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The authorities of the town of Frankfort, being dull traders, declined to
allow them to initiate their townsmen into the mysteries of cards and
Roulette, so hearing that there were some strangers living at Hombourg,
they put themselves into an old diligence, and the same evening
disembarked at the "Aigle." The next day the elder brother
called upon the prime minister, an ancient gentleman, who, with a
couple of clerks, for some L60 a year governed the Landgrafate
of Hombourg to his own and the general satisfaction. After a
private interview with this statesman the elder Blanc returned
poorer in money, but with a permission in his pocket to put up
his Roulette wheel in one of the rooms of the inn. In a few
months the money of the innocent water-drinkers passed from their
pockets into those of the brothers Blanc. The ancient man of
Frascati turned the wheel, and no matter on what number the
water-drinkers risked their money, that number did not turn up.
At the close of the summer season a second visit was made to the
prime minister, and the Blancs returned to Frankfort with an
exclusive concession to establish games of hazard within the wide
spreading dominions of the Landgraf. For this they had agreed to
build a kursaal, to lay out a public garden, and to pay into the
national exchequer 40,000 florins (a florin is worth one shilling
and eight-pence) per annum. Having obtained this concession, the
next step was to found a company.

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