VICTORIA, B.C., May 5.-- Frank Slavin, one of the few remaining links between the days of bare-knuckle fightIng and the padded mitt, is broke--"E pluribus unum!"
A few days ago Jim Jeffries, king of the heavies not many years back, filed a petition of bankruptcy because of poor investments. Now along comes poor old Frank Slavin with an appeal for support.
Slavin fought in the day when the bare knuckles cracked against the point of the jaw and when the ring was often in a saloon or a barn, and a strict lookout was kept for the police. He will always be remembered for his great battle with Peter Jackson in 1892. Frank was beaten, but it was by one of the best black men that ever stepped inside the ropes.
Since his retirement from the ring Slavin has been trying his hand at mining in British Columbia, and the Yukon. He figured in the Klondike rush in '08 and was making both ends meet when the great war broke out. Slavin signed up with the Canadian expeditionary force and, after a long spell in the trenches, was invalided home. His only son was killed going over the top. Slavin has never been well since his return, and last year he was nearly counted out by the grim reaper. He is slowly recuperating, but his finances are gone.
The Canadian Legion has interested itself in his case and will communicate with the American Legion and the British and Australian ex-service bodies with the view to getting funds for the veteran of both the ring and the war.
Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada), May 6, 1923
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