Boxing Day, 1935
Siewert and Crabtree of Andrew Yule’s called to take us to the Races. There was an hour to spare and it was suggested that a billiards match between Newcastle and Calcutta should be played. I took on Siewert and Mac played Crabtree. Both men were good players at their own game – a kind of snooker – but we romped home at billiards. At the races I spent my time in the members’ stand and enclosure with the binoculars. A wonderful sight, the fine dresses of the ladies – both European and native. The Governor with his Bodyguard of Bengal Lancers arrived in state. The two processions made a fine picture. After the Viceroy had presented the Viceroy’s Cup to the winner they departed in state to a fine send off. They are evidently very popular. Mac went to the Viceroy’s Ball looking very smart in borrowed plumes. He had not brought full evening dress but Siewert fit him up.