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Volume III. Number 6 (March, 1875)

The coming prize fight. Tom Allen, of St. Louis, the Champion, and what he is doing in New York--his battles, and those of George Rooke of Newark,   p. 525 PDF (382.8 KB)

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17wc Wisconsin Lumberma2
Torm Allen, of St. Louis, the Champion,
and What he Is Doing In NewYorlk-Hi
Battles, and those of George Rooke of
[From The New York Sun.d
Tom Allen, the champion pugilist of
America, arrived in Newark on Tuesday
afternoon. He called on Jim Coyne and
spent a few hours arranging the details of his
exhibition in this city and Philadelphia, and
late that night came on here and surrendered
himself to Harry Hill.
While in Newark he caught sight of George
he will give sparring exhibitions. After that
he will return to his home in St. Louis and
commence training in earnest. While in
On Wednesday night about 12 o'clock
Allen returned to Harry Hill's from a visit
he had been making to Billy Edwards, in
Brooklyn. His weight is 210 pounds. His
,face is large and full, with a mild expression
which betokens in no way the prize-fighter,
and he speaks in a subdued, mellow, pleasant
voice. He greeted the reporter cordially,
and gave his plans and prospects as related.
Then he turned to one side and got his
champion gold belt. It is an elegant thing,
made of twelve plates, each about three
inches square, hinged together. Of the twelve
plates five are of gold and seven silver; and of
the gold ones, one is engraved with a sketch
of two prize-fighters passing the courteous
greeting before fighting; another with the
picture of the two fighters rampant; and a
third with shield and Ilags, with the words:
"Presented to Tom Allen by his St. Louis
friends, May 4, 1870." It was given to him
a short time after he had his famous fight
Swith Jem Mace, and just after he made his
last appearance in New York.
"There is one thing. my friend," said he,
"that I want you to print; and that is that I
now weigh only 210 pounds. That is bad
enough. but some of the papers have got me
down for 240. As it is," lie continued with
a sigh, "I have got to train off forty pounis
before I have my fight with Rooke, for I
never fight at over 170."
As to weight he possesses a great advan-
tage over Rooke, whose present weight is
only 160, much of which is to be trained off.
Harry Hill's Variety Theatre was packed
yesterday alternoon with staunch supporters
,of the fistic arena. The occasion was a ben-
.efit tendered to Tom Allen of Si. Louis. The
chief encounter of the day was that between
the beneficiary and Jim Coyne, and the coun-
tening on both sides was very spirited Allen
througe science and weight, compelling his
antagonist to succumb. The contest elicited
requent applause.  Next t * this was the en-
counter between Arthur Chambers and Harry
Hicken. Both stood stood up to the scratch
without wincing. The other events were be-
tween Warwick Edwards and young Kelley
Peter Croker and Steve Taylor, the skilful
Jerseyman; Patsey O'Hara and Jim Turner,
Mike Cogan and Ben Hogan. Harry Hill
who was superintendent, saw that all wvent off
Tom Allen was born in Birmingham in
1840, stands 5 ft. 10Y in., and weighs 206
pounds. HHis first appearance was with Mor-
is Conner, whom he beat n 22 min., for £10
a side. He next beat Jack White, for £10 a
side- in 40 min.  Beaten by Posh Price, £25
a side, in 5f, min. Beat Bfngy Rose, in 20
min., for £25 a side. Beaten by Bob Smith,
a colored man, of Fulton market, this city,
for £50 a side, in 2 h. 40 min. Beat Parkin-
son, for £10 a side, in 25 min., 10 rounds.
Beat Posh Price, for £50 a side, in 2 h. 5
min. Beat George Iles, $100 a side, in 1 h.
4 min. Fought a draw with Joe Gloss, £100
a side, lasting 57 min. The above are his
battles in England.  Since his arrivar in
America he has fought and beaten Bill Davis,
for $2000. in 30 min. Beaten by Charley
Gallagher, $2000, 3 rounds. 3 min. Fought
Mike Mc~oole a draw, for $5000, lastirg 14
mi., 9 rounds Beat Charley Gallagher, for
$2000. in 13 rounds, 22 min. Beaten by
Jem Mace. for $5000, in 10 rounds, 44 mim.
Beat Jim Gallagher, Allen betting $1000 to
$500, the fight lasting 24 min. Beat Mike
McCoole, for $4000 and the championship of
America, in 7 rounds, 19 min.
George Rourke, better known as George
Rooke, is, as his name denotes, an Irishman,
34 years of age, stands 6 feet, and weighs 170
pounds. He hr,.t met Tim   Hussey for a
purse of $.300, and defeated him cleverly in
thirty-seven minutes. Rooke next fought
Charley Colluns,the cast-iron man, for $1,00)0,
which battle he was defrauded out of by the
crowd. He next met Mathew Moore for
$2,000 and the middle-weight championship,
but he was forced to lower his colors after a
desperate struggle in thirty-seven rounds,
lasting 1 hour, 4 minutes,
The second deposit of $250 a side, in the
match between Allen and Rooke, was made
at half past eleven last night in the hands of
Harry MSll, the stakeholter.
Opinions of a Wisconsin Lumberman.
K. B. Orrick returned from an extended
trip among the western lumber markets,
last week. St. Louis, Dubuque, and
Omah l are among the prominent cities
visited. He reports the farmers of Iowa
unusually prosperous. They have sold
their pork and corn-their two principal
products-at high prices, and therefore
lumbermen are looking forward to an in-
creased dema ad during the coming season.
-Stevens Point Journal, Marchs 13.

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