The early days of the San Luis Obispo Telegram were not stellar. The paper was started as a scolding temperance voice.
Anywhere outside this realm the paper was half hearted and indifferent.
For example, the sports section was less than one-sixth of a page mostly taken up with an illustration of a boxer.
Two of the news squibs mention Joe Gans, who was scheduled to box in San Francisco in two months.
Gans was notable as the first African-American World Boxing Champion.
At this time he was the reigning World Lightweight Champion.
His photographs look nothing like the line drawing.