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Gamblers and Gambling

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Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 9,667 / 35 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 46.4
LoC Category: HN
Downloads: 1,326
Added to site: 2010.12.24
mnybks.net#: 29998
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Essays
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s own level, and then lords it over them in malignant meanness. Himself impure, he plunges others into lasciviousness; and with a train of reeking satellites, he revolves a few years in the orbit of the game, the brothel, and the doctor's shop; then sinks and dies: the world is purer, and good men thank God that he is gone.

Besides these, time would fail me to describe the ineffable dignity of a gambling judge; the cautious, phlegmatic lawyer, gambling from sheer avarice; the broken-down and cast-away politician, seeking in the game the needed excitement, and a fair field for all the base tricks he once played off as a patriot; the pert, sharp, keen, jockey-gambler; the soaked, obese, plethoric, wheezing, bacchanal; and a crowd of ignoble worthies, wearing all the badges and titles of vice, throughout its base peerage.

A detail of the evils of gambling should be preceded by an illustration of that constitution of mind out of which they mainly spring--I mean its EXCITABILITY. The body is not stor

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