The  Indianapolis Star
September 26, 1908
          SHELBYVILLE, Ind.,  Sept. 25. -- John Walshchampion walker, was here a short time last night.  He was walking on a wager for $5,000 put up by  William R. Hearst,  that he could walk from Boston to San Francisco, Cal., leaving Boston Aug 12th and arriving in the Western city Nov 10.  He said that he had covered over 17000 miles and that he had crossed the continent three times.  He always follows the pikes and when arriving in each town secures the signature of the mayor and other prominent citizens.
Contributed by Virginia Curulla

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