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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 At Monaco 510

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The other is “roulette” where a marble is revolved to drop into one of many notches numbered. We watch the varying luck of the different players, their risk generally varying from 5 francs to 8 or 10 napoleons-

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 At the card table we became much interested in the gambling of a middle aged baldheaded sinner sitting near one of the assistants, with head resting upon his left hand, the other hand manipulating the $20. gold pieces with as much coolness as though he was simply playing checkers. His luck was bad but he had a full purse and good grit- 1. 2. or 5 bills of 1000 francs each would be quietly taken from his wallet, handed to the clerk for change into $20. gold pieces, to be staked in lots of $100. or $200. Sometimes he would win, let the doubled stakes lay upon the green cloth to double again when all would be swept away from him- More bills, more change, more losses, until we must have seen him lost $8000. or $10.000. still not a word was spoken or a grunt of dissatisfaction expressed.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The agony of their souls is seldom manifested- Outwardly everyone is quiet and cool, not a word being spoken except by the chief operators who are handling the cards or balls. But how terrible is the dissipation- The winner would find his pillow nearly as comfortless as the loser- The excitement and fascination is intense

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Within their grounds stands the fine Hotel de Paris- At 4 P.M. we took a lunch there in the magnificent dining room, chocolate with Bread and Butter- Good but high priced- Tourists who stop there until they lose all their money are sent quietly away, the Casino proprietors not allowing any quarrelling [sic] with their customers to be advertised elsewhere- These game are acknowledged to be perfectly fair, purely games of chance, still the chances are largely in favor

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