Louis Como wins foot races

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Louis Como wins foot races - Foot Raclpg Down Town. Doling the past week...
Foot Raclpg Down Town. Doling the past week four foot races have been won by Loais Como, in the parifh of St. Bernard, between the Barracks and the Slaughter - llouae. Mr. Como 16 a jonng man, about twenty - four years of age, engaged as watchman on the steam ferryboat Wawenock, and 'in consequence, of his late victories over three of the fastest runners in Xew Orleans, b'as suddenly risen into notoriety by the loveis of that sport, who are willing to bacK him for any amount against those who are considered most " fleet of foot" in this State. ' Ji week" ago 'last" Satnrday, Martin Peters, 2a years of age. who has won so many races a6 the Fair Grounds, arrived at the Slaughter - House to ran Como 150 yards for $10 a side. The friends of both parties bet lively on their favorite, when the race took place about half - pas: 4 o'clock, on the railroad track, between the two points above mentioned, resulting in the defeat of the former. Como being then challenged to ran 168 yards for $10 a side, bv VVni. T. Imban, a fast runner, 21 years of age, the offer was accepted, 'when the race came - ofl , at once, Como again being the victor. The fame cf Como having . spread throughout the city, Marcelle Lacronsse, a tall young man 22 years of age, who keeps a cotiee stand in Poydxas Market, on the corner of Baronne street, who was considered a remarkably fast run - cqt by his friends in that neighborhood, was prevailed upon to eend a challenge to Como to run a race of one hundred and . titty yards for twenty - live dollars a side, to come oil' on Satnrday afternoon, at half - past 4 o'clock, over the same ground. The otter was promptly accepted, when 1 an hour before the time specified between two and three hundred persons assembled near the Slaughter - House, and bets were freely ottered and taken to a considerabie amount. All being ready, the word to start was Riven, Lacrousse taking the lead and keeping it for a boat one third the distance, he evidently hoping by his long strides to continue so, but Como picked up his feet so rapidly that he was soon alongside, then ahead and so kept on increasing tne distance between them, that he passed the win ning point from twelve to fifteen feet ahead, amid the cheers of his backers. Yesterday afternoon Como and Peters appeared at tbe Alcazar Garden to contest for the prize ottered at the picoio given by the St - Bernard Rowing Club. in the " loot race for yonng men, one hundred yards, open to all." The ground run over was perhaps the worst for a foot race with bare feet that ever was, being covered with broken brick. Como won bv about two feet. Peters claims that,, at the start, Como was this distance ahead of him. Mr. Imbau desires througn tbe columns of tbe Picayune to make the oifer to run Mr. Como 150 yards for 100 a side. A grand dinner was served in the afternoon, ac the St. Bernard Club - House, by Mr. Francois Carraze, the worthy proprietor of that establishment, at which John Deslonde, Esq.. manager and superintendent of the Slaughter - House, and the principal gentlemen connected with that establishment, wera present, and to which full justice was done. ; . . -

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  1. The Times-Picayune,
  2. 13 May 1878, Mon,
  3. [First Edition],
  4. Page 1

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