Jottings of the Month
- T. Aiken, the Scottish champion, played an exhibition
game with J. Manson, a local amateur, in the Imperial
Hotel, North Berwick, Aiken conceding 400 of a start in a
match of 800 up. The Scottish champion won by 310
points, the scores being:Aiken, 800; Mason, 490. Aiken
gave a capital display, including a very fine break of 339,
chiefly by top-of-the-table play.
- The final heat in the Navy and Army annual billiard
championship was decided at Messrs. Thurston’s, Leicester
Square, on July 6, when the holder, Private Thomas (1st
Leicester Regiment) beat Battery Sergeant-Major Wark
(R.F.A.) by 365 points. In addition to a brilliant break of
146, the record for the competition, Thomas made runs of
49, 39, 77, and 29 (twice). Final scores.Private Thomas,
1,000; Battery Sergeant-Major Wark, 635.
- Mr. Thomas Nicholson won the silver amateur championship
cup at the Lemington Social Club (Newcastle) billiard
tournament, out of 210 competitors.
- In Australia, in answer to an interviewer on red ball play,
Harverson has made the novel suggestion of a small D
inside the large one, to be used for every 26th stroke. He
added: “But the game is all right as it is”an opinion
with which Diggle agreed.
- The police have issued an order to prohibit billiard handicaps,
sweepstakes, raffles, and all forms of gambling for
money or money’s worth at all licensed houses in the county
of Flint. The Flint police cannot know much about billiards,
if they class it, as a matter of chance, with sweepstakes
- At the distribution of prizes in connection with the billiard
and snooker handicaps held under the auspices of the Stock
Exchange Billiard Association, in addition to the prizes and
winners, as already announced, a prize was awarded to Mr.
Arthur Morris for the best break among competitors receiving
points, viz., 38, and Mr. E. Henderson was awarded
one for a break of 41 in the list of players owing points.
Mr. Morris was also presented with a prize for the best
break in the final of the billiard handicap.
- At the Constitutional Club at Congleton Mr. Tom Barlow,
made a break or 245, while playing a game with Mr. S.
- At the Darlington Junior Unionist Club, on July 17, W.
Smith, the popular young professional cueist, was the recipient
of a set of ivory balls and two cues in a case from
Messrs. Burroughes and Watts to mark his fine performance
in his match with Newman at the end of last season
at the Soho Square Salon.
- As Australian billiards is to the fore just now we may
mention that the executive of the Victorian Amateur Association
for 1912 is as follows:President, Mr. H. D.
Meakin I.S.O.; vice-presidents, Messrs. Henry Cave, Alexander
Campbell, James Davies, A. E. Johns, and C. E.
Joliffe; committee, Messrs. J. C. Dillon, J. Basto, H. R.
Hamer, C. J. Lane, J. G. Pearson, E. S. Raphael, D.
Robertson, and Dr. F. S. J. Latham; hon. treasurer, Mr.
W. McBean; hon. secretary, Mr. J. E. Barlow.
- Mr. James Samuel Burroughes, of The Homestead, Seaford,
Sussex, chairman and managing director of Messrs.
Burroughes and Watts, Ltd., billiard table makers, and who
died in January last, aged 71, left estate of the gross value
of £90,050, with net personalty £65,725.
- The committee of the Billiard Professionals’ Association
are interesting themselves on behalf of the family of the
late Mr. Laurie Fraser. Business reverses severely crippled
Mr. Fraser’s resources during the last three or four years
of his life, and now his family are in urgent need of financial
assistance. Subscriptions may be sent to Mr. G. Axtell.
either to the offices of the Association, 148, Fleet Street,
E.C, or to his private address, 18, Linom Road, Clapham.
Meantime an old friend of Laurie’sMr. Mark Gilbert
is carrying on the business of the deceased at the old address
9, Denmark Street, Charing Cross Road, W.C.for the
benefit of the family, and of the staff that worked so loyally
under the late Mr. Fraser.