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Issued Thursdays. CLIFTON, ARIZONA, SEPTEMBER 14, 1899. Vol. 1; No 22 Buy a Lot. Build A fiomé. m '?Z7 '7 '7 '7 'Z? 'Z? 7 Z72$ I In HENRY HILIS w! ADDITION to . . CLIFTON. SUUUL2JL' 30 Lots Soli tlie First feet JLfiJLfiJLfi. C. F. WHITCHEK, Sole Agent. 3 7 7 7 -7 --7 7. -7. -7 ? Poker as a Fine Art. A paper read by Sain J. Callahan, be fore the Klifton Kalkos Klub, in Clifton, in the early 80"s. Callahan wa a printer on the old Cli.rton Clarion. The club, as well as the Clarion, is now only a thing of memory : "Poker ai a fine, art is something I know very lit t'e about. My poker knowl edge has been acquired with great diffi culty, and more or lets expense; my edu cation in the game is a practical one so far as it goes, and my experience has been a sort of pull Dick, pull devil one, from beginning to end. "I like the game. No one can deny that it is in its very natur an elevating art, every one who aver engages in it, at some peiiod f his career, being raised clear above all minor consideration of life raised in fac till he could stand to be raiseil no more. "Poker wa- introduced into the United States about fifty years ago, and at 01 ce became very popular especially al ng the Mississippi river and the South gen--erally. It was formerly played with twenty cards excluding all below the tens, the players not being allowed to draw in order to help their hands after the ileal; but that form of the game, known as twenty-deck poker, never at tained much favor in this country, and was soon superseded by the g od old game of draw, which, with a few slight variations, has held its position un changed in theory and jinri vailed in the hearts of the people. In poker proper, and the way it is pl.iyed in the East, se quence flushes beats fours and straights beat two pair he latter consideration, I will add, making a pat flush a mighty interesting thing to hold in a good live game. Sequence flushes are played in th-t East because mott people there are church memV.ers, and think it would be wrong to rake in a deacon's cash on four aces with no possibility of a better hand being against them. In the West, how ever, the people or more liberal in tiieir views, and don't think any more of draw ing down a man's money on an invinci ble hand than they would of downing him in any other transaction wherein he was entirely helpless. I saw a talented gentleman show down four -aces t'other night and scoop a $142 pot, and when I looked to see if any qualms of conscience were reflected in his intelligent counten ance, I read there as plain as if it had been printed in eight-line pica boldface, Why didn't I bet him more ?' "A good stiff game of poker makes a man experience a greater diversity of emotions in a given length of time than anything known. In playing poker, a man will feel at one moment like he is the smartest man on earth and in fif teen minutes more he will think he is the biggest fool in town and everybody knows it. Then they'll turn the low card for the drink, and he'll get stuck, and he'll take whisky straight, and in all that man's memory there will not loom up a single recollection of anything he ever undertook that fortune smiled npon and he will put the question to himself if he is not a jackass on general prim pies, and ti e ayes will have it by an immense majority. But there is no more pleasant triumph in a man's life than when he stands a $3 raise on a four flush, and ca'ches his injun, and passes, and the other fellow bets $7.50, and an other fellow calls it for a bluff7 and he backs in and bete 12.50 more. Oh ! I