South Australia - Social Matters
- Children and Youths
- Dancing and Other Sins
- Domestic Servants
- Early Closing
- Marriage and Divorce
- Old Age Pensions, etc
- Village Settlements
- Card "Sharping"
- Horse Racing
- State Lotteries
Temperance and Allied Matters
- Alcoholism and Drunkenness
- Local Options
- Sunday Drinking
- Teetotalism and Prohibition
- Treatment of Inebriates
Card "Sharping""The Locket Trick Again" is in the Register,
3 and 24 July 1878, pages 5c and 4g.
A complaint about gambling on the passenger train from Adelaide to Kapunda is reported in the Register,
9 June 1881 (supp.), page 2d and on
18 August 1881, page 7b a correspondent says: Also see Transport - Railways
I think the presence occasionally of a detective.... might be the means of bringing the culprits to justice...
Further evidence of "card-sharps" is in the Register, 10 and 13 September 1881, pages 6a and 4f:
Not only do these clever rogues carry on their nefarious operations in the city, but they are to be met with on railway trains, at shows and in fact wherever people congregate... By the artful aid of confederates they lead the foolish dupe to believe he is on the fair way to earn a fortune...
"Swindlers and Their Dues" is in the Register,
10 and 21 April 1882, pages 4g and 4f; also see
24 April 1882, pages 4g-5a.
The art of "card-sharping" is discussed in the Register, 1, 10 and 25 May 1883, pages 4f-5a, 5e and 7b:
Some months ago when the match-box trick was in vogue it was found difficult, if not impossible, to get the shamefaced simpletons, who had lost their money, to come forward as accusers of the cheats...
(Also see Express,
26 July 1884, page 2d,
16 April 1887, page 5c.)
"Cardsharpers on the Railways" is in the Register,
6 January 1900, page 4i,
13 January 1900, page 28d.
"Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" is in the Register,
16 June 1905, page 4g.
"Sharpers" on interstate trains are commented upon in the Advertiser,
20 November 1912, page 14f.
Also see Transport - Railways
"Marked" cards are discussed in the Advertiser,
12 May 1921, page 5h.