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Kosminski's Game of Faro

Post by Karen on Thu 14 Mar 2013 - 9:48

A GAME OF FARO.
THE WINNER THOUGHT ALL WAS FAIR - THE LOSER DIFFERED.

A tailor named Kosminski sued Henry Bill at Bloomsbury County-court on Thursday for 5s. for cleaning a coat; while the defendant counter-claimed for 1 pound for money spent.
Mr. Bambford: We admit the 5s., but say that the 1 pound is a gambling debt.
Defendant: We did play cards, but it was not that.
Judge Bacon: Merely a friendly game?
Defendant: Oh, yes.
The Judge: What game was it?
Defendant: A little game of faro.
The Judge: Oh, one of the games specially mentioned in the Gambling Act. Who won?
Plaintiff: He did; he won all my money from me.
The Judge: What happened then?
Defendant: I lent him a sovereign.
Plaintiff: And you won that. I was skinned clean out. You never saw such cards. (Laughter.)
Defendant: It was a fair game.
Plaintiff: It was fair for you. You got all the people's money.
Defendant: It was in your house, with your cards.
Plaintiff: Yes; I wish I had never bought them.
The Judge: It was a gambling transaction. You cannot recover the 1 pound you lent.
Plaintiff: Can I have my costs?
Judge Bacon: They follow the event. But you should pay your debts of honour.

Source: Evening Express, 2 April 1897, Page 3

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