CARPENTIER, THE SOLDIER
The other day (writes a contributor of the Loudon 'Daily Telegraph') I received a long and interesting letter from Mr Victor Breyer, who lu*s dene eo much for boxing in France, and who, it will lie remembered, was one of the judges of the unfortunate contest at Olympia between Carpentier and Gunboat 'Smith. Victor Breyer is, of couse, serving with the French army. He sees much of Carpentier, who has become just as keen a soldier as he is a boxer. Shortly before the war Carpentier, quite a rich young man, bought himself a motor car, and, after many trials and not a few escapes from injury, learned how to drive. These days he is attached to the aviation section of the French army at Saint Cyr, and is in charge of a car of one of the oflkers. "Carpentier," 6ays Breyer. "has settled down to soldiering as if he had been used to it all his life. He has forgotten that ho is tho best white heavy-weight boxer in the world, and that he is worth many thousands of pounds. He has had some lively experiences, but I am pleased t& say "that he haa not met with any mishap. All sorts of reports have been (spread; one- that he had been shot through the lungs. I don't suppose that ho was ever better, and there is no reason why he should not resume an all-conquering career when this war is over. He feele like everyone of us feels: we must win or die, and that is all there is to it." I have not heard of Descamps, Carpentier's remarkable manager. I understand that he has been in the thick of the fighting from the start. There are grave fears for the safety of Charles Ledoux, the bantamweight champion, next to Carpentier the most wonderful boxer produced by France. It was reported that he had been killed, but recent letters which I have received from Paris suggest that the great little boxer is wcLl and full of fight. Adrian Hogan, ono of the best, French boxers, has been shot in the arm, and Stuber's- name also appears in the list of casualties.
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CARPENTIER, THE SOLDIER, Evening Star, Issue 15678, 17 December 1914
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