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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Sept. 23, 1910)
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THE TRVE 8TORV OF THAT MUNROE AF
FAIR IN BUTTE.
SOME lime ufter our fight Fitz
siuimons uud I formed a couibi-
untion and began touring the
country with a show. Fitzsiui
mons was a good card because of the
great light he had given me. The
chow was a success everywhere we
.went. Abound through some of the
western states we met all coni9rs iu
stenil of boxing together. Some Fltz
took On. mill some I took on. It was
In this way that I happened to make
Jack Muuroe famous.
This Muuroe was a miner working
In llutte, Mont. lie had been a good
foil l bill I player and amateur champion
boxer of the Pacific coast.
Long before we struck Butte our
Advance ngeut had picked hiui out. I
didn't know a thing about Munroe.
The house that night was packed, ami
11 the people there expected to see
some tiKhtiug. The fellow who had
beeu selected for Fitzsiuuuous didn't
know how to fight, and he made such
a poor exhibition that Fltzsiminons
knocked him out In a round to end it.
Mose La Foutise, a good little fighter
from Montana, who won a lot of tights
all over the west, went on next and
knocked Ills man. some second rater
named Foley, out in a round too.
That left only Munroe and me. It
wasn't much of a show to give with a
packed house out lu front. I told
Fitzsimmous I was going to let Mun
roe stay as long as I could and try to
five the people a run for their money.
"Don't you be a fool," said Bob.
"You get in there and finish him as
quick as you can. You're champion,
and you can't afford to fool around
with a dub."
I thought I knew best, so I went out
and boxed lightly and gave the miner
'a cbance to make a showing. 1 was
careful not to hurt him. Fltz was mad
as a hatter when I came back to my
corner after the first round. He roast
ed me to a turn and told me to go
out and end It. In the next round I
sparred easily again, but I bit Munroe
to the stomach and dropped him hard
er than I meant to, and I was afraid
he wouldn't get up. But he did. In
'spite of Fits, who was almost raying,
ll let Munroe stick until the fourth
jroand. Then I went in to finish him,
but every time I feinted for an open
ling or stepped in with a punch he
dropped to the floor without being bit
.and took the count. He was on bis
jknrfs no much that I didn't have a
chance to knock him out. That wan
'ail tbere was to the Munroe matter in
That night Clark Ball bad a falling
at with Fltzslmmons. He rushed over
and signed np Munroe and began wir
ing all over the country, telling the pa
tters tbat Munroe bad won a decision
rer me In four rounds and had knock
ed mo down.
1 Fltxslmmons was sore 'as a bear. He
ffered to fight Munroe and give him
$6,000 if he stayed two rounds. Nei
ther Munroe nor Clark Ball could see
f. and Munroe wouldn't fight me an
other four rounds for any amount of
1 0 the 1st of March. 1003, I met Jim
Corbet t In the Hotel Delavan to sign
for another fight. Corbett bad been
!ehftUpufrlng me for a long time, and all
the papers were full of stories about It.
We decided to fight twenty rounds
In California for the best purse above
S25.000 offered by any club, the win
ner to take 75 per cent and the loser
B per cent. A little later we accepted
Jim Coffroth's offer for the Yosemite
club of San Francisco, then the strong
est boxing clubn the Pacific coast.
When the time came to train Cor
kett went to Croll's Gardens, in Ala-
wde. one of the prettiest little towns
m the coast, just across the bay from
Ran Francisco, and I went back to Har
bin Springs again. 1 like the Springs
-tor a training camp. I bad Bob Fltz
Simmons with me now as a sparring
partner. Friends of mine came up and
fayed, at the hotel and watched my
:work every day. It was a sort of
family party. When I was training at
the Springs for the fight with Fltzsim
noos all the ladies and children at
-fee botul used to come down to the
gymnasium and see us box. We were
It kohI natured about it. laughing
when we were bit hard. -They used to
go away and say: "Why, there isn't
anything bad about fighting. It's just
a game for big boys."
1 thonght then I'd have to put oft
be dale of the fight for a few weeks
after a bull pup tbat we had In camp
mewed holes in my leg that I could
put my fingers into. My leg was all
black and looked pretty bad. So 1
told Delauey, and he telephoned Cof-
froth in San Francisco. Coffroth came
rushing tip on the next train to Calis
toga and took the stage over to Harbin.
'Jeff, you can't postpone the fight."
laid Coffroth. "It will spoil the crowd.
It'll cost you $20,000 if you don't tight
n scheduled time."
I don't care," I said. "I'll not fight
Inybody unless I'm in shape."
We argued and argued, and at lar.t
Coffroth said: "Jim. a lot of your
Friends have started to the coast from
all over the country. Most of them
are business men who can't afford to
take another trip to see you fight.
They can't stay over a couple of weeks
for another date either. You don't
want to throw them down."
It hadn't struck me that way before.
"I'll fight," I said.
A day or two after that the doctor
looked my leg over again and took the
bandages off for awhile. He said
there was uo more danger of blood
poisoning, and it was cheerful news to
the whole camp. The bandages were
replaced to cover the open wound, and
I went off hotfoot for the gymnasium.
For nearly a week the boys had been
loafing. I called them together now.
mid we went at it for the hardest
flay's training I'd done yet. "You fel
lows have had too much of a snap," I
3ald. "I'm going to make you earn
nil of your money In a bunch now." I
went after Joe Kennedy, and we bad
a regular Gght. He walloped me on
the jaw as hard as he could, and it
certainly did feel good after a week
of laziness. I punched Joe in the ribs
until he had a big red p.uch over I lie
heart. Fitz, who looked on that morn
ing, caine around grlniiins and said.
"Jim, you're as big ami strong as a
'ouse." We wound up with a hot sul
phur bath In the springs and a rub-down.
In the afternoon I bo:eii and rough
ed around with Joe again and with
my brother Jack and Fitz in his piuk
nnd baby blue tights. I played hand
ball, punched the bag. skipped the
.rope a thousand times and went for a
run. When it was over some of us
stood out In front ofj the hotel shoot
ing at a post 300 yards away across
the canyon. 1 used an automatic pis
tol and put several bullets into the
post. 1 wound up by shooting all the
spots out of a ten of diamonds nailed
to a stump about fifty feet away.
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JEFFRIES TRAINING FOR JOHNSON BACK
FROM A FISHING TRIP.
And after that I felt like myself. I
remember tbat 1 ate a whole chick
en for dinner that night, as well as a
couple of good steaks.
We still had time for a little fun.
Fltz was a great practical Joker. One
of our friends at the Springs was a
big policeman from East Oakland,
who was on his vacation. He liked to
joke too. One morning he rose before
sunrise and stood out in front of my
cottage singing songs until he got us
all out of bed. We ran out and chased
him. but he escaped. After breakfast
I happened to see htm standing in
front of the hotel. Now, there were a
big fountain and a pool in front of
the hotel. I went over and got down
on my knees by the pool, at the same
time tipping a wink to Fltz. -
"I don't see the goldfish this year,"
I called out. ,
"There never were , any goldfish,
said the copper.
"Oh. yes." I said. "Somebody turn
ed a lot of them in here last year. 1
used to see them swimming around."
I leaned over and looked all around.
"There goes one now," 1 yelled.
The big cop dropped on his knees at
the edge of the pool - and craned his
neck, and Just ,tben Fits slipped up be
hind him quietly and . gave him a
shove. He took a fine header, and be
fore he could climb out again we were
gone. That copper always thought I
pushed him in. and it used to make
me nearly explode when Fitz would
go around with a solemn face and
sympathize with him and agree that
Jeffs idea of humor was a little, too
I had a good joke on Fit? i while
winding up the training. I grt Bob to
go bunting' with young Hayes and my
self. We went straight . away from
Harbin, taking pack . m-.les and blan
kets, and stayed threo days. Hayes
got a deer, and I got two. Coming
back lliiked for camp with a buck
over my shoulders, and Fitz limped in
three or four hours behind me. He
wouldn't quit, but in the mountains I
could set a pace that carried Bob off
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GEMS FBOM BRYAN.
From the Commoner's Labor Day Ad
dress at St. Joseph.
"Democratic sentiment is bigger
than the Democratic party or any oth
er party ever will be.
"The initiative and referendum is
more popular today than other issue
before the people and more potent than
upward, or downward revision of the
"Government in the hands of the
people is more safe than in the hands
of any men that the people may select.
"If a governor of a state may have
the power to veto the action of his
legislature should not all the people
have a right to veto any legislative
act through the referendum!
"The laboring man has a right to
a trial by jury and no judge, as in an
injunction suit, has the right to be law
maker, judge of that law and prosecut
ing attorney as well.
"Labor is classed as an honor, and
to be idle or to sponge off others is now
"The great problem that confronts
organized labor is what portion of the
products of its brain and muscle shall
be its recompense for its labor.
"Organized labor must be interested
in education. Every boy and girl has
a right to an education and no one has
a right to say that they shall not be
"If God had intended that a few
snould do all the thinking, then he
would have made the backs of the
many broader that they might be bet
terrible to bear the burdens placed on
them by the thinking few.
"Education places the child on an
equality with everyone .
"The better a man is educated the
better he is able to demand his rights
and without education a man is not
able to do his dnty as a citizen.-'
"The laboring man must realize that
moral wealth counts in business and I
am glad that organized labor has ad
vanced the moral welfare of its mem
bers. "A man had better make his wife
his treasurer every Saturday night
than to allow the saloon to act in that
"I am glad to see that laboring men
are putting a restraint on themselves
in regard to drink and intemperance.
"I am here to say what I think is
for the betterment of all, regardless of
those who do or do not like it. '
"Organized labor has made mistakes
but had it not it would have been
"Organized labor has done a service
for humanity in lessening the hours of
toil per day; in eliminating to a 'large
extent child labor and in bettering the
conditions under which laboring men
work in general.
"You can drive a man from his bed
to his work and from his work to his
tdd and thus make him a useful ani
mal, but it does not make him a useful
"Organized labor Jias done much to
achieve the secret ballot.
"If by organization labor has ac
complished these things it should have
the right to insist that those who share
in the fruits of victory should be mem
bers of organized labor.
"The argument of organized labor
can never be more than a moral one.
Government can never permit of the
argument in favor of organization be
ing carried farther than moral suasion.
The minute force is resorted to organ
ized labor loses its dignity and its pres
tige and suffers. Violence reacts on
"In arbitration organized labor and'
the world at large has the solution of
all controversies, and it protects a
man who would otherwise be forced
to strike to coerce an employer into
granting a just claim, and to prevent a
man from being thrown out of employ
ment while maters are being settled.
"The public to has an interest in
all problems that arise (between capitad
and labor and has a right to demand
that they be settled by arbitration."
When Union Men Are Consistent the
Victory Will be Won.
The most difficult problem to be
solved by organized labor is the one
great factor of Union Consistency.
Everywhere we go in the interest of
union label products we are met with
the statement that merchants must han
dle what the trade demands, and that
union men do not demand union made
goods. This especially applies to goods
that in itself bears no evidence as
to the condition under which it was
made. Many a man will select his
hat with the assurance that the label
is in it, because some one may look
under the sweatband and find the truth
but when it comes to a cigar he may
buy any old scab, child labor, tene
ment house or penitentiary-made prod
uct and stick the nasty product be
tween his teeth, and his fellow com
rades cannot tell that he is scabbing
it on the union cigar makers.
If you find a fellow who claims this
or that brand is the only thing he can'
smoke, put him down as both a knove
and a fool. Not one man out of a
million can do more than guess as to
the kind of tobacco he is smoking in
this age, and in most cases he cannot
positively distinguish between his fa
vorite brand and other brands much
better or inferior, if taken out of the
same box and his belief is that it is
the same. Get a good free smoking
cigar and label it "'Roosevelt," and a
hide-bound follower of the colonel
would revel in heaven. Take the' same
cigar to an opponent and he'd say its
punk. These are characteristics of
the smoker. If you believe in .unions
smoke union-made cigars and stick to
it and you'll soon swear by them and
"Labor Day" was obtained as a holi
day after a great struggle, and it's a
good day to renew our faith and al
liegance in the trade union movement
by hiring union labor when we buy.
I am thoroughly convinced that no
unfair employer could successfully car
ry on a business depending on a small
article of commerce if union men, wo
men and their sympathizers would in
sist on union made goods if they
would hire union labor when making a
It is almost humiliating to go- in a
store and see a member of some labor
organization call for some advertised
scab cigar, or buy a non-union hat, or
shoes or clothing of any kind, and then
excuse his treachery on the ground of
forgetfulness or something equally as
Why will not the average member of
a labor organization excuse the em
ployer if he does likewise? Why will
a strict, union man in his own organi
zation fight to a finish for a CLOSED
SHOP in his own trade, then go out
and force by his purchasing power the
OPEN SHOP upon his fellow unionists
in other trades? Is that not a stab in
the back of your own friends? Will
the scabs whom you assist by buying
non-union goods help you in time of
need If you are one of these in
consistent union men we ask that you
turn over, not a mere leaf, but yonr
whole book of action and make it con
form to your profession of union loy
aity ana consistency. U. Hopp
Union Labor Advocate.
HOW IT IS DIVIDED.
Labor produces thirteen dollars in
wealth and receives two in the United
States. Special privilege produces
nothing and' takes nine dollars, leaving
capital and labor to squabble over the
rest. The greatest special privilege,
is that of land ownership in our large
cities. The enormous revenues from
land in New York City represent the
burden of labor, for very nearly all
the people are tenants. And the ten
ants ' have built the houses and paid
for them over and over again.'. What
they pay rent for is not houses, but
the land on which the houses rest.
Portland Labor Press.
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