The Arbuthnot Canfield Solitaire Stack

Away back when the Jinx was be-stablized, ('twill never be. Ed.) there was published a stack that would beat the solitaire game of "Canfield." Now, and with as few apologies as will save face, we offer Mr. Arbuthnot's arrangement, easily made, for beating that gambling houses' money maker. Our previously printed set-up was, to the "fast crowd", an old maid's version too easily, on percentage, broken.

Canfield, who ran the famous Casino in the Gay Nineties, and who originated this type of solitaire, would sell, for $52, and pay $5 for each card played onto the foundation. Hence you must get at least eleven cards on the foundation to win. The original version demanded that you play but one card at a time from the stock, and only once through the stock was all the chance you had to win anything, let alone the jackpot of 52 cards, a pay-off of #260 minus »52, leaving a profit of #208. The game is still played to-day for those stakes.

First - the stack. Arrange a deck by suits from Ace to King. The King is at the face of each pile. Now assemble the pack by putting the stacks together, alternating the colors. Hold the deck, thus fixed, face down In the left hand. Deal out two rows of five cards each,

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turning the corner thus - 1 2 3 4 5 - and follow through with this 10 9 8 7 6 oblong circle till all the cards are dealt. Piles 1 and 2 contain six cards each, the others five.

To pick up these piles, place 1 on 2, on 3, on 4, on 5; BUT, instead of continuing by placing these cards on pile 6, the assembled cards are put onto the left hand pile of the bottom row, pile 10, then on 9, on 8, on 7, and finally 6. The deck is now stacked.

The game is now played. First comes the tableau. Dealing from left to right, place seven cards in an horizontal row, all face down except the extreme LEFT card. The second row is composed of six cards, laid one on top of each of the face dcwn cards, the extreme LEFT of the second row being the only one face up. The third row is composed of five cards placed oh the face down cards of the second row, the extreme left card again beinsr the only one face up. This procedure Is followed through the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rows, so eaeh of the seven columns has a face up card at its lower end. Before you it appears as a reversed staircase. This tableau uses up 28 cards.

Now play the game according to the Hoyle rules. All Aces, as they are in view, or when turned over, are put in a row above the tableau and built upon with cards of the same suit one higher in value. These are the pay-off cards. Cards in each oolumn may be shifted onto cards in other columns as long as such face up and completed "sets" are moved at one time. The rule for moving is that a card (or top card of any face up "set") must be placed onto a card one higher in value and of opposite color. Empty columns (there are only seven) may be started anew with only a king. As a card or "set" of card3 is removed from a column, the next face down card is turned face up ready for play.

About the middle of the game you'll find two Jacks in view, either of which may be played upon an open Queen. Always play the Jack nearest the Queen. Other than these given factors, you need only to make your plays as they make themselves apparent to beat the game and win the jackpot.

When "Gen" Grant left New York to become an executive member of Percy Abbott's "brain trust", Stuart Robson, his metropolitan right hand was lonesome. Came the usual rift between clouds and now Mr. Robson is opening an eastern outlet of Abbott ware. A goodly stock will be ready for looking over (and sale) on June 1st, at Grant's old address - -324 West 56th Street.

--- The American Magazine for June, now on the stands, carries a nice boost for magic in its article about U.F. Grant. It's Just another nail in the cofflh of those who think they hnve to expose to get recognition. --- And for one of those reasons only to those \7ho live in the empty space between booker's desks, Cardini has been erased from the opening at Ben Mar-den's Riviera. -— We thank that observant reader who asked, in doubt, if we were mixed up with the 13 of Magic, that closely bound combine of conjurors, only because he noticed that our business reply card and envelope permit number is #13. It is flattery, no end, to place us amona; .the group that is angling to no limit for the improvement of magic and the betterment of magicians. The Jinx is honored, so far, 'vith their contributions, and we are impowered to ask readers for tricks and effects so that the members may put their collective brains to work on the answers. Other than that, we can say nothing about what ap-

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