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TAKING CHANCES BY CLARENCE L. CULLEN

AUTHOR OF "Tales OF THE EX TANKS."

G. W. DILLINGHAM COMPANY PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

Copyright, 1898 1899 1900, By THE SUN PRINTING AND PUBLISHING ASSOCIATION.

Copyright, 1900, By G. W. DILLINGHAM COMPANY.

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTORY NOTE. THIS WIRETAPPER WAS COLOR BLIND. "WHOOPING" A RACE HORSE UNDER THE WIRE. JUST LIKE FINDING MONEY. THIS SON OF FONSO WAS OF NO ACCOUNT. HARD LUCK WAIL OF AN OLD TIME TRAINER. STORY OF AN "ALMOST" COMBINATION. "RED" DONNELLY'S STREAK OF LUCK. AND "RED BEAK JIM" TOOK THE TIP. THE GAME OF RUNNING "RINGERS." EXPERIENCES OF A VERDANT BOOKMAKER. THE MAN WHO KNEW ALL ABOUT TOUTS. A "COPPER LINED CINCH" THAT DID GO THROUGH. HE "COPPERED" HIS WIFE'S "HUNCHES." A RACE HORSE THAT PAID A CHURCH DEBT. A SEEDY SPORT'S STRING OF HORSES. THIS TELEGRAM WAS SIGNED JUST "BUB." STORY OF A FAMOUS PAT HAND. GREAT LUCK AT AN INOPPORTUNE TIME. CARD PLAYING ON OCEAN STEAMERS. THIS DOG KNEW THE GAME OF POKER. WIND UP OF A TRAIN GAME OF POKER. QUEER PACIFIC COAST POKER. THE PROPER TIME TO GET "COLD FEET." CATO WAS JUST BOUND TO PLAY POKER. FINISH OF AN EDUCATED RED MAN. THE UNCERTAIN GAME OF STUD POKER. THIS MAN WON TOO OFTEN. THE NERVE OF GAMBLERS AT CRITICAL MOMENTS. THE INSIDIOUS GAME OF SQUEEZE SPINDLE.

INTRODUCTORY NOTE.

To the man who, at any period of his days, has been bitten by that ferocious and fever producing insect colloquially known as the "horse bug," and likewise to the man whose nervous system has been racked by the depredations of the "poker microbe," these tales of the turf and of the green cloth are sympathetically dedicated. The thoroughbred running horse is a peculiar animal. While he is often beaten, the very wisest veterans of the turf have a favorite maxim to the effect that "The ponies can't be beat" meaning the thoroughbred racers; which sounds paradoxical enough. Poker, too, is a mystifying affair, in that all men who play it appear, from their own statements, to lose at it persistently and perennially. There is surely something weird and uncanny about a game that numbers only losers among its devotees. However, poker players are addicted to persiflage. The genuine, dyed in the wool, blown in the bottle pokerist rarely acknowledges that he is ahead of the game until the day after.

These stories, which were originally printed in the columns of the New York Sun , belong largely to the eminent domain of strict truthfulness. If they do not serve to show that the "horse bug" and the "poker microbe" are good things to steer clear of, they will by no means have failed of their purpose; for the writer had nothing didactic in view in setting them down as he heard them.

Clarence Louis Cullen .

New York , Sept. 1, 1900.

THIS WIRETAPPER WAS COLOR BLIND.

And His Visual Infirmity Cost Him $15,000 and His Reputation.

"I went down to New Orleans a couple of months ago to get a young fellow who was pretty badly wanted in my town for a two months' campaign of highly successful check kiting last summer," said a Pittsburg detective who dropped into New York on a hunt last week. "I got him all right, and he's now doing his three years. I found him to be a pretty decent sort of a young geezer, although a born crook. I don't remember ever having had such an entertaining traveling mate as he was on the trip up from New Orleans... Continue reading book >>




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