I came across this in the Cumberland &Westmorland Herald Saturday 14 August 1880. It seems to be a precursor of Nelson Algren's "three rules of life":
"Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own."
I prefer the ones below, which are mostly self-explanatory and need no updating. For my part, I have never told a living soul that I dye my whiskers - and never shall.
However why shouldn't you play 'at' chess with a widow?
Historical knowledge and information regarding our great game.
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