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Ohio, to arrange there for July 4 the fight in which Dempsey knocked Willard down seven times in the first round and won in the fourth. Seats were built for 80,000 persons, but less than 20,000 attended, scarcely any of them persons of eminence, and none of them women. In 1921 Dempsey defeated Carpentier in four rounds in Jersey City, in a great arena crowded with more than ninety thousand people, several hundred of them eminent, and some thousands of them society women.
What Roosevelt Said of Fighting The International Reform Bureau, which had made successful fights against Fizsimmons, Jeffries, Johnson and Willard in their efforts to violate anti-prize fight laws, made two fights against Dempsey, at Toledo and Jersey City, that did not prevent the fights but created wholesome discussion and in the latter case secured a favorable statement of the law from Judge Swazey. In the Jersey campaign the Reform Bureau circulated in “Auto Herald No. 4,” with other matter, strong condemnation of commercialized pugilism by Governors Roosevelt, Hayes and Whitman. Roosevelt's words on prize fights are quoted elsewhere (p. —), but it is pertinent to quote here two great utterances of his as to nobler fighting for a better prize :
"Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords.”
“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
Pugilism One of an Outcast Group Prize fighting is one of a dozen social monsters that were tolerated as necessary evils a century and a half ago.
The twelve monsters are piracy, dueling, slavery,
polygamy, pugilism, prostitution, lotteries, race gambling, the saloon, habit drugs, autocracy and war.
All of these are now under the ban of American laws.
Will You Assist in Destroying These Evils? True patriotism consists in something more than wrapping the flag about one's self and proclaiming one's love of country from the housetop. He is a true patriot who demonstrates his love of country by supporting-her institutions, obeying her laws and acting not for private gain or personal pleasure, but for the public welfare. Are you making efforts and sacrifices that your city, State and Nation may be cleaner, stronger and better?
“God give us men, a time like this demands
WAR CLOUDS EVERYWHERE, BUT “BRIGHTEN THE CORNER WHERE YOU ARE"
World Survey, Armistice Day, 1922
To Follow Up Chapter X When two boys have been fighting long and hard, and one is conclusively downed, and well pounded, the conqueror, himself torn and bleeding and panting, says ex
* Governor W. T. McCray, of Indiana, gave a good example in preventing Dempsey's announced fight with Brennan in August, 1922, in that State, that throws a lurid light on the opposite course of Governor Cox in Ohio, and of Governor Edwards in New Jersey; and even Governor Miller of New York, though handicapped by a bad law, might well be reminded of the Hoosier Governor's courage. There are many real prize fights that butal hypocrites are being allowed to pass off as “boxing matches," the only thing in the form of personal contest legalized in any State.
Let citizens appeal to their Governor after trying local officials, in every such case.
ultantly to his more torn and more bloody antagonist who is pinned to the ground in complete defeat, "Have you got enough?" Whereupon the other says with a grim smile though his bloody mouth and swollen nose, “Plenty." And both contestants, glad it is "over,” go their ways, with all bad feeling dismissed, in full recognition of the fact that the question of supremacy has been definitely settled.
Four years ago, on that original Armistice Day, both victors and vanquished admitted they had had "plenty" of fighting. If there had been a definite and practicable and final settlement as to reparations and all other terms of peace, the contestants might have gone their ways with as little bitterness as when the big Russians had been whipped by the “little brown men of Japan.” Even with the vexatious “sliding scale” of reparations, the continued cooperation of the United States with the Allies as an impartial umpire among jealous rivals, in the opinion of millions in the United States and abroad, would have prevented all the nearly two score petty wars that have since arisen, and two supreme world wars of the ages, whose "war clouds” are now gathering and thundering and flashing all the way from Dublin and London to Constantinople and Calcutta and Peking.
Just when the war clouds of Germany and Russia, merging at the Genoa Conference, had begun to draw toward the Mohammedan cloud in Turkey, threatening the future of all Western Europe, the incredible happened, and France, in October, 1922, stretched out one hand of cooperation to Red Russia and the other to blood-red Turkey.
To intelligent onlookers it seemed a time when France and Italy and Britain should have said, as Franklin did to his fellow rebels at the beginning of the American
Revolution, "We must all hang together or hang separate.” Even the burning of Smyrna, the most atrocious international crime of history, the responsibility for which France and Italy and Russia as allies of Kemal, the Villa of Turkey, must share forever, did not silence the petty jealousies of Italy toward Greece, and of France toward Britain. A cartoonist might have pictured the international "follies” of October, 1922, by representing the responsible officials of Italy and France sitting in the midst of open powder barrels, throwing lighted matches and burning cigarettes in all directions.
Can any one who knows the stormy history of the Balkans believe that the peace of the world has been assured by the surrender of France and Italy to the Turk, to hurt their rivals, Britain and Greece-a surrender in which Britain was constrained to join because she could not stand alone against the world.
The “International” Revolution Also Gathering
Such an international situation will inevitably promote another equally serious world war—the civil war that industrial revolutionists are fomenting, despite the communists' failure in Russia. Many in every country, even in those where labor has a majority of the votes, believe that violence is not only right but necessary.
Look at Italy as a sample how both these coming world wars---coming if we do not awake to prevent themdisturb the peace even now. Lest Greece should become as strong as Italy by getting control of her own Greek people in what was Turkey, to insure their safety, Italy supplied to the Turkish bandit the ammunition with which he conquered Greek armies and massacred Greek women and children. But meantime Italians are fighting Italians in her own borders in a strife of Communists and Fascisti,
the latter the Ku Klux of Italy. This internal strife has converted Rome, says the Literary Digest of August 12, 1922, into what is virtually “an armed camp.”
Germany in the international field makes an ominous treaty with Russia—that is one of the biggest war clouds -but internally the advocates of a restored autocracy are killing hundreds of the leaders of democracy, and Bavaria threatens to take the place of Berlin as the European capital of autocracy. On Oct. 25, 1922, the news was that Premier Wirth was about to turn over the Government to the Socialist leader. Greece was in revolution.
France, too, has its monarchists and revolutionists, and even Britain, in what seems political madness, scrapped leaders while crossing a stream between hostile lines of Germany, Russia, Turkey, and France on the foreign bank, and labor radicals on the home side. It seemed like an epidemic of world madness that almost every nation, in October, 1922, was in a family row of petty politics, regardless of its own and the world's peril.
What Lloyd George said in passionate earnestness to the Council of Free Churches of Great Britain in August is underscored red by subsequent events and should be read anew by Americans as an appeal to the churches of the whole world to rise up in their full spiritual might to prevent both the international and the industrial wars that are now much more threatening than when he spoke.
“Keep an eye on what is happening—the building up - of armaments—the construction of more terrible machines than even the late war ever saw. What are they for? Not for peace! They are not even to disperse armies. They are to attack cities unarmed, to kill, to maim, to poison, to mutilate, to burn helpless women and children." And to that he added this word: "If the churches of Christ throughout Europe and America allow that to fructify, they had better close their doors."