|1 pr.||F. C. Collins (Motto: À l'extrémité)|
Mephisto(Montes lab ... etc.)
The reason for the tourney was an anonymous donation for the first prize
for a tournament. The second prize was provided by Chess-Monthly.
The judges appointed by the donator were the editors of Chess-Monthly.
However, as L. Hoffer accidentally learned the names of two of the competitors,
he withdrew as judge.
The received problems were published in notation after closing date, accompanied by a short note if examination revealed any fundamental problems.
As is probably clear from the results, the judge did not give the awards by dead reckoning of the largest number of mates. He explained:
Chessmen in a Problem for the sole purpose of creating
extra variations, but not wanted otherwise, would be condemned by judge and
composer, and chessmen put up in a Puzzle to produce extra-mates, but not
necessary to produce the mate position, had to be judged in the
same manner and also
The second criterion of the standard of
excellence was the way in which the possibility of the position was effected.
To add simply a black piece or Pawn, thus giving Black a last move, is
certainly not a very skilful manner of avoiding an impossible position.
This removes the tourney in general from the field of task tournaments, although some of the published problems may be relevant for their history.
The winner of the second prize, who entered under the pseudonym
and with the address
c/o Central National Bank, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.A.,
appears to be unknown. The motto is not completely known, but was noted in the
report to be
not quite classical.
The largest number of mates with the fewest men present appears to be 47 mates by 12  men (in position no. 38, motto Cedo meliori) which was not accompanied by an envelope with name and address as required, but which was not listed among the problems eliminated due to failure to fulfil the rules of the tourney. It was presumably eliminated by the criteria mentioned by Zukertort and cited above.
One of the competitors provided a motto that was his name written backwards. The editors of Chess-Monthly observed that in future competitions similar attempts to misuse mottos would lead to exclusion.