Clipped From The Times-Picayune
Morphy'a Memory. Of Morphy'a gigantio memory, I had indubitable proei from my own observation at the time he was playing his celebrated match at LowentnaL Both opponents had. agreed to regard the games played as their intellectual private property, not to be published. I was at the time editing the chess column of the Sunday Times, and anxious to reproduce them there. In order to obtain the requisite information I had to apply to one of the contesting parties. I first went to Morphy, who received me most cordially, and declared his entire willingness to dictate for me the last partie, played the day before. I begged nim to repeat the game on the board, as I would in this manner be better able to follow the progress of the contest. Morphy consented, and, at the tenth move of black, (Lo wen thai,) I asked him to stop a moment, since it seemed to me that at this particular point a better move might have been made. "Oh, you probably mean the move which you yourself made in one of yonr contests with Dufresne t" answered Morphy in his simple, artless way of speaking. I was startled. The partie mentioned had been played in Berlin in 1851, seven years before, and I had totally forgotten all its details. On observing this. Morphy called for a second board, and . began, without the least hesitation, to repeat that game from the first to the last move without making a single . mistake. I was speechless from surprise. Here was a man, whose attention was constantly distracted by countless demands on his memory, ana yet he had perfectly retained for seven years all tne details of a game insignificant in itself, and, moreover, printed in a language and description unknown to him. (The game was published in the Berliner Schachzeitung of 1851 l) - f - Brentano'a Chest Monthly.