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The Chinese Gambling Den

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A gang of enraged students smashed ui a gambling den in the rear of Wah Lee's laundry on Huron street Sunday night. Brlcka and paving blocks crashed through the windows upon the money-covered tables, frightening the opium-smokers, who grabbed their cash and gave Chase to the students, who were ïiot caiiijht. According to Mrs. Fay, who lires above the den, Sunday night is the regular time for these orientáis to meet and gamble away large sums of money. Chinamen come f rom Ypsilanti, Jackson and other SurrotmdlDg towns. Xot long ago se ven students persuaded the Chinga to cook them a meal and serve it after the fashion of their own country. Whetlior tbc young men hit the pipe is not known, but the reason giren for the raid Sunday night is that tlio den keepers are sald to be entieing' young men there for tlie novelty f trylng the opium pipe. "The Chlnamen gamble wlth tlie students," sald .Airs. Fay, "and they lus," large sums there, but I do not know anything about the opium smoking, except that the Chlnamen do it" They cook the opium for a time on the end of wlrés in the flame of a lamp and then insert it in thelr long pipes. A favorito game wlth them is the dice game, played Wlöi two dice marked in Chinóse. These they cast in a large earthen dish wlth high sid'es to prevent one with deft hands from turning the dice over after they fall. Naturally suspicious they have kept thelr den running in a quiet way and it was not found out until exposed by Mrs. Fay.