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Atrocities, Duels, Suicides, And Execution Of Gamblers

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Atrocities, Duels, Suicides, And Execution Of Gamblers

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The dinner over,
and a liberal allowance of wine having been quaffed, the ruined
gambler desired the servant to call up all who were in the hall
below. In a few seconds the dining-room was filled with
tradesmen, all eager to receive payment of their accounts. 'Now,
gentlemen,' said the gambler, addressing his guests, and pointing
to the little crowd of tradesmen,--'now, gentlemen, these are all
my tradesmen; they are honest industrious men, to whom I am
indebted, and as I see no other earthly means of being ever able
to meet their just claims, you will be so kind as to pay them out
of the sum for which I insured my life yesterday. Allow me,
gentlemen, to bid you farewell.' And so saying, he pulled a
pistol from his pocket, and placing it to his head, that instant
blew out his brains. Of course his insurance office must have
been one that undertook to pay insurances whatever might be the
cause of death, not excepting suicide--which, like duelling, has
usually been a bar to such claims.

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