Paul Morphy's father, Judge Morphy, of the Supreme Court of Louisiana, beguiled his leisure hours with the
fascinations of Chess, and, finding a precocious aptitude for the game in his son, he taught him the moves and
the value of the various pieces. In the language of somebody,--
"To teach the young Paul chess, His leisure he'd employ; Until, at last, the old man Was beaten by the boy."
I have here spoilt a very pretty story. The report in chess circles is, that the young Paul learned the moves
from seeing his father play with his uncle, Mr. Ernest Morphy, long ranking amongst the...