For young boys, does gambling really pay ?

Hertfordshire Mercury, 11th May 1918


At Ware Petty Sessions, George Welsh, Charles Akers, Ernest Burgess, Henry Reed, Frederick Hasler, and Walter and Henry Burton, all youths of Stanstead Abbotts, pleaded guilty to gaming by playing ‘banker’ with cards under the railway bridge which leads over the River Lea, the parish of Great Amwell, on Sunday, 28th April.

Police Constable Reed, who caught them at it, said that there were a number of younger boys present, and the defendants taught these younger boys how to gamble, and then afterwards bragged in the village about how much they had won.

Welsh, Akers, Burgess, and Walter Burton, the four older boys, of 16 and 17, were each fined 9 shillings, and the other three boys, who are only 14, were fined 4 shillings each.

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