Lindrum on His British Tour
Interviewed on his return to Australia, Lindrum said that
generally he had a most enjoyable time in England, despite
the extreme cold, which so affected his touch that it was
only on rare occasions he felt like being able to hit a ball
truly, and big breaks were out of the question.
“I took part (he added) in 11 games during the tour,
defeating Reece twice, Collins twice, Pearson, and Harris,
but was beaten by Aiken two out of the three games we
played, the odd game being a draw. Inman and Harverson
also defeated me, the latter just previously to my departure.
“I did not play the red ball as a scoring medium to any
great extent, except in my games with Reece and Collins,
against whom I made breaks of 584 and 582. In those
games I had fast tables, while most of the other tables were
altogether too slow for red-ball play.
“I could not induce Gray to meet me, and as that was
the main reason of my visit to England, I was greatly disappointed.
However, I saw him play Stevenson, and think
he has improved since leaving Australia, and now stands
out as the greatest scoring force in the world with the red
ball. In all-round play he has made little improvement,
his stand at the table being against progression.
“Inman now holds the championship of England under
both the Billiard Association and Billiards Control Club
rules, and fully deserves the title. He has greatly improved
in every respect since his last visit to Australia, and is at
the present time the best of the English players. When I
met him Inman showed excellent form during the two
weeks of icy-cold weather and storms which almost froze
one up, and made good billiards, so far as I was concerned,
“Both Diggle and Harverson are fine players, the former
especially, although most unconventional in his methods.
“Reece played exceptionally well early in the season, but
fell away considerably during the month of April, for not
only did Inman easily defeat him in the championship, but
Harverson did likewise in the London tournament. The
table used in the championship match was an exceptionally
fast one, and its pace made it very difficult for Reece to hold
position for close cannon play, which is the back-bone of his
“Aiken, the Scotch champion, performed excellently
against me in his own country, and in one top of the table
break, at Edinburgh, of 482, he only went to hand twice.
“Although composition balls are being well advertised,
most of the public rooms still retain ivory balls. Many of
those I saw were unsatisfactory, being all shapes and sizes,
the wonder being that breaks are made with them.
“I saw two of England’s best amateurs playMr. H. A.
O. Lonsdale and Major Flemingbut neither of them was
in the same class as our Mr. J. B. Belfield, either in knowledge
of the game, style, or execution. In fact, the majority
of amateur players in the old country did not appear to
be up to the Australian standard.
“Public patronage of billiards in England is not so good
as I expected. I was well treated by both players and the
public, and shall not readily forget the great reception
accorded me by a number of Australian students at Edinburgh.
But the weatherwe only had nine hours’ sunshine
in 13 weeks at one stretchput a damper on one’s feelings,
and made me long for Australia’s sunshine.
“I frequently saw Miss Ruby Roberts, the world’s lady
champion billiardist. She has improved her billiards considerably,
and made a 222 break just previously to my leaving