Gaming and conspiracy to cheat.
--Yesterday morning the Mayor
spent at least two hours in hearing the charge against Samuel H. Hyman
, of exhibiting faro, and conspiring to cheat and defraud Charles E. Campbell
of $80 in money; and against George W. Todd
, of exhibiting faro, and cheating and defrauding Charles E. Campbell
The evidence of the complainant was substantially as follows:
On Monday, the 3d inst., Dr. Campbell
arrived in this city by the Central
train, and took lodgings at the Exchange Hotel
After getting dinner, he left his hotel for a walk, and while passing down 14th street, in the direction of Main, he met Hyman
, who accosted him, renewed an acquaintance made in Washington
, and invited him to take a drink.
C. says he walked with Hyman
to a house at the southeast corner of the Exchange
, when H. called for liquors and both drank. H. then began to bet at faro, and Dr. C. also put down $5 or $10, which he lost.
then invited Dr. C. to join him in the bets, which he did, and soon lost most of the money the Doctor
then put up his watch to bet, and advised Dr. C. to do the same, but the Doctor
declined, and left the house, minus $80. On reaching the Ballard House
C. says he was introduced to a man named Laten, with whom he took a drink, and to whom he told his losses.
In company with his new acquaintance, he returned to the gaming house, where he saw George W. Todd
sitting at the gaming table, Hyman
not being present.
After some few remarks Todd
finally loaned the Doctor
$75 worth of "chips," on his watch, $72.50 of which Laten and the Doctor
soon lost with Todd
They then returned to the hotel, where the remaining "chip" for $2.50 was given to the bar-keeper for drinks, and which was sent back to the gaming house, but was not redeemed.
, however, went to the hotel soon after in search of Dr. Campbell
, and remarked that he had loaned the Doctor
$75 on the watch, and that as soon as the watch was redeemed he would pay $2.50 for the "chip" held by the bar-keeper.
From this evidence, the Mayor
was satisfied that no conspiracy to cheat had been entered into between the parties, and therefore dismissed that portion of the charge.
He, however; held Todd
to bail in $500, to answer at the February term of the Hustings Court for exhibiting the game of faro, and to be of good behavior for twelve months. He also sent Hyman
on to the same term to answer for playing against faro, and held him to bail for his appearance next Friday, to answer the charge of being a common gambler, and a person of evil name, fame, and reputation.
, in concluding his opinion, remarked that complaints were so numerous against this class of persons, that the Legislature would be compelled to pass a law authorizing magistrates to break into and search any house where gaming is suspected to be carried on. So daring have the "ropers in" for gaming houses become of late, that country men were almost afraid to pass the streets; and to show the extent to which this practice has gone, he mentioned the fact that not long since the British Consul
had been enticed into a gaming den, and when he discovered where he was, and demanded that the door should be opened, so that he could leave, the demand, for a time, was refused, the parties insisting that he should play.
Where men voluntarily enter gaming houses, with the hope of winning money, no one sympathizes with them if they lose; but where traps are set, and strangers caught and fleeced, the trappers ought to be punished to the extent of the law.