"O Unseen Hand that ever
makes and deals us,
And plays our game!
That now obscures and then to
light reveals us,
Serves blanks of fame
How vain our shuffling, bluff
and weak pretending!
Tis Thou alone can name the
The seductive game of poker is
one that I do not understand. I do not care to understand it,
because it cannot be played without the putting up of a good deal
of the coin of the realm, and although I have nothing to say
against betting, my own theory of conduct in the matter is this,
that I want no man's money which I do not earn, and I do not want
any man to get my money unless he earns it. So it happens, in the
matter of cards, I content myself with eucre and other games which
do not require the wagering of money.
On board the Atlantic steamers
there is always more or less gambling. I have heard it said that
men make trips to and fro merely for the purpose of fleecing their
fellow-passengers; but, except in one instance, I never had any
experience with this sort of thing.