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Issued Thursdays. CLIFTON, ARIZONA, SEPTEMBER 14, 1899. Vol. 1; No 22
Buy a Lot.
Build A fiomé.
'?Z7 '7 '7 '7 'Z? 'Z? 7 Z72$
w! ADDITION to . .
30 Lots Soli tlie First feet
C. F. WHITCHEK, Sole Agent. 3
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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was soon superseded by the g od old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

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