GAMBLING CAUSED BY GRIEF.
The Honourable Jesse Anker, in order to dissipate the gloom
occasioned by the loss of his wife, whom he passionately loved,
had recourse to gaming, by which, at different times, he lost
considerable sums, but not so as to injure his property, which
was very large, in any material degree. The remedy did not prove
effectual; he shot himself at his lodgings at Bath.
A GAMBLER'S EXCUSE FOR NOT BEING A SECOND IN A DUEL.
A gentleman who had been called out, applied to a friend who had
won a large sum of money to be his second. 'My dear friend,'
answered the gamester, 'I won fifteen hundred guineas last night,
and shall cut a poor figure at fighting to-day; but if you apply
to the person I won them of, he will fight like a devil, for he
has not a farthing left.'
Lord Mark Stair and Lord Stair were at play in a coffee-house,
when a stranger overlooked the game, and disturbed them with
questions. Lord Mark said--'Let us throw dice to see which of us
shall pink this impudent fellow.' Lord Stair won. The other
exclaimed--'Ah! Stair, Stair! you have been always more
fortunate in life than I.'