MATTHEWS LOSES BIG SUM ON WRESTLERS
Originally Published In The Standard, (Odgen, Utah), Friday, February 11, 1910, Page 4.
Goldfield, Nev., Feb. 10.— According to employees of the sheriff's office, a fake wrestling match between a Salt Lake man and another man from Idaho has been the medium of swindling T. Matthews of Boise City, Idaho, out of several thousand dollars. Matthews arrived here Saturday, accompanied by George and Allen Butler, the former claiming to be the father of the wrestler. Allen Butler and all registered at the Goldfield hotel as from Boise. Later, by alleged arrangement, one Mclaughlin, a wrestler, and C. Hughes arrived from Salt Lake. Hughes posed as a wealthy mining man, and a match was made, Matthews backing the Boise athlete. The men wrestled in a vacant house, McLaughlin securing the first fall. When McLaughlin was apparently about to win the second fall, Butler secured a choke hold, and McLaughlin breaking a bubble of red ink in his mouth, pretended desperate agony. At this instant, a pretended officer entered and threatened all with arrest. McLaughlin being ostensibly sent to the hospital. The stake money was distributed and Matthews is reported to have disgorged nearly $5,000.
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