198 IN A WINTER CITY.
" But is it for a government to intensify and
pander to, and profit by a national insanity ? "
said DeUa Eocca with much seriousness. "When
Eome bent to the yeU of Panem et Cfrcences,
the days of her greatness were numbered.
Besides, the Due is quite right—it is a ridiculous
anomaly to condemn games while you aUow lot¬
teries. Great harm may result from private
gambling—greater still from the public gaming¬
tables—but the evU after aU is not a miUionth
part so terrible as the evil resulting from the
system of pubUc lotteries. The persons who are
ruined by ordinary gaming, are, after all, persons
who would certainly be ruined by some vice or
another. The compound of avarice and excite¬
ment which makes the attraction of hazard does
not aUure the higher kinds of character ; besides,
the vice does not go to the player—the player
goes to the vice. Now, on the contrary, the
i.ttery attacks openly, and tries to alhi;'' in
sery despite of themselves the much wider
multitude that is the very sap and support
of a nation—it entices the people themselves.
It lures the workman to throw away his wage—