Sports Spiced and Pastimes Peppered, by Greendragon and Dandelion

Sports Spiced and Pastimes Peppered, by Greendragon and Dandelion

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...much knocking about as a leg of pickled pork, and yet retain its pristine beauty, and indeed, we have seen this " prize " joint used first (at Ramsgate) with dire effect on a gentleman's head, and ten minutes afterwards sold to the assaulted party for one quart of ale. On the deck of a smart little yacht: --" Be jabers!" cried a rejected Irish suitor to the girl whom he wished to marry, " look at this now, Annie. I '11 throw meself into the wet water intoirely; flounders and whiting will regale themselves by dining off me body; but niver mind, me spirit will continually sthray towards " "Yes, Mr. O'Donovan?" "Sthray towards coral bowers, and frolic wid mermaids, bedad!" SWIM MING. THE Romans considered the accomplishment of swimming a matter of vital importance. A company of senators, for instance, having been out on a "tare " at night, generally met by appointment before ten o'clock the next morn ing, to have a tough swim together. The Romans did not wear chest-protectors they scorned them. Any delicate, weak-lunged Roman was usually killed or cured by a course of swimming. Plain-spoken Romans, when they wished to describe a totally ignorant person of neglected education, would remark, "Neque litteras didicit, neque natare." (He has learned neither letters nor swimming.) Notwithstanding this interesting and instructive saying being continually made use of by Roman citizens, many of the patricians did not plunge into the natatory art with the enthusiasm we are entitled to have expected. Several Roman aristocrats were but indifferent swimmers. Augustus Csesar never kept his swimming powers up to RoyalHumane-Society-medal pitch. It is recorded that this imperial gentleman, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236754158
  • 9781236754158