White and Brooks

But contrary to the new draconian laws, the two most famous gambling clubs of Victorian England, White and Brooks, continued the unequal struggle for their existence. “White” was distinguished by the fact that the most incredible things served as a pretext for betting. Club members were willing to bet on anything: dates of birth and death, weddings, life expectancy of individuals, the resignation of cabinet ministers, the names of mistresses, and even natural phenomena. English writer Horace Walpole wrote in one of his letters to an employee of the Wight Club: “When I came to the club that morning when an earthquake struck (1750), I witnessed a bet where some claimed that the push was caused by a natural cataclysm, while others adhered to the version That was caused by the explosion of powder plants. Hearing this, I rushed headlong out of the club, horrified by the enormity of what was happening. I have no doubt that at the sound of the trumpet of the archangel announcing the Day of Judgment, such persons will immediately bet, putting the fanfare of the puppet theater against the voice of God calling people to the Last Judgment. ” The indisputable fact that in “White” piety receded into the background before excitement, is confirmed in the following lines of another message from Walpole: “A certain person fell at the very threshold of“ White. ” He was brought inside. Is he alive or dead? Immediately showered rates for and against. They offered to bleed him. Those who insisted on death strongly protested, claiming that medical intervention would inevitably affect the integrity of the bet. It was decided to provide all the natural course of events, and after some time the unfortunate breathed spirit — to the greater satisfaction of those who put on death. ”