Kirby's Wonderful and Eccentric Museum; Or, Magazine of Remarkable Characters. Including All the Curiosities of Nature and Art, from the Remotest Period to the Present Time, Drawn from Every Authentic Source. Illustrated with Volume 5
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1820 edition. Excerpt: ...he could put on a boy's coat of fourteen years of age; he was about five feet six inches high, and rather lusty, but very active; he would put his hands under his arm pits, and, in this way, take up a glass or pot with his elbows, and drink whatever quantity he pleased; with his hands in that position he would also hammer a quart or pint pot together with his elbows, equal to their being flattened with a hammer, if any one would undertake to pay for the pot. With his hands bound behind him, he would without any aid, raise a large mahogany table, with his teeth, that would dine a dozen people, balance it steadily, or raise it to the ceiling if desired. The habit of exhibiting these extraordinary feats, brought on such a custom of frequenting public-houses, that he became reduced in circumstances, and he died almost in want. (The Society of Freemasons had given him up some time before his death.) DEW LIKE BUTTER. Mr. Robert Vans, of Kilkenny, in Ireland, in a letter dated November 15th, 1695, to Mr. Henry Million, describes an extraordinary substance falling from the air like butter. " We have had of late, in the county of Limerick and Tipperary, showers of a matter, like butter or grease. If this be rubbed on one's hand, it will melt, but laid by the fire, it dries and grows hard, having a very stinking smell. This last night some fell at this place, which I saw this morning. It is gathered into pots and other vessels, by some of the inhabitants of this place." In another letter from the Bishop of Cloyne, near Youghall, dated April 2d, 1696, on the same butler-like substance, he says, " having very diligently inquired concerning a very odd phenomenon, which was observed in many parts of Munster and Leinster, the best account I can collect of it is...
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