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THE MAN THAT HUNG HIMSELF AT CARDIFF. A Terrible Experience. I That's what they call me as Cardiff Why? you'll ask. I'll tell you. I *as fulfilling an engagement at the Grand Circus in that Welsh town, and I was doing the^ gymnastic show associated with my name. Everything went on all right until one evelling-tlie last but one of my engagement, and which had been set apart for my benefit. At this particular evening's entertain- ment I infcr°duced some extra trapeze tricks an d intended to finish as usual with lP long dive from the trapeze. This 's accomphshed by means of two coiled F p, to the end of which I fasten my feet, and throw myself off the swinging trapeze the I ropes uncoil, and I do a sort of flying descent until stopped by the tension of the rope-but you'll perhaps have seen me do the trick ? Well, on the occasion I am referring to I had done all the necessary preliminaries, and for ought I ^ew to the. contrary the descent would occur as hither- to but it didn't. No somehow or other the ropes became entangled around my neck, and when I should have been swinging head down- wards at the end of the ropes I was swinging head upwards nearly at the top of the circus. Yes, I was actually being hung. And I had done it myself How, I never could tell, and I never have been able to make out, for such an unaccountable accident has never hap- pened to me since, and I am by no means anxious that it should, either. Not exactly. To be hung once in a lifetime is enough for most folk, and it is quite enough for me. It was a case of "not too much hanging, but just hanging enough;" anyhow, I don't want to experience any more similar suspensions. Well. I was gasping for breath some distance out of the reach of aid, and unable to extricate myself from my dangerous pre- dicament. The audience evidently thought it was some new trick, and applauded lustily. Those members -of the circus company who were in the nng- looked at me in amazement, and, being also struck with the novelty of my performance, j oined in the applause such a wonderful daring- trick evoked. It was not until some minutes had elapsed that one of tl)e cuinp.,tny chanced to notice my painful expression, and it suddenly dawned upon him that it was no trick, but an accident, and one which, unless aid was promptly rendered, would turn out fatal. An ascent was made with all haste to the top of the circus, in order that I might be liberated from my perilous position, but 1 saw nothing of the efforts that were being made to save me, for I had lost all consciousness and it apnea red only too probable that the (ihtterm Star "(as I was described in the bill) would soon cea-e to shine. Suddenly, however, I was released and strangely enough, by means of another' accident. The man who came to my relief had cut one of the ropes, and the weight which was consequently thrown on.to the other one caused him to let go bis hold .and I was pre- one caused him to let go his hold and I was pre- cipitated to the ground. The violent collision which resulted between the human meteor and terra fij'ma brought some slight consciousness back and roused me into life a,-ain-not too soon, for I was as good as gone before I was so promptly dropped. The shrieks and screams of terror that emanated from the horrified audience I shall never forget.. I was carefully picked up and carried out of the lie general impression being that I was von est. I wasn't though—I take a Jot of killing, for I've had several serious misadven- tures, and I've, so far, manag-0d to pull through and be myself again. Well. I was taken home, and, to the delight of my friends, it was found that I was not much the worse for my attempt to outdo Marwood. Of course the horror-mongers ,K5>t of the accident, for next morning I had the curious privilege of readinsr iii the daily journals a harrowing account of a Frightful and fatal accident to a gymnast." It was frightful enough in all conscience, but luckily it waen t fatal. Now you know why Cardiff folks call me the man that hung himself."—OHMS' (Lessee of the Leeds Circus).

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