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Rickard, Nolan and Gans late that evening, the Dane's manager made known the terms on which Nelson would agree to meet the colored fighter. They were not acceptable to the latter and the two days which followed passed in a discussion over the respective demands of each.Towards the end of the second day, it seemed as though both parties had agreed to split on a rock of mutual misunderstanding. At 10:30 that night several of the leading members of the Club assembled in conference and decided that the situation was one that called for arbitration. These men, among whom were "Tex" Rickard, "Larry" Sullivan and George Wingfield, lost no time in communicating with both Nolan and Gans, once this decision was arrived at.In exactly half an hour after this ultimatum was delivered to the two men, one-quarter of an hour before midnight, a preliminary agreement was signed by the two. In the quickest period of time known to the world of sports, the two greatest lightweight fighters in America today had been matched to meet each other for the largest guaranteed purse ever offered for a contest of this kind.The man to whom, in a large degree, the credit for it all is due, is "Tex" Rickard. Born in Kansas City, Missouri; and raised in Western Texas during the pioneer days of 1874, "Tex" Rickard's early training was undoubtedly responsible for the sturdy, straightforward career in life which he afterwards chose. The "Rickard-Mohawk Leasing and Development Company, which is operating on one of the richest pieces of ground on the famous Mohawk ground, now claims him as president. Several of Goldfield's most prominent men are jointly interested with him in this enterprise. Mr. Rickard is also interested in the McNaughton Lease on the Mohawk.To sum up his career, no more fitting expression can be made use of than the impulsive words of praise uttered by a companion and friend of his Klondike days, in the presence of a number of Gold-field's representative men, gathered one night recently in the Montezuma Club. In effect, the latter's words were: "No whiter man ever drew the breath of life than 'Tex' Rickard."L. M. SULLIVANL . M. SULLIVAN, president of the L. M. Sullivan Trust Company, Goldfield, who has been iden- tified so prominently with the arranging of the Gans-Nelson contest, is one of the leading mine-makers of Nevada. Mr. Sullivan came to Goldfield less than a year and a half ago from Portland, Oregon, and at once engaged in the business of promoting mining stocks. He restricted his energies at the start to the Manhattan Mining District, and during the early promotion period of Manhattan, incorporated and promoted the Jumping Jack Manhattan Mining Company, the Stray Dog Manhattan Mining Company, and the Indian Camp Manhattan Mining Company. All three of these properties are now producers of pay ore, and those who invested in the stocks of the companies are making money, and lots of it. Another promotion Mr. Sullivan has been identified with is the Bullfrog Rush Mining Company, which adjoins the great Bullfrog Denver on Bonanza Mountain.It is Mr. Sullivan's boast that he will never promote a company on any basis that will not permit him to buy back the stock from subscribers at the price they paid for it.Mr. Sullivan made his presence felt in Goldfield by setting a precedent in announcing the exact amount of money turned into the treasury of one of his companies for treasury stock sold. On the first of February he started to promote the Jumping Jack Manhattan Mining Company, and on the 25th turned over to the treasury $57,000 net cash for the sale of 300,000 shares. He charged the company 6 cents per share for selling the stock, and out of that he paid all of the advertising and brokerage expenses. The absolute squareness with which he handled the Jumping Jack at once lifted him to a pedestal in Goldfield mining circles.Mr. Sullivan is 43 years of age. His original mining venture was the Lucky Boy mine, on the McKenzie River in Oregon. He lost $175,000 in that venture, and when it proved to be a failure, turned back to all the subscribers for stock the money they had paid for it, without being requested to. The result was that when he came to Goldfield he had an Oregon following that was ready to invest their money wherever he was willing to say. It is estimated that he has already made for his Oregon friends upwards of a million dollars in Nevada investments.When the Gans-Nelson fight was promoted in Goldfield Gans was unrepresented by a manager, whereas Mr. Nelson was ably represented by Mr. Nolan. Mr. Sullivan was asked by the friends of Gans to look after his interests, and he did not hesitate a moment about dividing his attention between his Trust Company and the colored prize fighter. One of the conditions Mr. Sullivan exacted was that Gans sign over to him his interest in the kinetoscope pictures and the purse, with the privilege of giving the money to the Goldfield Fire Department in case Gans fluked.!E. M. Suillivan.

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