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Courtesy photoNary a saloon in the West was without the card game of faro between 1825 and 1915, shown here in an Arizona saloon in 1895.

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"The ancient card faces painted on the layout were doubtless faded and worn, but to my boyish eyes they glowed like a church's stained-glass window.... (Gaye) started drawing the cards one by one from the battered old silver box.

By By JAN MACKELL<br>Special to the Courier October 13, 2012