"Attacks upon the totalisator are still occupying the prejudiced and the misinformed," rf*r>"rked Sir George Clifford, President of the Conference of New Zealand Racing dubs, in his annual address to the delegates' assembled in Wellington. To the former, he said, argument was inapplicable, but the open-minded enquirer would find little in the conduct, of our race meetings; or in the effects of the totalisator, to.warrant4he abolition of an amusement affording much innocent pleasure. The majority of those who spent health-giving afternoons at out open air gatherings were very mild patron's of the machine, as was evidenced by the slight difference which wet weather p,pd a sparse attendance caused in its receints. The spendthrift, and the gambler might force upon us his unwelcome pre--1 sence, but he; would live his brief hoxk .of stupidity somewhere in, his own fashion, and the totalisator was not responsible for his constittuion, nor was the management's absolute fairness and stem requirement of repayment aidapted to his methods. The sulbstiitfution> of the totiajlisator for the bookmaker on pur courses had lessened his temptations, and diminished his opportunities, and ita removal would produce an effect diametrically opposed to that sough* for by its misgutided opponents.
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UNKNOWN, Thames Star, Volume XLIV, Issue 10303, 25 July 1907
UNKNOWN Thames Star, Volume XLIV, Issue 10303, 25 July 1907
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