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CHAPTER VIII. page 41

But the days of the Kursaal are numbered, and the glories or
infamies of Hombourg are doomed.

`The fiat has gone forth. In five years[80] from this time the
"game will be made" no longer--the great gambling establishment
of Hombourg will be a thing of the past. The town will be
obliged to contend on equal terms with other watering-places for
its share of the wool on the backs of summer excursionists.


[80] In 1872.


`As most of the townspeople are shareholders in this thriving
concern, and as all of them gain either directly or indirectly by
the play, it was amusing to watch the anxiety of these worthies
during the war between Austria and Prussia. Patriotism they had
none; they cared neither for Austrian nor Prussian, for a great
Germany nor for a small Germany. The "company" was their god
and their country. All that concerned them was to know whether
the play was likely to be suppressed. When they were annexed to
Prussia, at first they could not believe that Count Bismarck,
whatever he might do with kings, would venture to interfere
with the "bank." It was to them a divine institution--
something far superior to dynasties and kingdoms. . . .

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