Eliza Clarke, Governess, and Other Stories

Eliza Clarke, Governess, and Other Stories

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...establishment, worked upon the same principles as those which were so successful in Germany, and have since been so successful at Monaco. During the civil war that was raging in the North of Spain before the late King Alfonso ascended the throne, opposition to Monte Carlo--the permission of the Governor of the province was obtained (and this by the functionary in question being always paid a large sum of money) and then a roulette and trente-etguarante were installed, and the public invited to play. The most successful of these mushroom establishments was Port-le-Roy, situated almost on the frontier of Spain and France, and lying close to Luchon--one of the most frequented of the Pyrenean watering-places. The road which led to Pont-le-Roy was a terribly bad one, and, indeed, in many places was almost impassable for a carriage; so the people who wanted to "punt" had to make their way thither on horseback. Foreigners, as a rule, do not shine in the saddle; but so strong was the ruling passion that people flocked there in hundreds, and the feats of horsemanship that took place were something to behold. The Casino was only opened in the afternoon. It was felt that too many lives would be sacrificed if the cocottes and the g0mmeux--inexperienced as they were in the art of equitation--were allowed to ride home in the dark. But still, for the sake of a couple of hours' play, people bravely endured the discomforts and dangers of a very long ride. Seized by a spirit of emulation, a personage who formerly held the tables at Baden instituted a rival establishment close to Biarritz at Fontarabie. His experieIices-at Baden were naturally of great service to him. Things were done in excellent style, and during his first season he was...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236742907
  • 9781236742902