This section is from the book "Hill's Manual Of Social And Business Forms: A Guide To Correct Writing", by Thos. E. Hill. Also available from Amazon: Hill's Manual Of Social And Business Forms: The How-To-Do-Everything Book Of Victorian America.
Will support a man.
Four Inches - Will support a man on horseback.
Five Inches - Will support an eighty-pounder cannon.
Eight Inches - Will support a battery of artillery, with carriages and horses attached.
Ten Inches - Will support an army; an innumerable multitude.