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Lord Windsor and Athletics. Speaking at Wednesbury on Tuesday night, on the occasion of the opening of a Volunteer Gymnasiun, Lord Windsor said it was his sincere opinion that the 1 people of England took deep pride iu believing that athletic sports of all kinds belonged especially to this country. (Applause.) True, they found rivals in certain departments of athletics, in particular sports and games in other countries, but be ventured to say that their serious competitors were mainly men of the Anglo-Saxon race. (Applause.) From the very earliest times athletic sports bad been the pastime of great people. Were they not told by Homer how, on a celebrated occasion, when Ulysses was the guest of Alcinous, be joined in certain sports, and astonished his host by putting the weight farther than anyone else ? From that moment to this, athletic sports of all kinds had been of the utmost vtllue to the human race. Not for themselves alone should tli;-v do what they could to make the most of the human frame, but for posterity also. By engaging in manly exercise, they were laying up for their successors in this country —on the principle of heredity—that muscular strength which would keep the British nation in the place now held. (Applause.) He hoped that that gymnasium might be the means of producing such excellent nthletes as they had seen before them that evening that possibly some man might be trained who could bring in unasisted those weights which it had taken two to carry out, that there might even be some in their midst who could rival the feats of Mr Levy. (Applause.)

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