May 20, 2009

Quick Quotes...

(Image from The Gentle Grifter, 1919)

With regard to Mr. Soapy Smith’s business, to be sure he wraps up a $50-bill in a soap package, puts it down in his bag, and the person that buys it probably don’t get the $50; but if people don’t want to lose they shouldn’t buy a package of soap. If they don’t want to lose a jack-pot, they shouldn’t put up their ante. I have often backed three queens with a $50-bill and lost the pot, but I had no one to blame but myself.
Judge Belford (Soapy’s attorney)
Rocky Mountain News, August 6, 1889.

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