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The race between Be»rle and O'Ooaoot for the championship of the world and £1000 la to be decide! on Monday next, Sepc. 9 The in* ton does not appear to have created any very great interest, nrhloh Is dae perhaps to the fact that the men hare only lately oinae ti the front, thoni'h prophati who know them readily admit that they are the fastest Boallers o( this oj any o'har time. O'Connor i« referred to by Amerloan sporting writer* aa "an aquatic locomotive," while the Australians, not to be behind the timed, taok the " Clarence river comet "on to Soarle'a name. The Canadian, judging by hli expressions, -has a very high opinion of nfs own abilities, and moro than once has Indulged m a little blow over the mannei ia whlon he intends to vanqaleh hli opoonent ; Sonrle ia more modest, and. while of opinion th it he o*n win; entertain! a great respect for his adversary's qualities. Cable news states that the river aide toots have only one fanoy— O'Connor, oat the betting market tells a different tale, the latest mestage stating that the betting Is 5 to 4dn Seirle. My fanoy leads me to support the Australian, for, as I stated In a reoenfc < Isaac, O'Connor has done nothing of note beyond defeating Teemer, Thli may be a good or » bad performaaoe, for If Teemee starts to win he takes a lot of beating; bat he bears the reputation of being » very slippery onstomer, and there Is no know-* Ing wbea ho Is ont or when he is befog held back Saarle has a considerably batter record than O'Connor, and we prefer his ohanoe to the Canadian's. The match was made on Jaly 15, when the sopporters of the two men met at the 3tar and Garter, Putney, for the jvurpose of drawing up articles and staking', a deposit. Mr W J . Innes was m the; ohalr, the Interests of the Australian being looked, after by Mesors B. and J. Thompson, whilst Mi\Mossop represented Mr Rogtia, O'Connor's baoker. The agreement wa» soon ratified, it being clodded to hold the> raoß on Monday Sepfc., 9, the men, to be la their boats at a qnnrter-past obe, to etait by mutual oonsent, and tf oot'off wltbln % quieter of an hour the Referee has poiree to despatoh thorn by signal or otherwise^ A snm of £100 a-olde had already bien posted, a farther instalmeat qf £200 bain? P«»ted with; the rep^Bantatlve of the " SpoitsmaD/ 1 - the ci*' lt or of whloh. paper Is appointed ati^-holder. The final deposit of £2Q(K-B»,je has to be mad* e m od a l \ he S * M » nd GaitM ? to-day (ThnrsdayV .^e artiolea Btipal.ate thai •n«th.o%vonfc of foj^j Ice or roagh iwntor, V?% Referee hss power to postpone tbe race from d«y to dny. If the men fall to aa»-ee npon a Referee, thesoleotion of the r ffiolal onmed rests with tbe editor, of the •' Spnrtamao " and Mossra W. $„ Innea and James Hastlo, Thnm?s R.O. It 1« probable that tho "Sportsman." Ohallengo Oup, valae 200 galnees, wllß also be rowed for, providing tho t^oitees of that trophy givo their sanoklon to thft arrangement.--" TJm<>B "

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2220, 7 September 1889

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THE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2220, 7 September 1889