The actual experiences of a visitor to the most famous gaming resort in the American metropolis.
Excerpt from the introduction:
In those elegant fictitious biographies which our ancestors used to write, the hero was never considered properly ingratiated into the reader's sympathies until he had spent an evening, at least, in a gaming-house, and had come away more or less crumpled and despoiled. Now, a great deal has been said on this same subject in New York, during recent months, and one establishment of the sort - which we will call Danfield's, because that is not precisely its name - has come in for a special degree of public notoriety. Hence it occurred to me that the seeker after truth, if he has never made the excursion before, might find it both instructive and amusing to pass that somber mahogany portal with the green marble pillars on each side of it, and enter in among the lights and the glitter, and the spinning roulette wheels with the tense, silent faces grouped about them.
- The Gilded Temple of Chance
- The Game of Roulette
- The Patrons of Danfield's
- The Game and its Victims
1st edition 1903 in Munsey's Magazine, PDF 5 pages.
word count: 2327 which is equivalent to 9 standard pages of text