DAYTON, Tenn., July 14, 1925 (UP) - This fight is one of those things.
It may discourage some people who have been waiting30 years to see William Jennings Bryan win something to learn that his first victory had to be like that.
But nevertheless this fight is what the lads around the old Garden used to call a barney. This is a technical term meaning that the bout is in the bag.
As the main event of the Dayton show, between Bryan in this corner and Clarence Darrow in that one, dopes out just now, the boys are due to show the customers 10 fast rounds, and Darrow is to leave his chin out and stop a fast one for a knockout, just before the final bell.
Then they are to be rematched for a return event before the exclusive supreme court, which will be strictly a shooting match, the best boy to win.
For one thing, Bryan did all his training in full view of the neighborhood from which the jury was to be drawn.
This is all right in the prize-fighting racket but in the law trade it is considered about the same as slipping the referee something.
Darrow was noted for his smart ringsmanship but instead of claiming a foul against Bryan, he laughed the matter off and said he was willing to go on anyway.
Of course, it is a pretty good trial nevertheless and it is going big in Dayton for the same reason that the last world series went big in Washington, notwithstanding Ban Johnson's intimation that it wasn't strictly fresh.
This is the only trial in town. This place used to have 17 saloons and maintain a spirited rivalry with Pikeville in the matter of killings.
The older boys along the curbs still speak fondly of the banner year, 69 years ago, when Dayton out-murdered Pikeville with an average of a killing a week on the streets of the town between January and December.
That made 52 in one year and even with two feudal clans to help Pikeville's record, Dayton easily triumphed.
Since saloons left Dayton, long before national prohibition was enacted the town had no entertainment beyond the endless revival meetings, which were pretty dull.
After all, everybody agreed with everything the preachers said.
The period forays of the shooting miners from Jellyo, Tenn., were missed, too, for the merry miners would not shoot up a town which had no saloons.
Similarly, the better class killers of Pikeville ceased calling at Dayton and the serial life of the town declined to break the monotony of religion. Then more religion and still more of the same.
Courts didn't take things so seriously in the old days. That made for more and better crime.
Here is young Johnny Scopes receiving a long-winded trial because he taught something out of the official textbook adopted by the county.
But in the banner murder year, two brothers, one charged with murder, the other with stealing an overcoat, were tried within the same day, and, being twins, were sentenced to a year in jail.