A Cabin Boy In 1839; Could Steal Cards And Cheat The Boys At Eleven;Stock A Deck At Fourteen; Bested Soldiers On The Rio Grande DuringThe Mexican War; Won Hundreds Of Thousands From Paymasters, CottonBuyers, Defaulters, And Thieves; Fought More Rough-And-Tumble FightsThan Any Man In America, And Was The Most Daring Gambler In TheWorld.
and did not come home until night.
I stopped at home a year, and had a fight nearly every week. I then came to Cincinnati again, where I met my brother Paul, who was working at calking steamboats. He coaxed me to stay with him, saying that he would teach me the trade. I consented, and soon was able to earn $4 per day. We worked together a few years, and made a good deal of money; but every Monday morning I went to work broke. I became infatuated with the game of faro, and it kept me a slave. So I concluded either to quit work or quit gambling. I studied the matter over a long time. At last one day while we were finishing a boat that we had calked, and were working on a float aft of the wheel, I gave my tools a push with my foot, and they all went into the river. My brother called out and asked me what I was doing. I looked up, a little sheepish, and said it was the last lick of work I would ever do. He was surprised to hear me talk that way, and asked me what I intended to do. I told him I intended to