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The Power of Words (being a row in parts): Scene 8
Unfortunately, DC has now gotten involved. Here is his contribution.
Hi Jo Cose,
My goodness, what a tempest you've stirred up! I tried to expalin to CA that you were the world's expert on CAS, and that your little caption was accurate. His objection came with the word "cheating" because (I suppose) it casts doubts on Sandow's character. Personally, I see nothing wrong with your explanation, but I'm not the webmaster . . .
I tried to explain my point of view to CA. Here's what I wrote:
As for Jo Cose, I know that he is an honest historian who has done much work on the life and somewhat tarnished career of Charles A. Sampson. I think that your objection to the word "cheating" is understandable because it implies that ES was involved in something immoral or illegal. Personally, I think it's really important to keep in mind that ES was a showman who often played fast and loose with the truth, but lots of theater people did so, too -- for instance, is it "cheating" for a magician to say that a rabbit has "magically appeared" out of a top hat? Of course not; it's part of the act. Is it cheating to claim that a strongman lifted a ton with his little finger? That's not quite so clear (although all reasonable people would realize the impossibility of such a claim).
Best to you,