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Gambling in China.

A remarkable form of gambling is in vogue in Canton, according to Consul Alabaster, who describes it in his last report to the Foreign Office. The Chinese, who are inveterate gamblers, have no system of horse racing to serve as a subject for betting, so they turn to the keenest form of competition they understand. This they find in the Government examinations. Canton is full of colleges, and everyone is more or less familiar with their doings, and even with the abilities of individual students. Hence tho Chinaman who wants to bet will risk his stakes in backing favorite candidates, or in some of the regular lotteries carried on under special licence. The mode in which they are conducted is very simple. Lists of those entered for an examination are published, and tho prize goes to whoever can prick off the most correct list of those who pass. Of course the result of such lotteries is endless mischief. Men ruin themselves buying tickets; tickets aro forged and stolen ; and, what is incomparably worse, tho students themselves are injured and demoralised. Some probable winners are hocussecl, others are bribed to do badly, and tho examiners themselves are exposed to great temptations. Nevertheless, in spite of the mischief done, a great deal of good also results, for just as racing tends to develop the breed of our horses, so the great excitement over these Cantonese examinations, induced by the lotteries, acts as a powerful incentive to the pursuit of learning,

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Gambling in China., Issue 8022, 26 September 1889

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Gambling in China. Issue 8022, 26 September 1889

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