Guide to Skating: A Complete Manual of the Art ...

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Dick & Fitzgerald, 1862 - Skating - 60 pages
 

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Page 15 - ... draw him, and one slipping on a sudden, all fall together; some tie bones to their feet and under their heels; and shoving themselves by a little picked staff, do slide as swiftly as a bird flieth in the air, or an arrow out of a cross-bow.
Page 13 - It is one of the healthiest exercises, bringing the body into action by a great variety of motions. The best skaters are found in Holland (where both men and women often skate to market, and not unfrequently ladies practise the exercise), Germany, and Russia. Skating is mentioned in the Edda, written eight...
Page 15 - Skating was a great accomplishment of Thialfe in the Edda, and was usual among the Northern and Celtic nations. Olaus Magnus describes the skate as of polished iron or of the shank-bone of a deer, or sheep, about a foot long. Besides skates, they had wooden shoes with iron points, flexible circles with points sharpened every way into teeth, triangular points of iron &c. Our "ancestors were not only versed in sliding, but used the leg-bones of animals fastened to their shoes, and pushed themselves...
Page 16 - Hague, was put to rout by a sudden thaw, " the nimble Dutchmen on their scatses, so long as the ice would beare them, did shoot downe the French, like ducks diving under water.

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