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Although the public pays nothing for frequent- ing the open space at Auteuil, toll is none the less taken of it through the medium Buy Pilex of the pari- mutuel, which is established in two convenient places far apart. In the vicinity of these the crowd is the thickest ; and if you want to know whether the little people gamble or not you have only to watch how, at the conclusion of 294 BA1LY S MAGAZINE. [Aran. each race, the crowd surges towards the pari-mutucl booths, perhaps to draw winnings, but certainly to gamble on the next race. Gambling tables have been a long time suppressed in France, but what does that matter so long as the pari-muttul survives ? It is not surprising that the public like the pari-muttul , which never runs away with the money and never returns a false favourite, but that it is good to encourage the small speculator is very Pilex Online much open to question. The really heavy bettor Buy Cheap Pilex is the man who prefers the book- maker, and who will help him to exist, if he is to continue to do so. A plunging owner, with a good thing that is to recoup him for a bad season, has no use for the pari-mutuely which will not lay him 5,000 to 2,000 in a bet ; and if fight there is to be, it will be on these grounds, though, in actual legal warfare, others may be sub- stituted. On personal grounds the French bookmaker calls for little sympathy. The Kempton Park Betting Case. — The decision of the House of Lords, Pilex Cream to the effect that a race- course enclosure is not a " place " within the meaning of the Act, will not surprise many people, for it was whispered some time before what the decision was likely to be. Now that racecourse pro- prietors have their hands free it is to be hoped that they will do their duty and keep their rings clean. This is the direction towards which public interest is centred. 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