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Oddities And Witticisms Of Gamblers

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Oddities And Witticisms Of Gamblers

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A NOBLE LORD AND A COMMONER, IN 1823.

A young and wealthy commoner, who seemed to vie with the pea-
green in the desperate folly of getting rid of a suddenly
obtained fortune of L130,000 in ready money, as fast as possible,
and whose relish for the society of legs, bullies, and fighting
men was equally notorious, went to the Fishmonger's Hall Club
late one morning, much flushed with wine. The well-lighted
avenues directed him to the French Hazard table. There was no
play going on at the time, but at the entrance of this PIGEON,
who before had been DRAWN of a good round sum, the box and dice
were soon put in motion, and 'seven's the main, seven,' was
promptly the cry. A certain noble lord, who had been for years
an experienced NURSE of the dice, and who knew how to NICK the
MAINS or THROW CRABS, as well as the best leg in England, held
the bow. The commoner commenced by backing the noble lord IN.
The noble lord threw OUT. He then backed the noble lord OUT, and
the noble lord threw in. He backed the noble lord OUT again, who
threw five to the main. The commoner betted the odds deeply at
the rate of three to two. The noble lord threw the FIVE. The
commoner, uneasy, changed about, and backed the noble lord IN for
a large stake,--the noble lord then threw OUT. The commoner now
rose in a rage, and insinuated broadly that he was cheated,
robbed, and it could not be fair play. Of course much
indignation was shown by the noble lord, and it was with
difficulty that a fight was prevented; but his lordship,
nevertheless, condescended to demonstrate that he played his own
money at the time, and what he lost found its way into the bank,
with which 'he was not at all connected.' This reasoning
satisfied the suspicious young commoner (poor easy man!); an
apology was given; and peace was restored.

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