in his career, Rowell would secure incredible prize money amounting to what is equivalent to
one million dollars today
for winning two races in 1879.
Read Charlie's story in
King of the Peds
This illustration, found in the New YorkEvening World, informed its readers about some of the "peds" (an affectionate name used by the fans of the sport of pedestrianism to refer to the professional pedestrians that took part in these contests) competing in a big
"go-as-you-please" match which was to take place at Madison Square Garden, New York,USA,
between February 6 and 11, 1888.
Some of the "sporting superstars" of the day were involved in this one and they were: "Old Sport"
Campana, aka the "Bridgeport Wonder"of Connecticut; George Cartwright, aka the "Walsall Flyer" of England; Peter Hegelman, of Germany; Dan Herty, of Boston, Massachusetts; Frank Hart, aka "Black Dan", also of Boston; John "Lepper" Hughes, an Irishman living in New York; George Noremac (Cameron, spelt backwards), aka the "Flying Scotsman"; Peter J. Panchot, of Buffalo;
It is possible that the attacker had wagered on a rival of Cartwright during the race as there was a lot of off-course and track-side betting on these highly popular events; with bookmakers shoutingthe odds during races. Contestants were therefore susceptible to attacks whilst competing around the track from disgruntled punters.