How the Report of Sullivan's Victory Was Received by His Friends |
In front of the newspapers in this city a large crowd of men and boys gathered early in the forenoon, anxiously watching for news from the Ryan-Sullivan fight. As time passed on the crowd increased rapidly, and at noon the throng was so great as to obstruct travel to an appreciable extent. Eager sympathizers of both pugilists were present in the crowd, but it was evident that Sullivan's supporters outnumbered those of the Trojan giant. When the first report came that Sullivan had won, in 45 minutes, a loud shout went up, and three hearty cheers were given by the friends of the Boston boy. Later, when it was learned that the mill really lasted but eleven minutes and Sullivan had things all his own way from the start, the jubilation correspondingly increased. Already there is talk among Sullivan's friends of giving him a grand benefit on his return. He is expected to arrive on Saturday.
In the evening the usual resorts of sporting men were the centre of attraction and in most instances the crowds were unusually quiet and generally of the opinion that yesterday's battle was the squarest and most complete prize fight ever conducted. Had Sullivan been elected president of the United States his friends could not have thought more of him, according to their conversations, than they did last evening because he had won the championship of America. In one instance a young man was overheard to say that "Sully" as he was pleased to term the lion of the hour, first obtained his knowledge of fighting by beating his poor father; and still another young man averred that Sullivan was a big bully and used to "thump us little fellows at school." Both of the above were consequently shut up by the jeers and expressions of disgust exhibited by their listeners. Had the result of the fight been otherwise the abuse which would have been heaped upon Sullivan would have been overpowering as hundreds of his friends and admirers had placed all their available funds on the result of the battle, and consequently would have been very much disgruntled. The late editions of the papers were eagerly bought up, and it may safely be stated that the general theme of conversation last evening was the result of the fight and the good fortune attending the Boston pugilist.