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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

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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.

  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
  90. Monumental Gall
  91. Mule Thieves
  92. My Partner Won
  93. McCoole and Coburn
  94. Mobile
  95. Now a Gambler
  96. Nipped in the Bud
  97. No Play On This Boat
  98. No Money in Law
  99. Narrow Escapes
  100. No Good at Short Cards
  101. On the Circuit
  102. Put Ashore for Fighting
  103. Pittsburg's Best Man
  104. "Pranking" With a New Game
  105. Posing as Nic Longworth's Son
  106. Quick Work
  107. Red and Black
  108. Rattlesnake Jack
  109. Reduced the Price
  110. Saved My Partner's Life
  111. Sold Out by a Partner
  112. "Snap Games"
  113. Sinking of the Belle Zane
  114. Snaked the Wheel
  115. Stolen Money
  116. Signal Service
  117. Settled Our Hash
  118. She Kissed Me
  119. Salted Down
  120. Strategem
  121. Saved By His Wife
  122. "Short Stops"
  123. The Game of Rondo
  124. Ten Thousand in Counterfeit Money
  125. The Frenchman and the Horse Hair
  126. The Chicken Men and Their Silver
  127. The Hungry Man
  128. The Big Catfish
  129. The Sermon on the (Mount) Boat
  130. The Monte King
  131. The Daguerreotype Boat
  132. The Black Deck-Hand
  133. The Guergunsen Watch
  134. The Cotton Man
  135. Taught a Lesson
  136. They Paid the Costs
  137. The Boys From Texas
  138. The Quadroon Girl
  139. The Captain Spoiled the Game
  140. Too Sick to Fight
  141. The Gambler Disguised
  142. The Best Looking Sucker
  143. The Alligators
  144. The Big Sucker
  145. The Crazy Man
  146. The Brilliant Stone
  147. The Hidden Hand
  148. The Three Fives
  149. The Killer
  150. The Deck-Hand
  151. The Black (Leg) Cavalry
  152. The Paymaster's $3.500
  153. The U.S. Detective's Bluff
  154. The Young Man From New York
  155. The Yellow Jeans
  156. The Jack Fish
  157. The Black Man
  158. The Persuader
  159. The Lap-Robe
  160. The Preacher Away From Home
  161. The Cattle Buyer
  162. The Green Cow-Boy
  163. The Police Signal
  164. The Good Deacon
  165. The Natchez and the Lee
  166. The Trick Knife
  167. Two Forty on the Shell Road
  168. The Arkansas Killers
  169. The Englishman and His Gun
  170. Traveling Keno
  171. The Two Judges
  172. Tapped the Till
  173. War With Mexico
  174. Was in With the Judge
  175. Won and Lost
  176. With a Poker
  177. William Jones (Canada Bill)

word count: 109914 which is equivalent to 439 standard pages of text

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