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FRIZE-FIGHTERS AND COWBOYS.

We find him entertaining a champion middle-weight wrestler tm-ee days a v. aai£ while ho is jLJovernor of the State 01 Mew York, and quarrelling with tn^ Comptroller because the Jaxter would jiofr'pay for a wrestling mat lor the executive mansion. Jne builds a rillo range at his country house, and takes part in shooting competitions vyilu lioer ex-prisoners at Bermuda. Prizeiigiiters visited him at the .Whit-j i^ou-se. John L. Sullivan gave him a gold-mounted " rabbit's, foot," which he carried, throughout Africa as a lucky ciiarm. He liked nothing better than sparring or playing tennis or collecting a party of officials and leading tnem on a - riding ,or walking expedition that was likeythe old game oi ••fjiiow-my-leader.") _ With the same zest he describes his adventures in " cowboy land," when he and his companions of the Western plains roped cattle and lived like primitive men. Americans of this robust type afterAvard formed the regiment of Rough Hiders which the redoubtable Colonel led against the Spaniards at the battle of San Juan Hill. He formed friendships with some of them which were ■kept up after he became President. Be tells how he invited one powerful "cow-puncher" to lunch at the White House when Mr Bryce, then British Ambassador, was also a guest. " Just before we went in to lunch I turned to jny cow-puncher friend and said to him with great solemnity, 'Remember, Jim, that if you shot at the feet of the British Ambassador to make him -dance, it would be likely to cause international complications,' to which Jim responded with unaffected horror, ■*Why, Colonel, I shouldn't think of ii !' "

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FRIZE-FIGHTERS AND COWBOYS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8803, 26 February 1914

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FRIZE-FIGHTERS AND COWBOYS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8803, 26 February 1914

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