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`This name of _Enfers_ has been given to several gaming houses,
some them situated in the interior of Paris, others in the
`People no longer blush, as did Caligula, at gambling on their
return from the funeral of their relatives or friends. A
gamester, returning from the burial of his brother, where he had
exhibited the signs of profound grief, played and won a
considerable sum of money. "How do you feel now?" he was
asked. "A little better," he replied, "this consoles me."
`All is excitement whilst I write. Without mentioning the base
deeds that have been committed, I have counted four suicides and
a great crime.
`Besides the licensed gaming houses, new ones are furtively
established in the privileged mansions of the ambassadors and
representatives of foreign courts. Certain chevaliers
d'industrie recently proposed to a gentleman of quality, who had
just been appointed plenipotentiary, to hire an hotel for him,
and to pay the expenses, on condition that he would give up to
them an apartment and permit them to have valets wearing his
livery! This base proposal was rejected with contempt, because
the Baron de---- is one of the most honourable and enlightened
men of the age.
`The most difficult bargains are often amicably settled by a
game. I have seen persons gaming whilst taking a walk and whilst
travelling in their carriages. People game at the doors of
the theatres; of course they gamble for the price of the ticket.
In every possible manner, and in every situation, the true
gamester strives to turn every instant to profit.