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RADTKES RUSSIAN ENGAGEMENT. . The engagement jockey Herman Radtke will fill next year in Russia was made for him by his old employer, J. O. Keene, arid is for the Chicago boy to ride for M. Michael de Lazerell. Just now Radtke, at Los Angeles, cannot ride at less thaa 110 pounds. Radtke has ability enough to make his way in Russia if he behaves himself. He has had many chances since Jim Davis turned bim over to Keene, who transferred him to P. J. Rainey. Success turned Radtkes head and after starting brilliantly in the east, his incorrigible behavior got him into a peck of trouble. He was frequently suspended by the starter and was unjustly ruled off for a ride on the horse Tommy Waddell that was questioned. Through the influence of Paul J. Rainey, who had purchased his contract for 5,000, Radtke was finally reinstated, but he fell into the old ways and was finally released. The boy was picked up by John E. Madden and F. R. Hitchcock, but still he preferred the bright lights of Broadway and Coney Island and the exercise of a particularly bad temper. Instead of earning perhaps 0,000 a year, Radtke is now practically penniless, with only a few friends left to help him. It is to be hoped that all this will be a lesson to the boy who has. ability enough to become the star rider of the Russian turf in 1007.