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Bain Gambling in Calcutta.

A writer in tho ' Times of India' describes a system of gambling in Calcutta on rain. It is carried on in a " compound" of tho Burra Bazaar, where, when a raincloud crosses the sky, a crowd collects of eager, excited men. Some rush about frantically, others perch themselves high on the adjoining roofs and gesticulate wildly to friends below, while all gaze anxiously at the sky. These are the sutta or rain speculators, and the system, as explained by the lessee of the compound in which it is carried on, is extremely simple. On the roof of his office is a ditch which will hold eight "surs" of water. If a raincloud bursts, and the fall exceeds this amount, the overflow is discharged into the compound by a spout. This deoides all the bets, those who wagered it would rain winning. The bets are entered by the proprietor in a book, the commission being one pice per rupee, and the transactions being all settled at ten o'clock the following morning. A defaulter is hardly ever known; the gamblers are mostly money-lenders, men of substance, and well known to each other. They are a class by themselves, and the stakes are usually inconsiderable, whereas in Bombay it is not unusual to have thousands of rupees on the rain. The system has one advantage : Rain clouds cannot be manipulated ; they cannot be loaded like dice, or " faked " like horses; there are no handicappers, no starters, no owners, and no jockeys. _______

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Bain Gambling in Calcutta., Evening Star, Issue 8046, 24 October 1889

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Bain Gambling in Calcutta. Evening Star, Issue 8046, 24 October 1889