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GREAT FIGHT. -h_ BILLY SAMUELS V. PATSY PERKINS. A CONTEST FOR NO PRIZE. DETERMINED SET-TO. STOPPED BY THE POLICE. RESULT :—CLARET—LOCKED UP-A DRAW. The people who pay fer admission to the Swansea boxing salooDE have a genuine1 grievance against the propneters, who had the stupidity to engage in an encounter with tbe raw 'una in the open street, where all was visible to a crowd free, gratis, and for nothing without giving their regular patrons notice of the event! It is only the truth to say that the unrehearsed bout, if properly advertised and arranged, would have drawn together an assembly compared with which the admirers of Hooligan, Morgans, Sullivan, MKJarthy and Co. would have been a mere handful. It happened this way. Bill Samuels' boetb had been located in Swansea for some time, when Patsy Perkins set up his opposition show. This seems to have engendered bad feeling, which has been smouldering lor weeks. It was about eight o'clock last eight when the dangerous stuff burst into flame in High- ttreet; and as there were many people about it was only a few seconds' work for a decent, aized crewd to assemble. The affray took place in front of the photographic establishment of Mr. H. A. Chapman, and with such a prominent locale it was impos sible for the incident to escape observation. From what we can gather it appears that Perkins was talking to Hooligan, the local boxer, when Samuels came up. A dispute between Perkins and Samuels took place, the disagree- ment being of such an unpleasant nature that almost immediate recourse to nature's weapons followed. Fortunately for the peace, but unfortunately for the hopes of anyone who desired to see the combat pro- ceed to a finish, and thus afford a free demonstration of which was the better man, the pelice arrived on the scene when only two or three blows had been exchanged, and the combatants were taken into custody. Polica-eonstable Rosser was in the position of seeing the "seraph and lie at once took steps to put an end to it. This he did by seizing Perkins and Samuels was taken care of by Superintendent JAnes and Inspector Davies, whe also were close by. The natural consequence of all this was that Perkins and Samuels were escorted to the Goat-street Police-station, where they were detained, and informed that they could net be liberated until eleven o'clock. Their career to the lock-up was watched by a large crowd. Perkins did not appear to be any the worse for the encounter, but Samuels lost a slight quantity of "claret." They were accommodated with separate cells, and there awaited with equanimity the time fixed for their release. HOOLIGAN TELLS HIS YARN OF THE EVENT. The Swansea champion slogger Hooligan, who was an eye-witness .f a portion of the set-to, says:-—"1 was in High-street with Billy Sr..muel3 last evening. There had been a telegram on show in Billy's window, and it had mysteriously disappeared. Billy Samuels seemed to think, as it had reference to Pordy McCarthy, that it had been taken away by Patsy Perkins. The latter was going down street, and Billy, who seemed greatly annoyed, followed PaKy Perkins down High-street. When opposite Mr. Chapman's place he caught him up. 'Gí\'8 me that telegram,' cried Billy. Patsy retorted that lie wouldn't. By this time the men were clo&e together and seeing a row was imminent a big crowd quickly assembled. Samuels finding that Perkins wouldn't give up the telegram declared that he would make him, and rushing at him struck him a blow. Patsy squared up and then a fight ensued and Samuels got pretty well hit about I think from what I could see afterwards but as 1 wasn t close up I couldn't see the latter port of the affray very plainly, but I know that they were going at it pretty hotly when three "slops" came up and stopped them. Before that I don't think that any attempt was made to separate the men. A J.P. DESCRIBES THE FIGHT. Aid. H. A. Chapman might have viewed the fight from the summit of his verandah if he had been warned of the event coming off; but as it. was, his judicial eyesight was offended bv only a very brief spell of the encounter. In fact, from what the genial J.P-says the contest must have been of a very touch-and-go character, for directly his attention was attracted by the noise of the rumpus in the street be rushed to the door and the preservation of the peace, and saw the ether officially-robed guardians of that same abstract condition breaking into j the ring and parting the panting combatants. "And it took placr. just epposite your door?'' queried one of our staff, who spoke to the Alderman. !> Right against my portico," said Mr Chapman. And vou missed the little scrap?" asked the incredulous reporter. Well, I saw just the tail-end of (it" (with the accent, on the saw to distinguish it from the n'tss.) "There was Samuels with his face covered with blood, grabing at I Perkins; and Perkins with his dukes up, hitting out —- one, two, three; and the officers breaking through the ring of I spectators, and then it was all overdo the twinkling of an eye, and the two were off to the police-station. Pity they didn't manage the affair better the affair better You mean off somewhere in a quiet spot stakes, ropes, towels, sponges, and so on ? uOh, no, 1 mean it's a pity two r, vallhow- mcn can't r/.anage to work up interest in their shows without kicking up such a shine in the main street and running into custody.' Oh," said the reporter, somewhat dis- appointed. Then he started on another tac.. Who had the best of it ? The police, 1 should say. was tiie cute reply of the J.P. AS he winked und walked ot1. AFTER THE BAtl. WAS OVER. As eleven o'clock drew near a good number ot those interested in the affair streiled up to I the police-station, but it was a quarter past the hour before the foraia'.ities in coimer-tion with the taking of bail were commenced. There waS no lack of people ready und willing 13 to consent to forfeit £10 if the two belligerents fniied t-o appear at tbo Police- court at 10 o'clock this (Saturday) morning, to answer a charge of riotous behaviour In High-street." Only one. however, was wanted in each case, and after they and the principals had given the usual consent "to owe the Queen £10," Perkins and Samuels were released, l' was conveied out 1 the back way, and Samuels was allowed to depart by way of Goat-street, each being attended homewards by friends who had waited for them. BILL SAMUELS' STORY. Interviewed by a Post reporter as to how the bother arose, Bill Samuels said he had got hold of a telegram that McCarthy was not coming to Swansea to fight in Perkins | shew that night. He had it posted on the I window of £ b» •Id establish meat be used to, i rent in High-street. From that position it disappeared, and Samuels, ou inquiring, was told that Perkins had remeved it. He waS I teld by two or three people that Perkins had been showing the telegram, and he wont in ,cr search of Perkins, whom he came across in frent of Mr. Chapman's establishment* He immediately taxed Perkias with taking tbe telegram, and Perkins contended that it did not belong to him. Then, according to Samuels, Perkins expressed himself in all un- complimentary manner and squared up at turn. Samuels put himself in attitude and let go. Three or four blows were exchanged, and then the police appeared en the seeiie and pit an end to the exhibition. PATSY PERKINS' VERSION. The proprietor of the Old Gloucester I Scheol of Arms, talking to our man, accused Bill Samuels aiidMrs. Samuels of preventing M'Carthy turning up to light Me-gau. He said Mrs. Samuels went to Cardiff ai d used I' her influence there. During Friday evening he was teld Samuels had put up a telegram saying M'Carthy would not come. He saw the telegram, and as it was neither addressed to Samuels nor signed by anyene be pulled it down. A bit later, when he was further down the street, Samuels came up, and catching him by the coilar asked him to "turn up that telegram." He painted out that ha had no telegram of Samuels', asked him to let go his hold, and advised Bill to "tret along." At this Biil seized him by the threat with the left hand a.nd struck him with the right. "Of course, 1 had a bang at him," added Patsy, but the police had us both at once, and that's all." MRS. SAMUELS DENIES GOING TO CARDIFF. I If statements are disposed of by contra- diction, then there is very little in the asser- tion that Mrs. Samaeis went to Cardiff yesterday. When seen by a Post reporter she seemed astonished to hear that there was a rumour to that effect in circulation. I did not go from Swansea all day," she remarked, neither did my husband, and whoever invented the story that I went to Cardiff to see Pordv MICnrthv is childish and nothing else. Many more things are said, but they seem so absurd that it is best only to ridicule them. i;o, Idid not go to Cardiff at all yesterday." SETTLING THE AFFAIR. MAGISTERIAL PROCEEDINGS. At the Swansea Police-court this (Satiu- j day) morning Perkins and Samuels promptly answered to their names when called upon by the Magistrates' Clerk. Both stood at the corner of the advocate's table, Samuels with his elbow on the ledge of the dock and his hand ever his forehead, in the vaiu hope of hiding a black eye. Perkins took up a position by his side, and commenced studying the fittings of the Court as though he were a connoisseur in furniture. The charge was that of committing a breach of the peace by fighting and causing a crowd to coilect in High-street on the 17th. Inspector Davies was the only witness deemed necessary, and he stated that about eight o'clock on Friday night he saw both prisoners in High-street, nearly opposite the bank. They were fighting with one another, and a large crowd, numbering between 200 and 300, surrounded them. He separated them, and they were taken to the station and locked up. Neither Perkins nor Samuels had any i question to put, and when asked if they bad anything to say, Samuels replied "No, no," whiist Perkins responded with, It was done in the heat of temper, but 1 don't, suppose it will happen again." To this Samuels gave assent, and the Chairman thereupon an- nounced that they would be bound ever in their own recognisances of Y-20 to keep the peace for six months. ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL. A fair-si zed crowd was waiting their re- appearance in the street, and to the general amusement the late enemies steered a course into the Christopher Hotel, doubtless there to drink success to the six months' embargo,

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