Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Embroglio Has a Boxing Card, but the Revue of Modes .

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Embroglio Has a Boxing Card, but the Revue of Modes .

Article excerpt

Say you are a sport about town. Do you go to the Embroglio or

to the Revue of Modes?

On the one hand, it is Ladies Night at the Embroglio.

On the other, there will be a Delegation of Mermaids at the

Revue of Modes.

On the first Thursday in June 1924 the National Guard was

having its best fight card ever. That would be the Embroglio.

At the same time, the American Legion was promoting "one of the

first bathing suit revues and contests ever staged in the

South."

The fights would be at the National Guard Armory. The 154th

Infantry Band would play between fights. It would be quite

stirring.

But Pathe News was going to be at Pablo Beach, to make movies

of the Delegation of Mermaids at the Revue of Modes. The

historic event would be shown on the silver screen throughout

America. Maybe the world.

Fearless Ferns and Mickey "Red" Shannon headed the fight card.

Twenty-five handsome and shapely Jacksonville young women would

be seen "in person and in garments" at the Pablo Beach pavilion.

"Both boys have been working out daily and are in the pink of

condition," said The Florida Times-Union of Ferns and Shannon.

Ferns was still considered a Georgia boy. He soon would become

Jacksonville's own. He finished his career as Ed Corley, fight

promoter, before becoming Sgt. Corley, homicide detective of the

Jacksonville police department.

The Mason Hotel cigar stand, handling tickets for the big

fight, reported a sellout loomed. Women would be admitted free,

if accompanied by a bona fide ticket-holder.

"This feature is resulting in popularizing boxing among the

fair sex, many of whom have become regular attendants at the

weekly boxing show."

Also, for the first time in the history of the South, and maybe

the entire civilized world, a woman would be assistant

timekeeper. Louise Turck, local sportswoman, would officiate in

that capacity.

Ticket headquarters, the Mason Hotel Cigar Stand, reported

sales were brisk.

Edward DeSaussure American Legion Post 9 expected even more

spectators at the Revue of Modes and Beauty Parade of the

Delegation of Mermaids. …

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