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WELSHERS.

(To the Editor.) Sir, —Kindly allow mc a small space in your valuable paper to express my views in regard to the above. We are, in the first place, forbidden by law to bet — save at one place, on racecourses. The racing bodies are compelled to license bookmakers to carry on betting on their courses. Now, to my mind, that is all very'well; but why not go a step further, and make the racing officials responsible for every bef made by their licensed bookmakers for bets made on their courses. At our last day's racing we had two of the bookies in such a position that they stood a chance of being murdered right out, and I feel sure that if something be not done in the way of protecting the public when they bet in the way allowed by law, that before very long -we shall have very serious consequences. If the officials or racing clubs were made to secure the public against welshers. "they would take all sorts of fine care that they themselves would be in a position of safety against loss—trust them for that!—and we should have none of the disgraceful scenes witnessed at Ellerslie on Saturday last.—l am, etc., SPORT IMPROVEMENT.

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WELSHERS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 88, 14 April 1909

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