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' THE OREGON DAILY JOURNAL PORTLAND, WEDNESDAY EVENING, JAN IT ATIY 13, 1004,
BOTH FACED 'AJTO tXKFACED CYC
XJSTS tOWEB RECORDS XEPXAT-
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The year of 1903 in (Cycle history will
go down as one long to be remembered,
for records have been lowered so much
that the times made at. different In
stances seem Impossible. In 1892, when
Johnny Johnson made the first mile un
der two minutes the time was doubted
all over the world, for Johnson was
Eck, and all cycling experts thought It
was another of Eck.' a "sensations." but
Kelt offered to duplicate the performance
with Johnson and at Dubuque, la., paced
by a: running horse hitched to a sulky
with a. shield Johnson. rode the mile
before a big crowd of officials and horse
men with at least 60 watche being held
on htm, doing the mile In 1:56 8-5. r
. The following year was one for rec
ords, and the mile was brought down to
1:62, and every year afterwards four or
tflve .seconds would be lopped off. h
In the year 1901 William fitinson rode
a mile, paced by the motorcycle In 1:27.
He only held this a short time, as In
the fall of this year Major Taylor, the
, black rider, paced by a . steam motor
cycle, which was nothing . else : but a
big steam boiler mounted on a tandem
on the Garfield Park track In Chicago,
rode the mile in 1:21 1-6. This mark
stood for a year, all through the year
of 1902, until fall, when the riders be
gan to ride miles in competition In 1:19,
.and as low as 1:18. It was then thought
that the limit of speed had been reached
but the year , 1903 , came along and In
J April Harry ; Elkes, in his first , race,
rode miles at 1:14, and this In com-
petition. At Charles River track, on
May 80 1903, Harry Elkes, as If to let
himself out on his last fatal ride, rode
I mile after mile up to the 16th, when, he
was killed, at 1:11 to 1:14 and some of
' the parts of miles he rode as low as
1:09. After this event there was, a lull
, In fast speed, as the death of Elkes
I caused 'a scare Among thy riders., but
I later on. In July, little Nelson began
; to lower records, but his hold on then
was only several days, when Nat Butler
took a lift at them. -"':.
The most sensational ride of the year
was that on July 26, In the race between
.. Walthour. and Leander, : when .Walthour
i rode - IS miles at an average of 1:09,
riding four of the miles In the 15 ac
1:08, and finishing 'up-. the last In 1:07.
the fastest mile ever ridden in the9 world
, In competition. Both riders then were
in the very pink of shape and the condl
! tlon of , the weather was just right for
' more speed In' every mile, and had his
fmotorman had the ; nerve, Walthour
.could have gone faster. After this ride
i records stood for a while. . Then came
the hour standing start of Bennle Mun
: roe of 49 miles, 564. yards tn the hour,
A few days later Harry Caldwell rode
BO mllM and 30 varrta in the . hour.
Dangla, the French rider, followed this
- with a flying start " of -63 miles in the
hour, but the French records are not
recognized in this country, as they are
made behind wide protection motor-
cycles, ranging from It Inches up to
48. Contenet followed Dangla with rid'
Ing 54 miles in the hour, which record
; stands for Europe, while Caldwell's fly
ing start and Munroe's standing start
stands for this country. .
This year records are still expected to
be lowered next spring. The Journal
predicted the 1:10 clip for the mile,
which was soon verified. This year
it can be safely said that the miles will
be ridden In competition as low as 1:04,
' and that the hour record will go as
low as 66 miles. ; 1
It Is in line, for motorcycles will be
1 made with larger horsepower and pro
jection motorcyclists will have more
nerve and will take greater risks. Tracks
will be built to stand a clip of a mile a
minute. The year of 1904 will un
doubtedly be as great a year, ' if not
4 greater, than 1903, not only in the rac
ing game, but in the general cycle rid
ing, for men who are leaders in the
game are making preparations to bring
the results .that way, These are the
, same men who made cycling the success
it was in the banner years of 1897 and
the several, years afterwards.-
The list of the champions of the year's
racing are only three, and are as fol
. lows: . I ' a
'Paced champion of the world, Bobby
. walthour. .
. Professional' spring champion of the
world, Frank Kramer.
Amateur champion of the world, Mar
Ct Minn, Wolf fimf ! wtnnlna
day race recently made him the world's
long distance champion. .
The holders of records up to the hour
and other distances, are as follows;
1 to 15 miles Walthour.
15 to CO miles Harry CaldwelL
60 to 75 miles Walthour.
74 to 7? miles Jimmy Moran.
60-hour champion Walthour.
72-hour champion Walthour.
Six-day champion Walthour.-
During the year 1903 Walthour rode
In 63 races, winning 50, lotting 13. He
won the national paced championship
on the circuit winning 12 out of 14
races, leading in the percentage by 18
points over his nearest competitor.
Walthour expects to break the French
record of 64 miles, as he Is entered in
two' races of 66 miles each. He will
open his season on March 10 and close
START OF FOZBT-TO-FOZBT BACE.
The point-to-point race scheduled for
January 16 'will start on West avenue,
near the Sandy road, at 8 p. m. The
rldrs will also flntiftb at this point '
On aecoent of it frightful bMronmMi, Blood
: Poisoning In Co til mo til railed the King of All
', MiMm It ur be either brredttar or. con
treetrd. Once ton n.ynfem la tainted with It, th
dlf may nianlfesl ttaelf In the form of Scrof
ula, Kenerna, Hheumatle Pains, Stiff or Swollen
Joints. Eruption or Copper-Colored Rpotiuon the
Kace or l)oly, little Ulcer la the Mourn or on
the Toticue, Bore Throat. Swollen Tonsils, railing
out of the Hair or Kyebrnwaand Anally a Leo.
rous-Iik. Derar of the Flrsh and Bone. It 70a
hare any of theaa or similar symptoms, ret
BROWN '8' I1L00I CtJBB, ImmedlatelT. Thli
treatment 1 practically the reault of life work.
It contain no dangerous drug or lujurluu med
icine of any kind. It Roe to the rery bottom
. of the dlaeaae and force out every particle of
Impurity. Soon every sign and symptom (limp
peara, complftcly and forever. the blond, the
tluue. the fleab, the bone and the whole ays
' tern are cleansed, purified and restored to per
fect health, and the patient prepared anew for
the duties and pleasures of life. BUOWN'S
JUOOD CURB, 2.00 a bottle, last a month.
amee ny u. kkuw.-o, w.w Arcn St.. Philadel
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Portland Hotel Pharmacy.
TACOMA Y. M. C.A. WILL
NOT MEET PORTLAND
(Journal Special Service.)
Tacoma. Wash., Jan. 18. Physical Di
rector Harry Booth of the Tacoma T.
M. C. A. is firm In his Stand that the
Tacoma basketball team will not be al
lowed to play with the Portland Y. M. C.
A. until Physical Director Babbitt 0
Portland has his players registered with
the athletic league of the Y. M. C A.,
an allied organisation of the Amateur
The deadlock which exists seems like
ly to ' prevent any games - this season
between the crack Portland and Tacoma
teams. The men who are playing on
Booth's team this season are all old play
ers and with one. exception played the
game together last year. They are as
yet undefeated. The Seattle Y. M. C. A.
team is said to be weaker than last year,
having lost many of their stars. Physi
cal Director Douthitt of Seattle Is main
taining the same ground held by Booth
and Seattle will play no games with
Portland .until the Jatterteam becomes
eligiblo to play under the league rules.
The Tacoma team has played no unsanc
tioned games this season and Booth and
Douthitt have begun a campaign'to have
all associations and academy teams in
the Northwest registered in order to bar
professionals from basketball and other
sports. Practically all teams on Pu fret
sound have now registered and Seattle
ana Tacoma are ninng up tneir schedules
without Portland. , The Seattle team
plays the Paciflo Lutheran academy team
in Tacoma Saturday evening. The sec
ond Tacoma team plays the Olympla-Y.
M. C. A. team at Olympla tonight
(Journal Special' Serylcs.)
San Francisco, Jan. 1. The feature
of the day at Oakland yesterday was
the breaking of the California track
record for. six and a half .furlongs by
Martinmas, who made - the distance in
1:18, the former California record be
ing 1:19. Summary:
one mile, . selling First Chip won.
Isabellita second, Hungarian third; time,
1:40. , - '
: Six furlongs, selling Letola worC An
anias second. Telephone third; time,
; Seven furlongs,, selling Somenos
won, Tom Blavtn second,- Velma Clark
third; time. 1:26. . ;
Six and a half furlongs, handicap-
Martinmas' won. Hagerdon second,' San
Nleholas third; time, 1:18.
One mile, selling Gwalne won, Milas
second, , Byronerdale third; time, 1:41.
' Mile and , a sixteenth, selling Lacy
Crawford won, Illilouon second, Frank
Woods third; time,. 1:46. , .
At Ascot Fark. ' V
Los Angeles, Jan. ' 13. Golden Rule
failed to make a showing yesterday In
the six-furlong highwelght handicap,
and Glennevis won from Sals and Best
Man, JEl wood also made a poor showing.
Six furlongs Rough and Tumble won
Wllllfrelda ' second. Flea third; time,
1:16. ------- - - - - .- .
; One mile and 70 yards, selling Pla
tonlus won. Flourish second, Merwan
third? time. 1:47.
Slauson course Antrad won, Almoner
second) Brown Prince. . third; . time,
- Six furlongs Glennevis won, Sals
second, Best Wan third; time, 1:15.
Six furlongs Celebration won, Lau
retta Phillips second. May Spring third;
time, 1:17. ' .-- '
. Slauson course, selling The Goldflnd
er woo, Tower of Candle! second, Mexl
canna third; time, 1:12. . . ,
,..,.'. At Hewf Orleans.
New Orleans, Jan. 13. Crescent City
summary: , y . 'y .
Six furlongs Mad Mullah won, Dusky
second. Wreath of Ivy-, third; time,
1:16 . - -v . '
Belling, six ' furlongs-i-Vestry won,
Jimalong second, Caterpillar third; time,
1:16. . v. - ' ' ' . . '
Seven furlongs Captain Arnold won.
Ostrich second, Harmakis third; , time,
f Selling, mile and an eighth Malay
won," Glnspray second, Kllza Dillon
third; time, 1 :66 1-6.
Mile and an elghth-Lou Woods won,
Baronet second, Leviathan third; time,
1:87 2-6.' , . " " . -
'Mile and a sixteenth, : selling Lady
Matchless won, Shotgun second, Heglra
third; time, 1:60 8-5. .
SSEAHS AUTO BJBOOBD.
(Journal Special Service.)
Detroit. Jan. IS. Henry Ford of this
city yesterday clipped 6 S-6 seconds off
the world's . automobile ' - record. The
former record was 46 seconds while he
covered the distance in 89 1-6.
Eastern and California races by di
rect wires. . We accept commissions by
"phone" on above races from respon
slble parties. We also receive commis
sions for all leading sporting events in
nny nnrt of the world, at Portland Club,
130 Fifth street. . .
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ATHLETIC ACTIVITY AT :
Athletics nt the Portland academy are
thriving In a most ' healthy manner.
Burjng the last month the handball
tournament for the 'championship of the
school has been In progress.;- Last Mon
day the finale were played by Lathrop
and Moreland' and Fen ton and 'Seeley,
Lathrop and Moreland won and received
appropriate j medals for -their victory.
Basketball ; is now being played and
under the direction of Capt., Kenneth
Fenton ; some likely players are 'being
developed. Among the most promising
are McLaln. Flavel, Whittelsey, Ben
ton, mostly football men.
Columbia university Is putting out a
basketball team and the two teams are
arranging for a game. The Portland
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IN EXCELLENT SHAPE
' The All-star basketball team : of the
local T. M. C. A. has 'finally' succeeded
in bringing Its men into line and are
now getting into good trim for the1 com
Not in the history of the game has
there been so much interest taken in
basketball aa is now manifested by the
colleges of the Northwest.
The Portland Y. M. C. A. has always
held the premier position in this sport
and intends to retain it. The present
team has two of last year's men.. Cap
tain Mackie and Freeman, on its lineup
and in the opinion of experts is stronger
than ever. The other members are Con
way, Thornton,. Lapham and ,. Connell.
This is the team as it will play Friday
night and throughout the season.
For the first time this season the Y.
M. C. X, All-Stars: will, have their com
plete -team together Friday night of
this . wtek, when' they play the crack
team from Oregon Agricultural college.
The local team has been very badly
handicapped this year by the inability
of the men to get-out and practice to
gethei. By heroic efforts, Capt Charlie
Mackie has succeeded :' In overcoming
this difficulty and the boys have been
practicing faithfully for this game and
are' exhibiting all of their old-time
ppeed and strength. " ' ',.
It's dollars to doughnuts that the
knockers will have a chance to take
rest after this game, as the boys have
hit their gait and intend to keep it
WANTS JOC1TBT fPHTXtlTS. .
New York. vJan. M3. W. K. Vander
bllt has made an offer for the services
of Jockey H. Phillips to ride in France
next year. The lad's father says that
the salary mentioned by Mr. : Vander
bllt for one year' means more than the
boy's possible earnings In this country
for two years. Therefore he will proba
bly -.accept, i; .. . v
. Takes the burn out: heals the wound:
cures the pain. . Dr. Thomas' Eclectrlo
.Oil. the household remedy, , - -
THE XEGZTZKATE "WEIGHT ZS THAT
SrVTSIOH IS 133 POTJH9S TEHBT
H'a&VBBS BErSATES KIXOW AT
THAT WEIGHT BUT HAS HOT
MADE XT BIHCE.'
The question as to who-Is the legltl
mate featherweight champion of the
world i causing a lot of debate ! fistic
circles at the present time. Writers on
srtortlnir topics, especially pugilism,
differ materially as to who 1 the right
ful holder, and altogether the subject ts
a complex one.; The limit of this class
ler 122 pounds," which has never been
disputed among authorities. Terry Mc
Govern whipped George Dixon originally
for the honors at the Broadway A. C.
in 1900. Since then he has outgrown
the class. He met Young Corbett at
Hartford a year later and was knocked
out in two rounds. - The weight of that
tight was 126 pounds, and although they
fought for the featherweight title
under the rules they scaled In as light
weights. After the encounter McGovern in
sisted that he was still the premier
featherweight and that, as he could re;
duce to 122 pounds his laurels? in that
division were still Intact Several-ambitious
scrappers challenged him at the
weight, but somehow' nothing came of
it In. the meantime McGovern grew
heavier and frankly admitted, when
pressed, that he could not get to 122
pounds without suffering loss of
strength and vitality. Corbett also
gained weight, and instead of fighting
at 126 pounds he had .all, he could do
to reach 127 pounds, which was the
weight at which he met McGovern the
second time, at San Francisco,, on Marco
21. 1903. Corbett on that occasion
knocked Terry out in 11 rounds.
On' Tuesday night December 29, at
San Francisco, before the Hayes Valley
A. C, CorWt fought and defeated
Eddie Hanlon. They weighed in at 129
pounds at 6 O'clock on the night of the
battle, and by the time the two entered
the ring they must have tipped the
beam at feast four pounds more, which
was above the lightweight limit . . '
The only legitimate claimants - for
honors in the featherweight ranks are
Harry Forbes, Abe Attell and George
Dixon. Forbes was formerly the ban
tam champion, and a year ago he did not
have the slightest trouble getting to 116
pounds. Like McGovern and Corbett he
rapidly took on flesh. He fought
Frankie Neil of California for the ban
tam prize, and was knocked out Now
Forbes confesses that the best he can
do is 122 pounds at 3 o'clock in the
afternoon. . Attell says that he can train
down to 120 pounds, but as he has never
been brought to the test the question is
far from being settled.
' Attell and Forbes are now matched to
fight for the featherweight champion
ship this month before ..a club in In
dianapolis. They are to weigh in at 3
o'clock , on the day of the match. In
former years, when fighting for any kind
of championship demanded that the men
weigh in,at the .ringside at the weight
the class Vailed for, such a procedure
was unheard of. It is only lately that
lighters have insisted on a number of
hours ahead to weigh In. The practice
originated among pugilists who were too
lasy to continue working on the day of
an Important mill to keep within the
prescribed weight prior' to scaling at
the ringside. They wanted to rest and
Insisted that the weight at which the
mill was to be decided must be made
at a certain hour, long before, the men
entered the arena to do battle. ' First it
was C o'clock. Then it was 4 o'clock,
and now the popular hour is 3 o'clock
and sometimes 2 o'clock. In England
men who meet at weights below heavy
weight go on the scales at 2 o'clock hi
In the opinion of many excellent
critics George Dixon Is still the legltl
mate featherweight champion. Dixon
never demurred when it came to weigh
ing In. Any old hour suited him. and to
this day be is willing to tip the beam at
the ringside if necessary. During the
past year Dixon has fought with great
success abroad. He has whipped Pedlar
Palmer and other clever exponents of
the manly art in and out of his class.
Dixon, .like Bob Fitzslmmons. is -freakish
as regards reducing weight. He
can build up or reduce as the occasion
requires. When he first started out as
a pugilist ho was a mere stripling, and
fought at 108 pounds. As years went
by ho developed into a genuine bantam
and could fight at 112 pounds -without.'
suffering any inconvenience. ; Then He
went u to 116 pounds, then"' to yilg
and at the present lme has no dlfflAilty
in preparing tor a mm at lZi pounds.
Dixon 1 at present matched to fight
Jim iowker before the National Sport
ing club, London, in January for the
bantam title r of that country. The
weight is 118 pounds at the ringside,
which is equivalent to 116 pounds at 3
o'clock. If Dixon whips Bowker he will
return fo the honors which were origin
ally his own, nearly a decade ago, when
he knocked out Nunce Wallace for the
bantam championship of 'England in
London. A victory over Bowker will
entitle Dixon to a match with Nell or
any other bantam. . If this is refused
him he can claim the featherweight
honors, defend the same and come back
t his own, a distinction which ha en
Joyed for over 12 years before he was
forced to quit by, the solid punches and
tushes of UcQovurit, '
(Journal Special Berrice.) " ' ,
Tacoma, Wash., Jan. 13,rMlque Fisher
was in town a little over a day before
he closed a deal by which he secures oon-
trol of the old Eleventh street ball park,
which has been used for baseball In Ta
coma for over 10 years, but which it
was announced would never be used
again after last season. Fisher, .how
ever,, has leased the land, and announces
his intention of building a: new double
decker . grandstand . and bleachers at
The park will be extremely small, but
it is the most centrally located In the
Northwest and Fisher dreaded to, go far
ther out. ..Opposition on the part of the
residents near the park "forced the city
to open up a street which cut across the
outfield of the old park, thus reducing
the grounds in size to a single block.
But Fisher Intends to re-arrange the dia
mond, plaoing the home plate in one cor
ner instead of at the end. - r
Flaher has signed six of his last
year's players and will retain them all
except First Baseman Townsend. : The
six he has signed are the pitchers, Keefe
and . Fitzgerald. Egan, Sheehan, Hilde-
brand- and-1 togan, jflher.J3-iio waf ter..a
first baseman and more pitchers,
BRITT AND CORBETT
TO BOX AT COLMA
(Journal Special Serrice.)
San Francisco, Jan. 13. The Col ma
Athletic club, through the efforts of Jim
Nell, has succeeded in securing - the
Young Corbett-JImmy BHtt tight.
Nell's offer of a $15,000 purse for the
bout was the best received by the little
boxers and was satisfactory to both, and
they readily agreed upon terms.
JinK Nell, the representative of the
club, is well known in Portland, having
officiated as referee during the., boxing
carnival before the Pastime club last
The arrivals of Phil Nadeau arid
Jerry Freeman has started the fans to
gathering as of old, and the little
bunches of ' that class congregated at
Schiller's. Vlgneux's and' Pickett's, and
the Sixth-street headquarters at inter
vals yesterday, eagerly entered any dis
cussion that related to the- local base
ball situation. The fans without a no
ticeable exception express their confi
dence in Manager Ely's ability to get
together a winning combination.
Ike Butler, who arrived in Bakers
field last week, wrote to Manager Ely,
requesting him to send Butler's uniform
to hlm.V he wants to play in exhibition
games, and otherwise indulge in active
training-prevlous-to- the arrival of the
rest of the local team.
Ike Francis is due to arrive here to
day or tomorrow, and when he does, Na
deau, Freeman, and possibly Manager
Ely, will Indulge in a dally jaunt to the
ball park and practice a short time each
Billy ' Hulen- and Bob - Wilner two
well-known Pacific Northwest baseball
players, arrived In town yesterday.
Neither Hulen nor Wilner are engaged
for next season, at the present, time,
although both have several offers under
BKIOGS Z.OST TO BtTLUVAV,
(Journal Special Berries.)
Boston, Jan, 13. After 15 rounds of
fast fighting, Dave - Sullivan of New
Vork was awarded the decision over
Jimmy Briggs of Chelsea. ' .
POB JTOXSIKT WAXAS.
How many more things the children
of today have to amuse them in the nur
sery than they did a few years ago.
Even the wall paper now is made either
instructive or amusing. .. .
Sometimes little. Dutch figures are
used In their quaint foreign costumes
Snd attitudes." On other walls you will
see whole fairy tales or Mother Goose
rhymes illustrated. In fact, there is
nothing that would amuse or interest the
Mttle ones in any way that has been neg
lected. 1 - '
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TRANSPORT D1X TO
LOAD AT PORTLAND
A letter was , received Monday by
President Livingstone of the chamber of
commerce from . Representative : J. N.
Williamson discrlbing the work needed
in bringing the Dix and the. grain and
hay contracts to Portland., W3v; Wil
liamson says: "
"As you will have heard, long before
this reaches you.- we have been success
ful In securing the loading of the gov
ernment transport Dix for Portland. - W
had rather a lively skirmish over it here.
The different delegations from Califor
nia, Oregon and Washington, have made
life miserable for the quartermaster
general -during the past 10 days. To-.
day he yielded the point : In favor - of
Portland. We had all kinds of prejudice)
to overcome in the way of shallow water,
quality of hay, etc.
"We have secured this transport, and,
we want to secure some more. We have
broken a very thick formation of ice in
this connection. We should now aim to
keep the lceroken. In my opinion, af
ter discussliTg the matter thoroughly
with the quartermaster-general here, the
question of whether or not Portland can
continue to hold this transport business,
or at least, a proportionate share of it,
depends largely upon the success or fail
ure of loading the Dix at this time. I
think you will agree with me that every
thing possible should be done to avoid
any friction in loading this vessel, either
as to the sailors to handle, the quality
of either the hay or the oats, wharfage,
making the entrance to or the exit out
of the port, in short, all matters con
nected with her loading at Portland
against which so much has been urged
by the friends of our competing ports.
In the contest, not only the floating ca
pacity of our port, but the quality of our
products have been ridiculed. -1, for one.
am exceedingly anxious that the Dix
shall have a pleasant, and successful
experience In our port This accom
plished, and we will not experience so
much trouble with the war department
in like matters hereafter."
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