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The Salt Lake tribune. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1890-current, October 05, 1913, Magazine Section, Image 44

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Hl --f HE news that Walter C. Adams had declared Mm
I self a bankrupt calls attention anew to the
curse that is commonly believed to lurk in
gamblers' gold. The money that is earned by gambling
never "sticks," according to a common adage, and by
another we are informed that what comes easily goes
In the same way.
Walter C. Adams is a son of Al J. Adams, the "pol
Icy king," who, starting his earning life aB a brakeman
on a railway train, ended with a fortune of $2,000,000,
extorted from the poor and credulous in a policy shop.
Adams, after serving a term in Sing Sing for Bwln-
Hf dling, said angrily to a friend who wished to effect a
reconciliation with his alienated family:
"Don't talk to me about them. I hate them all.
They waste my money. They'll never have any luck!"
The man whose heart was filled with hatred for his
own,, and who cared nothing for the poor families whom
he had made poorer and more wretched, died by his
own hand less than seven years ago. Under the curse
H' that lurks in gamblers' gold and the family curse he
uttered, the millions he accumulated by fraud are
melting away much faster than gamblers' gold usually
vanishes. For, besides having the rate of vanishing of
fl gamblers' gold, dishonestly won and accumulated at
the expense of misery in "wretched homes, its speed in
disappearing is doubled by the curse Al Adams himself
laid upon whatever his family handled.
After seven years, Walter Adams's share of the mill
Ions has gone as a late Winter snowbank melts under
a hot April sun, or a soap bubble vanishes when blown
i by an impatient child. He has gambled away a gam-
"bier's gains.
The share that came to his daughters has gone by
way of their several husbands, for each has had two
and one has been twice divorced, the other was dl
vorced and separated from her husbands. What remains
to one of them will soon be dissipated in the Great
White Way, for she has gone abroad, intending to go
upon the stage, and a score of unscrupulous managers
will star "Al Adams's daughter" as long as a rag of
Hj her father's money remains.
1 Nor haB Mrs. Adams, the "policy king's" widow, been
exempt from the ill luck that followed the ill-gained
gold, nor the curse of the old gambler himself, for
Hj much of her portion haB been wasted in litigation and
Hj in huge fees to "psychic" persons whom she employed
to follow her children and try to keep them out of bad
Mrs. Lillian Rosenthal, mourning over the murder of
H. Herman Rosenthal and grieving as much at her desti-
tution which followed, said: "None but bad luck fol
lows gambling."
Pat Sheedy, gambler of international notoriety, and
friend of the late "Big Tim" Sullivan, of tragic fate,
said while the gambler lay on his death bed: "No boy
ought ever take any but the straight road. Nothing
but bad luck waits for him in the other." Pat Sheedy
died poor. Herman Rosenthal left his widow in actual
need. The dissipating of the Adams millions is but
another proof of tho trutli that Is in common saws.
Trace the inescanable truth in the history of Al Adams
and his family.
While Al Adams was a brakeman on a freight train
of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad,
dissatisfied with his lot and seeking even then what
he called "easy money," he met Zacharlah Simmons.
Simmons, watching the gigantic system of theft of
"Boss" Tweed, conceived the idea that another means
of building up a fortune could be devised by wringing
the pennies from the poor and ignorant. Simmons
established a policy business and, recognizing In Adams
a soul as unscrupulous as his own, took the brake
man into his policy shop. Adams was from the first
KMH blind to the misery his penny villarny wrought in
KKV wretched homes. He only knew that these small,
KMV trickling streams formed a river of gold that emptied
RMS into his pockets. Taught well by his Instructor, he
soon pushed Simmons out. Simmons left cursing
Hj "Make the money," he said as he slammed the door
until the copper pennies on his former partner's table
rattled, "and may it choke you!" It did, in a way, for
M, as Adams's fortune grew and grew, the pile of poor
men's pennies rose and rose about him, and though he
bad them changed again and again to gold, the piles
roBe higher and higher until they oppressed and all
but suffocated him.
"That's the man that stoals from little children,"
said his neighbors, and Al Adams shrugged his shoul
ders. The shoulders were covered with' a fur overcoat
earned by tvhat were known as his "kindergarten
games." He sent his agents to the hoys in the public
schools and enticed them into roulette games. Ho
cents a chance. At one time he KWWf -': r'i ;'"
was the controlling spirit in one ' '' ' '
As he grew richer he built a r0MW '' n V' . ' .' liffc
b ock of apartments. Their ori- , j v p4
gin becoming known, some one rJ$4Mw0$K -. .
dubbed them "The Policy Plate - M 'M0m ' . fofcV K
Jm mmmM W mM
ino.sfe MM
with the Policy ' y0 nWWkffl
King" were plas- (hi , iwT,l A,!,, Polio Jl -X? J? Pfr5
tered over its MhMJ Mrs. Ida Adams Galla- I
wails. Adams fiMfM tm Anderson, the Gam- rz-nr llsMl?
never had the f 4 bier's Younger Daugh- -WWB (i ISifM
S"bea?ihedM " lW ' 'J ter, Twice Married and If
not wish to adver- sM -Unmarried and Not . M IPiP
tiso his infamouB &k Yet Twenty-five. jf BP&I
business. " ' . & P
Nafo,eoaa8tofe ' '
poverty-stricken and credulous met his Waterloo. Cap
tain Norton Goddard, discovering that tho poor of the
city were being drawn into evil habits by tho wide
reaching policy shop nets; that they neglected their
work to bo at the dally lottery drawings; that they
drank more and worse whiskey after each loss that
went to Bwell the revenue in the "king's" exchequer,
called on Adams, and, showing him tho wrong he was
doing, begged him to cease his wholesale depredations.
Adams laughed at him.
"Then I shall fight you," said Captain Goddard, tak
ing his departure, "and when I fight I generally win."
Adams, secure in his "paid protection," went on
with his policy business. But sometlmo, somewhere,
such "protection" fails. He found himself facing Cap
tain Goddard over a police station desk.
"I'll move my policy shops out of your district,"
Adams said, facing his enemy, his face pallid.
"I'll move you off the Island of Manhattan into Sing
Sing," said Captain Goddard. In the trial that followed,
Captain Goddard, looking at the craven old gambler
from his place on the witness stand, said, "Al Adams
is the meanest man in New York."
Judge Scott, when he sentenced him to hard labor
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at Sing Sing for a year, repeated the branding sen-
Adams came out of jail defiant, but his heart was Wm0$k0
filled with hatred. He went to the Hotel Ansonia to .ggasfeffigg
live, ; uttering his curse upon his family. lllilffllt
At the offices he maintained at WeBt Thirty-fomth V' WffiM
street, which seemed to be the office suite of a nros- fiteVk llf!
porous broker, there were bitter quarrels with his fam- 0mWh, 'J
y' I. there waB a rumor, after high words and i&IVh
shrill voicos within penetrated the handsome ground- 'v&(ffm
glass doors and reaching to the street, that his son
had treated him in-the manner for which a clertrvman f0&':A'J?
in the West was recently Indicted. The rumoras pf&i
that in a heat of a quarrel the Was Vr'4w4h
younger man had struck the elder- UL&s
In this magnificlent Buite at the y hi49
Ansonia, there were other scenes "ci::::Sv &$'''Xs
and angry voices. i'
It did not surprise other guests V
when they heard that Al Adams was z&zr -Tvt-t
dead. Rumors of murder pressed ' KJ -1v:x
close upon the news. Sheriff Harburger boldly said, Wapoleon,, Al ,
"I believe he was murdered and that the murderer is Husbam
in this room." But the Coroner found a verdict of
18, by tho Star Company. Groat Britain Rights Rcaorved.
pga 1 -i How the $2,000,00Cj
HbB Lured by Al W
Adams, the "Policy!
King" from the I
Poor and lgnor ant 1 1
llfji Is Vanishing Out !
Wmm o the Hands of Hisi
fPS Family and Bringing
Wllm Them Nothin as 1
It GoesJust as He!
Wished It Would j
p suicide. "The meanest man in New York" had tirejfc
SBP o life that official said. "There is nothing more to it,WL
"wi curse of the Adams millions extended from theirmB
WmM creator to his elder and favorite daughter,1
W iPiPa V Evelyn Adams married Robert Armlt, al
Mexican mining operator. It was thoughtm
ll the arnDltlD11 of tne Adams girls and of thelrWk
jlpP father was to be realized. One of themlK
gPpteg m would get into society. But Mrs. Armit';
SSSS H $$1 quickly returned from Mexico and sought 1
oG9S 'A G&z$W divorce. "My husband lost nearlv all my' 1
msEmsSS fiW money, Your Honor," she said to the Judge.1 1
yMtwMmm &llf "How?" asked His Honor. ' 1
WMMM 78 "He Pawned my Jewelry and gambled 1
fiflSw &4& away my money." t
Wfmm&&M$A W&tim "Gambled I" exclaimed the usually impair 1
'&mmmrL H 'f&mr slve Court. The memories of every one tat I
Mm I r-p0P the' courtroom ran back to the petty garni y
rf l'0t bling in Al Adams's chain of policy shops,; I
' py Mrs- A-rmit took a house in Newport and '
TTMi tried to get Into society. Newport, that1
Hij: ty&jftl strains at little things and swallows great
sJt ones' declmed "Al Adams's daughter." Tht
KjM policy "princess" knocked in vain at Itig
5Pv Hoping to enter American socIatsBj
xrK jy by the hack door of Paris, she wadXi
W-y vry a. ded Paul Ernest Napoleone, of ParijB
(0 m and Newport looked from behlnaHl
?gzr stjr closed blinds at the spectacle of MraHI
Z& Armit driving from one church toB
another, offering a thousand dollag
wedding fee to any clergyman who would marry her, though a dlvorceB
Her quest being finally successful, she sailed for Paris. But shereturneH
from France almost as quickly as she had decamped from Mexico. She flH
cured a divorce from the Frenchman. Meanwhile each husband had beeH
a luxury. Al Adams's daughter's share of his fortune was growing lesi
and less.
Ida Adams wedded the man-about-town, "Jack" Gallatin. More or less
directly from the altar, Mrs. Gallatin went to the courts. She asked to bs
separated legally, as she was in fact, from her short ferm husband. i Km
"Do you desire, any alimony?" the Court asked her. The bride, with
apologies to the Court, laughed and looked at her attorney. j
"If she asked for fifty cents a week she wouldn't get It. The truth lj gof
Bhe has been supporting him," asserted hr lawyer. '?
The bridegroom asserted that she had promised to perform that function.! lm:
He said: "She nearly drove me out bf my mind by hr curious acts. Ona
night she jumped off a yacht at midnight." It developed In this airing ofj
household linen that Eithel Kelly had celebrated "Jacks"nuptlals by suelng so
him for breach or promise and that his bride had paid 520,000 to lift the an,
lien on his affections. t5
"I paid much more than they were worth," she said. " w
Freed first by separation, then by divorce, "Al Adams's baby" contracted ia!
another and still briefer marriage. Last year she became the bride of
Francis Baldwin Anderson on May
f 21 and left him one week later,
pwt "Wouldn't Mr. Anderson's familjr
' l receive youV" asked a plain Bpokea I
W$Bm HHHU friend.
lWiOTWiSI "r was only fchere a eek," was.
S0MWWm tno enigmatic reply. .J
mmtmmWmwMi Flrst familIes' whether of, H 5
SW York or Kentuck-V, could not and iks
tFWMOTi would not welcome a daughter ot u
mmi SS Al Adams. For Al Adams's dangn ri
MkyMJWst ters marriage meant not social gain,
M&WMmPmm ut financial loss. '; 7
mmw '. : rWwMmMW Mrs- Adams, In her mansion, wai ;
W$M&$.M growing restive under the demandi
Sl upon her. A "psychic" sued for flvf
Wfe$ffi9l fx-llSjMSi Per cent of a11 moneys from h t
'mm&&!&fi' $W$fiffifm husband's estate, on the ground thai
M0&t mt,yBm she had promised him that in caw J"
$mf- 4v:-"lWi he brought about a reconciliation J
'M$M$$$h- --VRW ' He claimed he had effected the rft
ife ".feW conciliation. She said the "M
M"A- : W$MM had died unreconciled to her. Th
W$m$-' battle waged in the courts, and bat
W' TJmM ties In court always let money ta J
m&m: - ' ' h neu of wood. j ?
y&W?Wm$$ Then came Mrs. Marguerite Gg Jd
k ' bert with a disputed bill for $30,00e
4 ' fm i "shadowing the children." jflfit
Mlmm Following the children kept Je
PMSNIcV- -I $mM$ were 'serving apprenticeship tifl
iPlgr' - x:'W$$m folly."' she testified. Jt
V ':?' "They were in resorts aioniRf,
hMmm" f$$&$ffl Broadway and Sixth avenue, in ratMt8
. ' Vv'.l kellers and cafes. Mrs. Adamf
: W-.'mMM would call me up and tell me thej
f - ;& MSMS children were drinking and ask m?m;
M&Q yUi' Wm to go after them." Jlej,
tWf$$'&v-'i. '-1 "How would you know where tjff
Pit $mA i look?" the lawyer for the other sidf
Sfe iSitd-U$M4mS asked Mrs. Gilbert. t MJ
m'WfwMWwM "I ould Just keep going froaJ
L W-f-PS MXWSi one place t0 anothor unfcI1 ySSfc
Mm ?Vm them," was the reply. "I often did ,
mr&ffi& Mh A 588 this until three o'clock In the nWu
mmt brought home. t .
mm$ k1'- sm4fJ$L "I was to have three thousand be
lfclM- 'iSIJP M detective.
't W&t Clearly it has not rj
Poor from whom it wjlNi
ViliW' flonhe heels of Wt'J'
. palpVQ' news eBhcanflrfiS
vorced at eigh
Mrs. Evelyn JMTK teen ZBtMtMhl
Adams jfry1 5 toPfve
Adams Elder Daughter, Whose First jffiS
,nd Gambled Away the Fortune .JiS
Won by Gambling. v M

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