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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, January 05, 1918, Image 18

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16 ‘ THE WADSWORTH GAS ATTACK A n d RIO GRANDE RATTLER •s>\ CAMP SPORTS EDITED BY F. J. ASHLEY NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY! BOXING TAKES CAMP BY STORM. McDermott Adds Another Knockout to His List. Although he has only been in camp for a fortnight F rank M oran certainly has suc­ ceeded in getting most of the boys interested in the art of the padded mit. L a st Friday he staged a boxing exhibition, the atten ­ dance of which would have even made Sam Pollock and Billy Gibson turn green w ith envy. . I t was held at* the K n ights of Co­ lumbus building and over a thousand trench dwellers rubbed their muddy elbows against the braided sleeves of M ajor General O ’Ryan and his staff who were there to see Frank get things started. McDermott Too Strong for Reed. Eight little argum ents were settled and if any of the audience thought they were out of the battle zone in this ease they certainly lost the idea, when they saw the tender care w ith which the battlers sought to tuck each other in for the night. In all there were two exits by the knockout route, one by the sponge, a gamely fought draw and four melees which could only be decided by the closest use of the point system, Fred McDermott, who already had one knockout to Ms credit in the elimination b a t­ tles started by Moran, was again the hero of the evening scoring a second ten tick victory in less than two rounds. His op­ ponent was Sergeant Reed of the Division H eadquarters Troop. The bout was to have gone six sessions but, game as he was, Reed in his first ring appearance lacked the finer training and condition of the dope dealing slugger from the 106th Field Hospital. McDermott opened the battle by trying to massage R e e d ’s left ear. Reed returned a few right hooks but he was out reached and could do little damage. He stuck to it however, and was forcing the battle at the bell. Between the rounds Mac called for his ether k it and lost no time in getting after his patient, making a few passes in the air while he figured w h a t size stretcher to call, he connected w ith the trooper’s wind and dodging a well-aimed left, played Taps on his victim ’s jaw. Fitzgerald, of the 102d Engineer Train, scored the other knock out after he appear­ ed to be hopelessly out of the fray himself, in the first round of his battle. Hahn, of the 105th Infantry, did the Sleeping Beauty part. Hahn started like a whirlwind sending F itz to the floor after an attack on his middle sector. The mule charmer was used to such treatm e n t however, and stuck to it, coming back strong in the next period. A bloody nose proved no obstacle and w ith Hahn all winded he proceeded to take his measure in the third w ith a short right to the jaw. In the 130 class, DeMussi, B a tt. D, 106th F. A., proved too mussy for Ellis, B a tt. A, same regiment. The infantry men in the 150 pound class were at a loss fighting in the open after they had been led to believe th a t all 20th century scrapping must be done underground, and Haynes, Co. L, 108th, learned this just in time to beat out Schmidt, Co. L, 106th, for the decision. The fourth bout was a hummer between Mykens, D Company, 102d Engineers, 128 pounds, and Jimmie Anderson, 133 pounds, of Company A, 104th Machine Gun Battalion, four rounds, Myken winning the decision. Cocoa, B a tt. D, 106th F. A. tried to stop a wild Irishm an named M urray, who by the way, is fellow stretcher slinger with Mc­ Dermott, in the fifth. “ Nuff said. ’ ’ Cocoa was canned and put aside to cool off. Gonouski, B a tt. D, 106th F. A. and Jesse Robertson, 105th F. Amb. didn’t tarry long in the 150 pound event. Goftouski decided he had better duck back to his outfit after a little persuasion by Robertson in the second round. The last call brought Everley, 106th Field A rtillery, 132 pounds, and Lynch, Company F, 108th Infantry, 130 pounds, together for four rounds. This bout was a fight from bell to bell and the fur was flying all the time. A well-earned draw was the verdict. —F. J. A. Y. M. O. A. ENCOURAGES BOXING AND WRESTLING. Large rings are being constructed in each of the Y. M. C. A. buildings for the benefit of the Division boxers and wrestlers. The Red Triangle authorities are planning a se­ ries of practice nights in each sport. Sev­ eral wrestlings mats are now on their way to Spartanburg and the catch as catch can men will be able to get all the work they w ant in the near future. Each week a 1 i Stnnt N ig h t” will be arranged. Its program will include boxing, wrestling, basket-ball and other individual and company sports. GOOD SOCCER MATERIAL IN 106TH. Soccer practice has been started for the 106th In f a n try team. T h irty men are out for it. Among them are several players who starred on English teams. They include Ser­ geant Marone and M usician Leeson. ONE ON HARVEY COHN. In giving a youthful soldier some fine points on the art of running, H arvey Cohn, athletic director of the division, told the young Sammy to use his own initiative when he asked a question. ” W hat m hell part of the body is th a t ! ’ 5 returned the would-be athlete. LOST—D ecem ber 22nd, 1917, on M ain or Clinton streets, Spartanburg, gem studded Phi Chi m edical fratern ity pin. Liberal rew a rd for return to M iss E lizabeth C. P a tton, N u rses Q u a rters, Base H o spital, Camp W adsw o rth, S. C.

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