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HOUSTON AND HOUSTONIANS 117
tween him and Weston quits reluctantly. This brings the play
back to Weston. He ruminates as usual for some time and then
throws his whole bundle into the pot. Jack asks what is in
her and Weston counts out four 100 and two 500-dollar bills. The
last booster has only $300, but he shoves that in and claims a
show for it. I saw one of the house men slip the first booster
a big roll, and Weston saw it too. There's a big fuss about how
much money the booster who wants a showdown has in the pot,
and Weston pretends to take a heap of interest in what is going
on at his left, though I see he is watching the right, too, and his
letting the house man in on the play that way does not look good
for the house to me. Still I know the hands are fixed and I construe
it that Weston has a stiff hand he is willing to back on
general principles; that he can't read the minds of the boosters
because they are too excited, and that he is going on pure poker
judgment, though I know, of course, that he is all wrong.
"When the dispute is settled the first booster nearly breaks
his arm getting his wad in, and Weston is called for the whole
pot. Then cards are drawn. Everybody takes one card except
the shoemaker, who takes two, and Weston, who stands pat. All
the money is up, so its a show-down all 'round. Donovan draws
up so as to be in easy reach of Weston with his club, and everybody
leans over to look at the hands. Then the two house men
nearly faint and Jack turns green, forWeston shows down four
aces and rakes in the pot.
"Yes, sir; justice had miscarried. Jack had made a fatal mistake
and had given Weston the hand intended for the booster,
who showed down four kings.
"The house is broke. The two house men look at me and I
look at them. I want to laugh, but I don't do it till I get outside.
Jack is scared nearly to death. Everybody looks foolish,
but the worst looking man in the crowd is Donovan, who is trying
to hide his club.
"Next day the story gets out and old Wagner's theory about
mind-reading falls flat. The chaps who back the luck argument
win out easy."
FUN AT THE FAIR GROUNDS.
I THINK it was at the state fair that was held in Houston in
1871 or 1872, I forget which, that one of the funniest sights
I ever witnessed occurred.
At that time there was a very prominent physician here, who
had been a lawyer before studying medicine and who was one of
the finest speakers I ever heard. He could make a speech at any
time on any subject, and when he got about half loaded he was
very eloquent. He delighted to hear his own voice and never
missed an opportunity to give himself a treat in that way. I tell
this because it has bearing on whit occurred.
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Young, Samuel Oliver. True stories of old Houston and Houstonians: historical and personal sketches / by S. O. Young., book, 1913; Galveston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24646/m1/117/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .