Nobody around Los Angeles wanted to fight me, so I went to Seattle. Lost my first fight, I'd been in a car accident. In a rematch I knocked the guy out in the sixth.
After about 10 fights around there, I was free lancing. I had no contract. Dempsey was up there on a refereeing tour. He liked me so I gave him a contract as my manager. After a couple fights I went back down to Los Angeles.
I had about four fights under Dempsey, then I got an infection in my arm. It was from blood poisoning I got when I was hurt on the railroad. Dempsey was told by the doctor that I'd never fight again. Dempsey gave me back my contract. He said, "Harry if your arm gets all right I'll be in New York, come and see me."
FIRST WORD OF NORRISES
But I had no money, so I worked at the railroad. Then about October, Tom Andrews from Milwaukee, a friend of mine, wrote me that Jim Mullen and Nate Lewis were putting on a white hope tournament in Chicago, and he had talked to Mullen about me.
Mullen told him if I was interested he would send me the money to come here to fight. I got a telegram from Mullen, and then he phoned me. He wired the money, and the next night I took the train to Chicago. I arrived here the 6th of November, 1935.
On Nov. 13, 1935 we had our first fight in the tournament. I won eight fights in the tournament by knockout and one by decision. I was one kind of a guy nobody wanted to fight, because I fought in a crouch. I was tough, could take a punch, even if they beat me they didn't look good. Nobody wanted to fight me. In the tournament they had to. That was one of my best strings.
When I came here I gave Mullen a contract. First I heard anything about the Norrises having anything to do with it was when Jim Norris senior called me. He told me he had signed me for a fight with Godoy.
I told him: "You have no business signing me for a fight, I'm not under contract to you." He said, "We brought you here, put you through that tournament, and we're going to use you." I got smart and told him "Listen you old gray-headed bastard, you're not going to sign me for nothing."
Then he started telling me about how they owned the Stadium. He said he was going to get rid of Mullen. Then Mullen got hold of me and told me my best bet was to give Norris the contract.