The following article was printed near the end of the Lasker- Steinitz match in 1894. For those of you who are not familiar with this world championship match, it was split into three parts in three different cities - New York, Philadelphia, and Montreal. In Montreal, the moves were transmitted by telegraph from the playing site (the Cosmopoltain Club) to the newspaper office.
By the way, Lasker won the match 12-7.
From the _Montreal Star_, Wed. May 23, 1894:
"A larger number of chess enthusiasts than usual thronged the sidewalk and roadway in front of the STAR window yesterday afternoon to watch the progress of the match, as bulletined on the STAR's large chess board, and it required the united efforts of several policemen to keep a passage clear for pedestrians.
In the evening the crowd was still larger, and despite the efforts of the festive shad fly and the gay policemen, they remained on the sidewalk to the detriment of the passing pedestrians, who were obliged to walk in the road.
Here and there among the crowd, might be seen an enthusiast holding forth on the merits of his favorite's moves, and showing how, in a few more, he could force his opponent to resign, but the players generally disappointed these gentlemen by making some other move.
When the news arrived that Steinitz wished to have the game called draw, the Laskerians were positive that their favorite was going to win. But a few minutes later the players adjourned and the crowd dwindled away.
One of the peculiar features of the exhibition is the anger exhibited by the crowd when a false move is made. They do not seem to realize that even the officials who are admitted to the little room where the masters play are fallible, and that the telegraph records their errors as faithfully as the other information they impart."
Other news itmes on the same page included National Baseball League scores (Chicago 7, Pittsburgh 6; St. Louis 6, Louisville 4; Boston 3 New York 2), details about an upcoming baseball game between Farnham (Quebec) and St. Alban's (Vermont), the Invicta and Ottawa cricket match, the Aylmer Boating Club, junior lacrosse. Non-sports items included building lots for sale, and legal notices.