Wrestliana; or, The history of the Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling society in London since 1824 (Google eBook)

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1836
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Page xvii - How quietly he suffers these mighty arms to be placed around him, and those strong fingers to feel like one in the dark for a certain hold. Now they have gripped at an advantage, and the foe is only waiting for him to have hold likewise. He has hold! He has hold! see how they grapple and strain.
Page xiv - ... ring, but when they grapple each other a perfect torrent of Bonnie Carels, or Bonnie Kendals, as the case may be, cleaves the air. Then they strive, then they strain shoulder to shoulder, neck to neck, and at last touch ground perhaps, so nearly at the same instant as to require the most practised eye to award the fall ; or, whirling circularly as...
Page xviii - They anointed themselves with oil to brace their limbs, and to render their bodies slippery, and more difficult to be grasped.
Page 205 - ANNUAL DINNER The Annual Dinner of the Society was held at the " Salutation Hotel," Newgate-street, on Wednesday' the 5th of May, Mr. Wm. Leggett in the chair, Major Wells occupied the Vice, supported by Messrs. Thos.
Page vii - London itself is concerned, stands alone, both in point of influence, and the pre-eminent still and science displayed in the performance of the particular exercises practised by its members. The origin of this Society, and the exact date of its establishment is somewhat uncertain ; the best living authorities, however very old members agree that it has existed more than a century, the earliest mention of its annual gatherings being, that the...
Page xvii - It is the best of three for the last round,' quoth he as he took up earth in his hands to prevent them slipping, reminding us of the preparatory horn practice which the bull indulges himself in on the turf before he charges. This time it is two to one on Robson, who is indeed a very good man, but he is felled nevertheless, and the third time he is felled likewise, after a struggle such as the old Greek gods were wont to delight in sitting above the thunder on Olympus' top, or the Roman Caesars, little...
Page xvii - And indeed it was so ; very quiet, but very grim, our giant looked. "It is the best of three for the last round," quoth he, as he took up earth in his hands to prevent them slipping, reminding us of the preparatory horn practice which the bull indulges himself in on the turf before he charges. This time it is two to one on Robson, who is indeed a very good man, but he is felled nevertheless, and the third time he is likewise felled...
Page xiii - Britain boasts of. Charles Dickens once paid a visit to the ring at "Windermere, and has thus described the wrestling in the pages of Household Words : " ' Nay, you're over weight, John, by two pounds,' says the clerk of the ring to some candidate seated in the weighing scale, who smiles good naturedly, and takes off nearly everything, but still is not quite qualified; he puts, therefore, a couple of great coats on, and takes a run in the road by the lake's side, whereby his too solid flesh being...
Page xv - ... experience ever been hurt. He won his first man's belt when a lad of sixteen years old, and in his house, across the lake yonder a clean, neat little inn, set in a wilderness of flowers has no less than one hundred and seventy-four of these wrestling zones ; of all colors they are, and of all descriptions, from the broad, plain, Manchester-looking belt, won at the matter of fact and unornamental town, to the splendid award of Newcastle, embossed with the silver towers. Besides the...
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