THE BTGGEST MAN IN AUSTRALIA.
Mr Thomas D. Jennings, for whom it is claimed that he is the biggest man in Australia, keeps the Harvest Home Inn on the New Town road, about a mile and a half from the centre of Hobart. He is sft lOin high, weighs 32i stone, measures 68 inches round the chest, 82in round the waist, and 20|in. round the calf. He is perfectly healthy, and boasts that he has never taken a dose of physic in his life. Mr Jennings was originally a strongly built man, and measured forty inches round the waist when he was 29 years of age ; but he did not begin to put on much flesh till he was about forty. He i 3 now sixty, having been born in Yorkshire in the year 1824. For many years he kept the Derwent Inn, at Risdon Ferry, in Tasmania. Three years ago he moved to his present state of location. The oddest thing is, he says, that he never realises the idea that he is unlike other people, and when he sees them staring at him it makes him laugh. He does not walk much, though he can do so, he says, " as well as any man," so he uses a pony chais s, which is rather rough on the pony. The subject of this extraordinary development is extremely temperate, eats only two meals a day, and drinks very little. Drinking, he says, reduces his bulk, but^ he cannot sti nl it. At the Theatre Royal in Hobart they have to open both folding doora to let him into the stalls, and by the fact of the doors being opened the public know he is coming to the theatre. Mr Thomas intends to get married a«ain and is by no means worried about his age, which he carries remarkably well, being indeed the only instance of a fat man who has preserved his health and his bulk together.
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