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THE COPPER ERA, CLIFTON, ARIZ., NOV. 30, 1899.
3 Gambling in Mexico. "There is no gambler in the world who for pure game and immobility of feature,'' says a New Yorker who toured Mexico, "equals the Mexi can gambler, and no Mexican gam bier equals the gambler in the cap ital. Tacubaya is a suburban Monte Carlo always yisited by the stranger, and the limit of the mon - te there is the amount of money the dealer has in front of him. Of ten these sacks of gold run as high as $25,000 in value. It is unfair of Tacubay to speak of it as a Mon te Carlo, because at Monte Carlo all that a man can win by a suc cessful coup is $1,300, but here the limit is the ceiling. It is a pictur esque thing to see the hidalgos from the great table lands visit the rooms. Each of them is out for a good time in the capital. They are clad in the typical rich Mexican costume and each is accompanied by a couple of peons who trundle red wheelbarrows about half the size of the American barrow. In these are rouleaus of 100 silver dol lars, showing leather or tarred can vas on the outside and tightly seal ed with black wax at the ends. The wax bears always the impress of the hidalgo's seal. He seats himself opposite the dealer and a pace is cleared for him on either hand. Habitual players drop slight ly to the rear, because they know that a duel is on. The dealer bows his head and says softly : 'I wish you good fortune, senor.' The hi dalgo says : 'With all my heart I wish yours.' They are both lying, but it sounds well. The red wheel barrows have been placed upon each side of the player. He takes from one of them a rouleau and places it upon a card. In his dark face there is only a mild interest. The battle will continue until all the rouleau's are gone or some thousands have been taken from the gambler's pile. In either case there will be no regret looked or expressed, nor any sign of jubila tion. The utter quiet and gentle manners of it far surpass the inher ited stolidity of the faro-loving Chinaman." Ladysmith, the beleagured city of the Transvaal, got its name from the wife of Gen. Sir Harry Smith, whose marriage was one of the ro manees of the Peninsula war. At that time two young British ofBcers in a Spanish town, which had just been occupied by an English force, were surprised by a visit from two very beautiful Spanish girls of the better class. Their fair callers, says an exchange, begged protec tion in the alarming circumstan ces in which they had been placed by the occupation of the rougher soldiery. Their request was, of course, gallantly granted, and in a short time one of the officers, Capt. Smith, found himself desperately in love. In due time he married the woman whom he had protected. The marriage proved a happy one. I Our Mineral Wealth savs : "A gentleman by the name of Knowles (no relation to the pump) had a narrow escape from being blown into six bits in the Tennessee mine Saturday. He and his partner had struck a soft spot and put in six shots. After touching them off, Mr. Knowles found that he was unable to climb out or danger on the rope. His partner tried to help him, but in the excitement the lights were put out and it was a free roll for safety. Mr. K. put as much of his body as possible be hind the timbers, but his feet re fused to contract to the occasion, and rocks from the six shots made a bull's eye on his exposed lower running gear, until he had a regu lar rock foundation. At this writ ing Mr. K. is about to go forth a wiser man, but it is enough to say that he will hardly get into such, rocky eompany again if he can help it." According to the figures com piled by the New York Metal Ex change the production of copper in October was almost 24,000 tons, the amount being very much in excess of any previous month in the history of the exchange. J GET YOUR 35 JOB WORKs 3 N AT HOME. "WUY 3STOT 7 3 tJ, When you can get it just as cheap, far better Jp 5 work, and better material. THE OFFICE jC Is prepared to do any and all kinds of Job Printing in first-class style. Try us. !5?