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Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi   By: (1829-1903)

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Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi by George H. Devol is a riveting memoir that delves deep into the intriguing world of gambling on the Mississippi River during the mid-1800s. With his gripping narrative style, Devol takes readers on an extraordinary journey through his life as a professional riverboat gambler, providing a firsthand account of the gambling dens, riverside towns, and larger-than-life characters that populated this unique era.

The book begins with Devol's humble beginnings, recounting his early experiences as a boy growing up along the Mississippi River. From his first encounter with a deck of cards, it becomes evident that gambling would become a significant part of his life. Devol's storytelling prowess shines as he regales readers with tales of his gambler friends, each possessing a distinct personality and skill set.

What stands out most about this memoir is Devol's shameless honesty in recounting his exploits. He leaves no stone unturned, openly discussing the highs and lows of his gambling career, the tricks of the trade, and the numerous encounters with law enforcement. His unapologetic tone creates a layered and authentic portrayal of the era, where gambling and the river intertwined as two essential aspects of life.

Devol's writing style is straightforward yet engaging, making it easy for readers to immerse themselves in his experiences. He expertly balances personal anecdotes with historical context, providing insight into the riverboat gambling culture while maintaining the narrative flow. With vivid descriptions, the reader can feel the energy of the river, smell the smoke-filled rooms, and witness the heart-stopping moments at the poker tables.

While Devol's memoir primarily focuses on his life as a gambler, it is more than just a recollection of wins and losses. Throughout the book, he also reflects on the moral implications of his chosen profession and presents a candid analysis of the broader societal attitudes towards gambling. This introspection adds depth to the narrative, stimulating further contemplation on the intricacies of human nature.

As I turned the final pages of Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi, I felt both captivated and enlightened by Devol's remarkable tale. His depiction of a bygone era, with its unfiltered portrayal of gambling and the unique characters involved, is utterly captivating. This memoir is a must-read for history enthusiasts, gambling aficionados, and anyone seeking an enthralling story of an unconventional life. George H. Devol's candidness and storytelling ability make this an exceptional addition to the genre of memoirs.

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Transcriber's note:

Typesetting errors have been corrected, but what appear to be the author's spellings have not been changed.

LoC call number: F353.D4

FORTY YEARS A GAMBLER ON THE MISSISSIPPI

BY GEORGE H. DEVOL.

A CABIN BOY IN 1839; COULD STEAL CARDS AND CHEAT THE BOYS AT ELEVEN; STOCK A DECK AT FOURTEEN; BESTED SOLDIERS ON THE RIO GRANDE DURING THE MEXICAN WAR; WON HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS FROM PAYMASTERS, COTTON BUYERS, DEFAULTERS, AND THIEVES; FOUGHT MORE ROUGH AND TUMBLE FIGHTS THAN ANY MAN IN AMERICA, AND WAS THE MOST DARING GAMBLER IN THE WORLD.

ILLUSTRATED.

FIRST EDITION.

DEVOL & HAINES. CINCINNATI: 1887.

Entered according to Act of Congress, the 6th day of October, 1887, by DEVOL & HAINES, In the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington, D. C.

[All rights reserved.]

PREFACE.

The author of this book has written the stories as they would recur to his memory, and no effort has been made at classification. They are not fictitious; many of the persons named are now living, and they can and will testify that the stories are founded on facts.

He belongs to the celebrated Devol family of Marietta. His grandfather, Jonathan Devol, was an officer in the Revolutionary War, and was well known to the pioneer history of Ohio. He was one of the passengers on the Mayflower , which he constructed for the use of the first company of emigrants to Ohio... Continue reading book >>




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