“My name is Chubb, that makes the Patent Locks; Look on my works, ye burglars, and despair.”

“An attempt will be made to open a lock of your manufacture on the door of a Strong-room at 34, Great George Street, Westminster, tomorrow, Tuesday, at 11 oclock A.M. You are respectfully invited to be present, to witness the operation.” Chubb, perhaps mildly piqued, sent a man to watch. But the letter was a gauntlet, and it had been thrown.

via Alfred C. Hobbs: The American who shocked Victorian England by picking the world’s strongest lock. – Slate Magazine.