Shuffleboard; Crepes Suzette

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   O.K., it's not "base ball," but it's another game America adapted from the Brits.
   OED has a large "shuffleboard" gap, from pre-1900 and then to 1932.  This 1913 date (U.S. source) is not mentioned.
   From "HERE COME THE SHUFFLERS" in THIS WEEK magazine, the NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE, 2 February 1941, pg. 12, col. 1:

   ON a January day in 1913 Mrs. Robert Ball, proprietress of the Lynhurst Hotel in Daytona, Florida, sat on the hotel's porch with some guests.  Other guests were gathered about the tennis courts on the lawn.  Those rocking in the chairs on the porch were all middle-aged or elderly, and Mrs. Bell noticed that they gazed a liitle wistfully in the direction of the tennis court.
   Their bodies had slowed down a bit too much for such strenuous sports as tennis, but Mrs. Ball was sure that they still possessed a lively spirit of play and a yearning for some sort of physical competition.  So she racked her brain for a sport that she could offer them.
   Among the things that occurred to her was shuffleboard.  She had never heard of its being played anywhere except on shipboard, but she didn't see why it couldn't be a land sport, too.  The next day she had two scoring diagrams marked out on the cement walk of the hotel and ordered a cabinetmaker to fashion some cues and disks. (...)
   Shuffleboard had taken a flying leap from the ocean and arrived on land with a bang.


   Gerald Cohen is transcribing the "crepes suzette" article I posted here from POT-AU-FEU (1896).
   This is from Clementine Paddleford's column in the NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE, 12 March 1940, pg. 16, col. 7:

   IT WAS THIS WAY--The Frenchman who makes these pancakes tells us the story of the original crepes Suzette.  In a play staged in 1897 at the Comedie Francaise in Paris there was a tete-a-tete scene in which the players ate pancakes.  Actors of that day, as now, did not object to eating but they did raise a mighty roar because the crepes were cold, having been carried to the theater from a restaurant across the street.  A well known chef, Joseph, had the contract for supplying the repast and after each performance the cast swarmed his place to berate him on the hardship of eating cold pancakes.
(...)(The copy is partly cut off--ed.)
(Col. 8--ed.)
   ...then ignited the liquor, handed the tray to the actress playing the part of the maid.  The innovation was an instant success.  The theatrical people lost no time in spreading the news to friends.  Soon the public crowded Joseph's restaurant for crepes in burning brandy and demanded to know the dish's name.  Joseph named the crepes for Mlle. Suzette, the noted actress who had the role of the maid who served the crepes each night.

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