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1' \o-■! QUERIES.



REPLIES. STRONG MEW. (Query No. 40.) ATHLETE'S" assumption that Messrs. Samson, Sandow, and Co.'s feats, marvellous though they appear, hare been eclipsed in past generations is perfectly correct. Milo, the Cretan, was an extraordinary athlete. It is related of him that he once ran a mile with an ox on his shoulders then with a blow of his fist he killed the beat, and ate it in one day. The latter exploit was referred to in some verses, which till recently could be seen over the doorway of an hotel in Aldersgate, London:— Milo tlie Ci etonian An ox slew with his fist, And ate it up in one ineal- Ye gojs wliiH a glorious twist! He could break by the expansion of his veins and muscles a cord tied round his forehead. One day being in a house the ceiling threatened to fall in, but Milo supported the column on wh;ch it rested until his friends had escaped. I I is death has been celebrated by poets, painters, anci sculptors. He tried to tear asunder the trunk of a tree, but his hands got pinched in the fissure, and being unable to disengage them he perished, devoured by wild beasts. Salvias, a 1:0111811, could walk up a ladder carrying 2001b. on his shoulders, 200lb. in his hand*, and 2001b. fastened to his feet. Athanatus could run round the arena carry- ing oOOlb. on his shoulders and 5001b. fastened to his feet. Iccus could hold the most furious buil and tear away its horns as one would tear up radishes. In the sixteenth century there lived a major named Barsabas. He could lift all anvil weighing 500ib. To amuse his comrades he often went. through the gun drill with a cannon. One day, seeing a crowd looking at a large dancing bear, he offered to wrestle the animal, lie threw the bear several times, and then, judging it unworthy of further struggle, he slew the animal with his fist and carried it away on his shoulders. On another occasion, seeing several brother otiicers surrounded by an angry crowd, he knocked the people down like ninepins. 'I he crowd, exasperated, turned round on him,but seizing two of the assailants, one in each hand, he used them as clubs on The crowd, who, astonished at this extraordi- nary display of strength, quickly drew back. Once he squeezed to pulp the hand of a man who watite I to tight him. Barsabas' sister was also remarkable for her strength. Some burglars entered a convent where she was she threw one out of the window, and killed two others with a pillar she tore down and used for a club. Leaving foreigners,let iii;- briefly refer to two Englishmen—Thomas Tophain and Kicbard JtJJ, The former once lifted three barrels of watt-i-, weighing in all 1,8361b. He could bend and straighten iron bars, roll up pewter dishes, squeeze a quart pot together, crack cocoa,- ,tits with his hanas, lift his horse over a turnpike gate, and lift 2c>vt. over bis head with bis little linger. Among Joy's feats we: e o pull against a drayman's horse, to break a rope capable of suspending 35 hundredweights, and to lift two-and-twenty hundred pou .ds. I bave said enough to »how that the modern strong" men can take a I back seat. BOOKWORM. SAMPLER-MAKING. (Query No. 44.) Has ■' A Nxiors consulted Casseil's Papular That iq. I think, the publication most likely to supply what ue needs. OUTH WALIAN. TIOSI'ITAL SUNDAY. J Hospital Sunday originated in Birmingham some rhirt-y years ago by a clergyman, who, I)" i ng d' termined to relieve the hospital there of a heavy debt, convened a meeting of clergy and ministers to consider tbe desirability of setting apart a Sunday for collections in all the places of worship in the town. Cardiff. BRUM M AGEMTTR. DURATION OF DREAMS. (Query No. 47.) 1 have myself many times had a vivid dream when 1 could not have been asleep more than a minute or so, But tbe following extract j from an old number of the lie cue Scientljique will, perhaps, satisfy "DEKAMEK" more than any experience of my own j I was sitting with a police ufRcit! at bis office,! and we were discussing some fanustic story. when all employe rain? in and &it down besirfe us, leaning j with his eibows on the table. I looked up and said to him, I You have forgo! tea to make the soup.' 1 No, nu; come with me.' Wc went out together, going across long corridors, I waiking behind hmi, to thft college where I had been brought up. lie went into the Nvin, of ',lie which I knew well, and which led to the class- rooms. Under the ftairs lie &!iow«ii me h stove, on which stood an oys'er-siiell with n. iittle paint in it (I had been mixing wa: er-colours tlia evening before). Llut you have forgotten the vegetables. Go o the portLr at the enj of the courtyard you wii! find thein thpre on a I waited for a longtime; at last I saw him making signs to me that lie liad found ii,,tiiing. It lit the !eft hand side,' 1 shouted, and saw him cross tlis j'ard, couaing back with an immense cabbage. I took a knife frum my pockft, which 1 always kept there, and at the momc-nt when I w:is going to cut the vegetable 1 was awakened bv the noise of a bowl of soap being put lieavily on the marble top of the table next to my bed. It appears to me that the idea o{ soup was gu?gt>.?ted to me by the siliell pt" I'" llOoment wlien tile door was opened by the vi u;ir,t l<nnj;i!!g in the soup while I wa^ asleep, .1 'awes five sooonds at ths mo-t to w*ik from the d<"or to the b?d. W. w. vv.