Hi, I'd like to know if "his" ( in the last paragraph, in red) is referred to the cat or to churchill ; what does dining soociety mean? Thanks RIP.
Kaspar the cat chases away curse of 13
BY ROBIN YOUNG (THE TIMES Ė 8 MARCH 8, 2003)
THE launch of the online survey was
attended by superstitionís own
celebrity, Kaspar, the 3ft high wooden
cat that the Savoy Hotel in London
sends into the dining room whenever
there would otherwise be a table of 13
Kasparís role originates from a Savoy
Hotel tragedy in 1898, when Woolf
Joel, a South African businessman,
pooh-poohed12 superstition and went
ahead with a dinner for 13 after the
14th guest cancelled. Joel fell victim of
a well-publicised murder soon after.
Determined that no such thing should
happen again, the hotel insisted, for a
couple of decades afterwards, that a
member of staff must join any table of
13, at the hotelís expense, to make up
the number to 14.
Kaspar was apparently fashioned for
the purpose of reassuring
triskaidekaphobiacs (those who have
an irrational fear of the number 13)
and started his career in 1927.
He became a personal favourite of
Winston Churchill, who launched his
dining society, the Other Club, at the
Savoy in 1911, and his presence is not
infrequently requested by customers
even when they do not number 13.
The society is Churchill's. A dining society normally meets at fixed intervals, like the first Friday on the month, in order to eat and discuss things. They often share professional interests or have beliefs, etc, in common.