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Giants are Short-JLived.
A part from thb fact that the giant
is essentially short-lived, and'that he is
generally a poor, bledulous, blundering
Creature, he is the most unhappy of all
the tribe of wondets; The pig-faced
lady niay hide her facial angles behind
a Shetland eil; the albino can dye
her hair atlil *etdt spectacles; the living
skeleton may now assume htiy size he
likes, by thb help bf balloon sleeves
Sand pegtops; the dwarf is potted and
kissed, retires With a fortunb; and a
Wife thrett times his size. To the giant
alone is denied alike the pleasure of
retirement and the bliss of connubial
life. IIe is interdicted from appearance
.in public, except whea there is no
public to appear in. He pines while
living, anl dies of his oivn grettness
crc half the span of his life is run.
T'ibe ttnmerited neglect of these emi
neut menl hits rendered it rather diffi
cultsto pt'oeufo atnthentic infoti'mation
respecting themn Such little scraps
as have been gottent together are noW
presented to the public,
Ireland has long been Famdus for
producing exotics of this kind; and
perhl . the largest skeleton to be
found is'thalt of O'Brien, or Byrne, in
the College of Surgeons. This ambi
tious young' gentleman came over to
England and exhibited himself as the
Irish giants and. having died, was dis
sected and labelled with this title. But
.at the very time when he was being
.converted into an interesting specimen
of ostoology, the real O'Brien and real
Irish giant was alive and as well as a
,giant can be.
His name was Patrick Cotter, which
.he bore till some one persuaded him
that he w.as a descendant of the far
famed Brien Born, upon which he took
:the name cf O'Brien, and agreed with
his friends that he very much resemn
-bled his eane.,stor. His genealogy was
mever very strictly Lipuuired into, and,
as his father was a bricklvayer, the
family must have Vwt caste, as well as
changed their name. lie was brought
over to England by a. rascally showman,
'who, in order to coeroc him into signing
articles of hlavery fCor thlee years,
trumped up a fictitions claim for debt;
and he would have been seat to BristA
jail, had not an English gentlehtmvs,
seeing this simple-minded creature in
ai state of dire bewilderment mLnd ,list ress,
not only rescued him trom the clutches
of the showman, but enabled him, to set
up for himself, whereby he r ,aliz,,
thirty l londls in ten days. le,
'ontinmud .at this work from tim' t,
timn' tr twenty-five years. alnd them.
having realised a nice frtue. r,-tired
to 1ri-t,tl, where two, year, aifterwared
lie died of dlic.-ase' of the lmngr-. in his'
fort-sixtlh yar-- thus r('a('liitL the
extre-me limit ,f a giant's life. T'lie
w.r is that e er live,1 bŽ,, ,l :
is Ii,i lma-, frau,, .-e,,lem.dI , o,'tnly"
half vitalise
nevei lifted
but went sh
painful manne i
hands tipon the r
panions; and
t. put his hand a e u u of
back, as if his spije 3vatiBi keeping
in shape. - .
It was O'Bieti who ~ightteeic the
watchman by lighting 'li pipe at ar
street-lamp: The man coming sud- I
donly upon this appalling spectre at a
dead of night, fell down. in a fit, and 1
was carried 'to the nearest lock-up.
Another time the gianit's tarriago was
stopped by a highwymann, when 1
O'Brien put his" head out d £the wind6w,
the terrible highwayman immediately
clapped spurs to his horse and fled.
O'Brien was the king cf his tri
avd-as far as posiiblb for a giant
etijoyed life. IHe was wofnt at times to
retire from the busy haunts of man
and reside in a mansion near Epping
Forest, which had once been converted
into an inn. Ho seems to have been an
amiable, quiet sort of giant, and, up too
the last, lov'ed to meet his friends over
the cheerful glass and pipe. «.
stature increased till he arriv
age 9f twen five, when,
abated some ,t," (pretty
but he continued growing
that period, till he attai
of eight feet seven in
being seventeen inch
twelve Inches ldfig.
good care no 6ne shou
for his grave 'tas dug: ten feet d
in the solid rock, after which t
thoroughlly fartened and wa
'.q'hb Irish giant, whose s
a sttking object in the M e
College of Surgeons in Lo
very brief biarcet of it.
additced to whisky, tndt
lost all his monbo i
to sith a debauch
his health brok
the nage of twe .
It was believe is friei
was buried at St; M in's-ln-th
and his coffin 'vas certainly take 6,
though he wished that his erndaiis
should be sunk in the sea; but John
Hunter was determined to his body,
and actually paid five hurdre l pounds
for it; The skeleton is eight feet high.
It is etcll and strongly made, the huge
frame being quite symmetrical, except
that the neck of one thigh-bone is
longer than the other; the tissue of the
bones, does not seem to be so comnpact
as in other skeletons. Large as the
head looks, there is not more room for
brain than in a nian of moderate size;
The writer having seen with his own
eyes this skeleton, and haviing learned
that the skeleton of this giant's great
rival lay ten feet deep in the rock,
was not a little startled by being t old
that the skeleton of the Irish giant was
in the anatomical roomii of Trimnity Col
lege, Dublin. Sure enough a giant's
skeleton is, or was there, of which tth
foIllwing history has been given.
The celebrated Berkely, Iishop of
Cloyne, of tar-water memory, in on,
of his rambles found a boy seated on ',
door-step, apparently in an advanced
stage oflhunger and ,,poverty. 3iiog
of a bencvolent disp,,sition, the ,ish
op releived his necessities; lbt being
also of a phil,,sohie turn of mind, h,,
sub.jected this haIIless orIlani to a so
ries of intiri-ting i'.xdo' rin , lt.: puotting
him through the sul fattenim irig ,.-s
by which plri z, jigs and ibudlocks ar,
brounlht l, tel vth ergu ,f suffl'cati,,n.
T'his-, ssuircceulel to p.rfbction: thie
yu, tih shot up lik, . ' rhlt ru, ier.
hiah. ,, (ir-rath(th t wai hi- itm.)
'w ,ade th. tI r ,,f ]irt , nf i trt,
hizg, r he grow, th, ii, l, lit . .
hic:mon. until at I;et h ' ,li,,1 , I ,
de.ath of .lh,.r cl up ,. .ln litil,
mar, than 19.- .- a re
D rm. M11 -grayC ttt tf tjiu,'l.b .,
Li'iiv ,', NM aime,. -u ii f'u I t ii, wii,. ii,
niineteen. Dr. Molyneux. however i
the Society thht he measured this ]
an himself in Dublin, andthat he wa i
.at that, early age, soeven feet seveu tf
without his shoes; so we ate indebted I
Ireland for four authentic modern
giants: I
no sunrmer evening, as the writer t
passing through a beautiful little
b'ng grounQ near Hanover. he ob- 1
served a figure soulptured on a tomb
stone, more like a Guy Fawfos than
anrything else, except that it had no
pipe in its mouth and' stood upright,
which of ojiirse a genuine Guy could
not do. Otherwise it had the true tum
ble-about, helpless, half wide ke
look peculiar to these creatý'
Quthful fancy. It wn.
ristoff lii , ,
near Mund 1 a
funct at Hhno so
that he lived a~most d11 at
O'Brien. His effigy'
of the body guards of
which he serves; th
long single ' ani
sand 4rJ6mlf at bhins feet
j In. orson, w
of, to say
'his own
be been
•  lPmand
he was Pu e t i oks,
ory. It fray
congrat rpedtiCg.
on by the b1lyuof the place,
iibs au him for that
As, nd arit"l to the ofeem
t deriid from thert very sympathis
(gremsos, he endqued all the discom
fort of an extremely cold Winter's day,
(which in Hanover meaning some
thing like cold) he resolved to change
hisquarters, ndhaving by a desper
ate effdrt uprooted the huge polo to
which his neck was chuined, ho took
it on is hon by thel d walkedof off itace,
it to the nest pudlic othe cusom-.
Itis uncertain whether ]emihum ot
F nc ]lid , he enduced a l the discant, tomhat
is to y, cold) thin resabove tvn fchangeet
Sa half; but Holland huave bithole to
the gint of trcclt, des walkcribed by wioth
I)ite lerlrook the a atic t ad Mousr.
tay. Thuny ertain whei their cclgium ot
tlnct e had producedig feet rld a half high,
with well shtpedn limbove Leyden pos
scessrs the frontal bone o'f a man who
nt havlf ; buteen nine fgave bigh at at
It i uit double the idescrof tibed by both
tel orbr, ofokn nrdianary istll and; f'r,
th ngraving andgr crefin l thei critiaccounts
,,fit in twas eigoyht ocity'd Trhalf high,
titls. well s omped n real tlimbs doubt
Iliat this size is i 110 way owing to
Sote nd hasfro in rodern days gmiva n w
tI, 1lie w,,rl~l ome fair .izcd giaiit--li~g
Stmfl, tlhe, I'ricit, of' f\ r, h..' porter, whI,
wus nearly ehn nit n' ft high, ra,,st least
to, imi, and he was is active ii his
Itu i. (ntite double the r ieo.of the fron
taI Iil t oftan othrdinary skull, and, ro
the gravingy:kt. Iand careful des cri:,;ti
so f it in t ihe Royal Society's Transac
t',tllt this iize is ti: Ci way owing to.
Sil' d has in rl dern rays giiven
to the. world one fair' sized giant-r ig
•am, the Prince of l , :les' porter, who
well m e. his'- sizall ,tjino 1 -ix,4
,' ve en. ,, a' , ,. it ' 2 '' l7 ( I. r ,o T,
Hales the Norfolk giant, and \Walter
Parsons, King .Tames' Porter, lie was
not much above seven feet, and only
fit to rank in a lower class than the
Irish and lanover giants.
England has made one or two tolera
ble attempts to produce a giant. One of 1
these was chronicled by a Mr. Dawkes,
surgeon of St. Ivoes, in that quaint,
vigorous, natural style, which gites a
peculiar charm to the medical writers
of a century and a half ago. The first
communications respecting the pro
digy in question were made to Dr. Mead
and the Royal Society, who encouraged
Mr. ])awkes to prosoeute his Inquiries.
This immctiso creature, long known as
te gigantic boy of Willingham, was
ailed Thoiias Hall, and was the son of
a little father and almdst a little mo
ther. Ilo himself, at his entrance upon
is soot .vas only a fine, lusty baby.
But he began to grow at a rate wlh:clh
nishe the whole neighlborhood, and
on two years and eleven months old,
was more than three foot nine inches
Two months later he had reach
height of three feet eleven:
g at the rate of nearly an inch a
th. Nearly a twelvemonth after,
ad attained the height of four feet
e iches; so that had he grown to
tiauhood at this rate, lie would have
been at least nine feet high.
The cause of the first check to his
pwth ppetrs tb have been oetremo
. A'tef his third year lie was
about Mi a show, and created an
'rdinary sensatiOn. But h;1 was so
mmod that he sobn learned to care
for nothing but dainties, and was fre
quently "debauched with wino"-a
nice state of matters for a child three
years old! The natunl upshot was that
he had a crop of boils, fell into ill
health, and wad checked in his growth.
Previously he had been but a smnalleater
and drinker.
H is bulk and strength were quite pro
portionate to his great height. Before
lihe was 3 years old the calf of his leg
was above ten inches round, and he
weighed, in his "clotths," four stone
two pound. When five years old lihe
weighed, even after his illness, upwards
of six stone. His strength was pro
digious. When less than 4 years old
Mr. Dawkes saw hinm take a hammer,
seventeen pounds weight, and throw it
from him to a considerable distance.
When little more thlan 3 years old, he
could place a mlarge Cheshire cheese
upon his heioad, and left a runlet. (two
gullins, Wintchester measure) full of
ale to liis mniutli, arol drink freely fr',in
if. By this tirr'eo i was the cllll,pioln
of tlhe schol. bo:y; of seven or eight
y'arsm of age h:ad ni claincie ngtiiitl
him; he never ccndeselnded ll1 fi'ldI
wifhx themi ; hri s:lrily colliarI ilhini
and br,ughlt ti;heln dlown to the grolnil.
Somretinies, at . 11. It date, he ',iull,
offeir to fight all the boys in the Hel,,lo,
two it. a tine, mnild iIr';ialimi to Jul.t Itheni
in his licekt. \W hin lie wht i : r '
oll., tol sltill siferimig from illii',s, Mr.
I )tawivkes gt him toi exhibit, ili. t irengthIi.
A wheelharrow of incollllnlli ir se7 ;oid
very he;tvy s-it seleted; one if the
Iiggest bioys. thin got, into it.. iI 'i'on
trin ,lle lhhin o vi'the'e. ' ; .... th,
iog i -t . 111,,1 git, in, a -i th,
I o I  , . tat e it , ovi " , "i
,tion ... i , t . , , . l . ' i . . :i,." I i i, '
panther,' except with Mr. Dawkes who
kept hiti in awe by threatening himn
with his dissecting-knife. Even this*
gentleman never seems to have eueo-.
ceeded (notwithstanding the dissecting
knife) in thoroughly gaining his affec
tions. Always cold and gloomy after
his illness, he grow moro silent as his
short life drew to a oloso.
iii January, 1747, Mr. Dawkoa
found he was ill of fever, and kindly
sent him sotio medicine. This the boy
refused to take, and his biographer
heard nothing more of himn till Juno in
the samo year, when meeoting Dr.
lohberdon, ho was informed by him
that the poor lad was dying of consump
tion. , lo accordingly woent to seeoo
him. Two days afterwards, he quietly
breathed his last,having only grown ono
inch in the prceding eight Initlths.
IlIls strong natural courage never
deeorted hini, and ihe viewed the ap
proach of death with perfecly undis
turbed fortitude ; though he disliked to
talk about it, as he did about most other
matters. Somo montlhs prior to this he
rejoiced in a thick pair of whiskers,
and ho had a board. Old ago sooeemed
to gather fast upon him towards his
end. His corpse had all the appear
ance, grey hairs excepted, of a man
who had died at extreme old age: so the
story told by Pliny of a boy who at three
years of ago was four feet high, and the
story of the lad mentionm.d by (ratterus
who married and died, leaving issue inii
his seventh year are not so pr(ofoul ndly
improbalbile after all.
Mr. WVhit e, aim enintmemt surgeon( re
tently dead, menmtt.ions a boy who used
to crmse to his house, who was three feet
ftwo inch(es high when only two years
aldl a half old, anid was built like a
Farneseo Hercules, and lifted forty
pounds with ease. M. Biresehet showed
the pihrenologist Spurzhleirn a boy who,
at three years of ago, was three feoti
six and threo-quarterti. Mr. South, the
surgeon. had under his care a boy who,
at a little minre than three yiours oil,
was tln'e feetl sevetn inches high, weigh
oild four stone ight pounds, anti had iL
splendid dovolopm-ent of tmul(cle.
In every instauco this vast I,liysic'al
development was lpulrchiasired at thiti 'x
ponse o'f nill that renilerl lif, pt1lre iolls,
health, acl ive lenergy, iutellc~'t, drail.t i)ln
of lifte,, enjoymr'nt.of -set'i'ly, aild tlie
hlope of olfflsprintg. Ev1ni ,xt.r:aiardinary
sl,ºatlltss 111115 in) lrrotdnle, similar
results, with all insttiautt o tf which truth
this papel r sh11 1ll ,I C ,l .
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