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The National Police Gazette: New York – November 11, 1882

The proposed wrestling match for $2,000 and the catch-as-catch-can championship of America, between the famous Joe Acton, the English champion and Clarence Whistler, of Kansas, has not yet been arranged.  Whistler agreed to give $100 to Acton to wrestle in New York, eight weeks from October 21, but Arthur Chambers, Acton’s backer, does not appear to like the proposition.  Whistler, Pilkington and Cannon called at the POLICE GAZETTE office Oct. 25, and authorized us to state that Clarence Whistler will take $100 expenses and wrestle Joe Acton in Philadelphia, in any suitable Hall, according to Acton’s articles, in eight weeks from Saturday, October 21st, the $100 to be made good at the time of final deposit.  Mr. Whistler solicits an early reply to this very accommodating proposition.


The National Police Gazette: New York – January, 6 1883

CLARENCE WHISTLER has not yet given up the idea that he can throw Joe Acton.  On Dec. 20 James Pilkington, Whistler’s staunch backer, called at the POLICE GAZETTE office, deposited $100 with Richard K. Fox and left the following challenge for his champion: Continue reading

Ross And Whistler

Daily Alta California – June 4, 1885

The Scotch Champion Vanquishes the Local Athlete.

The wrestling match between Duncan C. Ross and Clarence Whistler attracted a very fair-sized audience last night at the Wigwam.  The conditions of the match were that the contestants should wrestle four styles — Graeco-Roman, catch-as-catch-can, collar-and-elbow and side-hold, the winner of the best three falls in five to take the purse of $400.  Should neither win three falls in the first four, the final style to be selected by a toss.  D. R. McNeil acted as master of ceremonies and Adon Butler was selected referee and timekeeper.  At 9 o’clock Ross and Whistler entered the ring, both appearing in splendid order and condition.  Ross won the toss for the selection of the first style and chose collar-and-elbow.  The bout opened with cautious work on the part of both wrestlers.  Whistler labored at some disadvantage in this style, as Ross, by reason of the superior length of his legs, had the best of the tripping.  After ten minutes of tugging and hauling, in which each contestant went to the floor several times, the fall was suddenly declared in favor of Ross, although as usual the audience disputed the referee. Continue reading

Joe Acton, Ex-Champion Wrestler

The New York Times – June 27, 1917

PORTLAND, Ore., June 26. – Joe Acton, wrestling champion of America and England a quarter of a century ago, and known to sport followers as the “Little Demon,” died here today, aged 65 years.  For ten years he had been wrestling instructor at an amateur athletic club here.  He held records of victories over Joe Cannon, Edward Bibby, Evan Lewis, the original “Strangler,” and Clarence Whistler.

Muldoon Receives a Hissing

The Reno Evening Gazette – March 26, 1884

The wrestling match which occurred Monday night, at the Mechanics’ Pavilion, San Francisco, between Whistler and Muldoon, so far as Muldoon was concerned, proved to be a hippodrome. Whistler was anxious to wrestle and forced the work, but Muldoon would not attempt to wrestle or expose himself to a fall. Whistler was cheered and Muldoon hissed by the crowd. The wrestle was declared a draw and the crowd dispersed with supreme disgust. Muldoon attempts to justify his conduct by saying that if he had attempted to throw Whistler, he would himself been thrown, admitting that Whistler is the better man on a square wrestle.