BETTING TAX PROTEST
ON ENGLISH RACECOURSE
(Special to "The Miner.")
London. November 3.
Unprecedented scenes were witness- ed at Windsor to-day, when the book- makers in Tattersall's ring, as a pro- test against the betting tax, refused to bet. A hostile crowd surrounded
a bookmaker attempting to lay the
odds, and he desisted.
The majority of racegoers departed after the third race. Betting was car- ried on in the smaller rings, but as Tattersalls provides the official start- ing prices on which off-course betting is based all starting-price bets were made void throughout the country.
Tattersalls bookmakers have adopted a resolution refusing to bet again to- morrow. The action has aroused much controversy, and some critics declare that their attitude is silly and wrong.
A leading bookmaker points out that the tax greatly reduced the attend- ance at Windsor, and there were so few punters present that he was un- able to make a decent book, and con-
sequently the risks of heavy losses were too great. Other Bookmakers, however, fear that the Government will introduce the totalisators if the
layers of odds persist in not wagering.