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Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi

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Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi by George H. Devol

This is the story of a boy who ran away from home to become a cabin boy on a Mississippi riverboat at age ten. At fourteen he could stack a deck of cards. And for forty years after this point in time he bilked people from all walks of live, businessmen, thieves, soldiers, ... This is the fascinating story of the King of the Riverboat Gamblers.

1st edition, 1887, Devol & Haines, Cincinnati; reprinted, ?, Applewood Books, Bedford, Massachusetts; 300 pages.

Table of Contents

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  1. A Religious Captain
  2. A Cold Deck
  3. A Woman With a Gun
  4. A Shrewd Trick
  5. A Paymaster's Bluff
  6. A Crazy Man
  7. A Good Night's Work
  8. A Euchre Hand
  9. A Good Stake-Holder
  10. A Mile Dash
  11. An Honorable Man
  12. A Bull Fight
  13. A Duck Hunt
  14. A Hard Head
  15. A Square Game
  16. A Coward
  17. Ancient Gambling
  18. Boyhood Days
  19. Blowing Up of the Princess
  20. Beat a Good Hand
  21. Butler in New Orleans
  22. Broke a Snap Game
  23. Before Breakfast
  24. Bill Would Gamble
  25. Bill's Present
  26. Caught a Sleeper
  27. Collared the Wrong Man
  28. Called a Gambler
  29. Control Over Suckers
  30. Caught Again
  31. Caught a Whale
  32. Caught a Defaulter
  33. Canada Bill
  34. Close Calls
  35. Cheap Jewelry
  36. Cold Steel
  37. Didn't Win the Bags
  38. Don't Dye Your Whiskers
  39. Didn't Win the Key
  40. Dick Roach and I
  41. Detectives and Watches
  42. Even the Judges Do It
  43. Eight Hundred Dollars Against a Pistol
  44. Fifty to the Barkeeper
  45. Fight With a Longshoreman
  46. Foot Race
  47. Forty Miles an Hour
  48. Fights
  49. Got Up Too Soon
  50. Got Off Between Stations
  51. Good Luck
  52. Governor Pinchback
  53. General Remarks
  54. George, the Butter
  55. Home Again
  56. Hard Boiled Eggs
  57. He Knew My Hand
  58. Her Eyes Were Opened
  59. He Never Knew
  60. He's One of Us
  61. How I Was Beat
  62. He's Not That Old
  63. Indians Can Play Poker
  64. It Made a Man of Him
  65. I Had Friends
  66. It Was Cold
  67. I Raised the Limit
  68. It Shook the Checks
  69. Jew vs. Jew
  70. Judge Devol
  71. Knocked Down $300
  72. Kickers
  73. Leaving Home
  74. Leap for Life
  75. Lost His Wife's Diamonds
  76. Lucky at Poker
  77. Lacked the Nerve
  78. Left in Time
  79. My First Keno
  80. My Jew Partner
  81. My First Love
  82. Marked Cards
  83. My Crooked Partner
  84. My Partner Alexander
  85. Married His Money
  86. My Cards
  87. My Little Partner
  88. Mules for Luck
  89. My Visit to Old Bill
  1. Monumental Gall
  2. Mule Thieves
  3. My Partner Won
  4. McCoole and Coburn
  5. Mobile
  6. Now a Gambler
  7. Nipped in the Bud
  8. No Play On This Boat
  9. No Money in Law
  10. Narrow Escapes
  11. No Good at Short Cards
  12. On the Circuit
  13. Put Ashore for Fighting
  14. Pittsburg's Best Man
  15. "Pranking" With a New Game
  16. Posing as Nic Longworth's Son
  17. Quick Work
  18. Red and Black
  19. Rattlesnake Jack
  20. Reduced the Price
  21. Saved My Partner's Life
  22. Sold Out by a Partner
  23. "Snap Games"
  24. Sinking of the Belle Zane
  25. Snaked the Wheel
  26. Stolen Money
  27. Signal Service
  28. Settled Our Hash
  29. She Kissed Me
  30. Salted Down
  31. Strategem
  32. Saved By His Wife
  33. "Short Stops"
  34. The Game of Rondo
  35. Ten Thousand in Counterfeit Money
  36. The Frenchman and the Horse Hair
  37. The Chicken Men and Their Silver
  38. The Hungry Man
  39. The Big Catfish
  40. The Sermon on the (Mount) Boat
  41. The Monte King
  42. The Daguerreotype Boat
  43. The Black Deck-Hand
  44. The Guergunsen Watch
  45. The Cotton Man
  46. Taught a Lesson
  47. They Paid the Costs
  48. The Boys From Texas
  49. The Quadroon Girl
  50. The Captain Spoiled the Game
  51. Too Sick to Fight
  52. The Gambler Disguised
  53. The Best Looking Sucker
  54. The Alligators
  55. The Big Sucker
  56. The Crazy Man
  57. The Brilliant Stone
  58. The Hidden Hand
  59. The Three Fives
  60. The Killer
  61. The Deck-Hand
  62. The Black (Leg) Cavalry
  63. The Paymaster's $3.500
  64. The U.S. Detective's Bluff
  65. The Young Man From New York
  66. The Yellow Jeans
  67. The Jack Fish
  68. The Black Man
  69. The Persuader
  70. The Lap-Robe
  71. The Preacher Away From Home
  72. The Cattle Buyer
  73. The Green Cow-Boy
  74. The Police Signal
  75. The Good Deacon
  76. The Natchez and the Lee
  77. The Trick Knife
  78. Two Forty on the Shell Road
  79. The Arkansas Killers
  80. The Englishman and His Gun
  81. Traveling Keno
  82. The Two Judges
  83. Tapped the Till
  84. War With Mexico
  85. Was in With the Judge
  86. Won and Lost
  87. With a Poker
  88. William Jones (Canada Bill)

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