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	     Cheating at Cards.
senior.   The Leslies have discovered that he cheats
at cards!      He is a little, jolly, bald-headed old
man, who seems to have no other passion and no
other enjoyment in life than that afforded by the
 devil s picture-books.    Whenever the Leslies visit
16th street, the old man is uneasy until he can
get them cards out and set in for an evening at bluff.
They play for trifling stakes, but bet, so that the
losses sometimes amount to $2 or $2.50 an
evening.     The little old man always wins! and, when
it is his deal, fraudulently deals to himself two
trump cards   generally aces.     The Leslies, commen-
ting on the uniformity of his luck, have watched him
and observed him slip cards at the bottom of
the pack.    It was quite palpable,  said Mrs. L.,
whom he always requests to  go it blind,  which she
now refuses.         The funny, little, dishonest game-
ster cheats his son-in-law, too.           Leslie supposes
that he makes his pocket-money by it!     Ned Hayes
pays the board for the family, including his father,
mother and self.    He earns over $40 a week at
his business of scene-painting.    The immaculate
Mrs. Potter was onc seduced into becoming one of
this group of innocent gamblers, but on losing
$2 one evening, she concluded that  it was very
disgraceful  and seceded.        Leslie passes her
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen: page one hundred and fifty-four
Description:Regarding Mr. Hayes's habit of cheating at cards.
Date:1861-05-05
Subject:Card games; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hayes; Leslie, Marion; Leslie, William; Potter, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):16th Street
Scan Date:2010-06-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Sixteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, boarding house living, visits to the Edwards family, Mort Thomson's engagement to Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Eldredge, Frank Cahill's return to New York from London, Frank Bellew's dissatisfaction with living in England, Thomas Nast's engagement to Sally Edwards, the scene in New York during the departure of the 7th New York Regiment for Washington, attending the wedding of Olive Waite and Hamilton Bragg, a visit with Frank Cahill to the camp of the 1st Regiment of New York Volunteers and the 2nd Regiment of New York State Militia on Staten Island, the death of Charles Welden, and his reporting work.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.