Whist is a partnership game for four players, two against two.
Member of Congress
Owns a mining explosives supply company
Developer of porcelain-insulated spark plugs
At the clubs and in the family circle it still finds a following.
Chief counsel for iron company
Involved with real estate
Were it not for the variety known as “Progressive Whist,” the organizing secretaries of charities might find it difficult to raise such ample funds.
Manufacturer of steel springs for railroad cars
Established in the cracker business
As might well be expected in the case of a game with a long and honored life, the rules are many, and precise.
Owner of Banner Baking Powder
It is a universally established truth that trumps should be led when five or more are held, and none but the most expert player should ever depart from this.
Minister plenipotentiary to Turkey
Brother of man who will murder Stanford White
[from Chestnut Ridge, a verse-history of southwestern Pennsylvania]
The South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club was an elite group of Pittsburgh-area financiers, industrialists, government officials, and the like. Members owned a retreat on Lake Connemaugh as well as the poorly maintained dam that kept the lake in place. On May 31, 1889, after days of heavy rain, the dam broke, and 20 tons of lake water poured downstream and into the city of Johnstown. More than two thousand people were killed. At the time, it was called the worst disaster in American history.
Chestnut Ridge features several poems that mention the Johnstown flood. "Whist Drive at the Fishing Club" features the men who controlled the destiny of the region but could not be bothered to avert tragedy.