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THE TsTATTO-NTATi TBTBITNE: WASHINGTON, D. C, OCTOBER 1, 1881.
AN OLD SALT'S OPINION.
"Kind sir. come listen and mark," said he then.
" How sad is the story I'll tell.
It is not as you think that my trouble is drink,
But The Xavy is going lo JF1 !"
"Now we've had quite enough of the antique ideas
Of those chaps who are nothing but sailors
They were well in their way. but this is the day
Of Science, Esthetics, and Tailors.
"Scarce one of all those who with Farragut fought
Or with Porter stood lire stout-hearted,
Is versed in Keramie?, or Thermo-dyimmics,
So their day of use has dei)arted.
" It is true that they battled in treason's black night,
And carried the liag through with glory
But they're very Hl-dressed, and when this is confessed.
How sail eems their soul-stirring story.
" Hence the time has arrived to lay on the shelf
The whole scrubby lot of mere lighters
With the old school away! and ring in the day
Of cultured Exquisites and Writers!"
An Old Matter, U. S. X., in United Service for October.
SOME INSTANCES OF EXTRAORDINARY i
.Milo, the pride of ancient Crotona, who could
carry an ox on his shoulders, and slay one with
Ins fist, was an athlete of miirht: but there have
been modern men of muscle capable of emulating j
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the feats of Milo: and were trials of strength as , ishing feats. Among other of Joy's performances,
popular and profitable :is trials of speed, endur- j ie js saiti to have been able to retain and keep in
ance, and skill, we should probably not have to piace n strong horse, urged by whip to escape his
wait very long before seeing the best performance j powerful rein, solely by the check of his pull,
on record thrown into the shade by some muscu- i without any stay or support whatever. Aided by
lar champion as yet unknown to fame. ' a strong leathern girdle or belt, and supporting
Topham, popularly known as the Strong Man j himself by pressing his arms on a railing, he could
of Islington, although he failed to draw the bow j lift from the ground a stone said to be a ton
of a Finsbury archer two-thirds of its length, i weight, lie also broke asunder a rope fastened
justified the title bestowed upon him by rolling I to a wall, which had previously borne more than
up a pewter dish with his fingers, bending a ' a ton and a half weight without breaking. Xot
kitchen poker around the neck of an offending , -withstanding his great strength, he was possessed
hostler, and pulling against a horse with his feet ! 0f singularly agile and flexible joints, many won
against a low wall. With his teeth he could lift : derail stories being told of his feats in this respect,
a table six feet long, having a half-hundredweight ' such as placing a glass of wine on the sole of his
attached to it ; and coming upon a watchman fast ; foot, which he could twist round with his hands,
asleep in his box, he took up box and man, and j ;md conveying the glass in this way to his mouth
dropped them over the wall of a burial-ground. without spilling.
In 1S71, "Monsieur Gregorie." claiming to be ' Biit the rougher sex have not had a monopoly
seventy-one years old, mightily astonished the j of such herculean qualities. In September, 181 8,
good folks of Hereford by carrying seven hundred- i there was shown at Bartholomew Fair, London,
weight with the greatest of ease, and by perform-) what was called in the advertisement "the
in"- certain other extraordinary feats. Twenty strongest woman in Europe, the celebrated French
vears nreviouslv, he had performed Milo's feat in
a slaughter-house at Witley, in Worcester shire,
It was, however, no new feat with him : he had wide, Avith several persons seated upon it: also he was so busy. And as tne vaccinated men oe
done it again and again in his young days when eaiTV thirty-six weights, fifty-six pounds each, gan to accumulate outside and talk the matter
traveling with an Italian circus. An English : ealiai to two thousand and sixteen pounds, and i over, their amazement was intense. Lieutenant
doctor who knew Gregorie intimately, describes
him as looking like an exaggerated example of a
muscular study by Fuseli or Haydon, having pro- (
digious shoulders and a biceps almost incredible
For all that, he was one of the quietest of men
mid uimnlp n; n rhild : liviiifr in constant dread
lest he should be provoked in using his strength
unprofessionally : and afraid to nurse his own I
baby lest he should give it a fatal squeeze. j
Joseph Pospischilli was wont to amuse the i
Hungarian public by holding a table in the air j
by his hands and teeth, while a couple of gipsies I
danced upon it to a third's fiddling. He and one j
of his brothers would bear upon their shoulders a
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sort of wooden bridge, while a cart lull of stones,
drawn by two horses, was driven over it. Fall
ing into evil ways, Joseph was imprisoned in the
fortress of Ofen, and one day volunteered to give
the prison inspectors a specimen of his abilities ;
and permission being accorded, he so arranged !
the governor's heavy mahogany table as to hold
it suspended wim ms teetn lor nearly nan a
Joignery, a French professional acrobat, lately j
performing at a Berlin theatre, executed the fol
lowing extraordinary feat. As he swung head
downwards from a trapeze, to which his ankles
wTere fixed, a horse covered with gay trappings,
and begirt with a broad leathern surcingle hav
ing two strong loops attached to it, and mounted
by a full-grown man, was brought on the central i
stage, above which Joignery hung suspended.
Seizing the loops with his hands, the Frenchman,
by sheer muscular strength, lifted horse and rider
some inches off the stage ; sustained their com
hined weight in the air for some seconds, and
then let them down again as evenly and slowly
as he had raised them,
air. Stanley tells us that Simba, chief overseer
of Amu bin Osman's caravan, standing six feet i
five inches barefooted, and measuring thirty-two
inches from shoulder to shoulder, could toss an
ordinary-sized man ten feet in the air, and catch
him in his descent. He would take one of the
large white Muscat donkeys by the ears, and with
a sudden movement of his right foot, lay the sur
prised ass on its back; carry a three-yoar-old
bullock on his back half-way round his master's
plantation ; and once actually bore twelve men
on his hack, shoulders, and cli est, round Osman's
house, to the intense wonder of a large crowd of '
Pete Pauouette, a slim-built hut muscular
limbed half-breed, is still living to glory in his
sobriquet of the Sampson of Wisconsin. It was a
favorite performance with him to take a handful
of dry, hard hickory nuts, and crush them to
pieces by merely closing his hands upon them.
Senator Clark, who knew him well in his best
days, said: "His muscles were like iron. I have
had him hare his arm to me, and I have taken
a hammer and cracked hickory nuts upon the
muscles: and it was like cracking them on a stone.
One day," relates the Senator, " a party was pro
ceeding by boat up the Fox, intending to go down
the Wisconsin. When the portage came to be
made, a yoke of oxen was procured to draw the
boat across. It was very heavy; and before half
the distance had been made, one of the oxen gave
out completely. Pauquette was along, and what
do you suppose he did? Well, he took the end
of the yoke vacated by the played-out ox, and
pulled with the other one, and the novel team
hauled the boat and traps across all right ; and
Pete did not seem to mind the strain half so much
as the old ox did."
Great commanders have not, as a rule, been
notable for the possession of extraordinary phys
ical powers. Washington was an exception, be
ing a man of great strength. In his youth, he
was once an onlooker at a wrestling contest, and
growing weary of the sport, he threw himself at
the foot of a tree to enjoy his book. By-and-by,
he was challenged to try a fall with the hero of
the day. At first, he declined, until finding his !
refusal attributed to fear, he entered the arena, I
and without taking off his coat, grappled with j
! a. ...T - i. c .L 1 l,,,,."l,l !
ins opponent., aim, aiiei a unei sliuicj miuwi (
him to the srrounfl with such force, that the best I
- i 1
wrestler in Virginia was in much the same pre
dicament as the Duke's wrestler when he tried
conclusions with Orlando. Later on in life, while
watchingsome young fellows contending at throw-
in" the" bar. Washington asked to be allowed -
to' try what he could do: and grasping the bar, :
sent it flying through the air, to land many ieet (
beyond the limit attained by any of the compet-
itors. And still later, when he might be said to
be getting old, he showed that he had not lost his
strength of arm. Taking a morning ride, he saw
three of his men vainly endeavoring to raise a
large stone. Jumping off his horse, Washington
pushed the men aside, and without any apparent
effort, lifted the stone to its proper place, and then
rc-mount inn. rode on
A man of great strength was William Joy, j
known in s (.xy ns -'the English Samson." He
was a native of Kent, having been born near
Kamsgnte in 1G75. From an early period of his
life he displayed remarkable strength and dex
terity for his years: and when twenty-four years
0f age, he began publicly to exhibit his aston-
Female Hercules, Madame Gobert, who will lift
with her teeth a table five feet long and three fcet
will disengage herself from them without any
assistance." She was alo notified as able to bear
an anvil of four hundred pounds-weight on her
i- i chest, while men iorged on it with hammers ;
, ' finishing up this branch of the performance by
i;A-;nrr "ho mivil vrHh lipvhmr nri "cncnnnriincr
a j.. .. .- --..-- .. -. w ,,- -
it in that position, to the astonishment of every
beholder." She was also to take up a chair by
the hind stave with her teeth, and throw it over
ier iiead, ten feet from her body. One who went
to see these performances, thought there was a
g00d deal of trick in many of them. He describes
the table she was to lift with her teeth as " a
slight rickety thing, made of deal, with a bar
across the legs, which, upon her grasping it. is
sustained against her thighs, and enables her j
more easily to swing it around several times, i
maintaining her hold only by her teeth.1' The
chair, he says, "she makes nothing of, but canters j
it over her head like a plaything." Upon the I
-whole, this spectator was disappointed. "That I
she is a strong woman." he concludes, "is evident:
3Ut that she can perform what is promised in her
i3inSj js a notorious untruth." Yet she is other-
wise credited with possessing great strength : and
it is told that on one occasion, on the road between
Harwich and Leominister, when her caravan,
"which weighed two tons," sunk in the mud
nearly to the box of the wheels, the two horses
beinsr unable to extricate it, "she descended, and
witll appavent ease, disengaged the caravan from
its situation without any assistance whatever."'
A contemporary writer describes this female
Samson as "short, but most beautifully and deli
cately formed, and of a most lovely countenance."
"William Hutton, the well-known Birmingham
antiquary, met in with another "'strong woman" I
in the course of his wanderings in Derbyshire, !
and described her in the Gentleman's Magazine of ;
the period. He saw her at Matlock in July, 1801,
and thus writes of her : "The greatest wonder I
saw was Miss Phoebe Bown, in person five feet
six, about thirty, well-proportioned, round-faced,
and ruddy. Her step (pardon the Irishman)
is more manly than a man's and can easily
covers forty miles a day. She can lift one hundred-weight
with each hand, and carry fourteen
score." Her chief avocation was breaking -in
horses at a guinea a week : and he adds that she
always rode without a saddle and was the best I
judre not only of horses, hut of cattle as well in
the whole countryside.
In 1794, a man named Sheppard, a sergeant
in the Coventry Volunteers, was noted for his
strength. He was then about five or six and
twenty years of age. An eye-witness mentions
that, on being requested to show a proof of his
strength, Sheppard desired to have a few oysters
sent for, the largest that could be procured,
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ones they were he took six, and devoured them,
shells and all, m a
manner we generally see a ,
person munch a biscuit." The same writer states
l,o lin MCinrl .1 lmovir ivmlinirrmv tnhlft With Ills
umi n nuwi i.ui.j m..0..j j
teeth: and that he also took two men, ot mod- j
. .. . ,
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has been known to take a pewter pint pot, and
tear it into pieces and shreds with his teeth." j
Sheppard. probably Avitn a viev 10 exciting xne
superstitious credulity of his neighbors, was in
the habit of professing that "he felt a visible
decay of strength upon any time having his hair
VACCINATING THE TROOPS.
Col. McWhaugdang is a great advocate of vac
cination, but the company he commands is not,
and recently, before going into camp, the Colonel
resolved to have the men vaccinated whether
they would or no. So he made a trade luce tins
with Dr. Trough. 1 e would on Tuesday morn
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oriice. He was to have two stalwart assistants
there, and immediately seize the men as they
entered and vaccinate them by force. Editor
Keene had his oihee .just across the hail in the
same building with the Doctor. Tuesday morn
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assault on the " Piebald Plungers," another mili
tary company. Keene knew the members of the
company would come up to wallop him, and so
he slyly took his sign and put it on Dr. Trough's
door. Presently up came Lieutenant Pills of the
Plungers. Blind with rage, he rushed into the
Doctor's office, supposing it to be Keene's. The
Doctor saw his uniform, and at once ordered him
seized. Before he could say a word the assistants
had him in the chair. "Up with his sleeve!"
cried the Doctor. "You villain, what are you
about?" cried Pills. "You'll see." and whack
went the Doctor's knife, and in spite of Pills'
howls and struggles, he was vaccinated. " Now
"it!" cried the Doctor, and Pills was pushed out
and started down-stairs. Then in came Colonel
Thug, of the Plungers. " Where is the pirate ? "
he asked. The Doctor did not reply, but vacci
nated the excited man in a jiffy, and put him out.
Then others began to pour in, and all had the
same amazing experience, and the Doctor was
flying around like a parched pea on a hot shovel,
Pills swore he'd go up again and kill the man, j
and he tried it. Lut he got ielt on it, ana tne
j doctor vaccinated him again and put him out,
j and he being delirious with wrath bolted in
; again, and, after a desperate fight, was vaccinated
! nurain. That satisfied him. lie fled. And Dr
Trough had vaccinated twenty-two of the Plung
ers, and they were outside preparing for an united
rush on his shop when Col. McWhangdang came
down to see the doctor. ''Well. Colonel, I've vac
cinated twenty-two of 'em! " " You have? "Why
I haven't sent one here ! I came to tell you I'd j
put it off till next week." "Tnen who the Ge- j
henna have I vaccinated?" By that time the
Plungers burst in. and a scene of wild confusion
ensued, till Col. AlcWhangdang explained the
afiair. And then the Colonel nearly died of laugh-
1 ter, and the Plungers talked of hanging the Doc
tor, and then Keene looked out of his door and
notified the Plungers that if they molested him j
he'd print the whole story of how they had been
vaccinated. And you bet they didn't desire that,
and so they merely voted it a contemptible job
Some years ago a Lazy Man's Society was or
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quired that so man belonging to the society
should ever be in a hurry. Now it happened on
a time that a member, a doctor, was seen driv
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tient. The members of the society saw him and
chuckled over the idea of a treat, and on his
return reminded him of his fast riding and viola
tion of the rules. " Not at all," said the doctor,
determined not to be outdone; "the truth is,
my horse was determined to go, and I felt too
lazy to stop him." They did not catch him that
Frank was in the habit of falling out of bed
during the night, and his father, to break him of
the habit, would remind him of it the next morn
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no, father," said Frank, "I didn't; it was the
pillow, for I got up to see, and the pillow was
on the floor beside the bed." " What made you
C1''' tneu?" saul ilis father. "Well, you see,"
sait Frank, in the most sober manner, " it was
dark, and I could not tell whether it was me or
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H. W., Portland. Mi:. There are ten Chiefs of
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L. C. G., Brattlehoko, Vt. The Arrears of Pen
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you of the use of any of your limbs, yon are entitled
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pliance, or commutation therefor. Application
should be made direct to the Surgeon-General of
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$18 a month.
C II. C, Spring Hill, Iowa. Xo law lias been
enacted granting $200, additional bounty: in. fact,
the only law granting additional bounty was passed
July 28, 1SGG. A bill to equalize bounties was in
troduced in last Congress, but did not pass either
Senate or House of Representatives.
M. II., FiskE, Pa. ''Can a soldier get his dis
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certainly granted for some definite period) to the
date of muster-out of his command he was wholly
unable to travel and rejoin his command, or report
in person to the nearest military station of the
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