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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, January 12, 1918, Image 19

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THE WADSWORTH GAS ATTACK a n d RIO GRANDE RATTLER 17 MORAN IN FINE SHAPE FOR BOUT AT NEW ORLEANS. Shows Speed, Strength and Skill in Exhibition at Saturday’s Bouts. Five hundred shivering ring fans braved the sleet and snow last Saturday night to see F ran k Moran, the Division Boxing Di­ rector, in a three-round exhibition a t the Red Triangle Tent. He opposed Fred Mc­ Derm ott, of the 106th Field H ospital, who has been tearing up things in the battles held so far to determ ine the best enlisted heavyw e ight in camp. Ju s t before the bout H arvey Cohn announced th a t F rank would meet Fred Fulton in a 20-round fight a t New Orleans on the 28th of this month. M oran seems to be in the pink of condi­ tion. His w ork since coming to the camp, trainin g the non-com instructors, and par­ ticipating in the long distance runs and bayonet drills, has brought back all his skill and speed. He is as good if not better than when he entered the ring against Jess W il­ lard. M cDerm ott is no slouch w ith the m itts but he m ight as well have undertaken to stop a B ritish tank single handed as to oppose the Blonde Pittsburger. W hen he attem p ted to connect w ith F u lton’s rival, he usually found him self suspended on the big fellow’s left guard and when he tried to get back into his own bomb-proofs, six or seven of “Mary A n n ’s ” little sisters were there be­ fore him. It was a good thing for Mac that he kept most of his uniform on, for F rank still has a lot of respect for Uncle Sam property. In the first round F rank punctuated each blow w ith a little of Vernon Castle’s stuff, bew ildering the medical m an by operating a mean pair of ankle joints. His little tune was one, two, three, four—rip—while Mae was contented to hesitate. The second proved more to F red’s liking for the hero of the Baa-Baa Bennie was sat­ isfied to let him bring every branch of his artillery to bear on his arm or-proof jaw while he contented him self w ith trying out his own endurance. The same plan was fol­ lowed in the third round, Moran shooting over a fast one every few seconds to keep Mac working. Long before the last bell rang the H o spital man decided to leave his job for Fulton, satisfied th a t he had been using his knuckles to caress one of the K a iser’s concrete defenses. Most of those who appeared in the five elim ination bouts were beginners a t the a r t and the usual knockouts w ere missed. The first scrap brought together Cox and Mazzio, of the Machine Gun Company, 106th Infantry. The latter was never in it, and while he was busy trying out his arm s in see-saw m anoeuvers, Cox took his time, put­ ting every punch ju s t w h ere he aimed it. There was little difficulty in telling ju s t w h a t Mazzio w anted to do. He lacked speed and failed to m ake any use of his left. Haines, A Company, 107th, m et Pardy, of L, 108th, in the 160-pound class. F a ther Penn, the well known Quaker, m ight as well have refereed the m atch. Both men were “given the hook” in the third. Two other m em b ers of the M achine Gun Company, 106th Infantry, weighed in for the 140-pound decision. Ray was too fast for Kennedy. A fter Ray had sent the lat­ ter to the floor a few tim es and shown him th a t his guard was of the lace curtain sort, Moran let Kennedy save him self by quitting. Dundee and Parker, of B Company, 108th Infantry, mixed it up in the lightw e ight event. P a rker had the advantage by ten pounds but th a t did not help him. Dundee was too fast. W hile the first two sessions were fairly even, P a rker was at a loss in the third and seemed unable to tell just where to look for Dundee’s next wallop. The last bout was between Gasselli, of the 102nd Engineers, and Anderson, of M Com­ pany, 10th Infantry. Both men started off gamely, landing blow for blow but ju s t be­ fore the first round ended, Anderson did one of the neatest “to the rear m arches” ever seen in the ring and w ithout even stop­ ping to take off his gloves did a fade-away through the ropes and into the dressing room. F. J. ASHLEY. 106TH FIELD HOSPITAL CAPTURES MEDICAL ATHLETIC MEET. The bone setters of the 106th Field Hos­ pital had a walk-away in the recent track m eet held by the Sanitary T rain. They amassed 21 points while their nearest com­ petitors, the stretcher slingers of the 108th Ambulance, were only able to collect 14. T h ird honors were divided between the 105th and 106th Ambulance companies w ith five tallies each. The 107th Field H o spital was the only other u n it in the point column w ith three. The 107th Ambulance team, and the representatives of the 105th and 108th Hos­ pitals were -camouflaged entirely, failing to get a single place in the finals. F irst and second places were the only ones counted in the scoring, the form er counting five and the latter three. Frey, of the w inning team , was the best individual contestant w ith a first and a second. No tim e was announced. The resu lts: 100-Yard Dash—Won by Frey, 106th F. H. Ryan, 107th Amb. second. Q u a rter Mile—Won by F e rris, 106th F. H. Wells, 108th Amb. second. Mile—W on by W heeler, 106th Amb. H am ilton, 106th F. H., second. Broad Jum p —Won by Holcomb, 105 th Amb.; Paine, 108th Amb., second. High Jum p —Won by Copley, 108th Amb.; Frey, 106th F. H., second. Mile Relay—Won by 106th Field Hosp.; 107th Field Hosp., second. Tug of W ar—Won by 105th Field Hosp. BASKET-BALL STARTS IN THE TRENCH MORTAR BATTERY. The athletes of the 102nd Trench M o rtar B a ttery are devoting all their spare tim e ju s t now to the organization of a basket­ ball team. Sergeant H anlon is the m anager. He is confident th a t his five can prove supe­ rior to any quintet in the Division. Several well known college and semi-pro stars are w e a ring the trench m o rtar insig­ nia and they have already shown plenty of vim and snap in their early practices. (More Sports on page 24)

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