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- THE WHIST CRAZE. -.-......

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THE WHIST CRAZE. The present furore for bridge wnich exists in fashionable circles is a singular repetition of the similar craze for whist which attended the first publication of Hoyle's famous treatise in 1743. Hoyle introduced the game into the highest circles of London society, fully deserving Byron's well- known line, Troy owes to Homer what whist owes to Hoyle." In an amusing skit published on the work of the now classic author the following passage occurs: "I have joined 12 companies in the Malt this morning, and 11 of them are talking of whist. It's the subject of all conversations, and has had the honour to be introduced into the Cabinet. Why, thou'lt be laughed at intolerably unless you can tell how many hundred and odd it is for or against one that your partner has or has not such a card or such a card!"

1900 RECORD CLARET YEAR.

CONGO RUBBER TRADE.

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