Religion: Dempsey Rebuked

"Whereas, the Christian and Reformed Churches are campaigning to end prizefighting in California, and it is published that such an exhibition, led by a noted pugilist, is to be staged for the benefit of a Protestant church; resolved, that we disclaim any sympathy with such a benefit and protest the use of such demoralizing methods in the name of the Church of Christ."

In these harsh terms, 200 Methodist preachers in Los Angeles, Calif., protested the plan to have onetime heavyweight champion (1919-26) Jack Dempsey, box in an exhibition fight of which the receipts...

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