" Good gammon," answered Spring.
9. The face of Neal now exhibited severe
punishment ; and Sampson said, " this is ra-
ther different from what was expected the
boot is on the other leg : there is not in the
world, at this present moment, such another
fighter as this Dutch Sam. The Old Sam
was nothing else but a phenomenon ; but this
Young One will win twice as many battles."
The superiority of Sam in this round was
evident to the greatest stranger ; he planted
right and left, and got away. [Bravo !] Sam,
quite alive, went boldly up to Neal, who was
almost staggering, and again put in his one,
two. Neal went down bleeding, and the ex-
ertions of Sam were cheered from all parts of
10. The friends of Neal were rather unset-
tled at the lead which Sam had decidedly
taken : in truth, Neal was as weak as a kitten ;
but his purlizans relied on his game qualities,
in hopes that he might be able to effect some
change in his favor. Sam was on the offen-
sive, but steady as a rock, until he saw
an opening, when he went to work ; a
sharp rally occurred, when Neal turned round
to get out of trouble; but Sam followed him.
The hitting was truly severe on both sides.
Ned missed a right-handed blow aimed at the
jugular vein, which, had it alighted on the
right place, might have proved serious. In
closing, Sam fibbed severely, until Ned went
down. " It is all your own now," said Stock-
man ; " you have won it."
11. Sparring, a tiny bit, when Ned tried
the bustling system, and planted one or two
hits, but fell down from weakness.
12. Both ready, and severe counter hits
made them both feel. Neal now experienced,
too late, that he had treated Young Sam too
lightly he not only turned out a most active,
but also a very determined boxer. In closing,
both down, Ned undermost.
13. Neal's opponent looked upon him as
the worse for his training, yet Sam, neverthe-
less, treated him as a dangerous customer, and
always to be waited upon with caution. Sam's
throttle napt a rum one ; but the latter put in
his one, two, with heavy effect. Ned again
14. The confidence of Sam was striking;
and the game displayed by Ned entitled to the
highest praise. In truth, " such a pair of
brave fellows, and out-and-out boxers, are
seldom seen." Sam, with the utmost dex-
terity, planted a blow on Neal's snout, that
made his head reel again ; it almost stupified
Ned : in fact, his blows were quite at random.
Sain took advantage of his disorder, and by a
severe upper-cut, Neal went down. The
, of course, were all in the stirrups,
and offered odds that Sam would win it in a
15. This was a punishing round on both
sides. Counter-hits, and rum ones into the
bargain, were the leading features, until Ned
found his way to the grass.
16. Ned stopped a heavy blow ; he also got
away from punishment ; but Sam, active as a
deer, followed him to give pepper; but the
parries of Ned were skilful in the extreme.
Owing to weakness Neal went down on his
17. The friends of Ned began to revive
he came to the scratch rather improved, and
also appeared to stand firmer on his pins.
Ned made play, but he was unsuccessful ; the
liveliness of Sam enabled him to get out of
mischief. Ned, however, followed Sam to
punish, but a tremendous upper-cut stopped
him. In closing, the strength of Neal was of
no use, by comparison with Sam. Both down,
18. Had the strength of Neal prevailed, in.
all probability another account might have
been given of this battle. The parries of
Neal, in numerous instances, were of the first
skill ; but his hitting could not keep pace
with it. Sam had decidedly the best of this
round, and Neal went down.
It). The backers of Sam had now almost
made up their minds it would soon be over,
and Sam the conqueror. Indeed, it appeared
to most of the spectators that Neal was nearly
exhausted ; and those persons who were not
acquainted with \\isgame qualities also thought
that the chance was, in every point of view,
against him. In closing, both down.
20. Neal measured his way well ; and the
counter-hits were of a punishing description.
Neal, determined to smash Sam if possible,
went boldly in to work ; but he was met with
equal resolution by Sam. In closing, Sam
threw his opponent so heavily on his head,
that the cry was, " It is all over, he will not
fight another round." " We can fight for a
long day, yet," replied Spring, " and win it
21. The science of Ned was again witnessed
with delight ; the right and left hand of Sam
he stopped with ease. Sam, full of pluck,
and as brisk as a bee, went up to punish his
adversary, which he did so effectually, that
Neal turned away from punishment. Sam,
however, stuck to his work until Ned went
down. " He ought not to be suffered to go
down to avoid punishment," said the friends
of Sam ; " bqt Ned is sure to lose it."
22. The weakness of Ned was pitiable : he
stopped well ; but his blows, in general, did
not arrive at their intended aim. He com-
menced the whole of the rounds like a man
determined to deal out punishment ; but Sam
finished them in the character of a first-rate
boxer. Ned, after an exchange of blows, fell
23. Neal planted a severe blow with his
right hand ; but he got a facer for it. Sam
PIERCE EGAN'S BOOK OF SPORTS.
always would be with him. Parries on both
sides. Sam received a heavy mugger, enough
to take the pimple from the body, but he shook
it off, and returned to the charge ; and Ned
24. The mouth of Sam again received a
seyere blow ; but he returned pepper on Ned's
right peeper. Both the combatants went to
work like nothing else but good ones, and
severe exchanges passed between them. Sam
got his right distance, and floored Ned like a
shot The Samites now thought it was all
over ; and with their shouts of joy almost rent
the skies, offering 4 to 1 ; and saying, " He
can lick any thing upon the list he shall
fight the whole of the boxers. He is another
phenomenon he is equal to Jem Belcher in
the best of his days."
25. Although Neal went down almost every
round, yet it was strange to witness, when he
came to the scratch he commenced fighting.
The patrons of Neal must have admired his
conduct: he tried every thing to turn the
battle in his favor, to give them a chance either
to WIN MONEY, or to get off their blunt. Neal
stopped well, and got away from danger ; but
Sam, anxious to put on the polish, never left
him, tipping it to Ned right and left, until he
26. Neal made play, but Sarn stopped him :
the Young One turned-to like a game cock,
milling all before him, until Ned slipped
down. Sam seemed surprised that he had
lost his adversary. '* That is the way, Sam,
to win it," from his partisans ; " it is 100 to 1,
and no mistake.'
27. Ned could not get the lead he tried it
on times and often, but his strength had left
him. Sam's left hand was well stopped by
Neal ; but his right had the desired effect on
the cheek of his adversary, and Ned went
down. The friends of Sam again cried out
that Neal ought to stand up and fight. " If
he does any thing wrong," replied Spring,
" appeal to the umpires, and they will do you
28. Neal was always dangerous, and now
and then put in a tcisty -castor, which rather
changed the look of Sam's frontispiece. In
closing, Sam proved himself a good weaver,
and Neal was again down.
20. Those persons who have asserted that
Ned never knew how to fight, must have
altered their opinion, if they had seen the
beautiful stops made by Neal, against so ac-
complished a boxer as Sam. After some
excellent parries by Ned, Sam punished his
opponent, who was hit out of the ring. The
Samites now booked it as all at an end
offering any odds upon the Young One.
30. Spring and Holt carried Neal to the
scratch, when Sam, like a good judge, put on
the polish to win gold, and wear it; but
Neal, owing to weakness, could not oppose
his adversary, and slipped down on his knees.
31. Neal came up better, and immediately
showed fight. " He's not done yet," said one
of his friends. " I think you said done ; no,
nor half done ; we shall win it, and nothing
else," replied Spring. Sam had not a jot the
best of this round. Several good exchanges,
until both down.
32. Ned was always good to go to work,
and Sam got away from trouble. The latter
again put in a severe upper cut. In closing,
33. Neal could not be viewed in his proper
character as a fighting man he had licked
himself, as it were, by his over-reduction of
flesh and he now found out that he could
not perform, by action, what his judgment
suggested to him. He frequently appealed
abroad hit short and could not plant his
favorite hit, with any thing like certainty.
In closing he was fibbed, and went down in
an exhausted state.
34. Spring whispered something into the
ear of Neal, and he boldly went in to mill.
when Sam retreated from danger. The Young
One soon took the lead ; but Neal fought him
in the most manly style ; and had not the blow
intended for the listener gone over Sam's
shoulder, summut might have been the matter.
In closing, Neal was almost reduced to a baby
in the arms of Sam, and he went down.
35. The face of Neal now exhibited a woe-
ful aspect ; but he never lagged when time
was called, and always appeared at the scratch.
Ned very gaily planted a rum one on the do-
minoes of Sam, which rather surprised the
Young One, who seemed to say, " 1 ought not
to have let that have happened ; but I must
give pepper in return for it ;" and sure enough
he did right and left, until Neal went down.
30. Generally speaking, most of the specta-
tors had made up their minds that Neal, who
had been so much in the back ground, must
have been defeated long before this period of
the battle ; but his friends still entertained
hopes that Neal, if not hit out of time, would
be able to wear out Sam. Severe counter-
hits ; but Neal down.
37. This round gave a sort of new life to the
backers of Neal ; he commenced by planting
a severe blow on Sam's ivories. " Bravo,
Neal ; another !" Heavy exchanges. Neal
again planted his left hand on the mouth of
Sam. [Loud shouts from his friends" He'll
win it now."J The face of the Young One
was rather altered, and the severe handy-work
of Neal was no mistake. Sam took it well,
and steadily made good use of his left hand,
when Neal again was on the grass.
38. The claret was now running down from
the mouth of Sam, and he was rather the worse
for his exertions. He was not absolutely
piping ; but he was not quite so lively as
heretofore. " Go in," said Harry Holt ; " fight
with your left hand, and you will soon alter
the price of stocks. The tide is turned in our
favor ; and you know, my boy, ' there is a tide
in the affairs of men,' as we say in the classics,
but no more of that go in and win it." Neal,
according to the advice of the eloquent Harry
PIERCE EGAN'S BOOK OF SPORTS.
Holt, endeavoured to push his fortune ; but
the Young One had recovered himself, was too
leary, and stopped him. Neal, nevertheless,
again went to work in right earnest, and was
rather troublesome ; but Sam got rid of him
by an upper-cut, and Neal went down, his
face covered with claret.
39. Sam was convinced that Neal was not
yet beaten, and that some caution was neces-
sary. Neal meant mischief, and tried it on ;
but Sam said, " Stop a bit ;" and his one,
two, sent Neal down.
40. Strange to relate, the dead man, as some
of Sam's friends called Neal, planted a tre-
mendous blow on Sam's left eye, which not
only put him on the winking system, but made
his pimple rattle again. Sam fought his way
into a rally, which was give and take, until
Neal went down.
41. This was a capital round, and the spec-
tators all on the qui vive to witness the perse-
vering efforts of Neal. The latter again
mouthed his opponent with a more punislihig
weapon than his tongue ; but Sam said he
would spoil his chaffing, if possible, and the
left hand of the Young One sent him down.
42. The light was by no means out of Neal ;
and Ihe rally was sharply contested, hit for
hit, until Neal went down. " This is a cap-
ital fight," said a Corinthian in company with
the proprietor of the park ; " no man who
loves true courage, and admires the art of self-
defence, as a feature connected with the bra-
very of Old England, would grudge going
three hundred miles to witness such a prime
day's play. They are a couple of brave men,
and it is a pity they cannot both win."
43. Sam again napt it severi-ly on his ivories,
and the claret followed the blow. The Young
One staggered a little from its severe effects ;
but he returned to the charge like a lion. He
planted, like lightning, three hits in succes-
sion, until Neal went down quite exhausted.
44. Ned appeared at the scratch much
"better than could be expected," and rubbed
his hands together, ready to go to work.
Counter-hits, and the punishment equal. A
severe rally finished the round, when Neal
again went down.
45. The fine science of Sam could not stop
the left hand of Ned from punishing his
mouth. Two jobs in the same place, it is
said, is not fair ; however, Neal planted them,
and got down without any return. The friends
of Sam grumbled.
46. " You ought," said Hoit, " to have
used your left hand at the commencement of
the battle, and you would have won it. Try
it again." A most determined rally occurred
hit for hit smack for smack and pelt for
pelt so much did Neal exert himself, until
he was grassed.
47. Sam's sluice house was again severely
damaged, and some time must elapse before
he can crack a joke with any thing like plea-
santry to his lips. Sam did not seem to like
such treatment, and sought to return the com-
pliment ; but in his passion he hit aside, and
Neal went down.
48. The friends of Sam looked rather blue
on witnessing symptoms of his being rather
abroad when brought to the scratch ; and the
claret also flowing profusely from his tell-tale.
Sam judiciously sparred for time, waited foi
his opportunity, and planted such a silencer on
the knowledge box, that Neal went down
quite stupefied. The Samites were once more
on top ropes shouting for joy and, in the
pride of the moment, offered any odds that
Ned did not fight two more rounds.
49. Poor Ned, weak beyond compare, but,
nevertheless, game to the back-bone, tried
again for the ivory department in Sam's upper
works ; but the latter said " such proceedings
must be stopped," and hit Neal down.
50. The left hand of Ned told severely ; and
Sam, in his hurry, missed a finishing upper-
cut, that might have put a quietus to the mill.
But a miss is as good as a mile. Ned was
lucky ; but so weak that he went down.
51. Considering the length of the tight, and also
the work that had been done, this was a capital
round. Both the combatants were troublesome
to each other, and in closing, down, but Sam
uppermost, " Well done both sides," from dif-
ferent parts of the ring.
52. The mouth of Sam again suffered fr;>m
the left hand of Neal ; indeed, it was now
terribly out of shape ; and Sam endeavoured
to retaliate, but Neal got down.
53. Sam kept a good look out to put in the
coup de grace ; but Neal almost sat down.
" Foul," and " fair ;" but the umpires did not
54. Sam could not protect his mouth from
the visitations of Neal ; the Young One. fol-
lowed him up until Ned was down.
55. Neal, as usual, commenced milling ; but
he was stopped by Sam. The latter tried all
he could to put on the polish ; but the time
had not yet arrived for its completion. Neu'
56. Sam endeavoured to hit up, but Neal
got away. It was astonishing to witness the
efforts of Neal ; in truth, the friends of Sam,
at different times, did not know what to make
of Neal, and observed, " he is still a dangerou'.
fellow." Ned got down.
57. Neal at the scratch, commenced his
work, and several exchanges were made. Sam,
although not so lively as heretofore, still kept
the lead, went in, and sent Neal down.
58. No sooner had Spring and Holt placed
Neal at the Scratch, but he prepared himself
for action ; and although his strength would
not second his efforts for a heavy blow, he
made a hit. Sam rushed in to punish, but i..
slight push must have sent Neal down.
59. Neal was almost too great a glutton for
Sam; and the latter showed symptoms of
fatigue. Neal tried it on : a Hush hit might
have done wonders for him towards victory,
and it should seem he was determined never
to say NO. Several blows were exchanged ;
PIERCE EGAN'S BOOK OF SPORTS.
but Ned could not hit Sam down. The latter
ran in and nobbed his adversary until he mea-
sured his length upon the grass.
CO. This was a slap-up round, both trying
for the best of it. Ned not only made good
stops, but planted several blows in a rally.
Sam was again the leader, and Neal fell upon
61. The determination shown by Neal, to
the lovers of true courage was delightful he
contested every inch of ground, in hopes to
obtain a turn in his favor. On setting to,
Sam's mouth was punished, although the latter
sent Neal down.
62. This was a gallant round. Counter
hits, rallying, and every thing, done on both
sides, towards victory. Ned, as the pugilistic
phrase goes, put a little one IN now and then,
although Sam acknowledged it, cent per cent.
Neal was sent down, his face covered with
claret, and so altered that his friends would
have been at a loss to have recognized him.
63. Sam commenced fighting, and Neal was
a taker, both right and left ; but the latter
planted a teazer on Sam's mouth, which pro-
duced the claret in streams. This was new
life to the backers of Neal ; they had been
rather dumb for a short period ; but they now
gave their red rags a holiday, and a precious
shout in favor of Ned was the result. If Neal
could have followed up this advantage a
change might have taken place in his favor ;
but Sam would not be denied, and sent down
64. The friends of Neal thought something
like a chance appeared in favor of their man,
as Sam began to display weakness. In fact,
he had done a great deal of work, and it was
not quite certain that he would be able to
complete the job. " It is all your own," cried
Holt and Davy ; " only use your left hand,
and finish him off." Ned, equally as anxious
as his backers could be, tried it on, and was
successful in planting right and left ; but Sam
was with him, until Ned went down, and
Sam, from weakness, also found himself on
65. Ned set to like a good one, and his
right hand told ; but a severe upper-cut from
Sam put an end to the round, and Neal, as
usual, measured his length on the ground.
66. A pause. Caution on both sides ; until
Sam went in gaily towards the finish, which
BOW appeared within his grasp. His one,
two, had the desired effect, and poor Neal re-
ceived lots of punishment, until down.
67. " It will never be over/' said an old
gentleman not acquainted with the ring.
" You cannot have too much of a good thing,"
replied Stockman : " only wait a few minutes
now, and Neal will be done over by this phe-
nomenon, Sam." Neal planted two blows,
but he was not able to finish the round, and
Sam had the best of it. Ned was down.
C8. This was a good round, and Neal never
flinched from a blow. He was still danger-
ous while he made a hit ; and although Sam
was the best as to putting on the polish, still
he was getting weak. Ned ready. The bat-
tie had now arrived at that state, when doubts,
hopes, and fears were expressed on both sides.
Ned was not absolutely done over, although
very near it ; and a flush hit might have done
Sam's business. But a finishing blow was
not in Neal. The latter again attacked the
mouth of Sam with success. (Cheers from
his party.} He repeated the attempt with
equal success. (Another tremendous roar of
applause for Neal.) The claret ran down in
profusion from Sam's face ; but the latter, like
a good one, recovered himself and by two
blows sent his adversary down.
70. Sam was almost tired ; and Neal
nearly proving too great a. glutton for him.
Spring again whispered into the ear of Neal
how to conduct himself towards victory. Ned
again commenced milling, and Sam was
scarcely able to do any thing. Ned went
down exhausted. Even betting ; but doubts
as to choice.
71. Spring and Holt looked well after
their man, and carried him to the scratch ; as
did Sampson and Curtis. The battle now
was interesting to the backers beyond descrip-
tion. Neal went to work, but Sam parried.
Ned rushed into a close ; he tried to hold
Sam, but he was unable from weakness. Ned.
however, planted a blow on the top of Sam's
nob the latter tried for his cutting-up hit.
Both down, but Sam fell severely on his head.
72. This was a milling round. A sharp
rally ; but the fine fighting of Sam gave him
tiie best of it. Neal again down in a most
73. The head of Sam was materially
altered, and his mouth was all awry ; and the
claret issuing freely from his lips. " It is not
safe to either," was the general cry : " It is
anybody's battle." But Sam was the freshest
man of the two. The science of Sam here,
it might be said, gave him the battle ; it en-
abled him to keep out of danger. Neal
would fight his man ; but he was jobbed to
pieces, until he went down.
74. It really was astonishing to witness a
man so distressed come up to fight his head
punished all to pieces. Neal went dowa
from a slight touch. " Take him away he
ought not to be suffered to fight."
75. Sam roused himself into action, and
endeavoured to take the lead ; but Ned par-
ried well. Sam planted two nobbers ; Neal
returned ; but slipped down. During the
time Sam was sitting on his second's knee,
his head dropped down upon his shoulder :
he was nearly exhausted, Sampson threw
water over his head, and roared out in a
voice of thunder, " It's all right." Neal'a
friends were on the alert, asserting that " Ned
now must win it."
76. This was a famous round ; and th9
spirited conduct of Sam won him the fig?ik
Neal again commenced, and touched Sara's
ore mouth j but in closing. Sam caught hold
PIERCE EGAN'S ROOK OF SPORTS.
of Neal round the neck, and fibbed him
dreadfully until he went down. " It's all
over 5 to 1 on Sam."
77. Strange to relate, Ned made play, and
planted his left hand. (Bravo, Ned !) Both
men, after maneuvering about, made them-
selves up for mischief, and both went down
from severe counter hits. Great applause from
all parts of the ring. " Jack is as good as
his master," and it was a near thing. In fact,
it was a dangerous thing ; but Sam was the
strongest man. " Sam for 100J."
78 and last. It was clear that Neal well
knew what he was about, as he parried, in
the most excellent manner, Sam's one, two.
The Young One, with the utmost dexterity,
gave Ned a rum one on his conk over his
guard ; but Neal returned. Sam on the look
out, got himself well together for mischief,
and planted a severe hit upon Ned's throat.
This blow stunned him his arms dropped
down he staggered, and went down as in-
sensible as a Jog of wood. His seconds did
every thing in their power to renovate him ;
but when time was called, it was ALL UP, and
Sam was declared the conqueror. His friends
and the spectators in general crowned his
efforts with the loudest applause. He walked
to his carriage, and left the ground immedi-
ately for Bromfield. Poor Ned was carried
out of the ring in a complete state of stupor,
by Spring and Holt, attended by Dr. Wake-
field, to the Angel Inn, Ludlow. The battle
continued ONE HOUR and FORTY ONE
By this brilliant (onquest, Sam has not
only secured and strengthened the good opi-
nion of his friends, but he has also generally
raised himself in the estimation of the sport-
ing world ; nay, he has done more, he has
removed all doubts, if any existed upon the
subject, respecting his GAMENESS. In all his
contests he was likewise viewed as a scion
tific, showy fighter; but in this battle with
Neal he has proved himself a most effective,
decisive, and the term elegant boxer, must be
added, only as a just tribute to his superior
milling talents. As a pugilist, he possesses
all the activity of the late Jem Belcher is
always ready at his post ; cautious to prevent
MISCHIEF yet on the alert to improve any
advantage that may offer itself in the fight,
by putting in the decisive blow. His plunge
is dangerous in the extreme to an adversary