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Lurgan Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

14 May, 1889  

LORD LURGAN ARRESTED

London, May 13. 0n Sunday morning 50 police surprised the Baccarat Club at Park Place, London. Fifteen persons were arrested, including Lords Dudley, Lurgan, Paulet, and Messrs. Merry and Benzon. A sum of 18,000 in cash was seized. Forty-seven persons were, about the same time, arrested at the Adelphi Club for gambling.

The London halfpenny evening papers suppress all mention of what are known as the gambling cases arising out of the police raid on Sunday morning on certain gambling halls carried on under the disguise of clubs. At the taking of evidence in the cases, an attempt was made to prove that Lords Dudley and Lurgan were only occasional visitors. It came out that Lord Dudley lost 5000, and Lord Lurgan 2000, and that the house in which the baccarat club was carried out was the curse and ruin of young men of fashion.

Mr. Benzon (known as the Jubilee plunger) was ruined there. The proprietor, Seaton, is a noted gamester. Sam Davis, the well-known money lender, supplied cash to the victims, on the security of 'post orbits' and the like. The raid on the halls was caused by an application of Lord Bateman to the police because of the losses sustained in them by his son, the Hon. Mr. Spencer.

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