Sep 23, 1900 Chicago Dogfighters - The Farmer Brothers Make the Front Page With Fight

This story appeared in the Sunday Chicago Tribune, front page, right under the masthead. This story mentions that "Alderman McCormick" attended this dogfight who was apparently a city official from the most prominent family in the city at the time.  People knew that pit bulls were fighting dogs back in 1900.



Joseph Farmer Objects to William Delihant’s Decision Against White Brandy and Sends a Bullet Into Latter’s Hand, Scattering Money, Which Farmer Then Seizes—Young Duke, Owned by Pat Conroy, Declared to Have Best of Contest

Because he was not satisfied with the referee’s decision of a dogfight at Blue Island yesterday afternoon, Joseph Farmer, whose dog was held to be the loser, shot the stake money out of Referee William I. Delihant’s hand, took it, and drove away with his brother, William. A lot of disgusted men then returned to Chicago, having lost the money they had wagered on the contest.

Chicago Dogfighter and Industrialist
William T. Delihant  (1859-1929)
The fight, which took place in Bruno’s place, west of the village, had lasted seventeen minutes and was exceedingly savage. It was between White Brandy, owned by the Farmer brothers, the dog fanciers, and Young Duke, owned by Pat Conroy, Fortieth street and Wentworth avenue, and a half dozen sporting men. Young Duke has been consiered the champion of the world, and those present say this dog seemed to have the best of the fight.

After the trouble began, Al Fisk, 3643 South Maplewood avenue, who at one time fought Peter Jackson under the name of Jack King, tried to protect Delihant, and Joseph Farmer, with two revolvers in his hands, fired at Fisk.

One bullet entered Fisk’s left leg and was extracted later by Dr. Seim of Blue Island. The other bullet passed through Fisk’s clothes and grazed the thigh. Neither Delihant’s nor Fisks injuries are considered serious.

The entire affair was characterized as a “holdup” by the men who witnessed it.

Arrive in Blue Island Early
Shortly after noon delegations of Chicago sports arrived in Blue Island and were taken to Bruno’s place. The fight was for the championship of the world. The twelve-foot-pit had been pitched on the second floor and the hall was filled with men. Spectators were evenly divided as to the merits of the dogs, and $750 had been wagered on the outcome.
The dogfighter William T. Delihant served as referee for
this fight and was shot in the hand
The owners of the dogs had placed $200 a side on the result, and this money, in addition to part of the side bets, had been placed in the keeping of Delihant, who resides at 3006 South Forty-first avenue.

Among those who were in the hall were Al Fisk, Tom Kerwin, Alderman McCormick, Tom Gleason, Thomas Dunne, Dave Roach, James Worley, and N.S. Sire. Time was called at 3:05.
William T. Delihant was the president of a coal company
and a Chicago City Alderman attended the event.
It was a revolting sight which followed. In the pit the two dogs bit and tore each other. The growls and bites seemed to elate the spectators, who urged them on.

“Go it, Duke,” “Tear him, Brandy,” “Kill him,” were cries heard in the hall. Finally even the brute natures of the antagonists began to fall.

Delihant, who refereed the fight, gave it to young Duke. Then the trouble began. Joseph Farmer sprang toward him and covere him with a revolver.

“I want that money,” he exclaimed. “That kind of decision don’t go with me.”

Delihant hesitated and reached for his own revolver. Before he had a chance to draw it, Farmer pulled the trigger. The bullet passed through Delihant’s hand. The money fell to the floor, and Joseph Farmer and his brother gathered up in the scramble which followed.

Panic in the Hall
The men who were in the room were panic-stricken. some of them jumped from the windows, while others rushed to the door.
In the meantime, Fisk had reached Delihant’s side and struck William Farmer in the face. Joseph Farmer wrested Delihant’s revolver from his hand, and with a gun in each hand, began to shoot Fisk. Fisk ran out of the rear door and as he reached the yard was struck by one of the balls.

The Farmer brothers jumped into a buggy and drove away. The two injured men were taken to Blue Island avenue, where Dr. Glim dressed their wounds. Then the entire contingent returned home.

The Chicago police have been asked to look for Joseph Farmer

Chicago Sunday Tribune, September 23, 1900, p.1

The article refers to "William I. Delihant" instead of "William T. Delihant."  The doctors' names at the beginning and at the end of the article are different.  It is not clear whether the reporter is referring to two different doctors or if one of the names is a typo.

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