A Modern Samson.
A freshly - imported “ strong man ” exhibited his powers in a private room at the Westminster Aquarium on July 24, before a company of gentlemen who had been specially invited, preparatory to an engagement he has contracted to fulfil at the well-known Westminster house of entertainment. He performs under the name of Samson, and is of German-Amerioan extraction, is thirty years of age, and weighs 1701b. Unlike other performers of feats of strength on the stage, he does not go in for lifting or carrying enormous weights, but depends mainly on hia extraordinary power of developing his muscles whenever they may be required. His achievements on July 24 were to the last degree remarkable. Passing from the bending of a copper gas pipe, which he afterwards straightened out by hammering It on his left forearm, he proceeded to show the muscular power of his chest. Taking eighteen lengths of picture wire, each containing eight strands, he tied them round his chest, and, by a violent effort of expansion, broke the whole bundle. Samson also showed his visitors other feats—such as snapping heavy steel curb chain rings by swelling his biceps, which measure over which they were placed, and breaking up the remaining portions between his fingers. This exhibition is, in fact, one that must be seen to be believed in. The new addition to strength-wonders, who has for some time been performing in America, is sft Sin in height, measures 40in round tho chest, and is symmetrically built. He shows when dressed no sign of his exceptional powers.
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A Modern Samson., Evening Star, Issue 8030, 5 October 1889
A Modern Samson. Evening Star, Issue 8030, 5 October 1889
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