TO THE EDITOR OF THE PRESS. Sir, — As I hear that Edwards, the pedestrian, has been circulating rumors injurious to my reputation, I hope you will insert these lines in my defence. I beat his time in July for 100 miles, in the Theatre here, and after I had done so he went round town running down my feat, although it was done beyond a doubt, and for a wager, and his was only for gate money, and according to his own timekeeper, he only walked eightysix miles. On the 7th September I beat him for seven miles on a seventy yard course. We walked in the drill-shed at his own request, as I could beat him just as well on the road. He put a challenge in the Times the night before he left here, and when my backers went to see him at 12 o'clock they found him gone. I hope, however, to meet him at the next sports here, where I may have to give him a start. I also notice that he lays claim to the title of Californian Champion, although he was never there, and I challenge him to produce the belt which he says he has won. Most of the other items on the list in the Lyttelton Times are of the same fabulous nature, I believe, and he certainly cannot be Champion of New Zealand, as he has only walked thrice in this country for money, and been beaten once by Spence in Auckland, the next being with McGregor here, and the last with me, when I beat him easily, and can do so again on any ground in Dunedin. Hoping that this will have the effect of confining him more closely to the truth.
Yours, &c., Joseph Scott,
Dunedin, September 22nd. -Press, 25/9/1875.
(TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES.)
Sir, — In reply to a letter, signed Joseph Scott, I wish to say a word or two. If Austin, young Scott's trainer, wants to write letters to the public papers, I wish he would sign his own name, and not get a boy of 13 years of age to do it. I wish the public to know that I had nothing to do with the measuring of Gleeson's ground. My business was only to train him and allow the public to measure his ground. And as for Gleeson's walking, it is fair heel and toe. He could walk in Australia where the boy Scott would be disqualified. As for Topley, he never was the champion of the world as stated in the letter. He walked 7 miles in the Sydney Albert Ground in 59 minutes. If you look at Bell's Life you will see when Mr Morgan, the amateur champion, walked 7 miles in a few seconds over 52 minutes, and also Davidson has walked 8 miles in 1 hour, 1 minute, and 48 seconds, and quite fair at that. It is quite evident that Austin is jealous of me, and trying to do me all the harm he can, because I have beaten all his performances in New Zealand. It is such men as Bird and he that have spoiled pedestrianism in New Zealand. It ia publicly known at Christchurch and Wellington and different parts of New Zealand that he has never performed his 10 miles feat, when he used to travel about styling himself the Sydney Champion. I would be obliged to Mr Austin to leave my name alone for the future in any of his public affairs, as I can refer to Christchurch and different other parts of New Zealand, where I have always been doing fair and legitimate performances, and I have black and white to show for it. I also wish the public to know that I will cover from 10 miles to 1000 against any man in New Zealand for large or small amount. — Yours, &c., William Delaney. Invercargill, October 16th. -Southland Times, 25/10/1875.
Austin has accepted, on behalf of young Joe Scott, Dan O'Leary's challenge to walk anyone in Australia. Austin has offered to back Scott for a 24 hours' contest in Dunedin, for £100 or £200. -Mt Ida Chronicle, 10/2/1883.
AUSTRALIA v. NEW ZEALAND.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NEXT,
November 23 and 24, the Great
24 HOURS' WALKING CONTEST,
EDWARDS V. JOE SCOTT,
For Mr White’s £100 Prize.
PREVIOUS to the start of Edwards and Scott, there will be a One Hour Go-as-you-Please for local Pedestrians, First Prize, £2; Second, 10s.
C. T. WHITE. Promoter.
J. C. SEYMOUR, Manager. -NZ Times, 19/11/1883.
THE SOUTHLAND NATIONAL ATHLETIC SOCIETY.
JOE SCOTT, Champion of the Australian Colonies, begs to inform Mr P. P. Sharpe that he is open to give any man that the National Society can produce five miles start in a 24 hours' walk, for any part of £500. All communications to be addressed to Alfred Austin. Esq., Dunedin, will receive immediate attention. JOE SCOTT. Dunedin, 28th December, 1883.
N.B. — Any man taking part in the National Athletic Sports can have as far start as he likes to ask for in 24 hours for the same amount.
SOUTHLAND CALEDONIAN SOCIETY. GREAT ATTRACTION.
Young Scott, the celebrated pedestrian the champion of the Australian and New Zealand Colonies, will give an exhibition of his walking powers on the Society's Grounds, at the Annual Gathering, on the 1st and 2nd days of next January.
WM. BLACKLOCK, Secretary.
SOUTHLAND CALEDONIAN SOCIETY.
Gentlemen in Highland Costume, members, pipers, and competitors, are invited to assemble in front of the Athenaeum at 10.30 a.m. on New Year's Day, and proceed thence to the Society's grounds. W. BLACKLOCK, Sec.
SOUTHLAND NATIONAL ATHLETIC SOOIETY.
GREATER ATTRACTION. Old Edwards, the celebrated Pedestrian, the Champion of the World, will walk Young Scott or any other man for one hundred, on the Society's Grounds, the Park Reserve, at the Annual Gathering on the 1st day of January next.
P. P. SHARPE, Sec.
SOUTHLAND NATIONAL ATHLETIC SOCIETY.
Gentlemen in English and Irish Costume, and Highlanders in their Native Costume, Members, Competitors, and Pipers, and the Public are respectfully requested to assemble in front of the Athenesum at 10 a.m., on New Year's Day, when the Invercargill Garrison Band will play some of their best pieces of music, and upon the arrival of the train will march en masse to the Society's Grounds. P. P. SHARPE, Sec.
GREGG AND CO.'S BLUE RIBBON BOOTH. Visitors to the above Games can be supplied at this Booth with all temperance refreshments, viz., Lemonade, Ginger Beer, Cordials, Tea and Coffee, Sandwiches, Pastry, and Confectionery of the best.
SEPARATE MARQUEE FOR LADIES.
Please observe the sign, blue ribbons on poles. -Southland Times, 1/1/1884.
LAND AND WATER
The 24 hours' walking contest between Arthur Hancook (the 50-mile champion of England) and Joe Scott, which was to have taken place at the Garrison Hall on Friday and Saturday, is likely to be postponed. Hancock has met with a slight accident, which has caused him to give up training, and he intends to apply to his opponent for a postponement. -Otago Witness, 10/1/1885.
The 24 hours' walking match between Hancock, the English ped, and Joe Scott, Dunedin, resulted in an easy win for Scott, who did 115 miles comfortably. Hancock gave up at 100, when he was seven miles behind; he was not in good health, suffering from boils, and walking in evident distress all the afternoon. He went off with a lead of a few laps, but in six hours Scott passed him. Hancock kept up well for twelve hours, when they had done about 59 miles, with Hancock three-quarters of a mile behind, but he fell off afterwards. Scott excelled his best previous record, and was in no way pushed or distressed. -Thames Advertiser, 26/1/1885.
SUCCESS OF A NEW ZEALAND PEDESTRIAN.
The pessimist croakings of the "knowalls" who prophesied that your New Zealand champion, Joe Scott, would stand no chance against first-class English pedestrians, have been completely and satisfactorily falsified. Since I last wrote Scott has won two important matches (a 12 and a 24 hours' walk) against Arthur Hancock and John Hibberd, both crack performers and admitted to be thoroughly "fit" and well. The first proved a hollow affair, for Scott merely waited on his opponent till he fairly broke him down at 43 1/2 miles. Hancock then retired and Scott going steadily along covered 63 miles in the given time. This little bout came off at the Aquarium on a boarded track, an innovation that did not seem to be viewed altogether favourably by Mr Sampson and others. Scott has made a most favourable impression both in sporting circles and in public. At the close of Saturday's walk he was loudly cheered, and if only he keeps a level head, a remunerative tour lies before him. There was but little betting, Hibberd's backers not liking the drubbing administered to Hancock. On Friday morning, 4 to 1 was freely offered on Hancock without attracting takers. Later 10 to 1 would have been laid. -Auckland Star, 31/3/1888.
OUR LONDON LETTER
I went to the Aquarium on Saturday night to see your famous "ped," the redoubtable Joe Scott, finish up the third and longest of his triumphant matches. It was a six days' affair with the veteran Howes, and proved as hollow a business for the Antipodean champion as its predecessors. Very early in the week onlookers saw that, bar breakdown, Scott couldn't possibly lose. He gained steadily on Howes throughout, and eventually won by no less than fifty miles seven laps. Scott covered 307 miles five laps, and Howes 250 miles two laps during the match. After he had been declared the winner, amidst hearty cheers, Scott betook himself to the track again, and in order to show how little he had suffered by his exertions, walked a couple of laps at his best pace. This, of course, led to renewed demonstration.
Although the record accomplished by Scott is not a first-class one, still, if required, there is no possible doubt (the 'Sporting Life' thinks) that he could have equalled anything yet set down in the annals of pedestrianism. Throughout he walked with marked ease — in fact, his journey gave him no anxiety whatever, as he took matters quite as liesurely as though engaged in an everyday tramp.
"Pendragon," who is, of course, the authority on pedestrianism, says: - Joe Scott, the New Zealand shoemaker, has so far triumphantly demonstrated that there is nothing like leather, except indiarubber which is better. Joe Scott and his excellent understandings, natural and handmade, have proved too good for a series of English opponents. Judging from what I saw myself, I guess that on boards the Australasian champion would beat any of the trio he has downed in melancholy succession. All the same, he has come out number one in his series of exhibitions, more by reason of his opponents' failure to make a good show than through doing anything startling himself. While he has not been called upon to exhibit any special agility, the visitor has convinced most good judges that he ought to be a warmish performer on a track worthy of the name, which the boarded merry-go-round at Westminster is not. Can he beat all our folk? Or let me put the question in another way: Can any of our men beat him in say a fifty-mile walk? I very much doubt it, though I should think he would be readily pegged back at shorter distances — those at which we see most of our matches decided. Even in regard to those, say two to twentytwo miles, Scott has us at a very poor time. Our aged proficients have not improved with additional years. Where are the younger celebrities, or budding celebrities?
Since Saturday last Scott has been challenged by Hibberd (whom he defeated in a twenty-four hours' match) to a short burst of twenty-five miles; and Littlewood seems also to think he would like to tackle the New Zealand champion. Some of the "ped's" critics attribute his successes at the Aquarium to the fact that he was accustomed to a wooden track, whereas the Englishmen were not. Howes, it is alleged, had a gathered foot. -Evening Star, 24/4/1888.
Anglo-Colonial Notes (via Brindisi)
JOE SCOTT'S TRIUMPH
If the popular craze for pedestrianism, which culminated with the Western v. O'Leary match were not as dead as Queen Anne, your Joe Scott would have a golden future before him, Unfortunately, no one now cares a dump for this form of sport. Even Jolly Sir John, who provided coin galore for walking matches in Weston's day and was so thunderstruck by the Yankee's performance that he took him home and made much of him as a phenomenon, scarcely noticed the New Zealander's far more wonderful feat last week. The Agricultural Hall affair, in fact, was a financial frost, notwithstanding Hibberd's recordbreaking in the early part and Scott's brilliant victory in the latter part of the contest. To those who remember the densely crowded hall with people fighting and tumbling over one another to get a sight of the pedestrians dining the latter part of the Weston O'Leary "boom" its dreary desolation whilst Scott's triumph was culminating, seemed cruel and "hard lines" on the Antipodean. Of course some folks were there, but a more sprinkling, not enough to fill the Aquarium even. Scott would now be wise to go to America, where walking contests seem from all accounts to be catching on again. -Te Aroha News, 14/7/1888.
Our London Letter
Joe Scott will have to give up all notion of tackling the victorious Littlewood. The latter's toes are festered to the bone. -Evening Star, 28/7/1888.
The Caledonian Sports
A gratifying portion of the day's proceedings was the hearty reception accorded to Joe Scott, our Dunedin-born champion walker of the world. Scott and his trainer, Alfred Austin, who returned here on Sunday last, after a triumphant tour of Great Britain, entered the ring daring the afternoon, and were there met by the leading office-bearers of the society. The president (Mr J. Barron) greeted Scott in a few appropriate words, congratulating him on his successes at Home, and adding that by his unparalleled deeds he had done honor not only to himself, but also to the colony at large. Scott, who was in pedestrian costume, and wore the silver champion belt won by him in England, having acknowledged the compliment paid to him, the band struck up "See, the conquering hero comes!" A procession was then formed, with Scott and Austin at its head, followed by a detachment of the band, and a circuit of the ring was made amidst a continual peal of applause from the spectators. The belt referred to is valued at L75, and is a very handsome piece of silversmith's work. It bears the following inscription: — "72-hours' Champion Belt of the World. This champion silver-mounted belt, with L200, was presented by Mr R. H. Lewis as a prize in a walking competition, commencing May 14 and finishing May 19, 1888. First prize won by Joe Scott, of Otago, N.Z., at the Royal Agricultural Hall, London, May 14 to 19, beating twenty-nine competitors and all previous records. Distance walked, 363 miles 1,510 yards; trained by Alfred Austin; backed, Walter Jarvis, Esq." -Evening Star, 2/1/1889.
Joe Scott, the New Zealand walker, has been engaged by Mr Rich. K. Fox to tour the United States; but prior to his departure Scott will give farewell exhibitions in the principal New Zealand towns. -Grey River Argus, 14/1/1889.
PALACE SKATING RINK
MONDAY NEXT. JAN. 21st, and EVERY EVENING DURING THE WEEK,
From 8 to 11 p.m.
EXHIBITION WALKING AND RECORD-BREAKING
by JOE SCOTT,
The Renowned Champion of the World, from the Royal Aquarium (the Palace, of 10,000 Lights). Crystal Palace, Royal Alhambra, London Pavilion, Alexandra Palace, Agricultural Hail, &c.
Patron ... H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.
For full particulars and programmes see Monday's "Times" and "Press." -Star, 19/1/1889.
Since Joe Scott, the New Zealand ped., has been in England, he has done pretty much as he liked with the best native talent that could be put in the field against him. Because hie initial victories were gained on a boarded track, the profession got it into its head that the cinderpath would prove fatal to his winning record The fallacy of this was proved in Mr Dick Lewis' six days' race at the Agricultural Hall, when Scott not only wiped out all who Btarted with him, but managed to establish a record for the distance. It being thus clearly demonstrated that no English pedestrian had any chance of extending the New Zealander on the tan, cinder, or board singlehanded) the management of the Bon Accord Hall, Aberdeen, determined to see what a combination of three could do. So at the place in question, a six days' race of rather a novel kind was started. The conditions were that Scott should walk for six hours every day, while three other peds. — W. Corbet (champion of Scotland), W. Franks, and A. Sinclair — should walk two hours each. The winner received £50. Scott was beaten by the combination. -Tuapeka Times, 20/2/1889.
Joe Scott, the well-known walker, this week made an application to be adjudicated a bankrupt. -Evening Star, 22/2/1889.
A LOSING RACE.
Pedestrianism as a profession would seem to be played out. Joe Scott, the cleverest heel-and-toeist afoot is going through the court at Dunedin, where he belongs, for a deficiency of £162 Most of his debts, he says, were contracted before he went to England. The terms on which he went to England were that Mr Austin and Mr Jarvis were to find the expenses, and he was to have a share in the profits. He got nothing, as nothing was made out of the venture. He was away 14 months. He sent his wife nothing during that time. He had nothing to send her. While he was away in England his wife sold five cups he had won some years ago, to his mother-in-law, to get food for the children. The cups would be worth about £5, and four medals worth about £5, were also sold by his wife to her mother. He had a wife and four children. He had pawned his champion belt with Mr Marks for £15 the Saturday before he filed. He gave Mr Macdonald (his solicitor) £8 out of the £15, and the rest went in living. Since his return he also sold for £10 a gold watch that was given to him. Since his return from England he had given a walking exhibition at Christchurch. Mr Jarvis found the money for his working, and Mr Austin was his trainer. Jarvis, lost £9, the bankrupt made nothing by the exhibition. The only money he had received since his return from England was £4 given him by Mr Jarvis to pay for board. The belt pawned for £15 was worth £75. It was not true that a purse of £200 was given with the belt. There were five creditors present at the meeting. A motion to recommend the bankrupt's discharge was lost. This financial result of success in pedestrianism ought to be a warning to others who may be ambitious to make their pile on the track. There was some talk about Scott deliberately seeking to "do" his creditors, but he warmly repudiated the suggestions. -Timaru Herald, 27/2/1889.
TO THE EDITOR.
Sir, — While looking over the Canterbury Times of April 11 I saw a letter signed "Colonial," who is anxious to assist our champion walker. Now, Sir, I do think it very strange that all the sporting fraternity and others who have been greatly interested in Mr Scott while walking, as I may say, in foreign lands, and who continually sought for papers to find out particulars with regard to Scott's matches, should see him now obliged to go to his trade as a journeyman.
We all know that from the first of Scott's matches he walked to win, and that has been his motto throughout his career as a ped. Now though I am a poor man, yet I am willing to give my mite with the rest of you in assisting to put Mr Scott into a fair business. Here's a chance for some of our local talent to help a good cause. They assist champions who are deserving in other countries, and I think in this case we should do the same. And we, as Dunedin people, cannot hang back and allow Canterbury to take the lead, seeing that Scott is one of us. Trusting some abler pen will take this matter up, — I am, &c, May 29-
Lover of Sports. -Otago Daily Times, 1/6/1889.
Through the 1890s, Joes worked at bootmaking and also made appearances on the walking stage. Although not the invincible athlete he once was, he was still described as "world champion."
Joe Scott, a few years ago one of the best walkers in New Zealand, has taken up land in the Catlins river district, Otago, and makes regular trips to and from Port Chalmers where he is occasionally employed. Scott never thinks of travelling to Catlins by train, but starts (says the Bruce Herald) from Port on a walking tour, and makes the journey from there to his section at Catlins comfortably in a couple of days. -West Coast Times, 2/11/1896.
He still engaged in, and won, walking races and trained an up and coming walker or two. Early in the 20th Century, however, things took a very downwards direction for the world champion walker.
Many of our readers will call to memory the remarkable performances of Joe Scott, a once-famous long-distance walker. Mr Scott brought credit and renown to this Dominion, for he secured and successfully held against noted rivals the championship of the world. He put up in the course of his career some fine records, and while his star was in the ascendant people flocked to any hall or ground where he was competing. Now his star has set, and he lies very ill and in poor circumstances at his home in the North-east Valley. He is suffering from cancer in the throat, and has done practically no work for twelve months. Mrs Scott had obtained employment in a laundry, but had to relinquish it in order to nurse her husband. It is proposed to open a subscription-list, and the Caledonian Society have intimated their willingness to help. It is hoped that the number of sportsmen who applauded Scott in the zenith of his fame will now help him in his hour of dire necessity. "Old Identity" will acknowledge any subscriptions forwarded to him. -Evening Star, 28/1/1908.
DEATH OF JOE SCOTT.
Two or three weeks ago told the public that Joe Scott, at one time the idol of the athletic world, was lying at his home, Duncan street, North-east Valley, critically ill, and in poor circumstances. To-day we announce his death. The disease that had seized upon him, cancer of the throat, developed very rapidly during the past few days, and Scott died at 4.30 yesterday morning, after being laid up for about ten months. His wife and six children are practically unprovided for. So far we have received and acknowledged 51s towards the fund for the relief of this deserving case. No doubt other contributions will now come in. Joseph Scott was born in Ireland forty-nine years ago. His father and mother came out to Sydney and then to Otago, reaching Dunedin when “Joe” was barely twelve months old. As a mere boy he showed skill in athletics, and a liking for manly sports; and his first formal appearance in public was when he walked at the Caledonian sports on the Northern Ground on New Year’s Day of 1875, being at that time only sixteen years old. That was the commencement of a brilliant and honorable career. Alfred Austin, himself a good walker, took up, “young Joe Scott” and taught him how to make boots and how to walk, and whilst still a young man Joe rose to quite the top of the tree in the sport that he made his hobby. His great record at the Agricultural Hall, Islington, in May of 1888, still appears in the annuals. On that occasion Scott walked 563 miles 1,510 yards in 72 hours. 12 hours a day. Prior to his visit to England, Scott had a go in the Garrison Hall, Dunedin, against W. Howes’s still unbeaten record of 127 miles 1,210 yards in 24 hours. He failed in this attempt, covering only 125 miles some odd yards, but his endeavor was made memorable by the fact that in his walk he did 100 miles in 18 hours. Scott’s last appearances in public were about eight or nine years ago, when he met Tom Scott and Winthrop. The deceased was a game man, who always posessed the confidence of the public. -Evening Star, 10/2/1908.
JOE SCOTT'S MEMORIAL.
A PUBLIC APPEAL.
With the commendable object of promoting a movement to raise funds for the purpose of erecting a headstone on the grave of the late Joe Scott, one-time world's champion walker, a meeting of sportsmen was held last night. Only five were present; a better attendance was expected. The meeting formed themselves into a committee, with power to add. It is intended to make a thorough canvass of both Otago and Southland, and to erect a stone worthy of the City.
Mr A. Harper, being voted to the chair, explained that the idea was to raise enough money to erect a headstone on the grave of the late Joe Scott — a great athlete, well known not only in New Zealand, but all the world over — who had passed away some time ago, whilst in poor circumstances. What was wanted was to form a committee to raise subscriptions sufficient to erect the stone. They all know of Scott's great performances in all parts of the world. The secretary of the movement (Mr D. McKay) had the list of performances if anybody wished to see them. Mr Harper moved — "That the meeting (Messrs A. Harper, D. Powley, D. Trainor, D. Hutton, and D. McKay) form into a committee, with power to add, to raise subscriptions sufficient to get a memorial stone over the grave of the late Joe Scott."
In answer to a question, the Chairman said that the probable cost of the monument would be about £25 or £30. There had been, he added, a little money collected now.
Mr D. Trainor seconded the motion, but he thought that £30 was far below the mark. He thought that if they went about the thing in a proper spirit and a businesslike manner £100 could easily be raised. "New Zealand," he said, "has never produced a better, or even an equal, to Scott. Surely, even if we only canvass amongst the athletic people, we will raise £100."
The chairman quite agreed with Mt Trainor. He thought that the public would only be too pleased to come forward with subscriptions. People all over the Dominion, he thought, would be willing to contribute. Even some outside the Dominion would help if necessary. Scott had proved his strength in the Old Country. "He had made money for himself, but his backers and trainers got it all unfortunately."
The motion being carried unanimously, the chairman invited suggestions.
Mr Trainor moved, Mr McKay seconded, and it was carried — "That the secretary (Mr D. McKay) give notice of this meeting to the various sports societies in Otago and Southland, with a list soliciting their support." Mt Trainor informed the meeting at this stage that Arnst, the world's champion sculler, had already contributed to the movemont.
The Committee then made arrangements regarding the canvass to be made, and discussed the matter at some length, it being decided that a number of Scott's trophies should be exhibited in some prominent shopkeeper's window. -Evening Star, 14/7/1909.
|MEMORIAL TO THE LATE JOE SCOTT. Headstone erected in the Northern Cemetery to the memory of the world's champion walker (Photos by Guy.) -Otago Witness, 13/7/1910.|
Among the applications for reinstatement at the last meeting of the Otago Centre was one from Joseph John Scott, who had only once competed as a professional. The interest in this lies in the fact that the applicant is the son of the late Joe Scott, in his day one of the finest pedestrians in the world. -Otago Witness, 19/7/1911.
MRS J. J. SCOTT
The death occurred at her home at Opoho yesterday of Mrs Isabella Rachel Scott, wife of the late Mr Joe Scott, champion long-distance walker of the world. Mrs Scott, who was born at Jersey, Channel Islands, on July 27, 1862, arrived at Port Chalmers in 1874 by the sailing ship Tweed. On arrival she resided in King street, later moving to the Main road, North-east Valley, at the corner of Craigleith street. On December 8, 1881, she was married to Mr Joe Scott, and resided in North-east Valley. After her husband’s death in 1908 Mrs Scott moved to the corner of Opoho road, where she resided till the time of her death, in her seventy-fourth year. Of a kindly disposition, Mrs Scott had a host of friends, and was beloved by all. She is survived bv four daughters — Mrs T. H. Hendra (Opoho), Mrs J. Simpson (Dunedin), Mrs G. Naylor (Matakanui), Mrs S Bundle (Dunedin), and two sons, Mr J. J. Scott (Opoho) and Mr C. Scott (Gore). -Evening Star, 26/2/1936.
|Northern Cemetery, Dunedin. Photo: Southern Heritage Trust.|