1893 One Hundred Years Ago

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The renowned Australian fighting kangaroo “Miss Fitzsimmons” died in Chicago on May 14. “Miss Fitzsimmons’ style of attack,” the Police Gazette eulogized, “was to balance herself on the bone of her tail and jab her adversary in the shins with her two long and pointed feet. She had a way of shooting out and uppercutting a man on the knees. She also used her short upper legs with some effect in clinches and while in motion kept them paddling like an egg beater.” Miss Fitzsimmons’s promoters could take comfort, however, in the fact that they still had their regular fighters, as well as “a monkey that swims.”