The Lady and the Prize-fighter.
In vain a thousand male American reporters have tried to draw the brutal Mr Sullivan, but he succumbed at last to the inquisitorial charms of Miss Nelly Bly, who is the pluckiest and most famous of American newspaper women. The revelations are certainly calculated to send a thrill of envy through Mr Tussaud, who has been very remiss in failing to secure the curios which are mentioned in this extract:—" Each of us bought a soft felt hat to wear out to the ring, said Mr Muldoon. Mr Sullivan threw both of them into the ring before the fight. They only cost Idol apiece, yet a man got 50dol for Mr Sullivan's hat, and 25d0l apiece for Cleary's and mine. The buckets which held the ice-water which we dipped the towels in sold for 25d0l each. The post which held his colors was torn up, and splinters of it sold for sdol each. They even dug the ground up where the post was driven, and doing it up in little parcels sold them to people anxious for mementoes. Ihe ring rope was cut into bits and sold. I had half a dozen towels and two sponges | which I bathed Mr Sullivan with, and they disappeared as if by magic. Major Hughes, the chief of the Fire Department of Louisville, got the can which I had made expressly for Mr Sullivan to drink out of at the ring, and he refused l.OOOdol for it." The Mr Muldoon who speaks here is Mr Sullivan's trainer, who is himself besieged with applications from Fat Jacks and Heavy Marys over the States, begging him to "do the Banting":—"One man wrote that he weighed 280 odd pounds and his wife weighed 107. What could he do to decrease, and what could his wife do to increase? Tall men want to be made short, short men want to get tall, thin men want to grow fat, fat men want to grow thin, and they all write to Champion-Trainer-Wrestler Muldoon for advice, and they not only promise to take it but to pay for it. One boy wrote that he was only thirteen years old and measured sft llin. He wanted to know how to stop his growth and how to make himself broaden out"
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The Lady and the Prize-fighter., Evening Star, Issue 8042, 19 October 1889, Supplement
The Lady and the Prize-fighter. Evening Star, Issue 8042, 19 October 1889, Supplement
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