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A Long Swim.

The Swedish Beckwith, Professor Gustav Akey, has just accomplished a long swim in the Seine, from Charenton to Bas-Meudon, whioh is, roughly, about the same distance as from Blackwall to Battersea. The professor is called in his own country the " human tug boat," as lie has a habit occasionally of displaying his strength and skill by towing twenty pleasure boats carrying two hundred people. The professor has also distinguished himself by swimming across from Denmark to Sweden; from Oeland to Kalmar, in Sweden; from the Grohara lighthouse in Finland to Helsingfors and along the Neva for a distance of about twenty-two miles. He went into the Seine at Alfortville, near the Asylum of Charenton, at ten o'clock in the morning, wearing a shirt, three pairs of trousers, boots, and hat. He also kept up to his strict programme by holding a lighted cigar in bis mouth, and when he had finished his " weed" he divested himself of his clothes, and clad only in a pair of drawers he struck out for his goal. Despite the fact that the wind was in his teeth Akey swam swift. Bohind him, in a flat-bottomed boat, followed Madame Akey and a friend who supplied the swimmer from time to time with raw and hard-boiled eggs, soup, and black coffee. In a yacht also accompanying were M. Hasselberg, a Swedish sculptor, an attache of the Swedish Legation, and the judges. At half-past six the same evening Akey reached Bas-Meudon; but, instead of making foi the shore, he began to cut capers in the water, such as balancing a glasß on his noddle, holding up an umbrella, and smoking, until tho spectators cried out "Asstz! AsxrJ" and begged tho Scandinavian aquatic champion to como out of the water. The professor then landed and enteicd a room in tho swimming baths, dried himself with a rough towel, and, baviog dressed, sat down to a big meal, which hj« despatched with the traditional appetite of the ploughman, and then called for more.—Home paper.

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A Long Swim., Issue 8046, 24 October 1889

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A Long Swim. Issue 8046, 24 October 1889

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