H M Dufur, NY TImes 4-1-1881 (B)

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WHISTLER DEFEATS DUFUR A DESPERATE WRESTLING-MATCH AT TCRX HALL. TWO BTRONO MEN THROWING . EACH OTHER ABOUT FOR THE ENTERTAINMEXT OF A LARGE CROWD AND A BTAEE OF TWO HUNDRED AND FtFTT DOLLARS,' Clarence Whistler, the Western wonder, and H. M. Dufur, of Marlboro, Mass wrestled a eatch-as-catcB-can match with Jackets. last night, at Turn Hall, for $250 a side. The affair waa one of the best matches ever seen in this City. There was no "hippodromlng" about It. About SttT persons witnessed the struggle, parry Hill was referee, while W, H. Harding, the athlete, acted as umpire for Dufur. and ''Johnny Magil-lick, a newly arrived ; Lancashire, wrestler, for Whistler. Magilllck comes from Holham. Bibby'a native place, and Is trying to get on a match with him. Whistler was in a very bad condition physically, with a boll aa large as a chestnut on his forehead, and another like it on his left elbow. He could not conceal the first from his antagonist, but the second : was ' covered b tuo iibcto u& ii ia cutu jacaqg, sua no too care not to tell Dufur that it waa there. Dufur is a well-to-do business man,' and wrestles for a hobby. He is a crack' Collar and elbow wrestler, stands 6 feet 1 inch, and weighs 193 pounds. Whistler is a Gneco-Romah wrestler, wrestles for a living, is 5 feet fHi inches in height, and weighs ilTO pound. He, comes from Delhi. Ind.. and once worked as a sledge "striker" )a an iron works. He is a marvel of i muscular development. Pilkington. of the Broadway squad, and another big policeman have stood on his chest . while bis body was extended between two chairs, his head resting on one and bis-heels on the other, and in this Dosition Whistler has lifted a HH-nnunri riumh- liell fronrthe floor and over his own bead 10 times ' in succession. i - The match ' lastf night' began very promptly, and Harry Hill called time ;at, :30 o'clock. The men crept toward each other very warily, but Dufur towered over the other man. and. quick as lightning, pounced for and got a neck-hold of Whistler's jacket and bis left sleeve. Tbere was some slight fencing with fhezfeetand Whistler. who i perfectly " green" as to cellar-and-elbow work, tried It once or twice with bis- feet. In a twinkling, almost. Dufur backhetled .him. putting his shoulders and both hips on the carpet, and won the first, fall, fly this time the boil on j Whistler's forehead 'was bleeding freely, but be was as strong" aa a lion, and In no-wise winded. After 15' minutes' rest time was called for the second bout. Whistler made no effort to prevent Dufur from clutching, bis collar with both hands, but he crouched low and kept Lis own bands free. He had had enot'gh of collar and elbow and the tripping style, and was gding to depend on his hands. . Again Dufur backheeled him. but did not get the fall, and W-hlstlerclatcnedhls body while they were down with such a grip is Dufur never feit before. After a short struggle Dufur got free and- leaped away like a cat. The men. on their feet again, closed, and when Dufur tried to use his foot for a grape-vino lock Whistler grasped his right leg and held it off the stage. A brief struggle ended in both men going do. W histler rolled on bis man, and would not let htm rise or get : away, and after a savage Ortpco-Roman effort laid his weight on Dufur's chest and Dumped him down flat on the carpet, winning the fall. While they were resting Dufur In a dressing-room under the stage said that his right hand had beronie actually numb from being obliged to hold Wl.tler's collar so tight in keeping blm away from getting a body bold. The third round lasted live minutes, and was a repetition of the second. excepting that there were two desperate struggles while the men were in a: grape-vine lock. At the end of the second lock both men fell all In a heap, and Whistler, having his! man down, got a body grip and turned him and pumped him till hla shoulders and a hip touched tbe carpet. Whistler 'had now won two falls out of the three In five and Dufur one fall. Whistler made up his mind that it was best to Win the next fall at all hazards, as it would decide the match. Tbe men came together very warily again. Once Dufur got hold of him. end Whistier. threw him off, with suah force that be almost fell against the flat at the back of the slate.. Dufnr kept his legs out straight behind him for fear Whistler might grab them. Every time Whistler dropped on . bis knees,! "Dufur let go hia bold and jumped olesr of htm like an I acrobat. Once, however,- Whistler, on his knees, got ! hold of Dufur's left leg, while the latter held his opponent's collar with both hands. Dufar was afraid, but quick as lightning, knowing that he could never break Whistler's east-iron hold, be pressed his bands on Whistler's bead. and. pushing him backward, stepped over blm. dragging blm almost on bis back. The manoeuvre jwaa a clever one and almost successful, sbnt Whistler turned as he .went over and Dufur dared not tackle him. though be was lying on ithe floor. After one or two other sharp grape-vine encounters both men fell heavily, driving off the carpet, on to the bare planks of the stage with a perfect cras-b, Dufur undermost.- Whistler had caught bis opponent's leg again, and tbe fall whs a plunge. Whistler hung to him like a tiger and got Dufur's left arm behind his backhand was almost turning itont of the socket in the effort to turn him over. The men were so entangled, however, that Whistler's own body and legs prevented; Dufur's body from turning, fc till Whistler wrenched -the arm, and Dufur cried out aloud. "Don't break my arm.". The referee and umpires clustered over the prostrate men. and Dufur was, in such pain that be tried to go over oh his back to relieve the intense pain in bis arm: Again- he. cried, "He's breaking niy arm !" and the referee, asked. ' Do you give upi' - Yes. yes, I give up." gasped Dufur. but Whistler's Intensity in the struggle was so great that he did not bear tbe cry for luarter. and tbe referee and his umpire had to shake blm o moke him let go. The referee decided the fall and the match in Whistler's favor. Dufur went to bis dressing-room declaring tbatbts arm was broken, and there was a call for a doctor fr-m the audience, but nbne responded. A doctor was finally sent for, and he pronounced the arm not broken, but it was so terribly sprained in the biceps and shoulder-joint that It was powerless -and caused intense pain. It would certainly have been broken if Dufur had not yielded the victory when he did. i ,V j REPORTS Of THE 8 10RM. WARMER WEATHER FOLLOWING THE SHOW FALL IN THE NORTH-EAST. Cincinnati, March 81. The snow-storm, ceased after midnight j Since, morning tbe thermometer has risen, until at 1 P. M. it is 43. The

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  2. 01 Apr 1881, Fri,
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