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Just arrived in New York City, French billiard champion Claudius Berger gives his first American exhibition

Claudius Berger, detail
09/29/1860
Claudius Berger, the French billiards champion, gave his first exhibition in New York City after arriving in the country from France.  He performed for about an hour before an invited audience of around sixty in the private room of American champion Michael Phelan's Billiard Saloon at the corner of 10th and Broadway.  Berger soon departed on an extensive tour of the United States cut short only by the outbreak of the Civil War.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Exhibition of Mons. Berger, The French Champion," New York Times, October 1, 1860.

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