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A MODERN SAMSON.

— - ■ ♦ There has been exhibiting m New York a strong man, whose feats really entitle him to be regarded as a successor to the Scriptural hero whose name he hears, Charles Sampson is about thirty years of age and only of medium build and height, indeed, not by any means the sort of person one w^uld pick out as a Hercules. Yet the folltwing are among some of his feats: He can break nine steel wire cables of eight str?nds each passed round his body, by the expansion of his chest ; m the sime manner he can break a steel trace-chain, such as is used m truck harness, like glass, and he can pull each link of the chain m two with his hands He can bend a gaspipe an inch m diameter to a r'pht angle by striking it across his arm. In the tug-of-war he has pulled successfully against twelve strong men He will take a piece of steel chain three feet long force open one of the links, form a ring of the chain just large enough to fit the biceps of his right arm as it hangs 'oose, then slowly crooking the arm he will swell the muscles and tendons until the chain snaps m half from the tremendous strain. There is no trick about this ; the steel used is three-sixteenths of an inch and formed m double links an inch and a-half long. The tensile strength required to perform the feat is estimated at 4ooolbs, and it is done with the greatest ease without the performer experiencing the least inconvenience. After that he will wind about 125 lengths of wire cable round his chest, and m less than three seconds, by swelling the muscles of his chest, back, and shoulders, the metal is snapped. In St Petersburg he placed himself m the centre of/ an eight-foot ring, and fourteen strong men took hold o! the 1 ring and tried te push him beyond a certain limit marked on the floor and failed to do so. He has decorations presented to him by all the crowned heads on the Continenr, especially a very magnificent one, containing eighteen diamonds, conferred upon him by the late Emperor Alexander 6f Russia, for killing a iteer with one blow of his fist ; this feat he also performed m Germany and Paris — m the latter place, as the animal was running, he l only knocked it down by the first blow, but I with the second crushed m its skull. During bis professional experiences he has broken his aims seventeen times. He does not attributa I his maivellous physical powers to any freak oi Nature, but simply to careful training. = )

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A MODERN SAMSON., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2135, 15 May 1889

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A MODERN SAMSON. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2135, 15 May 1889

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