Baltimore Evening Sun (28 September 1912): 6.


Salisbury, Md., Sept. 28.

Salisbury’s greatest ring battle, and perhaps the greatest in all the history of the Eastern Shore, ended just at dusk yesterday in a draw. After 15 rounds of terrific fighting, Young Anderson and Kid Price knocked each other out. The agreement was that the referee was to render no decision, but leave it to the crowd. There was, however, no chance for a dispute. The partisans of the two boys, immediately after the battle, cheered their respective favorites, but in the cold gray dawn of the morning after, everybody admits that it was a drawn battle. The boys themselves, lying upon adjoining cots in the Salisbury City Hospital, already make plains for a return engagement.

In the Price corner were Young Bellis, Battling Speicher, Jim Dawkins and Young Trippe, while Anderson was handled by Kid Mills, Doc Levister, Cy Keen and Young Clift. The clock was held for Price by Young Andrew and for Anderson by Kid Cochran. Both boys reached the ringside before the time set for the beginning of the day’s butchery, but Price was delayed in his dressing room by a nail in one of his slippers, and so it was a few minutes after 2 before he appeared. The introductions by Young Disharoon, the referee, quickly followed, and in a few minutes the gladiators were at each other hammer and tongs. The fight by rounds:

After the bout Anderson was taken to the Peninsula Hotel and Price was removed to his training quarters. Later in the day Price revived sufficiently to show himself to the cheering crowd, but his handlers decided that it would be wiser for him to spend a few days in retirement, and he is now at the Salisbury City Hospital. Anderson was also taken there during the night. Both boys are badly battered, but it is not thought that either has suffered serious injury. Arrangements for a return bout are already under way, and Anderson has proposed that it be held at the Lyric Theatre, in Baltimore, in order that sports from the upper parts of the State may have a chance to attend. To this proposal, it is reported, Young Bellis and other backers of Price are disposed to agree. But so far no date has been set.

In the meantime Salisbury is jubilant over the success of yesterday’s encounter. The Greater Salisbury Committee sent out photographs of both gladiators to a selected list of 2,000 American and foreign papers and made a gallant effort to boom the town as a sporting centre. The result is shown by the clippings which pour in. All the New York papers carry long reports of the bout this morning, and the Telegraph gives a whole page to it. More than 150 newspaper correspondents were present at the ringisde, including all the ladies of the New York sob squad.

The telegraph facilities were excellent. Both the Western Union and the Postal had direct wires to the ringside, and rapid operators were brought here from Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington and New York. The running bulletins were dispatched instantaneously, and the more philosophical reports, written at leisure later on, were handled in a masterly manner. Altogether, more than 40,000 words of matter were sent out between 6 A. M. and midnight. In addition the Bell Telephone Company transmitted thousands of words.

Kid Mills and Young Bellis, who were in charge of the financial arrangements, report that the gate receipts were $8,358. From the peanut and pink lemonade privilege a revenue of $1,800 was derived and the moving-picture men paid the lump sum of $3,000 for their franchise. Thus the change taken in came to $18,158 in all. Deduct the expenses–$35 for the tent, $500 for the fight permit, $500 for the ring officials and $1,000 for sundries—and it appears that more $11,000 remains to be divided between the boys. Each will get half.

The sports assembled here are much interested in the coming bout between Young Rayner and Kid Cockran, and Young Hanna and Knockout Carrington. The prevailing opinion is that Kid Cochran, who has taken on a lot of weight of late, is due for a terrific drubbing. Regarding the other bout opinion is somewhat divided, but the Carrington fanciers seem the more eager to put down their money. Two bets, one of $1,000 to $850 on Carrington, and one of $400 to $350, were recorded this morning. Plenty of Rayner money is being offered at 2 to 1, but the more crafty sports are holding back for better information.

Both Anderson and Price are confident of victory in their next encounter. “I ate a table- de-hotey dinner coming down in the train,” said Anderson today, “and it gave me the fan-tods. In perfect condition, I could have put the Kid out in four rounds.” Said Price: “I ran a nail in my foot just before the bout and broke my hand in the third round. In good condition, I could have Anderson ready for the embalmers in four rounds.”

Incidentally, Young Anderson pulled himself together this morning and began issuing challenges by the dozen. He offers to meet Pat Maloy for half the gate and a side bet of $2,000, and Young Pete Campbell on any terms offered. He is also hot on the trail of Kid Coady, of Baltimore, and says he will meet either Bob Crain or Knockout Preston before any recognized club in Baltimore any time before Thanksgiving Day.