Sport: Frog v. Eagle

Last week, the day before the first anniversary of Gertrude Ederle's brass-band-accompanied swim across the English Channel, one Edward Harry Temme, 22-year-old London insurance "clark" (clerk), inserted his strong body (length, 6 ft. 2 in.; weight, 205 Ibs.) into the bitterly cold waves off Cape Gris-Nez, France, and commenced a steady trudgeon stroke toward England.

The English Channel grew smooth. Mr. Temme swallowed chocolate, tea, coffee, lemonade. A "giant" dogfish waggled itself alongside Mr. Temme in friendly fashion. Mr. Temme trudgeoned on, reaching Lydden Spout, under the Dover chalk cliffs, in 14 hr. 29...

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