Sullivan's advice to kiddies 24Feb1909
poisoning, SULLIVAN S GOOD ADVICE TO THE KIDDIES 1 - Australian - John L and Jake Kilrain Officiate at Amateur Bout at V. A. C. Impressed With Club. "Oh, daddy, I saw John L. Sullivan and Jake Kilrain this afternoon. They were up at tlie Vancouver Athletic club gymnasium." ' This was the eagerly imparted information information which half a hundred lively youngsters had for their respective fathers at dinner last evening. For the one - time world's champion and his one - time antagonist paid a visit to the Vancouver Athletic club yesterday yesterday and the incident will no doubt be remembered by every one of the husky young athletes who listened to the big fellow's words of advice. Sullivan and Kilrain, who are appearing appearing at the Pantages this week and have so far broken all records this week for that house, motored up to the Vancouver Athletic club immediately after the matinee yesterday afternoon. In the party besides the two old gladiators gladiators were Mauager Geo. A. Stewart of the I'antages and a couple of tlie directors o the Vancouver Athletic club, lu anticipation of the visit, Physical Physical Director Bradley had a class of about fifty husky juniors doing physical drill and apparatus work on the floor of the big gymnasium. John L. admired admired their work but he evinced more interest when a boxing bout was announced announced and readily consented to referee the bout. Fercy Beasley and Allan Hunter donned tlie gloves and went at it. Jake Kilrain acted as timekeeper and with two such distinguished former champions champions of the world watching them it goes without saying that the boys did ttheir prettiest work. They certainly put np a lively bout and were so evenly matched that John L. had not the slightest hesitation in declaring it a draw. Then the one - time idol of the sporting sporting world and still the most popular of living fighters, handed out a line Of heart - to - heart talk to those youngsters that each one of them will no doubt remember for many, many moons. For Sullivan pow goes on the principle of "Do as I sny; not as I did." The big fellow certainly gave the youngsters a bunch of good advice. He pointed out to them how fortunate they were in having such a fine place for physical training and congratulated them on having such : a " capable Instructor, who he was pleased to say came from Boston, Boston, his home town. He abjured them to shun cigarettes and alcohol above all else; and if they must smoke to wait until they grew up and smoke cigars. He hoped they would all . learn the manly art of self defence as he considered considered it one of the most beneficial of all exercises. All this and much more the big fellow told his audience of young athletes, each of "whom listened with almost spellbound attention. At the conclusion their admiration for the champion of champions found vent in hearty cheers. An amusing thing happened shortly afterwards while John L. and his party were being shown over the club. In Physical Director Bradley's office is a weighing scale and when John L. espied this he immediately stepped1 on it and attempted to weigh himself. Unfortunately Unfortunately the scale only had a limit of 250 pounds, as such a huge fellow as Sullivan does not happen around the club very often. John L. piled on all the weights there were in sight but still the beam staid up. There wag nothing doing in the weighing line for the big fellow, for he weighs about 250 with his overcoat and street clothes on. The joke was on John L. and he laughed as hearty as any of them when Manager Calvert offered to take him to the city's big weigh scales to find out if he was losing any weight since he came to Vancouver. Both Sullivan and Kilrain were much impressed with the equipment of the Vancouver Athletic club and pronounced it the most completely fitted np athletic club for its size that they had ever visited.