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EABA : The Billiard Monthly : February, 1911

The Billiard Monthly : February, 1911

Billiard Opinion of the Month

A Clerical View Criticized

According to the Rev. E. T. Jones who made the statement
in the course of a sermon in Llanelly, “billiards is a
hellish game.” If he means it is difficult, we agree with
him; and if he means they play it in Hades, we don’t know;
but if he suggests that it is unfit for the Archbishop of
Canterbury, Dr. Clifford, Mr. Lloyd George, or any other
representative Christian, then he is recklessly inaccurate.

Billiards, in fact, is the finest indoor game conceived of
man. As an exercise in the self-suppression of bad language
it has no moral equal—not even excepting golf.—
John Bull.

The Gray Stroke

What is the Gray stroke? Well, it is quite simple. It
is merely going in off the red into one or other of the
middle pockets and then doing it again and again until you
do it oftener than any one else and your father kisses you to
pulp. And think of Diggle seated there with his chin on
his knees for four long hours; and people in the hall, who
had paid to see him, too!— Punch.

Divided Authority

We have divided authority in the worlds of athletics,
football, and billiards, and any body which attempted to
bring the rival factions together would be taking on a sort
of legislative labour of Hercules. The body which sets
out to establish peace and harmony will not be able to start
unless it is composed of gentlemen of real position and
influence, and it is a big question whether enough sportsmen
of this type would come forward spontaneously to
undertake the thankless and delicate business of pouring oil
on troubled waters. Perhaps, however, the right men may
be brought forward by force of circumstances, and will be
seated together round a table and eager to do their best
for sport. Billiards presents the most favourable opening
for the bearers of the olive-branch. They will have to
blunder badly to fail to bring the cue-men together; then
football could be dealt with in turn, and the athletic
dispute left to finish with.—”Double-You,” in Vanity Fair.

The Moral of Gray

The shock which George Gray has administered is precisely
the shock which all British players and athletes have
had to undergo in almost every variety of sport during the
past fifteen years. It is the shock which the open-minded
specialist who is determined to win is bound to inflict upon
competitors whose general maxim is that “the game’s the
thing,” who rarely experiment or innovate or take the pains
to bring themselves to the highest level of excellence, and
who are content to rub along on the easy-going, unscientific
lines they are used to. Look at the record. The Australians
in 1909 with no more than a fair to moderate team
thrashed us at cricket. The Belgians for the third time
have carried off the blue ribbon of the Thames. The
Americans at Hurlingham simply swamped our men at polo.

The South Africans and New Zealanders taught us that we
had forgotten how to play Rugby. The French only the
other day defeated a Scotch fifteen that, while not the best
that might have been got together, was a very good one.

At Oxford the Rhodes scholars furnish more than their
proper percentage of the best athletes, and the real tennis
champion of the world, though he has not for the last year
or two defended his title, is unquestionably Mr. Jay Gould.

“A Billiard Amateur” in The Daily Mail

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