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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 26, 1913, Lethbridge, Alberta Fage 6 THE LETIIBRIDGE DAILY If Kit ALB Monday, May 1013 ram NG HOT H A WITHIN FEW FEET OF WORLD'S WHITE HOPE CHAMPION WHEN FATAL BLOW WAS STRUCK -.J.-..I .'L -L_--- STORY TOLD IN ALL ITS DRAMATIC DETAILS-CONSTERNATION REIGNED the situation at once, and with a look of dread lu bis face shouted: "My God! a doclor! a doctor, Dr. O'Haean, formerly of Lcth- bridge, responded at oacc and with several others worked hard over the big lad .for tea minutes, whea the ,ir--- vis rle.ired aad McCarty take.i _ut into ;he open air. i i realize the Eer- Toe throng of hum the aJTair began t iousness of tie fighter's condition when McCarr.ey yelled for medical aid and the big cheer for changed into a prolonged sob of enxteiy and concern for McCarty. Doctors Order Him Outside The stricken may was laid on tho grass aid mounted po- ta lo ley _. ___________ Je'tha 'J'. little hope. A hypoder- (By Chas. McLennan of (he Her.'ld Staff ;it the Fight.) Lullicr McCarly, ayeJ hu-nly-ow, antl r, cognized heavy- weight while chainyiun boxer of the is no more. His comparatively short ar.il spcclacuhir i-aiver ;is a boxer cniicd abruptly sit the Burns :iremi in Gilrfaty wi Suluril.iy, when before a crowd that juslifcd the importance of the bniil, he went down before Arthur Pelky and was counted out by Hoferee Ed. Smiiii of Chicago. The blow Jhat incidentnlly. caused his death was a straight, short, right jab to the lisarl. Every "incident grounding Iho death of "Luck" McCarly yas.poignantly tragic, and full of dramatic thrills. Minister Upholds Boxing Jusl previous to the main bout the Rev. Walker of Calgary was introduced by Tommy Burns, and stepped into the ring to take a decided stand in favor of clean boxing, lie line! not seen one thing in connection with the preliminary bouts mat Ine mosl fcr several but exacting could call brutal. He compared the fighters about to u could he seen by their attitude that enter the ring to each of his hearers. Tlie conflict in engaged was a life-long tussle with the devil, ant! ..God Almighty was the referee. He thought that as long as the fight remained a clean test of strength and skill it could not possibly demoralize humanity if viewed in the right light. Rev. Walker was wildly c.heerect after he had made an appeal to that vast throng of men to allend the'churches with as much enthusiasm as they bad evidenced over this bout. Deep Impression Made When (lie writer grasped Ihe curly-headed warrior's hand, just iwo minutes, irtfore he-entered the ring, he little dreamed that hand would be Sying cold in death-within 15 minutes' lime. II was the astounding unexpectedness of the tragedy that was such an extreme shock to all who witnessed if. In Hie Morning AlDerlan Joe Price had said: "Chance blow may stop the confficl, but bout is expected to go the limit." Price lillie imagined that he.was predicting an event in the history.of prize fighting that would go down in the world's amials as the most dramalic finish that ever attended a c.liampionship boxing bout. McCjrty in Arena Eafly i Lutier entered the arena during tho third .preliminary ai.d sat down on tte press hench' neit the writer" For ien minutes he chat- ted with the reporters, over the pre- liminary.conteeta, his dght with Pe'k'y and his'future. He had playfully cap- lured an cap and placed it on his own curly'head. He cheered oi-casloa'aHy George landed vippcr cut after Jab on his opponent, His demeanor in general ivas entirely carefree and unconcerned, as far as one could observe, although he did not appear to be enjoyins his cus- tomary healthy color. Stepped Into Ring Amidst Cheering When the referee had declared Roy George ot Calgary the victor in the preliminary and Wnile the was still cheering, Luther lightly over the ropes, still wearing the little s-h'ltp cap. The cheering !n tensMed as he dflmly strode the length of the ring, bowing and smiling to all sides of the arena. Enter the Victor Pelky entered the ring shortly after and hoth posed for a press photo- grapher, which was the last of JlcCarty ever impressed on cam After the hlb snipped both made foi th'elr respective comers and heean and taping their hands to the conflict. Tommy Burns Speakc Tommy Bjros, io the lull attending the preparation Immediately preccd ing bo'Jt. Introduced Mickey Mclntyr and Billy Grlffiiths, who were to flgh in the fturos arena on .Tune fo rearing a Dig, broad smile. Pelky ooked good to the fans, much more im, in fact, than in his bout with ommy Burns. Pelky landed a right lo gutter's idneye and JlcCaftv earoe back with n upiser cut, hut failed to connect ti rtlli Pelky's jaw. Pelky landed a peedy left to McCarty's face. The ans cheered and the smile on the owhoy's face'narrowed. They clinch ed and broke away clean. The Fatal Punch One minnle and had passed whtu Pelky sent a lef swing to the LhAmj'ion's chin, tollow t almost siniultaaeously vitli a iab lo a Mint jusi bsiow Ih9 heart This was the punch that Peiky ha been trained to use, and someone re- marked that it was the first lime i all his that he had Anded i'. It was the knockout and iround it will centre the cvidenc in Peiky's trial. It was a silent jab o leas than 'eighteen inches stroke, hu it carriej considerahie steam, as th weight of hta body was behind it. McCarty Collapses The big lad seemed rather at firit and a qtieer look passed over his face. His eyes seemed to chan e their hue and his smile disappeared completely. He circled a step or tw ctraightened up as tf lo square away for defence, arid at that instant he becaTr.e unconscious, turned half nay around, dropped his arma to-his fell limp on his face to the mat v ;h a heavy thud, turned over on hia Iml. aud straightened out his long length, opening hie mouth and breathing lu luick, short gasps. He landed almost reach of covered their heads, departing one by one for the city. The loos iirwASloa seeiud like a funeral inaicb, and every- one was lalhiujr fight. Pelky Arrtstjd Burns and Polky left iust after the announcerueat was made. They drore to tie hotel, "here I'elky bad a bath, aad as he v.as leaving to go io Bums' house he was placed under arrest by the II N. M. P. Ho was taken to the barracks and re- leased oa bail.' Referee's Statement Referee Ed. Smith make no statement, other tban to say [hat the blovr administered I'elky ivas not i hard one and" (hat he was ct the result He did cot go to Edmon- Ion and will siiy In Canary uiAil the proceedings art'enl the taxer's death are Hnished. Doctor's -Statement Dr. 3. H. Birch, one oi in at 'THE DEAD PUGILIST LUTHER mie injection was administered and external stimulants applied, hut to no avaiiavatL and to the great consterna- and scrow of the spectators. Dr. Stuart pronounced life extinct at 1.33 o'clock, just 32 minutes after the blow' n-as struck. Spectators Appalled The crosvd seemed appalled and un- 19 Concensus of oylQicc was thai1 d Jie Lea warmed uy onU his heart good condition Iho blow IUcU couLd I have caused death., H is a matter r the courts to decide, and of course eryono is looking for Polfey's iniiis- ale exoneration, ilo Btruck a clean. !r which was la no viay a foul tDg to the rules gavernlng box- Will Put Lid on Boxing Of course the Incident is ill put the.1 uleius on boxing bouts in Calgary, at asl tor somo time to come. One ifictator eren went so far as to sa> _ iat it would kill the boitng ID alg-ary forever. Tommy Burns might- s well tear, down the arena, i 7fee forces to boxing will ndoulitcdly use this episode as an PI- uple ot the bmtahty nnd barbarous ruelly of ihe game. will Cor- el that people drop dead on the their homes, in football aiid as'eball. and in fact in any contest "here exertion to the limit is called mo play, Fans Do Not Blame Pelky Xo matter wbnt the outcome, the ans who witnessed the McCarly- elky arc satisfied in their own that the bout ivas as clean, acct ree froa (ouia as any bout nd that Pelky Is free from all blame n connection v.-nh Mccarty's Gloomy Close for Victoria When U.e extras name out about 3 'clock and evurrone became avrarc of the outcome of tho aCair, a pall of sioom Eettlcd over the whole city aad small groups could bo seen on no, corners, in bhe hotels, and auy. iriace isliere s few could stop and talk. The vitiole topic of conversation McCartj's death, and it will be talked about for many weefcs to come. The affair has by this time njade iis sflr ill over the world, and theories and opinions will enter into almost eicry Calgary, Alberta, will come in for her share of the lime- McCARTY'S OPPONENT light. Pelky Now Champion Mated thai McCarty hafi zi Leeii examined by a physician prev- ious "to'.the that the-real con- dition of bis heart at that lime could not be learncdr He thought fhat Mc- Carty must'baie htid a weak heart, however, and tiiaT the" excitement and strain as much responsible for his (Watb as the blow struck by Pelky. liefeiee Smith look I'elky's hand and lifted it OKT his head he proclaimed him The victor Luther Siy liullg Victor Pelky succeeds lo ilu- title hold him. ilc Carly il.i> heavy weight