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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 3, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta iUd 8|HM*te Supplement The LethbrKge DaUy Htfald, tmaOAy, May 3,1916. COMPARISON OF Mm AND JEFFRIES WiUian T. HontAmy, the Mtural-1st, Mfs tkiit two UsfiH, put into Ute ume nge for the ftrst time, mI-dom Mtualljr flKbt. They bristle up their hair and hiss Bnd snarl. One of tbem perceives that his snarl isn't the real thing and sulkily surrenders. Thus animals teat that subtle and almost mytterioas guality, called tYk "fltbtiBK heart." It is not exactly the same as cou' raite: it is alloKcther different from the mere selt-confldcncv; something more than consciousness of power. U is sometltiDg inside which tells you that you can't be beaten. Some-Mng that makes you feel yourself a vict�r when your ahip is sinking. Some nations and son^ races are filled �s of the American Indian wars oi the plains, the Ninth and Tenth cAvjlry and tiM Twenty-fourth and '!'wei)lv-fUth infantry showed that noc;ro troops'will endure any hardship and face any danger, however horrible. Bwt iliey bad officers and their officers were white men and the very highest type of white men. "Pshaw," says one of the characters in Oeorgic Bernard Shaw's play. Arms and the Man, "the courage to rage and kill is cheap. I hare an English bull terrier who has as much of that sort of courage as the whole Bulgarian nation and the whole Russian nation at its back. But he lets my groom thrash him just the .same. That's your soMier all over." NOT BEHIND HIM When Jack Johnson faces Jim Jeffries in the prize ring, he will not have behind him a white officer whom he has learned to trust and obey as a cbild trusts its mother. He will he alone on his own resourc cs with the champion of the world in ho.stilc crowd i front of him and a bawling behind him. That the crowd will be hoatile, without question, is not the least in- _ teresting phase. Thoughtful men are! ~'~ convinced that this ttght will increase � * First, .leflcies'. Jim Jeffries, the white man, sr; he's too big and strong." StrenKth has always been bis big asset. In all these fights, .leffries showed ability to endure punishment-but no such sublime indifference to blows as is shown by natural-born fighters like Velson. The\truth is, Jeffries never develop ed any remarkable Ulent for fighting If Young Corhett or Bat .Velson or Terry McCtovern had been Jim Jeffries' size any one of them could have whipped a whole regiment of JeRries Jeffries was not a sport. He had no talent for heroics. Hi.s instincts were cautious and respectable. He v. as afraid ot being a hero. Newspaper reports at first terrified him, then bored him. They tried to malie hmi an actor; and the result was something strange and wonderful. Jeffries realized it. Every time he came off the stage into the wings, he would complain bitterly that they were making a loot of him. For the same reason, he never would be interviewed. Reporter.s never got anything out of him bui mo-ny syllables. When he had fought every one vho presented himself, Jefliies retirel; got married, became a rancher, loaned his name to a saloon, and became a s*aid well-behaved man of business. His return to tbe ring was brought about solely by the chance to malfe a great deal of easy money. Perhaps, also, a little, on account of the prejudice, born of his iron-worker days, against a negro, ana his secret respect for the champion.ship. Any fighter with theatrical instincts would have burst back into the :Tg with a blast of defiam-e, but, in his slow, earnest way, Jeitries would not at first give an answer, becau.se he said (unheroicallv) he was not sure he could win' That's the sort ot a man upon whom the "fighting heart" of the negro race is to be tried. In a word, JeRries is a commonplace, uninl^-rest-ing nHvhanic with enormous .strength and - full supply of .\ngIo-.Saxon i)U tin ia.i :i>i'tuiiis liiilk- that, perhaps, will W>\ ill ii]) That will ii.' !lje ciMJal moment for  lohnsDii ini. :;, _| uiy, for the fighl-mg spark in m'(.;r(,. race. It will he the list whcthir a negro, liniii when is tifiiu^ an.iiust liim. In that livers the MlDMienl, Wliell hlow that fail- iwc ill Wllilll When you see him box in his train- to accept invitations to deliver lec- the (hampimi, and ing quarters, or even in the ring, you tures before associations of colorees. His defence was so fine and adroit that h pi.ini back at the lilack man's caicei and show that lie has lievei,worked liai'l to win Like so many elciiieiils of this meeting of the while and hlark, this is teinperaiiu'iilal. Johnson can't work liard and coii-tiiiUov,sly ill a pri/e light He hasn't, the concentration. The same trait that makes him hear the .shouts of the crowd makes him appear to be "fooling around" in the ring lie liirlits by (lasbi-s. .faiii.s .1. .filTries can look out for llie "Hashes' because, as the sideshow barker announces, "I hi' sting of (iiatli is in every lilow." The bulIaUi bull can look out for the siiddin leap of the lazy-looking panther jTXTWUt:.^ oRj^duiod avpruvct for. m6 ca^cp on the white man's face before Burns' fist could reach him. These fight details are related for the purpose of laying a foundation for this question; was a panther, but it is evident that, after Jefiries left the jungle, .lohnson stuck around and practiced for a few million years Neither, you will observe, have improvtMi any in the sense Where does this ridiculous negro � of being pugnacioi.s. The buffalo and get the brain power to direct this Te- \ the panther fight when they have to. markable art of fighting? With him it is an art. To land a "counter" blow, the following thoughts must flash through the brain ol the fighter; This man is in the act of striking me with his right hand. I (an see his fist coming. 1 will strike him with my left hand and break the force of his blow by hitting him bv ed that, with tlu' exception of his arms, he was not as strong as the athletes on the Vale teams. He has the mind of a child, or a barbarian. Most of his early fights were 111 Los Angeles. He was practi.alh the slave of his manager, ,;t ibiU iiiiou. The manager suppo ted 1 -aiist having liackcii a t)ld Ciiiaa. uliii-li won tin' aforesaid rm 1' Ihmiil; Knov laiiiii; cilciiil.ii-"Queen'.-; l'ii/< . � lacc. i: uiiplii 111 e names anil sta-I ing to* yell ri-hope of ilriv-wild tils of ne- trn Appliances Good Barber.s fethbridKe Hotel BAsement ;