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Sport: Incorporated Boxer

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If a fancier paid $4,000 for a dog and then imported him to a country where, in a dog population of some 2,000,000, there were only 500 other specimens of his breed, what could he do to make his purchase worth its price? Faced with this problem last month when he arrived in Manhattan to meet his Boxer Dorian von Marienhof, Fancier John P. Wagner of Milwaukee proceeded shrewdly. He incorporated Boxer von Marienhof for $4,000, began selling stock at $1 a share. First buyer was Boxer Jack Dempsey, who took ten shares.

Last week in Milwaukee Fancier Wagner, head of Dorian von Marienhof of Mazelaine, Inc., announced that his company had sold 1,000 shares to 200 shareholders, most of them apparently persons who felt that by helping to publicize Boxer von Marienhof, they might also help to publicize themselves. Among them were Dancer Sally Rand, Comedian Jack Pearl, Song Writer George Whiting. Fancier Wagner said he expected stud fees and show winnings to pay stockholders a 100% dividend in 1936.

Almost but not quite so ugly as English bulldogs, boxers are a German improvisation arrived at by combining terriers, continental bulldogs and mastiffs. In Germany there are some 10,000 boxers, so named because when fighting they sometimes try to punch with their front paws. They are rivals to Doberman Pinschers in police work, popular as pets. By winning first prize in every show in which he has appeared, having himself declared “faultless” by Germany’s best boxer judges, Dorian von Marienhof made it clear by the time he was 2 that he was the best boxer in Germany. Golden brindle, 60 lb., 23 in. at the shoulder, with white paws and chest, Boxer von Marienhof currently has the run of his chairman’s ten-acre grounds, spends his mornings in the office where Fancier Wagner sells shares in him. His first U. S. appearance will be in the Westminster Kennel Club show next week.

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