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THE MORNING ASTORIAN. ASTORIA. OREGON.
FRIDAY, JANUARY if, te
X OAMBLElt'S SCHEME
IT TOOK AN EXPERT'S CAREFUl
STUDY TO UNMASK IT.
f the Ct,r SwUdllaa Trick
aVatfc fetch tkirfft lltttH
Inln llkBt aad. War
) Wktrk It Wa KHi
Seme years s I used frequently to
t attend "it honies,' Ib addition to fir
ing lessons in kvrdeaiaiu to ladies
end gentknueu who autused theuise Ivea
m amateur In giving esblMtions of
shrlr skill at evening parties, etc.
a on occasion. It was an "at boms
at Lad A.'a towu house, I had given a
display of card manipulation la addi
tion to otbr sleight of band tricks.
After my performance I was approach
ed by one of the gentlemen guests,
"Allow me to congratulate you. Mr.
Devant," he said, "your entertainment
baa gtvea me much pleasure. Your
card manipulation especially Interested
sae. It occurs to me that with your ob
Ttous know ledge of cards and card de
ceptions you might assist me In a per
atexing affair which has been exercla-
tag my mind for some time. If you
will bo so good aa to give me a few
Minute of your time I will describe
the nature of this dilemma to you. Al
low me to present my card."
- Having signified my willingness to
accord tho Interview requested. Sir
George L. escorted mt to the coneerva
tary and said:
. ; "Lot me come to tho point While
watching your card manipulation. It
track mo that yon might probably bo
acquainted with soma of tho tricks
which are resorted to by card aharpm
and could set at rest some suspicions
of mine concerning a certain gentle
man whose, lock at cards Is prodigious.
1 am strongly of opinion that he a
nothing mora or lesa than a profession
al sharper. Tula man I first encounter
od at the B. club, of which I am a
member. He has been a frequent visi
tor there as a guest of a young friend
f mine, also a member, who has con
ceived a partiality for the skillful card
player and is paying a rather high
price for the acquaintance.
"It 1" not necessary that I should
state more than that my young friend
a a man of ample means, obstinate
to the degree of pugnacity and not a
little self opinionated. Although I have
tried again and again to eouvlnee him
that the luck' of his acquaintance
cents too consistent to be legitimate,
he steadfastly refuses to listen to me,
declaring that he la not to be intim
idated by a little ill fortune. And so
h goes en playlng-and goes on pay
ing. I bar watched the play closely,
hot am quite unable to detect any
trick or dodge on the part of the sus
ltttsd man. I cannot, therefore, put
forward anything tangible to bis detri
ment or charge him with any offense.
Whatever his trick msy be. It must be
a very clever one and of a somewhat
novel description. I have carefully ex
timed the cards, some methods of
'king which I have bad described to
bat have failed to trace the slight-
gas of their having been tamper-
h. The ordinary club cards are
Mch renders it all the more In
now the fellow contrives to
Aery with them. It struck
erbspa It might be a question
tlatlon, but I could not dls-
ythlng beyond the ordinary
It was while in this dilem
At the Idea occurred to me that
Mr. Devant. might be able to
ar ap the mystery. May I count
4oa your astdsunoer"
"Certainly." I replied. "I tbsll bo
very pleased to render you what serv
ice 1 can In the matter."
As a matter of fart, Sir George bad
piqued niy curiosity, fur, knowing a
good deal about card trickery, I was
esger to discover what cuuning meth
od of swindling- If any-tbe suspi-cted
man was retorting to.
"Do you know anything about the
man?" I asked.
"Very Uttle," replied 8ir Ceorse. "ex
cept that be Is known as Mr. be Lary,
and ta apparently of French extraction,
speaking with a slight accent. Beyond
this there is much that I wjnterlons
about him. My friend known nothing
f him; he In niep-Iy one of those vac
aal acquaintances it is no cany tu make
in this ciwnjopoIUiin city of ours."
"What game does he favor?"
"lie play miwt if tie gambling
game, but If bo has a favorite I should
think it was olo."
"And In the eveDt of my discovering
any trickery, t-bould you make a police
matter of It?"
"No, I don't desire to do that I
want to UDma-k the fello. expose
hi in there and then, convince my ob
stinate friend nnd have the cliarper
kicked out of the club."
I entered Into the affair wllh sent
An appointment was fixed up for a
certain evening, upon which I found
myself In tho card room of the B. club,
bent upon creating a "scene." There
was a goodly aasemlily of nienihcM
and friends, and the room presented an
animated appearance, with It groups
f faultlessly attired clubmen gather
ed round the little green topped tables.
I was Invited by Kir Oeorge to Join in
a friendly game, having been already
introduced to his friend, Mr. V., a tall,
dark, clean shaved gentleman. By de
sign our table was placed close to that
at which the suspected man, with Mr.
T. and others, was seated. I was thus
enabled to watch the movements of
Mr. Le Lacy without exciting suspi
cion, I Judged Ie Lacy to be a man
turned forty, with a beard which was
beginning to rum gray, rsther sparse
fair hair, a somewhat pallid face and
broad shoulders. lie did not altogeth
er lack a certain air of refinement.,
The clay proceeded. I bad previoua
ftr tskea the oooortumty of exaatitfmg
some of oe enrb enraa, nut had rounxi
outing in any way suspicious about
them. Our neighbors were playing
oht, and the tuck appeared to be flue
Mating a good deal, Mr, V. wlunlng
occasionally. But this did not last
long, and presently Mr. T lotey began
to gather in rk-fa harvest I watched
closely, but could detect uothlng to the
discredit of the suspected one If yon
except a faculty for wlunlng. Now
and again half muttered Imprecation
front Mr. V. told that IV Lacy had
once wore scoticd the pool
The ereulug was unproductive of
anything practical In the way of dis
covering trickery, yet there was some
thing Indefinable about this man I
Lacy which suggested fraud to uie and
which made me more than ever deter
mined to solve the mystery of his won
derful luck." I therefore arranged to
attend another night under similar cir
cumstances, but even then nothing ot
moment occurred, I obtained, how
ever, a kind of vague Idea, the accura
cy of which I was desirous of putting
to the test At the close of play 1
spok to Sir George.
1 notice that Mr. De Lacy Invariably
wears smoked glasses at the table," I
aid. "Uaa he weak slgfatr
"I believe so. He says that the glare
of the gas troubles bis eyes."
-I have an idea that those glai
play some sort of part la the trickery."
I said thoughtfully. "I don't know
how; but coupled with certain move-
utent ot one of his bands, they art sug
gestive. I propose to make a test, and
I should like to make the following ar
rangement: I will take my place at
your table, aa usual, another night
After having played for awhile I aball
ask to be allowed to girt np on the
score of being tired. You will agree
and take no further particular notice
of me. If I make a discovery shall I
expose the man openly V
"Certalnlyr replied Sir George em
The appointed night arrived. The
room was full, as usual Aa before,
our table was situated close to that at
which sat Ie Lacy and others. The
man wore bis customary look of Im
perturbable good humor and bis smok
ed glssses. Ills party was playing solo.
with the usual varying luck, prepon
derating In the long run with De Lacy
The cards were shuffled and dealt
Two "passed." Mr. V. "propped." but
pe lacy called. "Abundance."
'Again." ejaculated Mr. V. In amaie-
De Lacy smiled Indulgently. He had
a splendid band and got borne easily.
At this Juncture I gave up aa ar
ranged, and. rising carelessly from my
eat strolled a few yards with the ap
parent desire to "stretch my legs." I
worked round by degrees until I had
got directly behind De Lacy and
quickly donned a pair of smoked
glasses, with which I had come prepar
ed, lie had Just scored another "abua
dance" when, gaxlng over his shoulder
at the cards through my smoked
glasses, I discovered tbc secret of bis
"There Is no plating against such
luckr protested Mr. V. half angrily,
There is so playing against sod)
cbeatlngr I exclaimed, snatching
some cards from the table. Then, ere
De Lacy could make a movement, I
(brust several fingers Into one of bis
waistcoat pockets. With an exclama
tion of anger be rose to his feet, but
staggered back when be perceived that
I also was wearing smoked glasses,
"Gentlemen." I exclaimed, "It is my
painful duty to Inform you that yon
hare In your midst a professional card
The whole room was Immediately In
an uproar. All the men lert their ta
bles and crowded around us. De Lacy
at first betrayed a trembliug lip, but
presently, with au effort, he gained
control of himself and thereafter main
tained an air of doggt-d dcilaiu-e.
"This man." I continued, "bus been
marking the cards with luminous paint.
a suiull quantity or wtil-u be keeps in
bis wastcuat pocket and conveyi to the
card with lis flng'T nails. The paint,
quite invixlMe iu this brilliantly light
ed room, he Is ul.le to see by means of
his Muokr-d glasoes. Will some of you
kindly examine these cards through
the glaxitcs. I brought with uie fur the
purpose of unmasking this man? Look
at my flng'-rs, too. which I Just now
thruKt into Lis walsti-oat pocket."
Eagerly the clubmen crowded round
ui: una ii ii examination was made ail
round. I'y the aid of the glasses the
tiuy paint marks or the cards were
clearly detected, as well as the smear
ou my niigt-r. Tlie fraud was fully
l.poed. With -rles of indlgtiatiou the
cliibiiK-u advauissl upon the trickster,
and things I (,, in lo ""k ugly for the
ingenious lh' jr-y. He wns very
roughly bandied, denuded of ,hls 111
gotten gains uud llicu literally kicked
out i.f the club.
Mr. V., convinced nt last that he bad
been fleeced by an unscrupulous rogue,
tendered an nology to his fellow mem
bers for Introducing under a lulsappre-Ii-un1ou
such u disreputable Individual
into the club, an upoU'gy that was, of
course, nt once accepted. He also
thanked Kir George and myself.
I have not elm beard or seen any
thing of Mr. Ie Lac?, under that or
any other name. He doubtless con
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woods and pastures new after bla dis
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