When Good Fellows Get Together

This is another undated, unidentified article from Pop’s scrapbook.  With the references to Jack Dempsey’s new nose and the mention of the new Monte Carlo restaurant, I’ve narrowed the time frame to around September/October 1924.

1925 10 When Good Fellows Get Together at Gallagher's

1925 10 When Good Fellows Get Together at Gallagher's caption

A couple of things caught my eye in this one.

First, the artist got Pop’s name wrong – and wrote it as “John J Gallagher” (which has been corrected in pencil to “Walt”).  Oops.

Second, the artist is identified as “the Inimitable Sketchist” Ving Fuller of the Morning Telegraph.  I think that might be kind of a big deal.  He started out as a gag cartoonist for the Daily Graphic in the early 1920s.  After that, he became an animator and then went back to cartooning .  He eventually became the editor for New York Daily Mirror in the 1930s.  You can see more of his work here.

This cartoon pokes fun at Jack Dempsey when he had plastic surgery to repair his nose after so many beatings in the ring.  It was supposedly to fix a deformity in order to help his breathing, but he took some good-natured ribbing because he had also been appearing in several films to that point, which called into question his true motivation for having plastic surgery – either for the screen or to please his second wife, Estelle Taylor, a silent movie actress who played Miriam in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments in 1923.

 

November 1923: The Bean Scoffers

I was hesitant to put a date on this article.  It is clearly published in the Daily Mirror – which I can only assume is a New York newspaper – but the first issue of the Daily Mirror in New York was not published until 1924.  However, the date that is written in the scrapbook is 1923, so that’s what we’ll go with for now.

At the very least, we can be sure that our ancestors did indeed have a sense of humor.

 

1923 11 00 - The Bean Scoffers p1The Bean Scoffers

By Gene Fowler

Knives are trumps tonight at Billy Gallagher’s milk and honey depot, the Monte Carlo.  Champion Jack Dempsey is entertaining there.  His guests of honor include Luis Angel Firpo, champion prune and been demolisher of the Andes, and Tex Rickard, the charlotte russe magnate of Madison Square.

There will be speeches, and will you please excuse Firpo for talking with his mouth full?  Once Firpo and Dempsey were enemies.  Now they are thick.  But we don’t mean the kind of “thick” that one might infer from this observation.

Sporting writers and their grandsons will be there in droves.  Chauncey DePew has sent his regrets.  The famous after-dinner speaker is quoted as having failed to [sic]

“I am strictly a Marquis of Queensberry after-dinner speaker.  From where I sit, it looks as though I wouldn’t get any dinner.  There will be entirely too much competition when the Blue Plate Special steams into the station.  No eat, no speak!  That’s the motto of the DePews.”

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Say, What’s Eating on Firpo, Anyway?

Wall Street is laying heavy odds on Firpo to win the Billy Gallagher championship belt.  This belt is inlaid with Bermuda onions and Florida grapefruit.  It must be won three times in succession before it becomes the permanent property of any one food-destroyer.  Inside advices have it that Firpo will solve this question of perennial ownership by eating the belt once he has won it.

Dempsey, the host, will enter the lists himself.  He is said to be in great gastronomical form.  The fact that $90,000 income tax had to be paid made it necessary for the Champ to starve a month.  This was a lucky thing, as it will make the Dempsey-Firpo nosebag futurity a real race.


Joe Bannon Spurns the Victual Watch

Billy Gallagher is referee.  Joe Bannon, the Duke of William Street, would have been timekeeper.  But Joe was afraid it would be too brutal.  Hence, he sailed on the S. S. Berengaria.  Commissioner Enright will act as Club Physician.  Anyone caught cheating in such manner as hiding a side of beef under the table will be automatically disqualified.  Contestants who drop gravy on the necktie instead of in the proper receptacle will be warned.

At the command of the referee, which shall consist of a gentle rap with a meat cleaver on the neck, a scoffer and his steak shall break cleanly.  Fighting trunks shall consist of a napkin knotted under either ear.  Celery and lettuce is barred, as it makes too much noise.  Give Firpo ten heads of lettuce and a cluster of celery and it sounds as if he is half-soling a pair of Epinard’s shoes.

Referee Gallagher has issued explicit orders that no contestant shall eat the pictures on the wall.  Anybody detected gnawing upholstery on the chairs will be set back two yards.  The wrinkle-crowding classic makes it look like a year of famine for the boys on Broadway.  Nothing will be left when those Dempsey guests get through with their rations.

 

Luis Angel Firpo (aka “The Wild Bull of the Pampas”) was the first Argentinian to challenge the world heavyweight title.  Even though he lost to Dempsey in a controversial match in September 1923, he returned to Argentina a hero.  After a few uneventful comebacks, he retired in 1936 and became a car dealer for Stutz and by 1940 had a successful ranching business.  Firpo and Jack Dempsey teamed up to manage amateur boxer Abel Cestac, who later became the heavyweight champion of South America.

Chauncey DePew was a senator from New York, and a lot of other things.  Here is a brief biography.

I’m pretty sure Joe Bannon was a muckety-muck of some sort, but it was difficult to find any information on him or his title “Duke of William Street.”  However, this is a history of the S.S. Berengeria (aka RMS Imperator), in case you wondered.

Commissioner Enright could quite possibly be Police Commissioner (1918-1925) Richard Enright.  His wikipedia page is here.

 

Sept 14, 1923: News of New York’s Popular Hotels and Smart Restaurants

This was the only portion of this article that was preserved.  The fight that was broadcast would be Jack Dempsey’s last successful defense of his Heavyweight Champion boxing title.  85,000 people were watching the fight live, and it was broadcast via radio as far away as Argentina.  Dempsey defeated Firpo in a 2nd round KO.

1923 09 14 - News of NY Popular Hotels and Restaurants

September 14, 1923 – Newspaper unknown

One Installs Latest in Radio to Bring in Sporting Events – Andrew Club Has Annual Dinner – Fall Rush Gets Under Way.

By David G. Casem.

An experiment of connecting a highly developed amplifying public address system to a powerful, multiple-tube radio set in a restaurant, was conducted last night in the Monte Carlo, Broadway and Fifty-first street, during the Dempsey-Firpo battle.  Every patron in the crowded establishment was “sold on the proposition,” as salesmen say.  And it was not without reason. Many of them, having sets of their own, were amazed by the perfection attained by the Western Electric’s engineers in the development of its amplifying system, which is being installed in hundreds of the country’s largest hotels to aid speakers in reaching their audiences.

Hooked to the radio set last night the system brought the fight to the restaurant floor in all its realism.  J. Andrew White’s voice, it was demonstrated while he was describing the preliminaries, could be so amplified as to be thunderous in its volume.

Pierson A. Anderson, commercial radio engineer of the Western Electric Company, installed the Monte Carlo’s equipment and supervised its operation during the battle.  Later he showed the efficacy of the amplifying system by tuning in far Western orchestras, to the music of which the patrons had the novelty of dancing on the large floor.

The instruments are to be used during all sporting events of importance in the future, says Walter Gallagher, floor manager of the Monte Carlo, who was responsible for the innovation …. Frank McGuire, formerly with the Hotel Commodore and a number of well-known Broadway restaurants, has joined the Monte Carlo staff as an assistant to Walter Gallagher.

 

As depicted in this cartoon (date and newspaper unknown), Jack Dempsey was obviously a frequent patron of Billy Gallagher’s establishments.  The club pictured is the “underground” cabaret on 7th Avenue between 47th and 48th; not to be confused with the Monte Carlo on Broadway.

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… apparently they weren’t kidding:

Dempsey visits Billy Gallagher's - no date

Here’s another publicity photo taken during a dinner for newspapermen by Dempsey at the Monte Carlo:

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This isn’t the last we see of Jack Dempsey …