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CHAPTER V. page 9

It was at the court of Henry IV. that was invented the method of
speedy ruin by means of written vouchers for loss and gain--which
simplified the thing in all subsequent times. It was then also
that certain Italian masters of the gaming art displayed their
talents, their suppleness, and dexterity. One of them, named
Pimentello, having, in the presence of the Duc de Sully, appealed
to the honour which he enjoyed in having often played with Henry
IV., the duke exclaimed,--`By heavens! So you are the Italian
blood-sucker who is every day winning the king's money! You have
fallen into the wrong box, for I neither like nor wish to have
anything to do with such fellows.' Pimentello got warm. `Go
about your business,' said Sully, giving him a shove; `your
infernal gibberish will not alter my resolve. Go!'[50]

[50] Mem. de Sully.

The French nation, for a long time agitated by civil war, settled
down at last in peace and abundance--the fruits of which
prosperity are often poisoned. They were so by the gambling
propensity of the people at large, now first manifested. The
warrior, the lawyer, the artisan, in a word, almost all
professions and trades, were carried away by the fury of gaming.
Magistrates sold for a price the permission to gamble--in the
face of the enacted laws against the practice.

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