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> y f » THE BOOM IN BOXING. I There is an undoubted boom in box- ing in South Wales. Last Saturday about 8,000 people attended a fight between Bombardier Wells and Gaston Pigot, the Frenchman, and the vic- tories this week in London of Jones and Edwards, of Porth, as well as the display by Wilde of Tylorstown, and I others, have proved immensely popu- lar. The revived interest in "the noble art" does not meet with the approval of the unco' guid who at recent con- ferences have spoken pretty strongly against the "beastly and gory" boxing bouts. There are no doubt unpleasant features in many boxing contests, and there is a ridiculous tendency among the youth of Wales to lionise successful pugilists, but there is nothing inherent- ly wrong in boxing, and the kill-joys will not succeed in discouraging young men from following that sport or any other in which they may be interested But spa it may lj^ccy&e an olxsebsdon instead of a recreation. There are literally hundreds of young men in the Swansea Valley who have an encylo- f pdic knowledge of football and foot- bailers, and the memories of some of them, and their knowledge of ohscure I points and incidents in the game rival that of Datas himself in another sphere. No sensible person complains of this. A man has as much right to be passionately interested in football or boxing as in sermons, or temperance Teform, or Socialism. What does call for protest is that the sport interest is cultivated to the exclusion of all else. There are many who follow the fortunes of the "All Whites" with greater zest than they do their own fortunes as reflected in their trade union. In the last few months the circulation of "The Daily Citizen" has increased by over 50,000 copies, and the beginning of the increase dates from the publication of racing news. This indicates a sig- nificant fact about the interests of a large section of the working-classes. Socialists have long been awake to their interests in permeating the trade unionists, why should they not be alive to the field that sport offers for pro- paganda. A first-class football team in itself offers a magnifioent object lesson in Socialist principles. Verb. sap.

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