Excerpt from The Sanitarian, Vol. 48: A Monthly Magazine Devoted to the Preservation of Health, Mental and Physical Culture; January to July, 1902
As you see, I can easily bend the wrist backward until the fingers are nearly parallel with the forearm. Then, again, a few months since I discovered that I could perform a common baby trick with ease, whereas I hitherto completely failed, though I had tried it hundreds of times. I refer to the baby practice of putting its toes in its mouth. I do not care to illustrate that in public, but will do so privately, if necessary to satisfy doubters.
I will now give an illustration of ﬂexibility which few voung people even, unless they are of the loose jointed variety, can equal. 1 know I could not do it, even when in constant physical training, 40 years ago. It is simply this. I stand erect with the feet to gether, and, not bending the knees, stretch forward and downward till the fingers of both hands touch the ﬂoor directly in front of the toes. Now this is very easy, bitt few of you can do it. Now I close my hands and touch my fists to the ﬂoor. That you will find much harder. Again, I will place the palms of the hands upon the floor, still not bending the knees. I can stand on a box six inches in height and still touch the floor.
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