Wrestling Fake In Philadelphia: Duncan Ross and Roeber Excite the Ire of a Quaker City Crowd

Published in The Chicago Daily Tribune, August 4, 1895, page 5.

Philadelphia, Pa., Aug. 3 – [Special.] One of those brazen fakes which have soured the people of this city on traveling professional wrestlers was given in this city at the Winter Circus tonight by Duncan Ross and Ernest Roeber. The men were to wrestle two falls, side hold, in harness and two falls Greco-Roman. Ross got the first fall in 4 minutes and 32 seconds, and the second in 5 minutes and 50 seconds. In the Greco-Roman style Ross merely lay down to Roeber when he got too tired or lazy to work. The first fall took three minutes and forty-eight seconds. The crowd began hooting and groaning, and whistled the “dead march” in derision. After fifteen minutes of this the contestants were given two minutes to rest. The manger of the show dismissed the men from the ring after saying they agreed to call it a draw.


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