuton type, the other a pro
nounced Ethiopian, are struggling with
the savagery of animals and the Intel
ligence of humans.
The shouts' echo back from the hilly
walls, women, pale with excitement, lean
forward, cheering them on; one of them
staggers, hia knees weaken under him,
he falls, a pulpy-looking mass, to the
floor. He struggles to rise, he lifts him
self half way from the mat, then col
lapses. A gray-haired man is counting, but his
voice cannot be heard in the din. The
prostrate man writhes in agony. The
lips oj the gray-halred man cease to
move. The crowd breaks into the ring.
It is over. "Habet"
And thousands of dollars havo changed
hands. A lightweight championship has
But the whirl of exoitement Has not
been decided. Now for the gaming
tables, and a night wilder than any -in
"the days of old and the days of gold
the days of '49." The Argonauts of
Nevada are the same as those of that
other day In their love for extreme in
everything. It Is not edifying, perhaps,
but It Is life the wild, large life of the
Nearly all of the men who put up their
money to bring the fight to the desert
have made millions or more within a
few miles of where the fight will be
Tex Rickard. the man who secured It,
Is worth several millions. He was born
In Missouri. He went to the Panhandle,
where he punched cows for awhile. Then
he joined the first rush to the Klondike.
He had fair luck there, making enough
to retire, but when the Goldfield district
was heard of, Tex went with the stam
pede. A. D. Meyers, one of the first of the
Goldfield bunch who located several mil
lions in the hills before there wa such .
place as the town of Goldfield, Is another
of the contributors. Here are some of the
others and a few facts about them:
L. M. Patrick, owner of the Combina
tion mine, accumulated J3.000.000 in a
year here. Larry Sullivan, of the Sulli
van Trtist Company, is Interested in
nearly every stock on the Goldfield Ex
change. H. T. Bragdon, president of the Stock
Exchange, and also of the Montezuma
Club, which is nick-named the "Million
aires' Ciub," is one of those who helped
to promote the fight. He is one of those
who tried his luck at prospecting and
speculation In the o!d Comstock days.
He is now worth $2,000,000.
Walter, JStone is a prominent merchant
and lntetested In the "Goldfield Explora
tion Company. Ernest Kenedy is a
broker. F. L. Lathrop is a member of
the Stock Exchange. J. A. Ingalls Is
owner of the Palace. J. D. Lathrop is
owner of one of the largest stores, and
is Interested in the local telephone com
panyv R. L. Johns Is an attorney-at-law,
and a heavy owner in the January mine.
R. P. Sweeney is a wealthy mineowner.
Kenneth Donnelan Is heavily interested
In new mining properties. J. R. Kane is
a broker. Benjamin Rosenthal is in the
drug business. B. F. Sullivan, of Boul
der, Colo., is in the real estate business,
and owns the Monte Carlo. J. L. Wood
worth is a broker. Harry Coffee is a
merchant and mineowner. C. L. Stanley
is a brewer. M. C. Ish is a mineowner
and merchant. Milton M. Detch Is an attorney-at-law.
George Wlngfleld Is a
mineowner worth $3,000,000. John Cook
is a banker.
Gun Shoot at the Oaks.
One of the events of the season in
sporting circles will be the great shoot
of the Multnomah Rod and Gun Club,
which has been - arranged for on the
grounds of "The Oaks" on September 23,
commencing at 10 o'clock in the morning.
It Is possible that this club will make
"The Oaks" their permanent headquar
ters, as Manager Frledlander has agreed
to install complete paraphernalia in the
way of targets, etc.. for the use of the
members of the club. The exhibition
shoot on September 23 will Include a
number of the world's champion marks
men. Thoe who are known to have ar
ranged in this meet are Tom Marshall,
Rollo O. Hikes, William Crosby and H.
C. Hirschey. This quartet bears the
reputation of the champion shots of
America, and much interest is centered
in witnessing their marksmanship.
Breaks Guideless Trotting Record.
NORkOLK. Neb.. Sept. 1. Surena. a
guideless trottlne horse, broke the world's
record for guideless trotting-horse events
at Battle Creek, going a mile in 3:18. This
was the horse's second public perform
ance. The former record was 2:20.
White Sox and Cubs Lead the
Two Leagues at Pres
FANS WANT TWO PENNANTS
Cubs Are Almost Sure of Vl'ctory in
the National League, but the
White Sox Lead by Only
a Small Margin.
CHICAGO, Sept. 1 (Special.) Chicago
has gone baseball crazy. It is the first
time In the history of the city that both
teams were ever at the top of the league
at the same time. Local fans insist that
It will be the Cuba and the White Sox
to decide the world's championship for
Chicago has always been loyal to both
ball teams, but the enthusiasm has
greatly increased this year, especially
since both teams reached the top of the
pennant ladder, and are putting up an
exhibition of the National game that has
never before been equaled. The attend
ance at both parks has been the greatest
ever recorded. On Saturday and Sun
day, when the CubR and Giants were
playing, 30.000 saw the game in the park,
3000 witnessed the contest from house
tops and telegraph poles and several
thousand were turned away.
On the streets. In hotels and clubs, the
only gOBSip that is heard la a discussion
of the merits of the individual members
of each team. To listen to the conver
sation, one would be led to believe that
the season is over and the pennant flag
is about to be raised at both parks. Both
teams are putting up nnch a fine exhibi
tion of ball that the enthusiasts are con
fident of victory, hut a.s to which team
would win the world's championship is a
question over which there is much differ
ence of opinion.
Women Take Great Interest.
Women have taken a great interest In
the outcome of the race, and are rooting
for the success of both tean as strongly
as the old-time fans. They have attend
ed the games in large numbers, and down
town, where the scores are posted, near
ly as many young women and girls as
men can be seen every evening looking at
The Chicago National team practically
has the pennant cinched. The only thing
that can deprive them of the bunting
would be a serious accident to several of
their star players. They have 33 games
to play and have only to win half of
them to cinch the victory. The teams
that they are to meet are the weaker
ones, barring New York and Pittsburg,
and with the way the team la going and
the fine shape the pitchers are in it Is
hard to conjecture how they can lose.
They are now 12 full games ahead of the
Giants and Pirates, who are running
a neck-and-neck race for second place.
The ease with which the Cubs are in
creasing their lead over the' two con
testants in causing little surprise, for
Manager Chance and his men are play
ing wondorful ball.
While the Sox have been at the head
of the American League for more than
two weeks, they will have to work hard
to maintain supremacy, for they have
not the lead that the other team has. But
in the last six weeks they have been
more successful than the Cub.
Record of the Team.
Comiskey's team broke the great run
of consecutive victories made by the
Giants in 1!04, and the Baltimore Orioles
In 1S94, and came within one game of
equaling the world's major league rec
ord, held by the Providence' Grays in the
National League peninant race in 1SS4.
The Sox made a record of 19 consecutive
victories against IS for the Giants and
Orioles. After beating the fastest teams
In the league, they fell a victim to
Jake Stahl's Washington aggregation
and dropped a double-header.
This is twice that Charlie Comiskey
has owned teams that made sensational
spurts by consecutive wins. When com
lskey was playing with the St. Louis
Browns, then the world's champions, (
his team once won 17 straight
games. The "Old Roman" has forgotten
that feat now as the Browns were at
the top of the heap, while the White Sox
were in fourth position when they began
their meteoric career on July 27. Since
that time they have played 27 games,
won 23, lost 8 and tied 1.
There will be a close finish for the
pennant in the American League, but
Comlskey declares he will get it. "We
will win the flag," says Comlskey, be
cause we have the pitchers and the game
fellows to support them. I have heard
the bunting flapping around the park
for several seasons, but this time It will
be floating to the breezes from the top
of the staff."
The Sox have 40 games to play. If they
can win 24 of them, that is. .6K Der cent
of the future battles, they will win. To
equal that the Philadelphia Athletics
must win 29 games and the New York
Highlanders 30 to beat the Chicago team
for the pennant.
It looks like they should be able to
accomplish this for the pitchers are In
fine shape and the fielders are playing
together in grand style. The pltohing staff
of the Highlanders and Athletics has
gone back and they are not playing the
ball they did in the early part of the
season. The Sox show that they are
strong finishers. They started the season
in hard luck, but by hard work passed
the others and are just as strong to
day as when they began mowing down
every enemy that presented Itself, re
gardless of on whose stamping ground
the battle raged.
Out of the last 29 games played, the
Cubs have suffered but three defeats, two
of those victories going to New York,
one here and the other In New York.
This is a great record and if the Cubs
continue to play this kind of ball until
the close of the season, they should win
the pennant by a bigger margin than the
Giants did last year. Asked as to the
chances his team had against the White
Sox, should they be the opponents for
the world's championship. Manager
"We will finish our battle in which we
are sure of a victory before we discuss
what Is to follow. But rest assured the
team will play for all It Is worth and
I would like to see the big fight on Chi
Ever since 1902 the Cubs have been
gradually growing stronger. That year
they finished fourth in the race. When
Chance became manager last year he
had a fairly well balanced team, with
only a few weak spots, which he
strengthened during the Winter by trades
that astonished the ("baseball world.
Steinfeldt, the third Daseman, has de
veloped into one of the greatest fielders
In the business and is leading the Na
tional League for batting honors. Tinker.
Evers and Chance form a strong Infield
and all are hitting the ball at a merry
clip. The outfield is the best in the
While the WTiite Sox are not as hard
sluggers as the Cubs, they have the best
fielders In the American League. The in
field with Donohue, Isbell, Davis and
Tannehill is like a stone wall. When
Fielder Jones got Dougherty and Hahn
to assist him in the garden, he helped
the team a great deal for they are great
fielders and handy with the willow.
Dougherty's stick work has won many a
game for the team.
Eddie Wralsh, for the Sox, and Mor
decat Brown, for the Cubs, are the pitch
ers who have done the best work for
their teams. "Doe" White, Roy Patter
son and "Nick" Altrock have also aided
the Sox in their triumphant march and to
Reulbach, Lundgren, "Jack" Taylor and
Overall belongs the credit for aid to the
Cubs. Walsh and Brown are without
doubt the greatest pitchers in either
league. Brown has it on Eddie for the
number of victories. Out of 28 games In
which both have participated. Brown has
21 victories and Walsh has seven defeats.
He finished five other games for pitchers
and was taken out twice. Brown finished
one game for another pitcher and was
taken out twice. Walsh has twice this
season allowed the opposition but one
hit and Brown performed this feat once.
Brown has 125 strike-outs to his credit
and Walsh 91. -
So confident are the fans of the Cubs
winning the pennant that they have
started a movement for a grand reception
when they return from St. Louis where
the season closes on October 7. All of
the combined Eastern clubs this year
have only won 11 games on the local
grounds. New York has won five of this
number and Brooklyn four. Boston and
Pittsburg have only -won one game each
on the Chicago diamond. The rest of
the home series will be played with Cin
cinnati. St. Louis and Pittsburg.
The White Sox have 25 home games to
fiiay and will close the season with De
troit on their own grounds. As they will
meet the weaker clubs toward the close
of the season, the fans are hoping that
they will win a sufficient number to win
the bunting for the south side partk.
Should the world's championship be
played between the two Chicago teams
It will be the first time since the two
leagues have been In existence that the
championship was decided In one city.
BILL ESSICK GOES EAST
COMPROMISES ON MOO OF MONEY
Claimed Half, but Finally Gave In, Per
haps Through Fear of the
Pitcher Bill Esslck, who has been
Portland's chief slabster for the past
couple of seasons, left last night for
Cincinnati, where he goes to join the
Reds. Esslck figured in the sale in
which Larry McLean was the important
factor. McLean left last Sunday night
and played his first game yesterday,
but had the misfortune to butt into a
dislocated finger after the game was
five innings old.
Essick's refusal to Join Cincinnati
was due to the fact that he was hold
ing out for a part of the purchase price
paid for lilm by the Cincinnati moguls.
Essick claimed that when he signed up
last Spring and accepted a $200 lop oft
his salary. Manager McCredle had
agreed to give him half the draft or
selling price. When It came to paying
over half of what Cincinnati saw fit
to pay for the blond twirler. Judge W.
W. McCredle revolted and for several
days past it looked as If Essick would,
be out of the game entirely. A com
promise was reached yesterday, when
it ib undarstood Judge McCredle paid
Essick $400.s Essick was holding out
for $500, but after trying to get the
extra $100 in vain, and perhaps fearing
the wrath of the Reds' management be
cause he did not report, he accepted
Essick's career in fast company will
be watched with a great deal of inter
est by the Portland fans. He has one
great weakness, his Inability to field
his position. He has everything that a
good pitcher should have in his pitch
ing repertoire. His one other fault Is
that of going to pieces If things begin
to break badly behind him. With any
sort of an even break, he ought to make
Denver Player Goes to Chicago.
CHICAGO. Sept. 1. (Special.) president
Murphy, of the Chicago National League,
announced, this afternoon, that he had
signed Outfielder Randall, of the Denver
team. Randall 1b a left-handed batter
and a right-handed thrower.
WHAT IS FUTURE
DF COAST LEAGUE
Seattle Wants to Break Away,
Which Might Force Out
ALL UP TO THE S1WASHES
Fresno Grows Discontented With
"Windjammer Mique," Just as
Tacoma and Sacramento Did.
Sullivan an Advertiser.
BY HARRY B. SMITH.
SAN FRANCISCO, Cal.. Aug. 30. (Spe
cial Correspondence.) Will the Pacific
Coast League survive another year, or
will Seattle tear loose from the agree
ment that has held the six clubs to
gether and Portland be compelled to fol
low suit? There Is all manner of specu
lation on the subject. One baseball fan
will tell you one thing and the next man
you meet has another yarn to relate.
None of them knows what will happen.
They are guessing, and at long distance,
for it is all up to Seattle.
Judge McCredie has so often stated his
desire not to break with the Californlans
that It can be assumed he will stick. If
there Is any chance. But with Seattle it
is different. . The Washington people
would like to see a change to the North
west League. It Is true they have lo3t a
barrel of money this year, as well as in
seasons past. That, however, is not all
Important. It la more of note that their
desires trend toward tho old order of
things. If Seattle cuts loose It Is ad
mitted that California would have to let
go from Portland. One city In the North
west would never be a paying proposi
tion. Teams could not afford to make
the jump to Portland. Even Cal Ewing.
who sems to have taken the place of
Henry Harris as the head of the league,
says that if Seattle Is out, Portland would
have to be dropped, and this state must
be contented with a state league.
Now comes the question, Would base
ball as a California State League be a
paying proposition? I think it would un
der certain conditions. If California
would drop organized baseball and go out
for all sorts of talent, as an . outlaw
league, it would pay. California Is so
isolated from the balance of the country
that It has been proved an outlaw league
can work successfully. In the days of the
old California State League, just before
Jack Marshall forced Portland into that
disastrous financial alliance, the Califor
nlans were coining money. They had such
players as Corbett Dr. Newton and oth
ers who were at outs In the organized
From Fresno is heard the low rumble
of discontent. The Fresnoites are kick
ing at Mike Fisher. Sacramento tired
of the bombastic windjammer: he wore
out his welcome in Tacoma, and now the
Raisin City experts are onto his curves.
Mike has been sailing close to the wind.
He has been saving his money Instead
of hiring players who understand the
game, and he has been doing Just what
Is objected to staying down at the bot
tom of the laclier. Fisher has proved alt
the mean things that were ever said
about him. He protested loud and long
when the sportinsr writers said that
Charlie Graham was the master hand,
the power behind the throne. In fact,
the throne (Fisher) made the power
(Graham) issue a statement that such
was not the case. Then Graham left
him, and the mighty Fisher has been
tumbling ever since.
X . . .
It has been officially announced, in fact,
that Sacramento will take the place of
Fresno another season, whether the pres
ent Pacific Coast League is maintained
or not. Fresno Is said to be non
productive from the box office standpoint,
and so J. Cal Ewing, Eugene F. Bert and
their associates are compelled to turn
to the capital city. Perhaps with Fisher
out. Sacramento ran tie made a paying
proposition. But the good fans of Sacra
mento have a reason to remember Mike,
and It would not be wise for him to re
turn. They say that Larry Sullivan Is not
shrewd. They say that he let Billy
Nolan work his own schemes when the
articles for the match next Monday were
signed. Well, maybe he did. but Larry
has been Just smart enough lo get him
self a splendid lot of advertising as "L.
M. Sullivan, better known as president
of the Sullivan Trust Company, of Gold
field, Nevada." You rVm't se this ex
tensive statement nowadays. For a
couple of weeks after things grew warm
In the Nevada mining town. Larry's
press agent worked overtime. San Fran
ciscans commenced to look up and won
der who was L. M. Sullivan. All this
time his name has been going throughout
the West and the Kast as the head of a
trust company. It will surely bring him
But about the fight itself: There is
more than a chance that all this talk
about tho unevenness of the articles has
been done by Gans backers for the pur
pose of changing the odds. Still those
odds have not changed up to the time of
writing. Californlans like Gans, in spite
of the record of the Battling pane. The
hundred or more who left here Saturday
night for the ringside were fairly well
determined to bet on Gans. In my own
mind. Gans will go in for a slashing fight,
and he has the punch. He must realize
that if he loses the battle he is down
and out for all time to come.
MAHAFFEY GOOD AS HIS 'WORD
Fails to Appear at Ball Grounds Be
cause Check Is Too Small.
Umpire Lou Mahaffey made good his
threat not to labor for $150 a month
yesterday and did not make his ap
pearance at the ball grounds. Judge
McCredie came over to Portland early
yesterday morning in hope of seeing
Mahaffey and having a talk with
him, but failed to find him, and Ed
Rankin handled the indicator during
the game. Just whether Mahaffey and
Judge McCredie can get together is a
question, although many of the fans,
who have watched Lou's clever work,
hope that he will change his mind.
Rankin's work was all right, although
the fans got after him because of sev
eral tight decisions. The fans seem to
be unable to realize what a hard prop
osition a fill-in umpire has confronting
him. , Some consideration should be
shown a man like Rankin when he is
called Into the breach as he was.
. Small Boy Kills a Deer.
Russell Balrd. the 15-year-old son of
Mrs. Gus Reitschmidt, of 5S7 Seventh
street, who is visiting his uncle, George
Ramsey, at Srappoose. killed a lar?e
deer in the field a few mornings ago,
shooting It through the head and killing
it with one shot, at fully 150 yards. The
youngster Is very proud; this being his