This is an abridged version of an article printed in the March 15, 1907 issue of the Ardmore Puzzler. Using the pen name "Majolica", the author was a long-time member of the National Puzzlers' League, specializing in the construction of large word squares. The incident described here occurred in the early 1880s, but a similar story could be related today by frustrated competitors in word competitions that attract many entrants.
Hervey, John L.
"My First Word-List,"
Word Ways: Vol. 18
, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol18/iss3/2