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Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 3, No. 19, May, 1859

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1859
Language: English
Wordcount: 86,209 / 255 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.7
LoC Category: AP
Downloads: 675
Added to site: 2004.07.01
mnybks.net#: 8368
Genre: Periodical
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s sinewy arm were garnished with the cestus.

We read that the late contest for the "American belt," though short, was unusually fierce, and afforded intense delight to the spectators,--in proportion, probably, to its ferocity. By all means let the "profession" take the cestus from the hands of the highwayman and adopt it themselves. It would be one step nearer the glorious days of the gladiators, and would render their combats more bloody and more exciting. Or, better still, let us revive the ancient mode of sparring called the klimax, where both parties "faced the music" without warding blows at all. We scarcely think the ancients were up to "countering," as it is understood now; but they fully appreciated the facetious practice of falling backwards to avoid a blow, and letting the adversary waste his strength on the air. The deceased Mr. Sullivan would hardly recognize his favorite dodge under its classic name of hyptiasmos, or be aware that it was in use by h

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