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An incident occurred at the last York races which should act as a warning to those who are ever ready to accept the long odds offered by a certain class of “ professional sportsmen” to be found at all our race meetings. It appears that a body of those bookmakers resolved upon a coup d'etat, and carried it out in a style which will long be remembered. They laid long odds, received the half-sovereigns and halfcrowns of a large body of people, but when the time for settling arrived each possessed himself of a heavy cudgel from a sackful brought ready for the purpose by a confederate, and then they all marched off the racecourse together in something like military forma- [ tion, paying not the slightest heed to 1 .the threats and appeals of those with ( whom they had made bets, and to whom, of course, they were under heavy pecuniary obligations., ,■. Outfjd,? rg.jlj,i|gjjed

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A BAND OF WELSHERS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 496, 19 November 1881

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A BAND OF WELSHERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 496, 19 November 1881

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