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" WhUe the State organises the lotteries I—
how very consistent," said the Lady Hilda.
"All yom- gaming is against the law, angels
of my soul," said Carlo Maremma.
" Then we'll aU leave FloraUa," said Madame
Mila. " The idea of not being able to do what
one chooses in one's own rooms!—there is one
thing, we can always go up to Eoubleskoff's;—
they wUl never dare to caution him. But what
is the use of all this fuss ?—everybody plays—
everybody always wiU plaj'."
" The Prefect is much too wise a man ever to
imagine he can prevent ladies doing Avliat they
Uke," said IMaremma. "It is these tremendous
losses of young De Fabris the other night that
have made a stir, and the Prefect thinks it ne¬
cessary to say something; he is afraid of a
" Good gracious ! As if anything filled a city
half so weU as a scandal! Why don't FloraUa
have a good gaming place Uke Monte Carlo?
we shouldn't want to use our own rooms
" I confess," said the Duo, in his gentle, medi-