Jottings of the Month
The second round in the Press Handicap is on the point
Entries for the Billiard Association Amateur Championship
are now complete. Will the final be played in Dublin
Some figures in the following sentence were transposed
last month:”In the London Charity Handicap (300 up)
the backmarker owes 250″ is the correct reading.
The figure of the boy billiard-player, George Gray, from
Australia, is passing like a shadow between the acknowledged
British champions and the sun.Freeman’s Journal.
On January 14 the concluding match in the first round
of the Yorkshire professional tournament was decided at
Leeds, when D. Bree (Leeds) beat E. Rudge (Doncaster)
by 855 points in 2,000.
E. C. Breed, who won the amateur championship two
or three years ago, when he lived at York (after which he
became a professional) now lives at Derby, and will
shortly play W. Osborne (Leicester) for the professional
championship of the Midlands.
The French Government has decided to recognise the
skill of Vignaux, the famous billiard champion and professor,
who is to be included in the next batch of promotions
to the Academic Palms, and will receive the decoration of
the Violet Ribbon of Public Instruction.
Last month we asked in this column: “Will 1,000 ever be
scored within the hour?” A subscriber writes pointing
out that John Roberts once scored 1,033 spot-barred in 59½
minutes, and that W. J. Peall scored 1000 all-in in 44
minutes. We had overlooked these figures.
Mr. W. Hoppe, a well-known American billiard player,
has just married Miss Alice Walsh, of New York, whom
he rescued from drowning in the surf at Atlantic City. We
are so glad that this pretty custom of wedding the lady
whom one saves from drowning is not falling into desuetude.
Personally we always do it.Punch.
Contrasting a billiard and a boxing match witnessed on
two successive days, a writer in The Morning Leader said:
“Billiards came after boxing as a sedative. The soft
musical click of the billiard balls and the attentive decorum
of the onlookers formed such a contrast to the vicious crash
of the gloves, the heavy thud of flesh and leather in impact,
and the raucous cries of an emotional crowd stirred
to its depths by a spirit of antagonism.”
This is how Mickey Doolan describes (in The Edinburgh
Evening Dispatch) a Gray red ball break”The audience
was as solemn as a collection of boiled owls in a could
storage chamber. If anyone had sneezed the police
would have tuk charge av him. The marrker had used up
the multiplication table long before, and was chantin’ away
up in the region av the higher mathematics, while the
scorin’ boord had a line of figgers far wurrse than the
The Liverpool Charity Handicap is commencing.
In America, Moore has broken the world’s three-cushion
record with a run of 15, De Oro has regained the pool
championship, whilst losing the three-cushion championship,
and Hoppe retains his title as champion of 18.1
A notable figure in the billiard world in Manchester has
just passed away in the person of J. Saxon. He marked
and refereed the match in which John Roberts, playing
Diggle, in Manchester, made his famous break of 1,392.
A billiard marker at Cardiff has been awarded compensation
under the Employers’ and Workmen’s Acts after
having partially ruptured himself whilst playing a game of
billiards in the course of his employment. He stated in
evidence that he cannot now make certain shots.
A writer on “billiard errors” says the left foot should
always point in the direction of the cue. If “object ball”
be substituted for cue the advice is not bad. The same
writer says that the first-class professional draws his cue
back only once. This is Diggle’s way, it is true, but there
A fire occurred on the premises of the Manchester branch
house of Messrs, Burroughes and Watts, Ltd., Mosley
Street, on Christmas Day. Considerable damage was
done to the stock by water, but otherwise little inconvenience
has been caused and business continues to be conducted
without interruption. By the way, Messrs. Burroughes
and Watts are just now equipping the new billiard
rooms at the Royal Automobile and at the Veterans’ Clubs.
At the conclusion of the Amateur Championship of Cornwall
at the Union Hotel, Penzance, won by Mr. J. Bailey,
a silver cup was on view, which the president (Mr. Gartrell)
announced would be presented for competition among the
amateurs of Cornwall next January. The cup is valued at
sixty guineas, and the actual ownership will necessitate
three consecutive wins, or five wins in all.
By the kind initiative and efforts of Mr. J. P. Mannock,
a Professional Billiard Players’ Benevolent Fund was
brought into being at a pleasant dinner on Christmas Eve
at the Bedford Head Hotel, Tottenham Court Road, and
liberally subscribed to by leading professionals and others.
During the afternoon there was a flying handicap of 100
up, in which the players and starts were as follows:H.
W. Stevenson, scratch; E. Diggle, 12; M. Inman, 12; T.
Reece, 25; C. Harverson, 25; W. Cook, 33; W. A. Lovejoy,
53; J. Mack, 33; B. Elphick, 36; W. H. Sparrow, 36;
F. Harwood, 36. Mack and Harwood took the places
(with the respective starts of 33 and 36 against 27) of W.
J. Peall (who was unfortunately ill) and Aiken, detained
on the line by the accident to the Scotch express. Harverson
in the final beat Digglethe only player who really
displayed first-class formby 14. Throughout the play the
evident over-anxiety of the players to win spoiled their
games to an extent which amazedand may possibly have
encouragedthe large number of amateurs present as spectators.