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Honesty In Weight Lifting – Strength Magazine – January, 1917

The subject of honesty as pertaining to lifting is one of some interest to every admirer of strength, and of very great interest to the real lifting enthusiast. The latter, in his search for statistics, finds that he has a Solomon’s job to sort the “wheat from the chaff.” The close student of American lifting finds many claims of records. He learns that Pennel, Kennedy, Cyr, Rolandow, Travis, and a few others accomplished certain feats before witnesses, some in contests and some on other occasions, but all of a type set by the participants themselves, or by promoters who did not understand or care. The enthusiast, searching further, finds that many feats are credited to the American lifters which, owing to conditions under which they were made, are anything but reliable.

Stark CenterUniversity of Texas