Saturday, September 30, 2023

Mister Softee at Rockaway Beach -- September 30, 2023

Wednesday was a beautiful day in Pacifica. I went to Rockaway Beach. The tide was high and there was a slight cool wind. I took a walk and as I was nearing the bridge over the creek, I heard Mister Softee's music. When I came around, I found him parked in the circle by Nick's. I had a vanilla cone with a chocolate dip. It started melting immediately. @softeenorcal

COVID-19, Vaccine, Masks, Church, Baseball and School -- September 30, 2023

COVID-19 is on the rise again. A new vaccine is available. I have been wearing my mask more outside of the house.

The Ukrainian offensive is making progress. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy came to the US to address the UN General Assembly. Many Republicans are taking Putin's side, calling for an end to aid.

The Giants struggled along to the end of the season. They remained in contention for a wildcard spot for a surprisingly long time. Manager Gabe Kaplan got fired with three games to go. 

They moved the tabernacle at Good Shepherd Church. I have been teaching at Good Shepherd School in Pacifica, but they tore the floor out of the computer lab and redid it. When that was done, they redid the walkway outside. When all of that was done, the Scholastic Book Fair took over the room for a week. 

Friday, September 29, 2023

Attention!! ,,, All of You CATS of the Be-Bop and Jive Crowd! -- September 29, 2023

Kansas City Star, 24-September-1948

Helzberg's Record Center in Kansas City offered a nice selection of be-bop and other jazz records. Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker are represented, along with a variety of other artists. 

Thursday, September 28, 2023

The New Six 40 Moon -- September 28, 2023

Wichita Eagle, 02-September-1923

100 years ago this month, in September, 1923, the Moon Motor Car Company of Saint Louis advertised its new Six 40 model. The cars used a Continental Motors Company straight six engine.

Wichita Eagle, 02-September-1923

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

From the Heart of Tuscaloosa to the Heart of Birmingham -- September 27, 20203

Tuskaloosa News, 02-September-1923

This ad for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad offered service between Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

700 Arenic Marvels -- September 26, 2023

Lincoln, Nebraska State Journal, 09-September-1948

In September 1923, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, the Greatest Show on Earth, played for one night only in Lincoln, Nebraska. I don't think I have seen the word "arenic" before.

Monday, September 25, 2023

New Cat #111 -- September 25, 2023

It must be nice to have a fluffy tail like that. I took the photo on 15-September-2023.

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Good Shepherd -- Grandparents' Day -- September 24, 2023

Friday was Grandparents' Day at Good Shepherd School in Pacifica. My only formal duty job was yard duty. I sat with Third Grade at the prayer service. After I helped to direct grandparents to the gym. I read a social studies test to a Third Grader who needed help and then graded spelling tests. I helped to march them over to sing their song for the grandparents. They did fine. Then we waited in the classroom for grandparents to pick up kids. I spoke to some of the grandparents. There were only four left. They used scratch on their Chromebooks. 

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Lincoln Giants vs Hilldale -- September 23, 2023

New York Age, 22-September-1923

The Lincoln Giants of New York played from about 1910 to 1930 as a member of various Negro Leagues. In 1923, they were members of the Eastern Colored League. They played their home games at the New York Catholic Protectory's Oval. The Hilldale Club of Darby, Pennsylvania played from about 1910 to 1932. In 1923 they were also members of the Eastern Colored League.  Hilldale won the ECL pennant in 1923. 

Friday, September 22, 2023

Heald's Will Prepare YOU For That Better-Paid Position Ahead -- September 22, 2023

San Francisco Chronicle, 02-September-1923

Many years ago, I taught data processing and computer applications at Heald Business College. The school had recently become a non-profit.

In 2009, Corinthian College took over and converted the chain into a for-profit. I think for-profit education is generally a bad idea. Corinthian shut down all of its schools without warning in 2015, leaving students with little recourse and owing, in many cases, large amounts of money. I was very sorry to see this happen.

Over the years Heald gave many people a good education in the shortest possible time. I missed a chance in 2013 to write about the school's 150th anniversary. I was there for the 125th.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Black Cat Magazine September 1898 -- September 21, 2023

The Black Cat Magazine was launched in Boston in 1895. It published short stories and was known for printing stories by new writers. 125 years ago, the September, 1898 issue had five short stories. I like the Fall inspired decorations.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

The Snelpaardeloossonderspoorwegpetroolrijtuig -- September 20, 2023

Daily Kennebec Journal, 28-September-1898

Google Translate renders "snelpaardeloossonderspoorwegpetroolrijtuig" as "Fast horseless under-railway petrol carriage."  The article jokingly implies that the lengthy word was coiled up in the hold of a freighter, like a cable being shipped. 

The horseless carriage is known in Holland as the snelpaardeloossonderspoorwegpetroolrijtuig. This information would have come sooner, but the freight steamer on which it was coiled had insufficient horsepower and there was delay in transmission.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Coulter -- Schooner Phoenix Runs Into Ferry Steamer Oakland -- September 19, 2023

San Francisco Call, 26-October-1905

From the 26-October-1905 San Francisco Call. WA Coulter did many maritime drawings for the newspaper. This is one of his paintings.

Ferry Oakland, rebuilt from the riverboat Chrysopolis, sailed for the Central Pacific Railroad and later the Southern Pacific until it burned in 1940. Phoenix was a steam schooner that operated up and down the coast. Goat Island is now called Yerba Buena Island. 

Collision Occurs During a Heavy Fog.
Passengers Make a Rush for Life Preservers.
Thick Weather Paralyzes All Bay Traffic.

The steam schooner Phoenix ran into the Southern Pacific Company's ferry steamer Oakland yesterday morning during a heavy fog. Panic seized the Oakland's passengers, who rushed for the life preservers and prepared to face the worst. Captain Anderson of the ferry steamer and his crew soon calmed the excited people and the Oakland later reached the mole with all onboard alive and uninjured.

The Oakland was on her 9:20 a. m. trip from this side and fortunately was not particularly crowded with passengers, the tide of travel at that time of day being mostly in the other direction. The Phoenix, Captain Hendricksen in command, left the Oakland long wharf shortly after 9 o'clock for Jackson street wharf and apparently soon got lost in the fog, for she was far out of her course when she ran into the Oakland.

The collision occurred after the Oakland had passed Goat Island. Captain Anderson heard the Phoenix whistling and, being unable exactly to locate the sound, brought his vessel to a standstill. When the collision occurred, says Captain Anderson, the Oakland had no headway. The Phoenix came out of the, fog with a sudden rush and struck the Oakland on the starboard side, just forward of the paddle box. The people on the Oakland declare that the Phoenix appeared to be going at full speed and the hole in the Oakland's hull in a measure confirms their opinion.

According: to Captain Hendrieksen, however. th« Phoenix was going full speed astern at the time of the collision. What really did happen will not be known until the United States inspectors finish their investigation and place the responsibility.

After the collision the Phoenix disappeared in the fog. The Oakland proceeded to the mole under her own power, landed her passengers and was turned over to a repair gang. The Piedmont was put on the run in her place.

The fog paralysed traffic on the bay until nearly noon and there were many narrow escapes. As usual, the ferry steamer Berkeley, probably the most unmanageable of bay craft, figured in many of the complications. She nearly cut down the steamer Newark on one trip and on another narrowly escaped collision with the Key Route steamer San Jose.

The Cazadero stopped on one trip from Sausaliio just in time to save herself from being cut in two by a steam schooner, which went whizzing across her bows as though there was no such thing as a fog.

Several times during the morning ferry boats, steam schooners and other craft bunched up in dangerous tangle off the ferry slips, but except for the mishap to the Oakland no serious accidents were reported.

Monday, September 18, 2023

Albert Biersdadt -- Looking Down the Yosemite Valley -- September 18, 2023

Birmingham Museum of Art

Albert Bierstadt painted "Looking Down the Yosemite Valley" in 1865. It is in the collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Sunday, September 17, 2023

All Out-Doors Invites Your Kodak -- September 17, 2023

Photoplay, September, 1923

George Eastman's Kodak cameras allowed many people to take up photography. I remember going on vacation and having to watch how much film I was using. Digital cameras have made that part better.

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Time Magazine -- Jack Dempsey -- September 16, 2023

Time, September 10, 1923

William Harrison Dempsey was born in Colorado 125 years ago today, on 24-June-1895. Around 1914 he took the name Jack Dempsey, inspired by great Nineteenth Century middleweight champ Nonpariel Jack Dempsey: 

During World War One, he worked in a San Francisco Bay Area shipyard and fought in the four round fights that were then legal in California. He was accused of avoiding military service, but people later found evidence that he had tried to enlist in the army, but had been classified as 4-F. 

On 04-July1919, Dempsey defeated Jess Willard, the Pottawatamie Giant, and won the heavyweight championship: 

On 14-September-1923, Dempsey defended his title against Luis Ángel Firpo from Argentina. Dempsey wound up on the cover of Time Magazine:

Dempsey was one of the most popular athletes of the 1920s. Firpo was a hero in Latin America. 

Friday, September 15, 2023

Bottlers of Coca-Cola and High Grade Carbonated Beverages -- September 15, 2023

Twin City Review, 07-September-1923

The Champaign Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Champaign, Illinois bottled not only Coca-Cola but Ward's Orange-Lemon, Lime Crushes. Also Hires Root Beer. I could use a root beer. 

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Dempsey vs Firpo 100 Years -- September 14, 2023

Washington Evening Star, 15-September-1923

One hundred years ago today, on 14-September-1923, heavyweight champ Jack Dempsey defeated challenger Luis Ángel Firpo from Argentina at the Polo Grounds in New York. It was one of the toughest four-minute fights ever. Firpo, the Wild Bull of the Pampas, was a popular hero throughout Latin America. 

Firpo, Battered to Defeat by Dempsey, Still Aspires to Win World Championship

"In a Year I’ll Be Back Again," Says Argentinian
Following Dramatic Battle in Which He Wallops Champion Out of Ring.

By the Associated Press.

NEW YORK, September 15. -- Jack Dempsey and Luis Firpo fought last night for the heavyweight crown of the world as two cavemen in prehistoric days might have battled on the edge of a cliff -- and Firpo lost.

But he battled like a man. fighting to the last agonizing gasp -- more glorious in defeat than ever he had been in victory.

Knocked out in three minutes and fifty-seven seconds of the most furious fighting ever recorded in ring history in which he was floored seven times, but managed to send the champion crashing clean through the ropes after battering him to his knees, the sturdy son of the Argentine still gazes with determined eyes on the crown which Dempsey barely saved by a right uppercut which stretched Firpo flat on his back. "In a year I’ll be back again," he declared, when lifted to his feet by the man who had floored him. he had staggered uncertainly to his dressing room.

Losing fighters have made that statement before, and been laughed at for their pains, but not so with Luis. A vast majority of the 85,000 who witnessed the battle believed him. and Tex Rickard, the man who put on the fight, declared he was ready to stage another Firpo-Dempsey battle next summer, or match the Argentine tomorrow against Harry Wills, the hard-hitting negro who has been itching for a fight with Dempsey.

"Firpo is not done for yet." asserted Rickard. "He will be heard from again. He is a big, strong young fellow and a terrific fighter."

Most Dramatic of All Bouts.

The battle was perhaps the most dramatic in the history of pugilism, even eclipsing the territlic fray in Toledo, in 1919, when Dempsey tore the laurels from the bloody head of Jess Willard. Into less than four minutes was crammed more action than usually is spread over fifteen rounds. The crowd realized they were gazing upon no ordinary boxers; they were witnessing an elemental gripping, nerve-shaking battle between two great lion-hearted fighting men to whom the verb "to quit" was unknown.

The challenger made as inconspicuous entry as could be effected in his swaggering bathrobe of purple, gold and black. He slipped into the arena while the last round of the last preliminary was wearing to its tiresome finish and dropped into a front row seat surrendered to him by a spectator.

He was first into the ring. A burst of applause greeted him, No flicker of emotion slipped across his face.

Jack Gets Hearty Welcome.

A minute later Dempsey jumped through the ropes, clad in white trunks, a white sweater buttoned over bis shoulders. He was a buoyant Dempsey; a laughing confident Dempsey; a Dempsey far different from the champion who two years ago, with worried glances from side to side, stepped into the ring in Jersey City to face the renowned Georges Carpentier of France. He received a thundering welcome.

Luis sat In his corner, as watchful as a beast of the jungle with combat impending. He scowled as Dempsey took his corner. Not for a moment did he take those keen dark eyes from the face of the champion. His handlers loosed a deafening volume of advice, but Firpo never heard them.

Jack, squatting on his stool with an army blanket draped across his knees, cast sidelong glances at the crowd, while his seconds rubbed his muscles and fondled his ears as a trainer might caress a racehorse. Once he jumped from his stool and danced up and down In his corner to limber his leg muscles.

Then champion and challenger were called to the center of the ring tor a conference, a conference protracted by Firpo’s need of an interpreter. They grew restless as technicalities were expounded to them.

Then the gong.

Start In Like Savages.

The fighters flew at one another like savages. Dempsey hurled himself across the ring, slipping to one knee with the fury of his rush, which carried the South American against the ropes. Then a right to the body and a left to the jaw and the challenger crashed to the canvas.

A short count and Firpo again was on his feet. His eyes shone with the fire of battle as he lunged at the man who had felled him.

Dempsey stood his ground. For the second and third times he knocked his heavier opponent to the floor. Firpo’s mouth gushed blood, but, though stunned, he was far from out.

He drove his sledgehammer right into Dempsey’s ribs with a thud that could have been heard a block away. But the champion’s ribs weathered the blow and he returned the attack with a fury that sent Firpo to the floor for the fourth time. A few seconds and he was down again, this time in Dempsey’s corner. This time It seemed as if he could not rise again and the champion stepped over the fallen body of his adversary looking as if he thought the fray had ended.

But it hadn't.

With the count of nine the South American was on his feet again and rushed his rival. It was a stupendous, a staggering rush that sent Dempsey to his knees. Jack rose, battered but game.

Jack Is Knocked Out of Ring.

But Firpo was at him in an instant. He loosed a right swing that landed squarely on Dempsey's jaw. The crowd, crazed by the drama it was witnessing, gasped as it saw Dempsey dashed through the ropes out of the ring, landing flat on his back on the press benches.

In an instant he was back, but he was groggy, stunned. His legs quivered under him. He was pale.

But Dempsey hud fought more battles than the daring youngster from the Argentine and his strategy saved him. He fell promptly into a clinch until his brain cleared. Had Firpo then been able to land one of his staggering rights a different story I might be told, but he was unable to follow up his advantage before the bell tolled. Before walking to his corner Dempsey cuffed the South American several times about the head, but the referee appeared not to notice it.

The crowd was quite unable to recover from the thrill of the first round when the fighters were at it again, fighting like wild men. Neither thought of putting- up a defensive fight. Each was out to win immedlI ately, to crowd all his chances Into ! the first few rounds.

Once, twice more Dempsey sent the Argentinian crashing to the rosined floor, but when it seemed impossible for the fallen giant to rise, he was on his feet again.

Firpo Goes Down to Stay.

And then the knockout.

A left to the body, a tremendous right to the jaw and the great Argentine lay flat on his back under the cluster of arc lights. His face worked in agony. Blood streamed from his mouth. For a count of two he lay quite still. Then he struggled to rise, but the champion’s magnificent attack had been too much for him. He flung his left arm across his body, half rolled to his right side, strove valiantly to get his legs under him, but the count of ten sounded.

Dempsey rushed to his fallen foe and lifted him to his corner.

An ovation worthy of the fighting man he is awaited him. Frenzied fans crashed down on the press section, i stormed it, captured it. leaped to the ring itself. For a moment it seemed as if the police would lose control of the crowd, but finally victor and conquered were escorted to their dressing rooms.

The whole evening had kept the police on their toes, for outside the grounds was gathered a throng as great as that massed within the stadium walls, and on several occasions, during which prospective spectators rioted around ticket wagons, mounted officers had to be called into action to club the crowd into line.

The champion himself, who arrived at the main gate, had difficulty in entering, and Jess Willard, who sat at the ringside, spent forty-five minutes fighting his way through the throng.

$1,200,000 AT GATE

By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK, September 15. -- Approximately 85,000 fans paid more than $1,200,000 to see Jack Dempsey knockout Luis Angel Firpo, according to the estimates early today of Promoter Tex Rickard. Fully 25,000 more were massed around the Polo Grounds, unable to gain admittance.

The battle, in point of both attendance and receipts, ranks second only to the Dempsey-Carpentier spectacle two years ago at Boyle’s Thirty Acres, Jersey City, where 93,000 paid $1,600,000 to see, the champion conquer his French rival. The Willard-Firpo fight at the same arena last July was credited by Rickard with attracting close to 100,000, but official figures showed a paid attendance of only 75,000.

Dempsey reaped with this triumph the greatest fortune of his career. Receiving 37 1/2 per cent of the gross receipts. his share, on the basis of estimated receipts, would be about $450,000, while Firpo, with a 12 1/2 per cent portion, would get $150,OO0. This amount Is nearly twice as much as the Argentine received for knocking out Jess Willard.


By the Associated Press.

BUENOS AIRES, September 15. -- The great Firpo was beaten by the greater Dempsey.

This is the way last night’s fight for the heavyweight championship of the world is epitomized here. Although gloom pervades all Argentina over the defeat of the country’s idol, expressions of pride are heard on all sides for the magnificent battle he fought and for the stout heart he displayed.

"The next time," say the Argentinians, "’will be different. The next time he’ll win."

The defeat of Firpo was a stunning disappointment to the tens of thousands of people who thronged the streets of Buenos Aires last night, hopeful of receiving the news that the Argentine fighter had won for his country the championship of the world.

When it became known that Firpo had lost groans were to be heard among the crowds in front of the bulletin hoards, and some of the people wept. Several vented their disappointment by throwing stones at the large electric sign reading "Dempsey wins."

The streets leading to the newspaper offices where the bulletins were displayed were jammed by the thickly packed crowds for a distance of several blocks. Street car service was deviated. The mounted police had strenuous efforts in keeping order.

Felix Bunge, the so-called mentor of Firpo, apparently took the defeat of his champion philosophically. "The best man won. that is all I can say," Bunge declared.


By the Associated Press.

NEW YORK. September 15. -- Tex Rickard, who promoted the Dempsey-Firpo bout, announced at the close of the drama that he was ready to stage another bout between the champion and his Argentine challenger next summer and a bout between Firpo and Harry Wills, American negro.

Os tonight’s contest Rickard said: "It was one of the greatest fights in the history of the ring. It gave me the thrill of my life.

"Firpo is one of the best fighters I ever have seen. It was touch and go and the lucky man won.

"Firpo is not done for yet. He will be heard from again. He is a big, young fellow and a terrific fighter.

"I stand quite ready to match Firpo against Dempsey again in another year. I would be quite prepared to stage such a bout next summer.

"Moreover, I am quite ready to match the South American against Harry Wills tomorrow, if Firpo will fight Wills and Wills will fight Firpo."


By the Associated Press.

NEW YORK, September 15. -- Jack Kearns, who handles Champion Jack Dempsey’s financial battles, issued a statement after the Firpo battle tonight in which he declared joyfully that his champion had "done his stuff."

He admitted, however, that he got the scare of his life when he saw Dempsey go through the ropes.


By the Associated Press.

NEW YORK, September 15. -- Jimmy De Forest, veteran trainer, who schooled Luis Angel Firpo for his victory over Jess Willard and then was deposed, shrugged his shoulders expressively when his former protege ended the evening on his side.

"If I’d trained him, he’d have been a winner," said De Forest, who viewed the battle front the ringside. "He has the stuff."



I FOUGHT and failed. I can say no more. But no man who saw me fail can say that I did not fight. In the first round, after I had been knocked down five times, I knocked Jack Dempsey, the champion of the world, through the ropes. When he crawled back into the ring I staggered him and almost had him out. The crowd which saw me fight and fail also saw me knock the champion of the world through the ropes into the press box and nearly knock him out later.

Before the fight I said that if I were knocked down I would get up and fight. I did as I said. I got up five times in the first round and fought back until the American champion was knocked through the ropes and was nearly out. In the second round again I was knocked down, and again I rose and fought.

Then came the finish. The crushing blows of Dempsey that beat with such fearful force upon my face and body finally beat me to the canvas in such a state of agony that I could not rise. If you will ask any man who sat near and saw he will tell you that I strove to rise and fight on as I had promised. Nothing of flesh and blood could have risen after the punishment that I received. I admit that the blows of Dempsey were harder than I thought any man could deliver, but I believe also that Dempsey will admit that the blows of Luis Firpo were harder than he thought any man could deliver. I lost, but even my worst enemy cannot say that I did not nearly win. Neither can my worst enemy say that I did not prove that I wasn't entitled to a chance at the championship, and I feel it sure that no one will say that I do not deserve yet another chance when I have had more experience.

Spirit Still Unbroken.

I am heart-broken, but not broken of spirit. No. I told the American people through their newspapers that I would wish to have waited a year before I fought Dempsey that I might have had more experience. When the proper time has passed I will ask that I again have the chance to fight Dempsey for the great honor of being heavyweight champion of the world.
I will learn and develop. Next time I believe that I can accomplish the task I so nearly finished last night. Dempsey is a great champion of the world. I am heart-broken, but not ashamed to have been beaten by so great a fighter. I am a little proud to have come so near to defeating him. I shall be greatly proud some day to finish the work that I could not finish last night. I feel that I am beaten, but not disgraced and I felt that in time I will be entitled to a chance to erase whatever of disgrace attaches to my short but furious attempt of last night to wrest the heavyweight crown from the head of perhaps the greatest fighter whoever wore It. I think, too, that any one who saw the fight will agree that if I do win the crown from Dempsey at some future time it will not have passed into the keeping of one unworthy to wear it.

Future Plans Undecided.

I go to Canada soon for a short auttomoblle trip. Then soon also to the Argentine. My plans beyond that I do not know. I fought and failed, but I am not ashamed. I think that now the critics of Luis Firpo can never again say that he is not a fighter. Luis Firpo took the blows of Dempsey and then knocked the champion of the world through the ropes. Remember that please. I have tasted the bitter medicine of defeat, but I am confident the time will come when my palate shall know the delight of the cup of victory,


By the Associated Press.

NEW YORK, September 15. -- Jack Dempsey admitted last night after his victory over Luis Angel Firpo that he never had received such a socking in his life.

"I won as I thought I would," said Jack, "but I can truthfully say that I never had such a fight in all my life. When he socked me on the chin in the first round, knocking me through the ropes after I had knocked him down, I thought my finish had come.

"Those who told me that Firpo would be a soft mark certainly were talking through their hats. After he slammed me with that first right I knew that I had a fight on my hands. Firpo is dangerous every second. I hit him with everything I had and certainly was surprised when he continued to crawl off the floor.

"He is game, and the hardest puncher I ever faced. It was the first time I was knocked down since I became champion, and I’ll never forget it. I saw eight million stars when I got that punch on the chin that knocked me out of the ring."


Barely Weathers Wallop That Sends Him Through Ropes, But Superior Ring Craft and Punching Power Stop Formidable Rival. Hy the Associated Press. NEW YORK, September 15. -- Jack Demsvey still holds undisputed sway as heavyweight champion of the world, but only after the crown he has worn for the past four years had come perilously close to being toppled from his scowling brow.

The champion stands out as a mightier figure than ever, one of the greatest title holders of all time, as a result of his smashing, dramatic knockout of Luis Angel Firpo last night at the Polo Grounds in the second round of a match that for savage fury of attack has no parallel in pugilistic history. But only a masterpiece of generalship, plus the7 inexperience of the Argentine giant, saved the champion from defeat toward the close of that spectacular first round, when Firpo, with the ferocity of a wild beast, rose from his fifth knock-down to drive Dempsey through the ropes with a terrific right swing to the jaw.

Dempsey, never knocked down since he battered Jess Willard into a helpless mass and ascended the heavyweight throne, found himself dazed, his knees quivvering. but a few moments after it seemed that he had beaten his challenger into submission.

But then, Just when Firpo had the championship and fortune almost within his grasp, the champion's generalshlp, his instinctive defense, saved him. He gripped Firpo's arms, blocked the challenger's rush, and before either could start another assault, the bell ended the round.

Master of the situation once more, Dempsey made short work of his battered opponent in the second round, flooring him twice before a short right uppercut to the jaw -- it did not travel over a foot -- brought his foe down for the eighth, and last, time.

The champion’s greater speed, the versatility and unerring accuracy of his attack and strategy, plus his terrific punch, had brought him victory.

Firpo Put Up Great Fight.

Firpo, beaten for the first time since his meteoric rise to prominence, fought the greatest fight of his career. His right was never mightier; he I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt his gameness under the hottest of fire. But when his great opportunity came he was out-maneuvered and out-generaled.

Dempsey was the quicker on attack with a two-fisted assault where Firpo had but one big gun. The champion was constantly beating his challenger to the punch. Thus it was that Luis was stretched on the floor five times before he suddenly turned the tables on the titleholder. Firpo was the first to land, his right thudding against the champion's side. Several times later in the round the Argentine brought home his right with all its power to Dempsey's ribs, but where they had broken down all opposition before, those blows did not check the champion’s drive. The latter’s hooks and jolts, delivered at close quarters were tearing the South American to ribbons.

Jack Seemed Too Confident.

Weaving in and out with pantherlike rapidity, Dempsey shot home his thrusts, while he checked and blocked most of Firpo's counter rushes. He wrestled and "roughed" the challenger, and these tactics. It seemed, almost as much as his jolting punches forced Firpo to the canvas. Perhaps the champion grew too confident as he sensed victory, but he was caught "wide open" and unprepared when Firpo came back to drop Dempsey first to his knees, then through the ropes to the press benches.

Dempsey's victory removed all doubts whether he retained his old punch, doubt that had been a source of unending debate ever since the champion failed to stop Tommy Gibbon, at Shelby last July. Against Firpo the tltleholder was the same "man killer," the same relentless assailant that had wrested the championship from Willard.

Firpo Not Through Yet.

And in defeat Firpo gained glory and prestige that stamped him as still one of the most dangerous of all title challengers. His future has not been crushed by defeat. Experts who thrilled to his gallant stand last night grant him all the requisites of a champion except training and experience. Another year of development under proper tutelage, they believe, will bring this swarthy giant back again to the top. a far more formidably equipped challenger.


World Lightweight Champion.

NEW YORK. September 15. -- It was a typical Rickard night. I don't think Tex ever picked a date for an outdoor boxing show which had to be postponed by rain. What a crowd it was, too. It seemed every one in the world was on deck. The weather was nice and warm for September. Lots of people wore coats, but they didn’t need them.

It was quite a treat for me to attend a championship bout in the capacity of a reporter instead of being a boxing principal. However, I was just as anxious to make good as a fight expert as I have ever been to make good in the ring. A fight takes on a far different aspect when you are a spectator instead of one of the men that perform with padded mitts.

It seemed the crowd would never get seated. Right up to the time of the main event the people kept filing in, although when I arrived arround 8:30 the place seemed filled to capacity.

Nobody seemed to be interested in the preliminary bouts. They hardly got a hand from the immense gathering.

It’s funny how hard the preliminary boys strive to please, often putting up a better exhibition than the big timers, yet their work scarcely gets a rumble.

When It came time for the star event between Jack and Luis, the fans were impatient. Nothing that the "preliminary" boxers did satisfied them. All that interested anybody, apparently, was whether Jack would be able to successfully defend his championship crown against the mighty Argentine.

There was all kinds of Dempsey money in sight at ringside, but few fans willing to cover it.

Firpo Seemed Scared.

Firpo was well received by the crowd as he edged his way to the ring from the aisle near the base ball press stand. He seemed to be sort of scared to me, but that, I guess, is only natural when you consider he is a stranger in a strange land.

The fans were standing up all over the stands waiting for Dempsey’s arrival. He came in the same way as did Firpo. Jack was in a white sweater and appeared confident. Jack Kearns and Joe Benjamin guided him through the crowds that blocked the aisles, eager to get a close-up of him.

Jack Dempsey proved that he is a real champion at the Polo Grounds last night. We always knew he was a great offensive fighter, but for the first time we learned that he is a game one.

It is easy enough for a champion when everything is coming his way, but to be on the verge of a knockout then come back and win by a knockout proves a man is a real fighter.

Jack Proved He Can "Take It."

No one ever knew for sure before that Dempsey could take It. He has been handing out punishment for so long that no one had any idea what he would do if he were on the receiving end. Well, Jack proved he is every ounce a champion, taking Firpo’s most dangerous wallops and then coming along and winning like a real one. It was a good thing that Jack was trained to the minute. Had he been in no better shape than he was at Shelby with Tom Gibbons he never would have been able to stand up under Firpo’s sledge-hammer blows.

Dempsey was trained to the minute, otherwise we’d probably be ringing the praises of a new champion today. It was well for Jack that he had the world of speed that he possessed. If he did not have the groat speed to carry the fight to the South American from the jump he probably would have been felled like an ox.

Firpo In another year will make a mervelous tighter. He is learning fast. He is a born fighter and, as I pointed out in my previous articles, he is a much better fighter than he showed in training.

Boxing for me in private. Firpo displayed some of the short, snappy punches that nearly spelled Dempsey’s Waterloo. His right uppercut sent Dempsey out of the ring.

Gave Jack His Hardest Fight.

Firpo gave Dempsey the hardest fight he has ever had. He didn't last very long, it is true, but while he was in there he made the champion realize he was up against it.

Had Dempsey neglected his training or had the financial worries he had at Shelby he probably would have had his title taken away from him.

Firpo is as game as a pebble. The twenty-five pounds or more he had on Jack counted in his favor. He wasn’t bothered by the hostile gathering and it must have gladdened his heart to see that the great army of fans present took off their hats to him for his surprisingly good fight.

He was even more dangerous than I thought he'd prove. I didn’t think that he would land on Dempsey unless the bout went over a few rounds. I thought Jack’s speed would keep him out of danger for at least five rounds.

Tex Rickard’s confidence in Luis wasn’t misplaced. Had he retained the services of Jimmy DeForrest he might have won the title, as Jimmy’s advice would have been a big help. Luis lost, but he was not disgraced. The bout proved that Dempsey is not invincible. He was badly hurt in the first round. Blood came out of his nose and mouth.
Both Groggy at End of First.

Both men went to their corners groggy at the end of the first round. It was a toss-up who would win In the second round, but Dempsey had the luck and the punch of a champion and his right under the heart caused Firpo to fall in a crumpled heap of flesh and bones, unable to get to his feet at the count of ten.

Dempsey showed he hadn’t lost his head for a second by going over to Firpo and helping him to his feet.

Firpo, as I pointed out was no wild bull. But he hit short and used a straight right that the fans hadn’t seen him display before, which went to prove how fast he is learning.

Dempsey fought better after being hurt. He needed to get stung to prove his real ability and he delivered the goods for the United States like the real champion that he is.

I saw Firpo at his house on 94th street after the bout. Tou’d think he had won by the way his friends rejoiced at the great showing. He didn’t have a mark and said that after six months more experience he’d like to get another crack at the title. He asked me to show him some fine points of boxing, which I agreed to do. I’ll box with him at his gym in the near future as I admire his pluck and willingness to learn. He took the defeat good naturedly and feels that It was more of a victory than a defeat from the standpoint that he knows Dempsey’s style and that with six months in the gym under his belt, learning the scientific side of boxing, and with the punch and natural ability to train he’ll dethrone Dempsey.

(Copyright, 1928. In United States and Canada by North American Newspaper Alliance. All Rights Reserved.)

Dempsey missed a left hook to chin and dug right to Firpo’s body, sending him to his knees. Dempsey floored Firpo with a left hook to the chin, but he staggered to his feet at a count of one. The champion sent him crashing to the floor for the third time with a hard right to the jaw, but he did not take a count. Dempsey, fighting furiously, knocked him to the floor for the fourth time with a right to the chin. When he got up, Dempsey chased Firpo to a neutral corner, flooring him with a right and left to the chin for the fifth knock-down. Firpo, battling like a tiger, chased Dempsey to the side of the ring, knocking him through the second and top ropes with a savage right to the jaw. The champion, bleeding from the mouth, was groggy. Firpo pounded the dazed Dempsey on the jaw with sledge-hammer rights when the round ended. Firpo also was bleeding from the mouth as he went to his corner.

Firpo swung a right to Dempsey’s shoulders. Dempsey hooked a left to the chin and then drove both fists to the body, and the challenger fell to the floor. Firpo, bleeding and groggy, was cornered and floored for the second time, but he quickly jumped to his feet. Dempsey chased Firpo to the center of the ring, whipping over a left hook and a right to the chin, knocking the giant Argentine flat. With blood trickling from his mouth, Firpo rolled over on his back, while Referee Gallagher counted him out. Dempsey nervously rushed over and helped pick up his fallen foe and then trotted to his corner.


By the Associated Press.

NEW YORK, September 15. -- Jack Dempsey's spectacular victory over Luis Angel Firpo takes rank as one of the shortest heavyweight title contests In history.

Records covering the past thirty years of major championship matches reveal but one shorter bout, the one round victory of Tommy Burns over Bill Squires of Australia at Colma, Calif., July 4, 1907.

Three years prior to that James J. Jeffries, before his retirement, had lifted Burns to the title, knocked out Jack Monroe in two rounds at San Francisco.

Two years after he captured,the world title from John E. Sullivan in 1892, Jim Corbett stopped Charley Mitchell in three rounds.

While Jess Willard's towel was not tossed into the ring at Toledo four years ago until the start of the fourth round, Dempsey was credited with a three-round knockout in gaining the championship.

Dempsey’s first battle in defense of his title was a three-round knockout over Billy Miske at Benton Harbor, Mich., in 1920.

Cine-Mundial, September, 1923

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Bevete Coca-Cola in Bottiglie -- September 13, 2023

Il Risorgamento Italiano nel Maryland, 01-September-1923

We went to my Italian-American gradparents' house every Saturday night. My grandmother would go out and buy Coca-Cola just for me and my sister. My grandparents wouldn't touch the stuff.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

First Radio Church on Wheels -- September 12, 2023

Washington Evening Star, 12-September-1923

I wonder if this mobile church in the Boston area used a loudspeaker or it actually made remote broadcasts. I don't see an antenna.

Monday, September 11, 2023

09/11 Twenty-Two Years -- September 11, 2023

The alarm went off at 05:29. I switched the clock radio from FM to AM and tuned into KCBS. They reported that an airplane had hit the World Trade Center. Thinking of the bomber that hit the Empire State Building, I said it had to be an accident.

After I got dressed, I went downstairs and turned on the television, which I almost never do in the morning, and they said another airplane had hit the other tower. Then I thought it couldn't be an accident, but I didn't understand how hijackers could force a pilot to fly his airplane into a building. Later on, we learned that the hijackers had been flying the planes.

There weren't as many people as usual on the bus to work. I think I heard about the plane that hit the Pentagon while I was there. My manager told us that we could go home if we wanted to. My wife was at work and my daughter was in school, so I didn't see a reason to leave.

We couldn't get any news on the internet, but I plugged in my radio and we all listened to KCBS.

The next night, I had a dream of an airliner crashing into the Bank of America building. The image still pops up in my head now and then.

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Ancient Parts are Easy to Get -- September 10, 2023

San Francisco Chronicle, 09-September-1923


I find it interesting that auto parts that could be no older than 25 years are referred to as "ancient."

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Happy Admission Day, 2023 -- September 9, 2023

Oakland Tribune, 10-September-1923

We don't hear much about Admission Day anymore. Today is the 173rd anniversary of California being welcomed into the Union as the 31st state. In 2023, Admission Day was celebrated on 10-September-1923, because the ninth fell on a Sunday.

Friday, September 8, 2023

White-Robed Men Beat Up -- September 8, 2023

Washington Evening Star, 01-September-1923

This was a feel-good story.

Mob of 5,000, Defying Police. Rush
Klan Gathering.

PERTH AMBOY, N. J., September 1. -- A lone figure slipping quietly from police headquarters last night was the last reminder of the protracted riots when a mob of more than 5,000 persons, defying the police, broke up a meeting of the Ku Klux Klan, beat up white-robed figures wherever they appeared and drove the klansmen from the streets. The man had spent the day at headquarters awaiting an opportunity to leave safely, and quiet had been restored sufficiently to permit his departure. He was the last of the 600 klansmen who had been the targets for missiles and blows from the mob that interfered with the Klan meeting. 

Despite the violence of the riot no serious injuries were reported. Tonight police declared that the situation was well in hand. Five men, arrested this morning on charges of inciting to riot, were released under bond late today, and will appear for a hearing September 5. Meanwhile, police said, a thorough investigation was being made into the disorder.

Thursday, September 7, 2023

The Originator of Ragtime -- September 7, 2023

Seattle Star, 08-September-1923

Ben Harney was a white guy who liked to claim that he invented ragtime. His vaudeville troupe at the Palace Hip in Seattle included an African-American jazz band, billed as "Ben Harney's seven jazz maniacs."

Seattle Star, 08-September-1923

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Comic Book -- World's Finest Comics -- September 6, 2023

Catcher Batman applies the tag as Superman slides into home plate. Umpire Robin appears unsure of how to call it. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Pulp -- Sport Story -- September 5, 2023

A pitcher (I assume) prepares to have an intellectual discussion with an umpire. 

The Giants' wheels have fallen off. 

Monday, September 4, 2023

World's Largest Dirigible Makes Trial Trip -- September 4, 2023

Alaska Daily Empire, 06-September-1923

ZR-1, later named the USS Shenandoah was the US Navy's first Zeppelin, a rigid form of airship. ZR-1 made her first flight 100 years ago today, on 04-September-1923. Almost exactly two years later, on 03-September-1925, Shenandoah broke up and crashed during a storm over Ohio.

Labor Day, 2023 -- September 4, 2023

San Francisco Examiner, 04-September-1923

Happy Labor Day, everyone.

Sunday, September 3, 2023

Toonerville Trolley -- The Day the Rear Platform Fell Off -- September 3, 2023

San Francisco Chronicle, 18-September-1923

I love Fontaine Fox's The Toonerville Trolley That Meets All the Trains.

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Saturday, September 2, 2023

Krazy Kat -- A Ket's Pa -- September 2, 2023

Washington Times, 27-September-1923

I love George Herriman's Krazy Kat. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Friday, September 1, 2023

Japan Cities Laid Waste -- September 1, 2023

Casper Sunday Tribune, 01-September-1923

100 years ago, on 01-September-1923, the Great Kantō Earthquake devasted a large part of Japan. Fires spread through cities and at least 140,000 people were killed. Rumors that Koreans had started the fires led to massacres. Tokyo was usually spelled "Tokio" in American newspapers. The 13-story building that was destroyed was the Ryōunkaku, Japan's first skyscraper. The prince regent was Hirohito who later became the Shōwa Emperor. 

Conflagration Follows Quake in Jokio and Yokohama


Seven Hundred Reported Killed as 12-
Story Tower In Amusement Park Is
Leveled; Towns Along Gulf Wiped
Out; Details of Disaster Lacking

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 1. -- Tokio, the capital city of Japan and Yokohama one of the principal seaports have been stricken by fire following an earthquake.

Many of their principal buildings have been leveled, its citizens scattered in terror, its communication with the outside world severed, and its future in doubt.

An earthquake which last night shook with terrific force the entire eastern side of Hondo (Honshu - JT), the principal island in the Japanese archipelago, on which Tokio is situated, leveled more than a score of great buildings destroyed all means of communication with the rest of the empire, and rendered useless the city’s water system so that the fire which started shortly after the worst of the series of shocks, ate its way unhampered through the city.

A message to the office of the Radio corporation of America here tonight from the superintendent of its station at Tomioka, in the province of Iwaki (Fukushima Prefecture -- JT), 144 miles from the Imperial city, give merely a hint, it is believed of the scenes of indescribable confusion which has changed Tokio in the space of a few hours from a busy populous city into a "place of hell."

This radiogram stated that Tokio was burning. A dispatch from the same source early this morning reported that Yokohama was in flames.

The latest word to be received is that the Tokio conflagration is rapidly spreading to surrounding towns. From the description, which, although brief, was charged with significance, furnished by the Radio corporation superintendent at Tomioka. It appears that practically the entire business section of the "city of the sun" has been destroyed.

Many buildings were leveled by the quake. Others are being burned to the ground as the fire gains headway, eating its way along on the ruins of those made kindling by the terrific force of the earth’s upheaval.

Department stores, railway stations, clubs where the peers of the empire are wont to gather, commercial structures, one of these of twelve stories in height, on original "gamble" in that land of earth tremors, have been wiped out and the masses of debris acres in extent have taken their places.

Fire broke out in a score of places at once, roaring through the business and residential sections, this message indicates and rapidly finding its way to nearby cities and villages.

What the situation may be is only a matter of conjecture.

Seven hundred deaths were reported in the fall of a 13-story tower at Asakusa, in a radio message received by the Radio corporation of America from Its station at Tomioka. The message was filed at 8.20 p. m. It read:

"Seven hundred deaths reported by fall of 12-story tower Asakusa. Tidal wave in bay of Suruga where numerous boats sank. Most of the houses at Numazu collapsed. In Tokio the imperial theater gave way. The railway station at Ueno burned down. It is rumored the Imperial Palace is in danger but this is not certain."

A later message received by the Radio corporation reported that the prince regent and the imperial sanctuary had been saved.

Asakusa, wherein Is located the tower that fell, is a large amusement park in Tokio. It is known as the "Coney Island" of Japan. The tower was recently condemned by police.

The tower was a sort of a Ferris wheel arrangement on which many people mounted.

The bay of Suruga is west of Tokio on the east coast.

The Imperial theater, reported to have been destroyed is across the street from the Imperial Palace. The Tokio Central railway station, probably the largest of Its kind, is nearby. The fact that this district was affected bespeaks the violence of the quake elsewhere as the ground is high there and the shocks are always more violent on lower land.

The high location was not affected by the previous shocks of importance.

The Ueno railway station is also in Tokio.

Most of the details contained in the message from Tomioka were gleaned from the newspapers of Kendai, which apparently was just on the edge of the earthquake, so close, in fact, that its railway station was leveled by the upheaval.

"The damage due to the quake," this message said, "did not extend to the western side of Hondo, but on the east side It was of terrific force."

A dispatch from the station of the Radio corporation of America at Tomioka to the offices of the company here, received here shortly after 6:30 tonight, said that a refugee reaching Sendai had told a harrowing story of the situation in Tokio.

The refugee reported, according to this dispatch, that at the first shock of the earthquake several buildings collapsed and fires broke out in many places. The towns of Fukagawa and Senja have been totally destroyed, the refugee said, and that the death toll in and about the Imperial city is staggering.

The flames which now are destroying the city broke out in the Mitsukoshi department store and spread in all directions. The headquarters of the metropolitan police force has been destroyed and the Imperial theater reduced to ashes, the refugee reported, to the radio station, the dispatch said.

The city was still In flames when the refugee departed northward, the dispatch said, with fire spreading toward Senju and Shinagawa. The flames of the burning city may be seen for a distance of seven miles, the dispatch said. Railroad bridges have collapsed in many places.

A tidal wave followed the trembler in the vicinity of Yokohama, but what its extent was, and what damage it did, cannot be ascertained. The harbor of Yokohama, the seaport of the imperial city, always is crowded with shipping survived the wall of water which was raised, and Yokohama is afire, as earlier messages today indicated, it is probable that many Americans have found safety aboard vessels in the harbor.

The people of Tokio seem to have been completely demoralized by the catastrophe.

"Refugees are running in all directions," the message stated.

The cities of Asakura, Kanda, Kondo, Fukuzawa, Shitawaya and a score of smaller towns have already been attacked by the flames, the message from Tomioka said.

Indicating the damage to railroads, the message said disaster is reported to have overtaken several trains enroute toward Tokio at the time the earthquake started.

The extent of the earthquake seems to be roughly defined by its edge nearing Osaka and Kobe on the south, Senegai on the north, Shizuoka on the west, and some undetermined spot at sea on the east.

It is from the radio station at Tomioka that most of the details of the disaster have emanated. The Commercial Cable company's line into Yokohama from Guam was snapped during the upheaval. The company, attempting to get news from the stricken island by way of Shanghai, has found its line of communication barred at Nagasaki, where it located the "end of the cable" office. From here on into Tokio stretches of short cable and land lines. These have been put completely out of commission also, a short dispatch came from Osaka, probably by way of Londan. reporting the severity of the earthquake but since that time nothing has come from the interior of Japan.

September 2023 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- September1, 2023

I just put the August 2023 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:

It includes some new items:

  1. Picture of the Month: On the day of the sesquicentennial, Gripman and historian Val Lupiz and conductor Derrick Johnson pose with the One Spot. They operated the car that day. Please excuse the tilt; I think the photo captures an important moment.
  2. On the Centennial and Sesquicentennial of the Birth of the Cable Car page:
    Added a new article about the Cable Car Sesquicentennial Celebration.
  3. On the Who page: Added new photos of Fannie Barnes and Andrew S Hallidie
  4. Added a News item about San Francisco's Trolley Titan, United Railroads of San Francisco, a new book by Emiliano Echeverria with Walter Rice, and Michael Dolgushkin with Paul Trimble
  5. Archived June 2023 What's New

Ten years ago this month (September, 2013):

  1. Picture of the Month: A cartoon from the 01-January-1889 Pittsburg Dispatch shows the new and the old of Pittsburg. "Cable cars to all parts of the city" is part of the new. Pittsburgh tried to drop the "h" for a time in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
  2. On the Pennsylvania page: The Pittsburgh Traction Company, Pittsburgh's first Hallidie-type cable car line
  3. On the Who page: Added a profile from the Street Railway Journal about prolific cable traction engineer Andrew D Whitton. Also Henry Casebolt's profile
  4. On the Horse Car Home Page: A 1927 Photoplay photo from Harold Lloyd's movie Speedy
  5. Added News item about Cal Cable tracks and conduit dug up near Scott Street

Twenty years ago this month (September, 2003):

  • Picture of the Month: A rainy day at Hayes and Van Ness in 1890
  • Added more photos to the Market Street Cable Railway and More Market Street Pictures pages. Thumbnailed pictures on page with excerpt from "South of the Slot" by Jack London
  • Rolled out new page about the Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest
  • Added information about new cable car fares.
  • Added 1903 phone numbers for several SF companies.
  • 150 Years Ago This Month (September, 1873): September 1 - The Clay Street Hill Cable Railroad started revenue service

    125 Years Ago This Month (September, 1898): September 16 - The Vine Street Cable Railway (Cincinnati, OH) closed

    Coming in October, 2023: More about the 150th birthday of the cable cars

    The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

    The Cable Car Home Page also has an Instagram page:

    Joe Thompson
    The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-September-2023)
    San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2020)
    Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2023)
    The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
    The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)