January 2, 1914
LOS ANGELES, Cal., Jan. 2. — Bud Anderson will never fight again as a lightweight. This is the unanimous opinion and hope today of the Los Angeles fight going public, who saw him fall an easy victim to Leach Cross in seven rounds of their New Year's day match at Vernon.
For hours yesterday morning Bud lay steaming in hot blankets, and even then was unable to make weight. He entered the ring sodden, pasty faced, weak and painfully slow. He had not the ghost of a chance against Cross.
On the other hand, Cross was in perfect shape, and against the sluggish, amateurish Anderson had ample opportunity to exhibit his wonderful ringcraft.
For three rounds Cross played with his opponent, solving him with ease. He then lay back, permitting the weakened Bud to fight himself out for three rounds. In the seventh Leach really went into action for the first time.
Meeting Anderson with a shower of dizzying lefts and rights he then fell into a clinch, from which he emerged with well-feigned grogginess. Anderson fell for the old trick, flung himself at Cross and was met by a terrific straight left that practically ended the mill. Bud was game, but outclassed.
Anderson's plans for the future are indefinite. Cross will leave tomorrow for the mountains, returning here to meet some lightweight on February 22.
During the past two or three years some of the enterprising fruit growers of the Rogue River Valley have adopted dynamite as one of the most useful agents in the work of tree planting, plowing and subsoiling. Everyone knows that the old method of setting a tree in a hole so dug as to have the sides glazed and imperious to moisture and almost impenetrable to the root system which the young type puts out is defective. However, when dynamite is used the ground is thoroughly broken up and conditions made favorable to tree growth. Not only is the hole quickly dug, but the soil is loosened and made porous in such a way as to increase its capacity for storing water as well as making the conditions favorable for the extension of the root system of the tree.