|Jan-13-17|| ||MissScarlett: The <Brooklyn Daily Eagle> of December 23rd, 1900, reporting on prospects for the forthcoming Anglo-American cable match has this:|
<In this connection attention is drawn to a Pittsburg man, B. H. Lutton by name, who, during several of Pillsbury's visits to the Smoky City, has encountered the champion five times, both over the board and in exhibitions, and has won all the five games! A player who can do this must surely amount to something and is worth looking after. W. E. Napier of the Brooklyn Chess Club, now living in Pittsburg, has played a number of drawn games with him, and is in a position to size him up. Writing for the Pittsburg Dispatch, Napier reminds the promotors [sic] of the cable match that a player who defeats the American champion in five successive games has a certain claim to attention, whether he advance it or not. Lutton has the ability, he says, to win with an advantage, and he has, what is a more admirable quality, passive resistance, which, in a poor position, so frequently prevents an adverse issue. It is understood that Lutton is willing to come to Brooklyn to engage in a test series of games with the local experts and the Brooklyn Chess Club will probably invite him to do so.>
|Jan-14-17|| ||MissScarlett: <BDE>, April 3rd, 1901, p.12:|
<Tenth place, made vacant by the dropping of Delmar of Manhattan, had been offered to B. H. Lutton of Pittsburg, but Secretary Chadwick announced that he had heard from the latter to the effect that he would not be able to come on here in order to earn his right to the place, by playing with the local experts, and intimated that he did not consider it quite fair to expect him to do so and that he should be chosen on the merits of his reputation. The committee, however, did not consider that his record warranted his selection and voted not to take any chances by experimenting with him.>
The cable match committee resolved to offer the place to Chicago's Sidney Paine Johnston, who'd played on the team in 1899, but also to find two local substitutes, in case Johnston declined or one of the existing team members was indisposed. They nominated Arthur Jacob Souweine and Clarence Seaman Howell, proposing a five-game match to determine priority.
As it happened, Howell made the team: 6th Anglo-American Cable Match (1901)
The <(Brooklyn) Daily Standard Union> of June 16th 1901:
<Pittsburg has recently been treated to a rare chess offering, nothing less than visits from the champion of the world and the American champion, within a week or so of each other. Both Lasker and Pillsbury gave exhibitions. Pillsbury lost but one game. Lasker was pitted gainst [sic] a strong team. A. Y. Hesse, the well-known correspondence player, succeeding in scoring against the champion, as did also B. H. Lutton, the player who was named for the cable team, but was withdrawn by his easily offended friends.>
The author of this column being C.S. Howell.