Festivals: A Place, a Show, a Win

Diamond Jim Brady went there regularly, accompanied by 27 Japanese houseboys and Lillian Russell. One day William K. Vanderbilt strolled into the casino to await some delayed dinner companions, dropped $130,000 in a few minutes. Another day John W. ("Bet a Million") Gates lost $500,000 on the races, then proceeded to win back most of it by playing faro until dawn. In the afternoons, Victor Herbert conducted concerts on the porch of an elegant hotel;-in the evenings, Caruso and John McCormack sang outdoors. Such was the summer scene at the turn of...

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