Clipped From The Westminster Budget
JUNE * i, 1894 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET. PARS. Emanuel Lasker,, who has won the famous chess match just concluded at New York, and is now the Chess Champion of the World, has played chess from boyhood. But his real chess career dates from 1889. In that year he was second at the Amsterdam tournament. Later he won two matches with Bird, one with Blackburne, without, losing a single game, and the first prize in the National Masters' Tournament of the British Chess Association, 1892, and the Quintangular Tournament which followed. The New York match in which he has now been victorious has been watched with the greatest interest. Lasker is a Prussian, and is only twenty- six years of age. * • ... Steinitz, his opponent, has attained the age of fifty-eight. He, tob7^egan to play in boyhood. His first appearance in England was as Austrian delegate to the London Tournament in 1862, six years before Lasker was born. He remained in England twenty years, when he emigrated to America, which has since been his home. Between 1862 and 1892 he played twenty-three He has been much less successful as a tournament player than as a match player—a fact which is due, experts say, to his "theories and fads." EMANUEL LASKER. matches and won them all. Germany has just formulated a claim to the honour of. discovering America. She does not in any way dispute the claims of Columbus, however, but merely asks the world to admit that the Genoese navigator was in reality one of her sons. According to Dr. Engelbert Giefers, a family named Dauber has been known for many generations in the village of Hembsen, in Westphalia. This family has preserved a very accurate record of its descent. One of its members, a veteran of the early wars of the present century, is said to have furnished his descendants with evidence, of a more or less traditional nature, showing that the father or grandfather of Christopher Columbus was none other than a Dauber, of Hembsen, who emigrated as a soldier to Italy or Spain in the fifteenth century. * ' In a bookseller's window in Dundee the other day a ticket with the following written inscription was placed on a row of books :—"The Heavenly Twins, by Sarah Grand—4s. 6d. each." This wanderer, it appears, always kept in communication with his birthplace, and it is on record that, when the news of the discovery of the Western World reached Hembsen, and the name of the fortunate explorer became known, two of the Daubers went off at once to take possession of some portion of the family property. Unfortunately, they were never heard, of again. Curiously enough^philology is brought in to support Germany's claim. " Tauber "—which is a local pronunciation of Dauber—happens to mean exactly the same as the Italian " Colombo," namely, a cock-pigeon. *. Here is a good instance of that curious language journalese :-— v . • Last Friday I paid a visit to the School for Blind Children at ——, when on presenting my card I was immediately introduced to Miss -——whose kindness, energy and her whole heart is given to the benefit of those who have had the misfortune in many ways to be blind. I shall never forget my visit, I was so surprised in what I sa\v, and to find how well trained the children were, how quick at Arithmetic, Writing, playing Duets and Trios was marveleous, and then to see how beautiful and clean their retiring rooms are, everything done for their comfort, if people would only come and help financially to support such an institution, it would be welcomed, although I am glad to see by the 7th annual report that is before me they are doing well, but want more funds towards the purchase of the Freehold, so hurry up readers every " mickle makes a muckle." The specimen comes from a local Tory paper.