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THE LAST NEW CRAZE. HOW GAMBLING HAS INCREASED AMONG WOMEN. I That Society nowadays suffers from a perpetual craving for excitement has become a positive plati- tude, says the World, and, for some time past it has been obvious that, as one result, gambling has not only increased, but is ever increasing, and, what is more, has spread chiefly among women. Hitherto it has been one of the privileges of Woman to beguile the other sex from the whirl- pool into which the gamester is traditionally drawn. Now we have altered all this. Time was when at race meetings and sports the girl of the period had a box of gloves or so on this or that event and was satisfied. Now she openly makes her book," and deals in hard cash. Nowhere is this gambling craze which has possessed women to such an extent of late more marked than in Society. Everyone is bent on beg- garing his or her neighbour; and as it is the op- portunity that makes the thief, so it is the smart hostess and the hostess eager to be accounted smart who, regardless of all considerations of hos- pitality and friendship, offers facilities for the cul- tivation of the gambling spirit in others, and un- hesitatingly invites guests to her house for the express purpose of winning their money if pos- sible. Everywhere, and in most unexpected places, is the gambling woman at work, for her sacilities nowadays are great. Women have more freedom, and are to be found rushing in where aforetime even men feared to tread. Moreover, they have their clubs and their tea-shops, and, to a far greater extent than can be possibly realised, both these resorts are now utilised for gaming pur- poses. There are crazes which are caught like contagious diseases, it has been said, and without doubt gambling is one of them. Different people take it in different forms; and it is not always the woman who plunges in stocks who gives her guests plainly to understand that they are asked to her house to pay for a price. Nor does she who risks all at Bridge, and cannot even play Ping-Pong except for stakes, necessarily back horses. But the fact re- mains that gambling, one way or another, has become the pet indulgence of the smart woman of to-day. Perhaps it is because she likes to possess at, least one masculine vice, or because it is agreeable to get money—when it is to be got— without trouble, or because speculation produces on her an exhilarating effect. But however it may be, she finds it well-nigh necessary to existence nowadays, and with the usual thoroughness and enthusiasm of her sex she shirks no means to the gambling end.

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