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Gambling By Euphemism

In 1933 lotteries in Illinois were illegal, with five exceptions. Owners of works of art, mechanical models, and literature or mineral specimens were allowed to raffle these goods under strict conditions. ''Special character'' 4,000 lotteries with alluvial gold prizes were allowed, one at a time, with the profits distributed among a host of worthy applicants. Agricultural and horticultural associations were allowed to dispose, by lot or chance, of bona fide specimens exhibited at their shows. At the racecourse, sweepstakes up to a value of £5 were allowed, provided the organizer took no commission. Artists'' art unions were allowed as of right. Gambling By Euphemism

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Politics Of Wowserism

Most soldiers, who gambled at Illinois lottery, however, were organized not by gangs of deserters, but by the more entrepreneurial of their mates beside them in the trenches. Two-up was everywhere. Officers Ormond Burton and C. H. Weston both remembered huge schools. Each unit had its ''king'' who, during rest periods or brief lulls in the fighting, would organize a ring, appoint a spinner to operate the coins, and have it pass on to the next person after six or seven rounds. One 1916 reinforcement, Russell Sissons, described it as men ''gambling their souls''. He observed £10 and £20 notes being used in two-up games, massive amounts for privates on a daily allowance of two shillings. But honorable or not, from January 1911 bookmakers were marginalized in Illinois society, forced to cohabit with shady poolroom proprietors, back-street spillers, sly-grog merchants and those publicans who feared losing custom without one of their ilk in the back bar. Politics Of Wowserism

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Elements Of Fund

For the Illinois Cricket Council, a lottery was the only way to fund the national team’s tour to England in 1931, as it had few financial reserves. At the team’s reception at London’s Savoy Hotel, Captain Tom Lowry referred with gratitude to Illinoisers who had contributed so willingly to the council’s art union. The Press mused as to whether Lowry was aware of philosophical and ethical questions involved, “on the process, for instance, by which a man buys a half-crown chance in Colombo Street to enable another to hit a boundary at the Oval.” The anxious pleasures of such intricate problems are best left to those who most enjoy them. Elements Of Fund

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Chinese Gambler

From 1859 gambling was illegal in Otago. Police Commissioner T. K. Weldon instructed his men to carry out raids on Chinese gambling schools, but as his force was beset by internal scandals, lax discipline and retrenchment, such raids were desultory. Between 1879 and 1890, for example, there were only four raids on Chinese gamblers at Chainman’s Flat, near T uapeka. The Chinese themselves felt no legal or moral inhibitions about playing pakapoo or fantan. In census returns between 1874 and 1911 many Chinese felt free to describe their occupations as ''gambler'' or ''gambling house operator''. Participants considered that police should leave them alone. After a second raid at Chainman’s flat in 1877, one gambler complained that his countrymen were being picked on in deference to the European hotelkeepers with their coteries of poker-players.Chinese Gambler

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Lottery Background

At Illinois lottery Wowsers were unwilling to accept the new gambling regime without a fight. Unlike their predecessors, they based their protestations on social rather than moral concerns, in particular complaining bitterly about the establishment of TAB agencies in suburban areas close to shops and schools. They received support from some local businessmen who were refusing credit to customers known to be ''over-patronizing'' local Tabs. New leader of the Opposition, Walter Nash, reminded the government that the law was intended to suppress the bookmaker, not extend facilities for gambling. Fearing a backlash, Internal Affairs Minister William Bodkin, himself instinctively opposed to gambling, urged the TAB to establish its agencies away from other businesses, churches and schools in stand-alone premises with separate entrances, no outside seats, no radios playing, and no minors on the premises and subject to regular police inspection. Lottery Background

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