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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 03, 1912, Image 2

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ed in 30 years ago, but which "so
ciety" has now given up fon mar
ble palaces overhanging the park.
There are places, however, which
might be easily taken for the
abodes of steel trust magnates, so
impressive are their carved and
uted entrances; and there are,
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Herman Rosenthal's Brownstone
Front "Palace of Chance"
on Forty-fifth St.
again, little shacks that would be
passed by as "sweat shops."
Before ex-Dist. Atty. Jerome
crusaded 1 against gambling in
New York a few years ago, there
were 10 gaming houses that were
considered the leading ones of
the city. They were most elab-
1 orate, and the amount of money
that passed hands in them -every
evening in the year was almost
beyond belief. Some of them
have gone now, arid others have
changed their locations, but prob
ably most of them or their suc
cessors are still plying trade
somewhere about the city.
The old houses, famous the
world over, wefe: Richard A.
Canfield's in East 44th street;
William T. Burbridge's in W.
33d street; John T. Kelly's in W.
41st street; Charles Reed's in W.
24th street; John Daly's in W.
29th street; Sol Lichenstein's in
W? 31st street; Tim Kenny's in.-
W. 38th street; LoU Ludlum's in
W. 40th street; Shang Draper's
in W. 28th street, "The" Allen's
in W. 34th street.
Canfield's was the most famous
of all New York's gaming palaces.
Its appointments were most elab
orate, though no more so than
those of "The" Allen's place,
which is said to have contained a
room done in carved marble and
costing $50,000.
And who, you ask, came to
these houses, that they must be
kept up in such exquisite style?
Well, one man, for instance,
who used to frequent them was
John W. Gates, A fiancier who
had Pierpont Morgan, August
Belmont and all of Wall street
worried to death at one time.
Gates at a single sitting in Can
field's lost $110,000, and this, it
is said, was not unparalleled.
It was at Canfield's, too, that
Reginald Vanderbilt and a party
of friends made their fa"mous play;
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