Match between England and
America for One
Thousand Pounds a Side.—We have
been favoured with a copy of the defi which the friends of Mr.
Paul Morphy, the Chess
champion of the United States, have transmitted to Mr.
Staunton. The terms of
this cartel are distinguished by extreme courtesy, and with one
notable exception, by extreme liberality also. The exception in
question, however, (we refer to the clause which stipulates that the
combat shall take place in New Orleans !) appears to us utterly fatal to
the match ; and we must confess our astonishment, that the intelligent
gentlemen who drew up the conditions did not themselves discover this.
Could it possibly escape their penetration, that if Mr.
Paul Morphy, a young
gentleman without family ties or professional claims upon his attention,
finds it inconvenient to anticipate, by a few months, an intended voyage
to Europe, his proposed antagonist, who is well known for years to have
been compelled, by laborious literary occupation, to abandon the
practice of Chess beyond the indulgence of an occasional game, must find
it not merely inconvenient, but positively impracticable, to cast aside
all engagements, and undertake a journey of many thousand miles for the
sake of a Chess-encounter? Surely the idea of such, a sacrifice is not
admissible for a single moment. If Mr.
Morphy—for whose skill we
entertain the liveliest admiration—be desirous to win his spurs among
the Chess chivalry of Europe, he must take advantage of his purposed
visit, next year; he will then meet in this country, in France, and
Germany, and in Russia, many champions whose names must be as household
words to him, ready to test and do honour to his prowess.