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At the Talk of His Enemies and
Wants a Fight

He is Ready to accommodate Any-
body on Earth Who Wants to be
Champion - Jem Smith or
Charley Mitchell Preferred

New York, October 16. -  John L. Sullivan wants to fight again, and as soon as possible. It is announced that the great John L. has got his sleeves rolled up, is about to exchange the bottle for the sand bag and sweater, and is advertising for a man to come and be put to sleep. The great man's challenge, in his own inimitable, vigorous and boil-down language, is seen in the following sentence which the champion mouthed yesterday:
  "I want to fight. I've got the championship, but any man in the world is welcome to try and get it if he can. I want to fight, and I'll accommodate any man on this earth, and for any sum of money."
  John's challenge will find official expression soon  in the Illustrated News, which Mr. Sullivan edits, and in which his sentiments will be found set forth in such precise and dignified terms as best become the formal announcements of diplomacy and prize fighting. In this challenge to the wide world Sullivan will express a peculiar longing to have Jem Smith or Charles Mitchell accept his invitation to come and be upper-cut, cross-countered, swinging-right handed and otherwise attended to, but all will be assured of a welcome if they have backing. Sullivan considers that Justice, that blind and prejudicial enemy of the ring, has made of bare knuckle fighting an occupation to precarious to admit of the genuine comfort that a man should get out of his life work, and so he says that gloves and the rules of the Marquis of Queensberry must be submitted to. If Jem Smith will only come over here Sullivan will gladly pay his expenses and pay for his food and housing while waiting for the sacrifice to come off. He will also pay the thick Englishman's way out to San Francisco, for he believes that it is there, sheltered by the roof and the pull of the California Athletic Club, that the deed should be done. He would not object at all to an arrangement whereby the Englishman should be assured of a certain sum of money to take home in lieu of any symmetry that he might leave behind him, in the land of the free and the home of the big fellow. Among other interesting remarks of the champion the following are worth mentioning:
  "They've called me a coward, which is ridiculous and beneath my notice; but they  have also said that I was all broken up. I want to show them that they don't know me. I'm not broken up, and if I was, any piece that was left of me would do to lick my enemies. I don't want to knock any man or humiliate him, It's as painful to me as it is to a mother to spank her baby. But talk has got to be stopped. After all, these ordinary fighters are only fit to be put to sleep. The get paid for it, and it pleases them. I'm an abused man, and I want to fight."

Signed for a fight.  

San Francisco, Oct. 10. - The Occidental Club, of this city, has signed Frank Glover, of Chicago, and Billy Smith of Australia, to fight to a finish November 15 for a purse of $800.


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