Saturday, December 17, 2011
Jules Berthold and Paddy
Paddy was involved in what is described by pit fighting aficionados as the "most exciting episode in the history of the St Louis dog pit".
Bob holds a grudge
Paddy was matched against a vicious man biter named Bob who could only be handled by his owner. Bob and the referee shared an interesting and violent past. And apparently Bob was not as forgiving as those wiggle butts who have been starved or set on fire. When Bob caught sight of the man who beat him almost 2 years earlier, he lost sight of his purpose and launched an attack on the referee. The referee climbed to safety and raging Bob redirected on the crowd of spectators. Mayhem ensued.
Paddy to the rescue!
Paddy's owner set his dog on Bob which stopped him from charging the spectators.
All parties agreed to a rematch a month later but thirty days in Bob years proved to be even more dangerous. This time Bob launched an attack on Paddy's owner and as Crowley slipped out of harms way, Bob again launched an attack on the spectators. Ah, good times.
I wonder if this demented man-biter was culled and if not, why not?
The Republic, January 10, 1904