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but of a ruin it ! are ' i the • call i re- j ! the j j I ' ! to j i I the | : the , ; none j ever j • con- ' this ! from i cer- ! by j bad ■ of: I j The j of i j 1 j ; one the the certainly If A ci:yin<, BHAXX. One ot the causes leading towards the present hard times in San Francisco is the mania for lottery gambling. It is estimated by persons wBo have made a study of the subject that no: less than >:_ > 00.00b per month is sent out of this city to the lotteries in Louisiana. Havana and Europe, of which sum perhaps an average of 30,---000 comes back in prizes, leaving a net drain on this city alone of £170,000 per month. The hard times have no doubt tended towards the spread of the lottery mania, but the lottery mania has had the effect of making the hard limes harder, by depleting our circulation of to much money. The police department baa set its face very strongly against gambling, it will nut permit a faro-game to be conducted, and wd be to the venturesome sport who shouM attempt to trot out the tiger. Sometimes it is seized with a virtuous spaspi as regards lotteries, and then an agent or two is "pulled" up. his tickets confiscated and a few dollars' bail forfeited as a penalty. This the lottery dealers look upon as a sort of quasi-license fee exacted from them for the privilege of selling the tickets. There is scarcely a barber shop bootblack stand, cigar stand or cheap tailorshop in the city in which these tickets are not kept for sale, and numerous agents go from house to house, from store to store, and office to oifice, peddling them. The newspapers, in open violation of law. encourage the swindle, by printing the lists of numbers drawn, and cock-and-bull Stories about lone widows capturing the capital prize, thus exciting the minds of Ihe credulous and causing them to put hard-earned money into the swindle. All gambling is bad ; but the gambling passion is inherent in human nature, take whatever form it will, and is irrepressible, lint. t > come down to ihe po'it'cil exmomy of gambling, it were better for the community that one hundred faro games should be in operation dan that one Louisiana lottery should receive the immense patronage it dnes in this city; for. in the lottery case the money leaves the country, and in faro iind similar gambling, the money remains and circulates in the community, even the most virtuous tradesman or property owner getting a share of it. lam not upholding gambling, hut the point 1 want to make is, while the Police Department is so rigid sboul suppressing BITO, it might exercise a portion of its zeal in stamping oul the lottery business, and then, if it had a few moments spare time, it might pay some attention to the numerous vile dive-; with which the city i; nil but overrun.