Fursy was only a minor shareholder in the Tréteau de Tabarin, On November 21, 1899 he was fired by his partner Ropiquet, who wanted to be the only one to benefit from the promised windfall of the crowds expected at the Universal Exhibition of 1900. This was underestimating the devil Fursy — who was, in fact, the soul of the cabaret. The following morning Fursy purchased the Pacha Noir Hotel (which as we have seen was in a state of collapse) — and reopens it exactly a month later on December 22,1899. This was enough time for Grün to come up with a poster, described by Fursy in his memoirs: “I had covered the walls of Paris with a poster by Grün, which showed me with my back to the piano, singing in front of an audience where one could recognize all the monarchs and VIPs of the time — Chamberlain, Krüger, the Prince of Wales, Alphonse de Rothschild, Henri Brisson, Loubet, Major Marchand, Deschanel, Waldeck-Rousseau, Henri Rochefort, Paulus, Grün himself and a few “petites femmes” who added a light touch to brighten up the whole picture. The poster was good and full houses gave way to full houses.” The Musée de la Publicité mentions a “Fursy’s Cavern” under the reference 12377, esteemed to be in too poor a condition to be photographed — a vast mystery!