TRADE: Snooker for Froyennes Fats?

As the world's richest market, the U.S. underpins the prosperity of many out-of-the-way places, including the little Belgian villages of Froyennes and Callenelle. Their sole industry is making cast-resin billiard balls, the high-quality type used in tournament play, in the better pool halls and by the more discriminating owners of home tables. The painstaking job requires baking a resin mixture in molds in ovens of varying heat for periods of from seven days for a white cueball to 15 days for a striped ball (Nos. 9 to 15). The two firms of Usines de Callenelle and La Décalite,...

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