INDIANA: Gambler's Progress

Fifty years ago in southern Indiana lived an Orange County farmer named Ballard, who had five sons. One of them, Edward, early showed enterprise. He used to deliver the laundry which his mother did for people who were taking the cure at neighboring French Lick. Soon he was graduated into a saloon in adjoining West Baden, next became a croupier in a gambling room run by a Negro in the West Baden Springs Hotel. In his mid-twenties he bought the gambling club for himself. After a decade or so more, he bought Brown's...

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