No Dice, Martin Weiss

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August 24, 1882


Martin Weiss, who runs the Chicago Saloon on Court Street, was arrested for permitting gambling in his establishment.


Martin wasn’t worried – he was convinced that with his charm and wit he would completely annihilate the case against him. When he took the witness stand, Weiss swore a solemn oath that the boys who had been accused of gambling in his saloon had never done any such thing. Imagine Martin’s surprise when he was found guilty.


Imagine everyone else’s surprise, when no sooner had sentence been pronounced than Weiss swore again. This time it wasn’t an oath to tell the whole truth and nothing but – instead he swore out a complaint against the boys who patronized his saloon – for gambling with dice for money!