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The Wizard of the Mat – Strength Magazine – May, 1927

A wise wit once remarked that it was wisest and safest, when offering comparisons, to look backwards instead of forwards. Perhaps it is the truth behind this statement that makes the world admire a genius more after he is dead. Only the wild optimists prophesy the future for the future is never written across the sky as is the past. It may be more satisfactory for the general public to believe that we have never had another Shakespeare, or another Beethoven, but I do believe it is easier to compare the philosophy of sayings and the beauty of music, than it is to com- pare the athletic ability of an athlete, particularly of a boxer or of a wrestler who relies entirely upon his general physical supremacy, where time or height cannot convey the full meaning of his efficiency, as is possible for the runner and jumper.