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PAGE SIXgrass country of Old Kentucky, was known throughout the world as a follower of the races who wagered great sums of money on the horses of his choice, who won or lost with an iron nerve and apparent absence of emotions. Finally his luck deserted him and he found himself broke after a disastrous season at the winter tracks of California. One morning in San Francisco he read of the rich strikes in Rawhide and of the night life, the wagering of great stakes at roulette and poker and farobank.Grannan was a gambler, by instinct and by training, and Rawhide appealed to him as a place where he might recoup his fortunes. He had but a vague notion of where the town might be, but he recalled that two friends of his prosperous days—George Graham Rice, one-time race track follower, and Nat C. Goodwin, famous actor— were engaged in the stock brokerage business at Reno. There he went, and the two sports staked him to a bankroll of twenty thousand dollars to open a gambling house at Rawhide, where they had extensive mining interests.Knickerbocker, "to the purple born," still in his young manhood, was a native of Louisiana where he was educated for the ministry. At the age of twenty-one he was ordained and accepted a call to a fashionable church in New Orleans. His fervid eloquence soon brought fame throughout the southwest and he accepted a call to the pulpit of Trinity church, one of the great houses of worship in Los Angeles. A writer of those days describes him asEulogytoRileyGrannan




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