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"Give Him the Sack."

In the reign of Maximilian 11. two noblemen, one a German, the other a Spaniard, who had each rendered great service to the Emperor, asked the hand of his daughter, Helena, m marrmge. Maximilian said that as he esteemed *kern both alike ifc was impossible to choose qetween them, and therefore their own powress must decide it, but being unwilling to risk the loss of either by engaging them,in deadly combat, he ordered a large sack to be brought and decided that he who should put his rival into ifc should have his fair Helena. And this wimsical combat was actually performed, m the presence of the Imperial court, and lasted an hour. The unhappy Spanish nobleman was first overcome, and the German succeeded m enveloping him m the sack, took him upon his back and laid, him at the feet of the Emperor. This comical combat is said to be the origin of the phrase " give him the sack," so common m the literature of courting.

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"Give Him the Sack.", Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2484, 6 August 1890

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"Give Him the Sack." Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2484, 6 August 1890

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