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'Sharps and Flats': A Complete Revelation of the Secrets of Cheating at Games of Chance and Skill By John Nevil Maskelyne,

  • Title: 'Sharps and Flats': A Complete Revelation of the Secrets of Cheating at Games of Chance and Skill
  • Author: John Nevil Maskelyne
  • ISBN: 9781496154156
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Paperback
  • An excerpt from the Author s Preface IN presenting the following pages to the public, I have had in view a very serious purpose Here and there may be found a few words spoken in jest but throughout my aim has been particularly earnest This book, in fact, tends to point a moral, and present a problem The moral is obvious, the problem is ethical which is, perhaps, onAn excerpt from the Author s Preface IN presenting the following pages to the public, I have had in view a very serious purpose Here and there may be found a few words spoken in jest but throughout my aim has been particularly earnest This book, in fact, tends to point a moral, and present a problem The moral is obvious, the problem is ethical which is, perhaps, only another way of saying something different In the realm of Ethics, the two men who exert, probably, the greatest influence upon the mass of humanity are the philosopher and the politician Yet, strange to say, there would appear to be little that can be considered as common knowledge in either politics or philosophy Every politician and every philosopher holds opinions which are diametrically opposed to those of some other politician or philosopher and there never yet existed, apparently, either politician or philosopher who would admit even that his opponents were acquainted with the fact of two and two making four So much, then, for dogmatism In the natural order of events, however, there must be things which even a politician can understand Not many things, perhaps but still some things In like manner, there must be things which even a philosopher can not understand and a great many things As an illustration, let us take the case of sharping Politician and philosopher alike are interested in the origin of crime, its development, and the means of its prevention Now, even a politician can understand that a man, having in view the acquisition of unearned increment, may take to cheating as being a ready means of possessing himself of the property of others, with but little effort upon his own part At the same time, I will venture to say that not even a philosopher can render any adequate reason for the fact that some men will devote an amount of energy, labour, perseverance and ingenuity to the gaining of a precarious living in the paths of chicanery, one half of which, if directed into legitimate channels, would serve to place them in a position commanding both affluence and respect To my mind, the only hypothesis which in any way covers the facts of the case is that some men are born to crime It is their destiny, and they are bound to fulfill it.
    Sharps and Flats A Complete Revelation of the Secrets of Cheating at Games of Chance and Skill An excerpt from the Author s Preface IN presenting the following pages to the public I have had in view a very serious purpose Here and there may be found a few words spoken in jest but throughout my

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