The South American Volume 5

The South American Volume 5

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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. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...gambling will go on night ifter night amid a numerous clientele recruited from Buenos Aires, bringing ruin and misery, if not actual: rime, into the midst of those who are unable to resist: he temptation created by the idea of illusory gains egally at their disposition--if their luck holds. The gambling at Mar del Plata may have affected the pock: ts of a few rich people who as a rule were able to pay 'or their follies; the Tigre Club will perforce create or zultivate the permanent gambling class, and the profits f the gaming after paying the tax will go to the estabishment whereas in Mar del Plata the surplus funds were employed in local improvements and embellishnent. This means that the new law will in practice )1'0V exactly the opposite to what was originally in tended as its object. In short, concludes La Nation, it would have been far better to have left things as they were. For the law as it stands is but another paving stone to the place whither the road is laid with good intentions." The great lottery was drawn on December 22nd., and resulted in the first prize of one million pesos going to number 13,796, eight-tenths of which were sold in the Bolivian capital of La Paz, five to one person, who is reported to be of very modest means. One-tenth went to Santiago of Chile, so that only 100,000 pesos of the big prize has been paid to an Argentine citizen. The excitement on the day of drawing was intense, and led to some disturbance of public order, because the agents holding the last available tickets were unwilling to part with them except at the exorbitant rate of from 35 to 50 pesos for each tenth part. Many stores were forced to close their doors, and business was at a standstill until late in the afternoon. The drawing...show more

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  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236871731
  • 9781236871732