Jottings of the Month
There are suggestions in Leeds for municipal golf courses
and billiard rooms.
Fred Lindrum, jun., champion of Australia, is said to
have made 687 off the red in a private 1,000 up.
It is announced that the temperance billiard rooms in
various London districts have proved a success financially.
The Accrington magistrates have renewed licenses for
billiard halls on condition that no one under eighteen years
of age be allowed to play.
Kalyin Demarest, the American boy champion billiard
player, arrived at Plymouth on the liner Nieu Amsterdam
on Feb. 8, from New York, en route for Paris.
It is understood that Gray will play three matches at
Holborn Hall, London, next month, and that Diggle will
be his opponent in at least one of the games.
In an interesting “relay” match, H. W. Stevenson defeated,
on the 11th inst., four Newcastle professionals to
whom he had conceded varying long starts.
Stevenson is credited with having scored 20 points per
minute at one part of his most recent match at Soho
Square, and with having made 400 points in 22 minutes on
one occasion last season.
Many points in connection with billiards are crying aloud
for reform. Why, for instance, should not all pocket openings
be standardized in width and otherwise and the hire of
all public tables charged for by time?
There has latterly been a little slackening in the George
Gray galops away from opponents. At Manchester Diggle
during several days drew closely up and was occasionally
ahead. Under the conditions this was a great performance.
W. Pindar defeated G. Nelson for the Yorkshire championship
by 8,000 to 7,021. The winner was presented with
the championship cup, gold medal, and a cheque for 16gs.,
representing two-thirds of the gate receipts, and Nelson
received a cheque for 8gs.
The royal warrant as billiard table makers to the King
has been received by Messrs. Burroughes & Watts, Ltd.,
Soho Square, W., by Messrs. Thurston & Co., Ltd.,
Leicester Square, W.C., and by Messrs. Orme & Sons, Ltd.,
An international billiard tournament is in progress in
New York. The German champion (Albert Poensgen) is
contesting and the French champion (Darantierre) was
expected. The American champion at 18.1 and 18.2 billiards
(W. Hoppe) is retiring from the profession.
The preliminary heat of 9,000 up in the professional
championship contest under the auspices of the Billiards
Control Club, between M. Inman and T. Reece will be
decided in the week commencing April 3. The winner of
this game will meet H. W. Stevenson (the holder) in the
challenge round of 18,000 up, which will commence on April
17th at the Caxton Hall, Westminster.