Press: Mercury's Luck

"On the morning of July 7, 1889, John L. Sullivan rose from a creaking bed in a Rampart Street boarding house in New Orleans and ate for breakfast a seven-pound sea bass, five soft-boiled eggs, a half-loaf of graham bread, a half-dozen tomatoes, and drank a cup of tea. For lunch he had a small steak, two slices of stale bread, and a bottle of Bass' ale. For dinner he ate three chickens with rice, Creole style, and another half-loaf of graham bread dunked in chicken broth.

"The next afternoon, under a broiling Mississippi sun...

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