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Olga Zanelli, Vol. 1

Excerpt from Olga Zanelli, Vol. 1: A Tale of an Imperial City Many members who had sporting tastes had come up from the country for the day, so that on that evening the club-house was remarkably full. In the great saloon, hung with portraits of famous racehorses, a din of conversation was going on; and if one listened attentively to it, one soon discovered that it was entirely about racing matters, bets and odds and other kindred subjects, with now and again disputes respecting the merits of a horse, and explanations why it had not won. At the further end of the room were a group of persons, who were engaged in loud discussion. In the centre sat the Duke of Bummelberg, the head of the great family of the Hohenschwanzs. He was an elderly gentleman, easy-going and good-tempered, except when he was losing at cards, a patron of the turf, and an inveterate gambler. He was the possessor of an immense fortune, but of late he had somewhat impaired it by his reckless betting and gambling, in which occupations he was zealously assisted by his four sons, young lieutenants in various regiments of the Guards. He was president of the Jockey Club, and on account of this and of the great name he bore he was always treated with the greatest consideration by every one whenever he entered the club-house. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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