Excerpt from The Halcyon, '95
The one substitute that the German student has for all that we include under the term athletics is the Memur, a form of the duel. It is intended to be, not fatal to life, but full of excitement, and stimulative of mental and physical fortitude. The Memur is looked upon as an amusement, if not to the participants, at least to the observers. The dueling days recur once or twice each week during most of the year, there being usually, at each meeting, a number of couples to try their skill. The actual contest is preceded by several weeks' training with the Sefilc'iger, a long, straight sword, sharpened on both edges for some twenty inches from the end. Thrusting or striking are not allowed, but the whole play of the sword is produced by a wrist movement, and is confined to the region of the opponent's head. Sword-arm and breast are padded, large iron goggles protect the eyes, and the ears are tied down, while a silk scarf wound about the neck protects the jugular vein. The head and face are with these exceptions left exposed. The contest must last for fifteen minutes, exclusive of stops to repair damages.
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