National Geographic : 1958 Jan
() National ueograplnc society Curlers, Sweeping the "House," Coax a Stone to Enter Nearly 200 years ago Scottish troops stationed in Quebec introduced to Can ada the sport of curling-a kind of shuffleboard on ice. The game gets its name from the curl of a stone in play. "Weel deserving o' its fame, the roarin' Curlin'," sing the curlers. And roaring indeed was the game at the 44th International Bonspiel, a Quebec tournament held last year during Winter Carnival. Here Olivier Samson, the skip, or cap tain, of a Quebec team of four men, stands in a circle called the house. He and a teammate brush frost from the path of a moving stone; they can score only if it enters the house. Medals and badges worn on coats and caps represent curling clubs and tourna ments. "Mr. Curler," as H. E. (Jim) Weyman is widely known, has organized Quebec bonspiels since 1936. Big patches on his jacket show victories in important tournaments.