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I even go further than Mr. Lawley. Prize-fighting did foster "heroic qualities " and other vir- tues without destroying or deaden- I900.] THE ETHICS OF THE PRIZE RING. 103 ing gentler and more humane characteristics. That was prize- fighting per 5^, the prize-fighting of our forefathers, honest, manly prize-fighting. What ruined, by degrading this sport, was gam- bling, and gambling touches no sport it does not defile. It has depraved and ruined wrestling. I speak from knowledge when I declare that few men have seen a square, honest, stand-up wrestling match at Grasmere, or anywhere in the Lake District, for many years where the stakes were worth " Barneying " for. Dr. Johnson himself was no mean boxer. Mrs. Piozzi says he was taught by an " Uncle Andrew," an adept at the science, and a worthy Christian gentleman. At the end of the last century another Johnson had arisen who knew now to use his fists, and came to be a champion of the ring. 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He con- tinued the battle, however, with much determination of spirit, until extravasated blood and ex- hausted wind made him so help- less that he lay on the stage unable to rise, and yielded the contest. A battle in which there was so much dexterity and skill, with such equality of strength and muscle, perhaps never was fought.*' It is poor " sport '* that is un- attended by personal danger. In honest boxing, the maximum of what I may term '* pluck culture," open, manly, fearless antagonism, is obtained at a minimum of per- sonal risk.