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EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : Winter 2002

The Amateur Billiard Player : Winter 2002

One Hundred years ago

Shopkeepers billiards

League billiards grows apace. The latest departure in this department
being a Shop Assistants’ League in Leeds. For some years most of the
leading business houses have had “friendly” matches. Nine houses have
entered, as follows: Boots and Co., Hope Bros., Bridge’s, Grand
Pygmalion, Smith Bros; Owen and Robinson’s, Peacock’s, Hardy and
Co; and Denby and Spink. Eighty members have been registered. As an
instance of the interest taken, I heard of one house who were very
anxious to enter, but were one short of the requisite number to make up
a team. They therefore enlisted the services of one of their lady assistants,
who is rather good at the game. Much interest was taken in her debut,
but as the team has since discovered that the errand boy plays a good
game, they have decided for the greater and grosser pleasure of winning
to play the latter.

The New World of Billiards. October 1908

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