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Love of Gambling.


In "Betting and Gambling," a volume of essays just published by Messrs Macmillan and edited by Mr Se9bobin Rmvntree, the well known author of " Poverty," some striking facts are given to show the rapid spread of gambling in all classes < f the community. It may surprise the pubU; to learn (says the Daily Mail) that in ihe space of five years and a half no fewer than SO cases of suicide, 321 embezzlements, rmi 191 bankruptcies appeared on the records of the courts owing to professional bbtt'ng The snm of £5,000,000 is estimated by Sir R, Giffen as annually going into the pockets of bookmakers. Th'i3 social cansor affects the young as well as the old, and both s-ex- s: —" Ala !y who djvotes her life to the young, and lives among thorn in a poor part of London, says that she his very little difficulty about drink among the youths, but hardly dam attack the betting systematically for fear <f losing her proteges. She found one lad actually receiving telegrams from Fran:■«• during the Continental racing season." Some extraordinary stories are tele' about betting and gambling atnojg woujjii —" Ons of the speakers at a council meeting of a ladies' association, of which Lady Trevelyan is president, said that a society lady, an old friend observing that a year Beemed a small allowance for her daughter, replied that the latter was such a good bridge player that she easily made £1000 a year." This story should probably be taken with a grain of salt", but no one j would deny that bridge-playing for excessively high stakes is only too common among young ladies. There is another story given on the authority of " lan Maclareu " of a young married lady who was asked to the house party of an old friend for the week-end :— Bridge is played, and although she knows a little about it, she excuses herself as not being a sufficiently good player. It is pointed out that everyone mast play, and no doubt she will do well enough. She has a suspicion that not only money is risked on the game but that it is risked to a considerable amount. She is assured that it is nothing. At the close of the evening she discovers that she has lost £35. Among working-class women betting has recently become prevalent. ■ The Police Court missionary at; Newcastle-on-Tyne states:—" There is a very, great amount of beating and gambling among women. J have known women sell the shoes and stockings from oU their children's feet to get coppers to put on their favourite ' horse." A piteous tale is told of a navvy who, after living a happy life free from debt, suddenly discovered thab his wife had incurred debts to the amount of £70, and on making investigations to discover what she had done with the gooda bought, found that they had been pledged to pay her debts to the bookmaker. The remedy for this lamentable state of iffairs is discussed, nnd.certain legislative changes are indicated as desirable. The prohibition of the publication in newspapers of the " starting-price olds "is suggested. Considerable pains have been taken to ascertain privately the feeliag of the bet'er class of newspapers upon this subject, and it is found that they would welcome such a prohibition, provided it bo made universal.

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Love of Gambling., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6609, 30 June 1905

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Love of Gambling. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6609, 30 June 1905

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