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In May 1888, after operating casinos successfully in Providence and Saratoga, he opened a fashionable club at Madison Square and East 26th Street. His impeccability made the Madison Square Club the premier destination for gamblers with taste, style, and lots of cash. But Manhattan was shifting farther uptown. Carnegie Hall, with the great Tchaikovsky gracing its first night, opened its doors at Seventh and 57th in 1891. The great restaurants also traveled northward. Delmonico's, haunt of the rich and powerful, moved up Fifth Avenue, from East 26th Street to East 44th.

R. responded. " Rothstein continued losing. Finally, as everyone teetered into exhaustion, A. R. dared Raymond to cut the high-card for $40,000, the biggest bet on a high-card cut in gambling history. "I wanted to go to the ball game," Raymond later swore in court. "So I cut a card with him. " It was over. Raymond finished $219,000 ahead; Joe Bernstein $73,000; Titanic Thompson $30,000. Hump McManus had lost $51,000; Red Bowe $5,700. Rothstein totaled his losses, which were almost completely in markers-his I.

Hundreds of whores plied their trade, often in view of impressionable children. " And children needn't go as far as an actual brothel to see white slavery in operation. They could look out their windows, across the airshaft or backyard into other tenements. An old woman sum moned Lincoln Steffens to her apartment to witness what her children saw every night. "There they are watching, always they watch," she told him, hoping against hope that he could do something about it. "They count the men who come of a night.

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