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Adelaide Sport (Newspaper) - April 25, 1924, Adelaide, South Australia
National Library of Australia the diary of a Deadbeat an intensely human document copyright Fey Melbourne press Agency furlongs rooms Roy Larcade Melbourne Cea tines from last week. Saying that Fae would Call again about two he departed to invest the surplus about eight shillings Stock in Trade. I bad to laugh when the thought crossed my mind what if id Martlet get drunk or failed to come Back but. Of course seriously i trusted him and knew he Wohld fear Accident or death. My plucky mate. Martley returned at 1.30 . With another bottle of Beer and a bobs Worth of sandwiches which snack we shared. Then Yre had a Good Roar at my preposterous position. Martley it seemed like the i Areat hearted Battler he always was had taken fifteen and threepence during the morning and had twice replenished his our Stock at the warehouse. That is a battling secret. Always build up your Stock. To at to he of raged Forth again and finally returned with my clothes etc., at Tea to six. He was holding eight and nine Pence in Cadi Stock Worth just Over nine shillings wholesale and two bottles of me. Therefore we had easily enough of the base Metal to tide us Over until morning and enough Stock give each a flying Start on the Igor Woff not at Aila bad Day s work on Friend marts a part from such a dreary hopeless Early morning Outlook Eli it was frenzied finance in e Flat with a vengeance but that is the Way of a Battler. I dressed and after Tea at a Humble Little Grill room we went for a stroll through Hyde Park the poor Man s Garden. Quite accidentally i suppose we met Ella Hartley s waitress Friend returning from work. Ella complimented us on our sober appearance. Regretted that i could not stay to talk As i had to see a Man about a Job. It seems that my Friend knew Ella in his Palmier Days. Vaffis egg strolled away alone. Returned to Diggins at ten having bought the Sun to read. Martley was snoring a usual. To bed and to read by the stump of a Candle. The hairdressers col lege. Rose at eight. Decent breakfast. Both Feit pretty Bright. Several drinks at City pubs. Nine thirty had Stock in Trade and tuppence left. Both needed shaving badly Martley suggests a visit to the hairdressers College in Sussex Street., i agreed to go. Martley gives me a Penny say jag hat a Brown gets one preference Over penniless stiffs. The College is a remarkable institution. The principal thereof trains aspiring to sorial artists their profession in seven weeks for a certain fee. The students practise shaving hair cutting and Ziff trimming upon living models stiffs on the morning of our visit there were about a dozen stiffs waiting to be attended to. The same types that one meets at the night Refuge and salvation army Doss houses for the most part. Four students were practising upon As Many stiffs. Two of the latter were being shaved one old joker was having his Ziff trimmed whilst the remaining Deadbeat was having his Actoris locks attended to. The Eagle eyed principal supervised operations and swapped wit and gossip with his clients and collegians. He had a ready Ansy wer for All very dry and witty and evidently knows his clientele backwards. The old gent who required Ziff trial rises from the chair. A Penny s Power. Next with Money please a decayed looking gentleman arose and handed Over a Greasy notwithstanding the fact that other clients had been waiting longer than he preference was Given to him. Another client was soon disposed of. Next gent with Money says the principal. Martley nudged me. I got up and my Humble Brown the last Coin i had admitted me to the vacant chair. A raw student operated on my inoffensive dial. The lad did his Best but of hell very painful Martley followed me leaving our precious Stock in Trade in charge of the principal. One never knows is a favorite remark of Jimmy Martley. Afterwards Martley said that he had had a Good i suppose he was Lucky enough to be operated on by a More Learned student than i. Well that place takes the biscuit there s a use for everything and everybody in this old world of ours even deadbeats for without the stiffs As subjects the College could hardly exist. Just try to imagine an affluent City father consenting to his Ziff trimmed for a pen by or nothing at All in order to help teach the Young idea How to Ziff trim really it in t Dona quite impossible and talk about the Power of Money evidently Money talks to its last gulping gasp just fancy even the Possession of a Lousy Brown under Cir a Eum stances like the set just relay a puts its possessor a Peg above some of his fellow dead beats. Money is said to be the Root or All but it s a Handy thin to have about the House All same when the landlord or Milkman Calls. Ask your wife if you disbelieve me. Our daily Battle. J i then to business. Decided to walk out towards botany. Martley broke it for two shillings at a Lolly shop in Redfern. J we duly adjourned to the nearest pub and solemnly lubricated. Martley battled hard and took a Dollar during the next hour. I went Back for More Stock returning by eleven o clock. Martley was then holding four More shillings. Had refreshments liquid. Battled on throughout the Day Martley going Back for More smudges and. Blocks at two o clock. Finished sober and in joint Possession of twelve shillings and a fair amount of unsold Stock at 5 . During the afternoon Over the few drinks we had i pulled Martley s leg about Ella. He bit ail right very serious about the matter. Threatens to get a respectable Job and marry her if she is agreeable then get Back into his profession civil engineering once again. I express a Hope that he will be Lucky. Good fellow says of course you could Board with us if you liked we would see that you kept off the booze i had to laugh in my ignorance whereupon Martley glared at me and ordered fresh drinks. I believe he Means what he says though just the same had Tea together. Martley has to meet his divinity Ella tonight. I went Home with the Stock. Our room rent is due to Morrow. Went to the Nash vaudeville to break the drab Monotony. Martley will say that s a Bob wasted it would have bought two pots to bed. Friend Martley there before in i can hear him. Something must be done to alter this hand to Mouth existence. Will talk to Martley in the morning re Plains. So Long Sydney june 16.early this morning Martley and i decided to leave Sydney for fresh Fields and pastures new per Boot. We decided to go on the track in the direct. Tion of Bathurst West Over the Blue mountains. These notes Are being written in a Patch of scrub at Penrith. We took a train for a few Miles and tramped the rest. We bought five old bags each and made two Billies out of empty fruit tins. Two sugar bags a frying pan and a couple of second hand spoons and knives Complete our outfit. So we Are now swagman. Our boots the main thing on tramp Are sound. An Australia swagman May be said to be the co Type almost of the american Hobo and English tramp. As a matter of fact however he differs from either Type. For As a Rule he is a much better battier., a far More energetic Heel and toe artist pedestrian and a More cheerful and philosophical Cove to Boot. A seasoned australian swagman represents a distinct Type of humanity which scrupulously respects certain unwritten Laws. One of these is never beg from a poor Man or from a poor mail s another is never ask a fellow Battler swagman for cabled that Eikey Clark a Glasgow youngster has beaten kid Kelly of Plymouth for the British flyweight championship. Homeland papers have for some time been chronicling the deeds of Clark who is described As a stylist of the Jim Driscoll school. Big things Are predicted of the scottish lad who showings in the ring it is said have revealed Fristic ability above the average. If great Britain is Short of Good heavy men there is apparently several of Promise among the Light lads for Only recently another flyweight in Frankie Ash went to America and out pointed Johnny Buff in a manner that caused him to be talked about As a probable opponent for Pancho Villa the conqueror of Jimmy Wilde. Young Stribling the Yankee College lad badly battered Mike Mctigue who was on the verge of being knocked out in the tenth round in a bout in new Jersey during the week. Some time ago Stribling got a decision Over Mctigue. Because of the Peculiar antics of the referee who gave the irishman the verdict first and then swayed by the crowd gave it to Stribling. However according to the cabled version there was no room for any twisting in this last bout. Only a youngster Stribling is fast ascending to the top of the pugilistic ladder and if he continues As he has been going it will not be too Long before he will be putting in a claim for of world s championship. According to fight promoter Rickard Harry wills has signed up for a fight either in june or july with Firpo Rojas the Chili crack or Spall the italian who stayed 14 rounds recently with Firpo. If successful wills tackles Dempsey in september. So Many contradictory cables have lately arrived concerning matches alleged to have been fixed for wills and Firpo that when the two get into the ring will be time enough to believe that the pair have been matched. The other week it was definitely announced that the pair would clash on july 19. Next we heard that Firpo had retired from the ring. These Yankee fight promoters Are the limit in Public leg pulling. Adjacent Victoria Park racecourse. General Havelock hotel Hutt Street. Adelaide. Bob Scott proprietor late Tumby Bav. The House of All sports. Good accommodation and table. Wines spirits and ales All True to Label. Phone Central 2665. Hnton s Kent hotel late National hotel Pirie St Corner Church and Cameron streets port Adelaide wines and spirits genuine Cool Beer served quickly and with civility. Sports always Welcome. Phon"3 port 2528. Ass satisfaction in every suit Quality style and pit. Col fat the latest fashion. Tin a material from All parts of worm. Past lamely tailors to order Kcjr p. Mccabe & son High clan Taejon 107 Gran poll sex but. Adelaide. Opp. Tatte Cali a club. Faone 1919 Central Royal Exchange Hote Kadina. . Splendid accommodation. First class table. Lawrence and Turner proprietors. Pure virginian Leaf. 27 s medium round 25 s ovals 20 s Large round. Plain Gold or Cork tipped. Every attention paid to customers requirements. Under new management. Riverton Riverton hotel Percy r. Brj age proprietor. Late Glanville and Portland Tell. Good accommodation
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