National Geographic : 1897 May
AN IMPROVED METHOD OF KEEPING THE SCORE IN DUPLICATE WHIST, COMPASS WHIST, STRAIGHT WHIST AND EUCHRE, Since Duplicate and Com pass Whist have come into fashion there has been an unprecedented revival of in terest in the game, due to the fact that mere luck is to a large extent eliminated by a comparison of the scores made in the play of the same hands by different players. The one thing needed to perfect the new method has been a convenient device by means of which the score made on the first round can be concealed until after the replay of the hands, as a knowledge of the first score often enables a good player to make a decisive gain, and matches are lost and won on just such little chances. A Washington player has at length invented and put upon the market at a very low price a little device which admirably answers the purpose, and at the same time serves as a pretty and useful table ornament, marker, and pencil rest. It is called the "CosMos COUNTER," and consists of a little polished wood tablet with a metal key board that can be clamped down onthescorein suchawayasto bring 24 little metal plates over the 24 spaces in the " score" column of the card, for use in concealing each first score as soon as recorded and until the hand is replayed (in duplicate whist) or the entire series fin ished (in compass whist). Whist players will at once see the advantage of this new method of keeping the score, as it effectually prevents their op ponents at the same or another table from taking advantage, either by accident or design, of a knowledge of what the hand is capable. The trouble with duplicate whist, especially, is that the replay is liable to be in fluenced by memory of the cards and score, and anything that helps to confuse such recollec tion is a great gain to fair play. The "Cosmos Score Card," prepared for use with the counter, shows several new fea tures, such as a heading for both Duplicate and Compass Whist and (on the reverse) for Straight Whist, Euchre, &c., thus ena bling the same counter and score to be used for any game of cards. Cosmos Counters, with tablet of quartered oak, maple, or birch, and metal in either gold or silver finish, 50 cts. apiece ; 6 for $2.75; 12 for $5; by mail, 4 cts. apiece extra. Cosmos Score Cards, 25 cts. per package of 50; 12 packages for $2.50; by mail free of postage. Ask to see samples at any stationer's, or order direct from the General Agents. Cosmos '9upCicate ' t i cor N E S w CO PASS W IST AND SCORE TOTALS TRUMP OPPONENTS AND Dv .AIC AT WA ST SCORE GAIN TRUMP GAIN SCORE 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (1 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 TOTALS, ..... .... .... .... .. ...... ..... TOTALS .......................... ...................................................... ............... 89....... E. MORRISON PAPER CO., 1009 Penna. Avenue, Washington, D. C. I 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 SI 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 ..... .... .... ..... ..... .... ................. - - - ~ ..~.. - - --- -- ...........