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The Great Lafayette in the 1911 census

Calling all family history super sleuths! Can anybody tell us what is recorded in the infirmity column of this 1911 census return?

The Great Lafayette and Beauty in the 1911 census - please click to enlarge

The Great Lafayette and Beauty in the 1911 census - please click to enlarge

It was completed by famous illusionist The Great Lafayette and also records his beloved pet dog, Beauty. Beauty was listed as being his 16-year-old daughter and was of independent means – a reflection of her life with the performer. She was given to The Great Lafayette by Harry Houdini and had her own suite of rooms, was served five-course meals and wore a diamond collar.

Now that the final column of the 1911 census is available at findmypast.co.uk, we can see that The Great Lafayette recorded something against his own name – but what was it? We think it looks like ‘too good’ – what do you think?