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Gambling with death

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Illustration shows, at center, a capitalist, sitting on money bags labeled "Insurance Money" and leaning against several papers labeled "New Policy," gambling with the Grim Reaper, while all around them disasters are happening, a panic-stricken crowd flees a burning theater, a hotel and a tenement building are on fire, a side-wheeler steam ship has exploded, an ocean liner sinks, and a railroad train has crashed; at each of these disasters is a notice that states "Heavily Insured." Caption: Too Enterprising American Capitalist - Keep up the game! I can lose nothing - I'm heavily insured.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Grim Reaper (Symbolic character); Insurance; Capitalists and financiers; Gambling; Shipwrecks; Fires; Explosions; Railroad accidents; Death

Date: 1883-01-24

The magnetic bunco-steerer and his confederate

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Illustration shows, at left, on the sidewalk outside a gambling room labeled "Monopoly Club Shades," James G. Blaine and Benjamin F. Butler cornering a "Workingman" and trying to steer him into the gaming room. On the right, sitting around a table with playing cards are Russell Sage, William Walter Phelps, George M. Robeson, Jay Gould, and John Roach, and standing is Cyrus W. Field; on a shelf is a bust of William H. Vanderbilt beneath a sign that states "The Public Be D--" and between notices that state "No Straight Flushes in this House" and "This is a Bluff Game - No Limit," and between boxes of "Brag Chips" and "Bluster Cards." Caption: Hungry Ben - "How are you, Mr. Workingman? What! - don't you remember me? Why, I'm your old friend! Say - just you let me put you onto a nice little scheme-" Workingman "No, sirree! I've been there before."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Capitalists and financiers; Gamblers; Gambling; Card games; Fraud; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Sage, Russell, 1816-1906; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Field, Cyrus W. (Cyrus West), 1819-1892; Phelps, William Walter, 1839-1894; Roach, John, 1813-1887; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Vanderbilt, William H. (William Henry), 1821-1885

Date: 1884-08-20

The tenement - a menace to all

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Illustration shows the spirits of alcoholism, opium dens, prostitution, gambling, and street crime, as well as the figure of Death, issuing from a tenement house. Caption: Not only an evil in itself, but the vice, crime and disease it breeds invade the homes of rich and poor alike.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Tenement houses; Crime; Gambling; Prostitution; Alcoholism; Ghosts; Grim Reaper (Symbolic character)

Date: 1901-03-20

The feminine view

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Illustration shows a young couple wearing formal evening dress at a fashionable card party, discussing whether the card game "euchre" is gambling, with men and women playing cards at tables in the background. Caption: He. -- Some clergymen denounce progressive euchre as gambling. She. -- I think they're horrid! He. -- But I think it is gambling. She. -- I think you're horrid!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Card games; Gambling; Parties; Clothing and dress

Date: 1901-04-24

The wheel that can't be stopped; - it's human nature

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Illustration shows a large red devil turning the crank of a large wheel decorated with scenes of gambling and with male and female figures labeled "Reformers," "Citizen's Committee," "Women's League," and "Salvation," as well as police officers hanging onto the wheel as it spins.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Gambling; Manners and customs; Devil

Date: 1901-05-15

Report from Michael P. Bolan to John E. Wilkie

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Michael P. Bolan summarizes the reports he has gathered from acquaintances regarding George W. Lieberth, a recently appointed collector of internal revenue. Lieberth is reported to have often drank, gambled, and engaged in bribery. A closing memorandum has contradictory statements that support Lieberth as an honorable man. 

Resource Type: Report

Subject: Employment references; Employees--Appointment, qualifications, tenure, etc.; Investigations; Political ethics; Political crimes and offenses; Drinking of alcoholic beverages; Gambling; Lieberth, George W., 1865-1907

Date: 1901-11-25

Once more he leads the world

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Illustration shows throngs of people with wads of money in their hands, making their way to the gambling casino at Saratoga, New York. Uncle Sam stands to the right, thumbs in his suspenders, boasting about having the largest gambling facility in the world. Caption: Uncle Sam Biggest trade, biggest trusts, biggest buildings, biggest machinery, and now I've got the biggest gambling joint. Well, say!

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Casinos; Crowds; Gamblers; Gambling; Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); New York (State)--Saratoga

Date: 1902-09-24

Letter from W. S. Coursey to George Bruce Cortelyou

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W. S. Coursey sends a report from Captain Titus of the Detective Bureau on Quan Yick Nam of New York City. Titus reports that Nam enthusiastically attempts to suppress gambling within the immigrant community of Chinatown but refuses to put himself on record.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Gambling; New York (State)--New York--Chinatown; New York (N.Y.). Police Department

Date: 1903-01-06

Judge Adams scores defendant Dennis

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The jury gave a verdict of acquittal in the case of Hugh C. Dennis and Thomas W. Garland of the Brooks Brokerage and Securities Commission Company. While Dennis was acquitted of using the mails in a scheme to defraud, Judge Adams stated that Dennis had clearly violated state law and deserved to be in a penitentiary. Dennis had not honestly bought and sold grain, but instead ran a "bucketshop scheme" where he gambled on changes of the market price of grain. Adams hoped that those wronged by these men would seek redress from state authorities since they had violated a state law, and thus they could not be tried in the Federal District Court. 

Resource Type: Newspaper article

Subject: Judges; Indictments; Acquittals; Mail fraud; Jurisdiction; Gambling--Law and legislation; Adams, Elmer B. (Elmer Bragg), 1842-1916

Date: 1903-01-21

Letter from Elihu Root to Lawrence F. Abbott

Description:

Elihu Root discusses the Leonard Wood case in a letter to Lawrence Abbott. Root explains Wood's situation in Cuba, including elements of Cuban culture and his own deliberations regarding Wood's actions. He also quotes telegrams sent by Cuban citizens in support of Wood and American leadership.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Spanish-American War (1898); Gambling--Government policy; Diplomatic gifts; Culture; Cuba; Wood, Leonard, 1860-1927

Date: 1903-12-19

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