These books were quite useful so that work really did have valuable impact, but what a waste of resources!
In hangman, you are guessing words, not text. The high frequency of the trigram THE makes T and H more probable in a text corpus. But if every word is equiprobable as in a dictionary list of words, you get the above sequence.
From the January 1917 issue of the Southern and Southwestern Railway Club bimonthly proceedings…
That's a fair bit of technological evolution in 102 years.
The publication seems like a forerunner of the podcast. It is a verbatim transcript of an enthusiasts' meeting with advertisements injected.