The .second clef eat' of George HacIby Firaaik Gfopctii last Monday at. Chicago came as. a very unwelcome . surpris^ .to followers- of tha. wrestling gajme on tliis side of the j^fllantic. Of the very uh^satisfa.ctoiynia.tcli which ended in Haa keiisclimajdt's defeat v nearly . t three and a half years ago) . people iiere ■took. 'l$fotl& Reticle. ' t '■_] jWfei , jacaefpte^i tlie €fxpk.natipai '■■ tHa'ifc; oilr ; priirie f ayourit:e " "the Russian Lion. had coiiritied ' : defea,t. by noli taking that encounter too seiipiisly i ' that his 'condition was' f ar ' fronT good, aaid that Gotch. had compassed ,'iiis,..d' oyhir fa,l ! l By foul, t^ictjes, such as greasing his 'body, maJciiif caHiice Jise\ of long "npai^d.. firigernails pn:, Hack's face, and .tisiiig, iirifaar locl^s aiid.,hol;ds. So. great, was t^ie faitlh of . Hackenschmidt's friends in England in their fayourite' si ability to .-turn the- tables Gotch that, if the men .had met here last Monday the Russian v^oiild. have been a2to 1 oii • favourite- In Chicago 1 , however, Gotch' s . stock was at a premium, aijd according to the Brief cabled a'ceburitis to hand he was always the dpminaaiti party in the contest , and won most, decisively. This time the Russian caiiript make a,ny of 'the excuses tjiat served him on the previous occasion, . provided of course, the referee did his duty, arid differentiated between legitma.te punishment and niere " brutality. Special rules/were agi^ied to for this match, whicfh provided thaV the .-Tien should; not make use of grease, ;r6%in, or toilet cream, and .thaib.eacii contestant shoxiid have his finger and toe-nails, pared to> 'the saitisfactdoai of the,' referee- No iiolo!s except •sibraiigie hof-ds were ..barred, ' and ifc was , specially provid€Jd ai!so> that to gong© any portion of the head or body of ithe opponent) witli. fingers, thumbs, toes, chin, or elbows, wilfully to ■■Strike or kick tlie opponent to pull his hair or ©:a.rs, or' toi put fingers under; itihe oppoiient's nostrils was o ,prohibited- uiider Ipain of disqualification
If Hackenscliinidt did, not Jjake the meeting fclireei years ago vary -serious ly, lie did the return niaitbh. Ke had beeoi in th© strictest training, and had, morepveir, enjoyed! tliei ,tllition of Dr. Rollen ,wlio coactied Hack'eiischiniditi Jpaifbicuftaoiy >n reg, holds and feg work, which -is Go;t.c-li's strong point. ..'.•.:
As regards physique «Hiaickenschniidt was at somei disadvantage ,as regards height, for Gotch stands sft IHn as again&b sft 9Jin, b"t m weight the American was at* a 'disadvantage of over a stones Haik-Mi-schmidt tripping the beam : t 16 atone, while Gotch. weight ather under 15 stone- Lemgthi of, each, which counts for a good deal in wrestling, afeo fayouiiedV tliei Russian whilst in the mattar of aga there was a mea*e yeaa" beibwecn them, Haokenschmidt being 34 and Gotchi '.'66.
Much has beian made of Hackenachmidt's! "te-rriblje fj'a.-.e^gtih, '" but Gotch proved quite as powerful, and wa fasitiea" than the Tiussian, whose boasted "catlike: swiftness" doeg not appear to have troubled' he 1 American.