No, I didn’t spell our beloved game the wrong way – this is how Viola L. Cecil spelled it in 1938 when she wrote her book, MAAJH – The American Version of an Ancient Chinese Game (the book was revised in 1939). In the foreword to her book, Viola signs her name with the title, “President National Mah Jongg League.” Since the National Mah Jongg League was founded in 1937, it would seem that Viola was one of the founding members and probably the very first president. Here’s the front and back cover. The book is bound with a red spiral – very cute.
These next two pages describe the tiles and “equipment” of the game:
And it is in these next two pages where Viola explains the terms of Mah Jongg. I wasn’t familiar with the term “dogging” but I suspect that we all have used this defensive method of playing more than once!