the piece stamped in the centre. In Japan chessmen are five-sided, or punt-shaped pieces of wood or ivory, lying flat on the board and differing slightly in size. On one face is printed the name of the piece; on the other its promotional name. Indian designers of chessmen at the end of the eigh teenth century were satisfying their national pride by carving chessmen to represent the forces engaged in war between the East India Company and the native states. One side possessed two elephants with pallan- quins, two rhinoceros, two horses, two towers with small figures holding flags, and eight soldiers in European dress, while the other had buffaloes in place of rhinos, camels for horses, and native soldiers carry ing (apparently) folded umbrellas. Meanwhile, in England a young farmer's son, begging his way to London to make his fortune, was carrying a shah's baton in his knapsack, and was destined to do as much as any of the famous chess professionals of his time to popularise the game. From Trowbridge young Thomas Jaques came to the Bell at Holbom, where he fell in with Ivy, an ivory turner of Leather Lane. For him he worked as appren tice during seven or eight years, finally following the Eighteenth Century Indian Chessmen

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