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CURIOUS OCCURRENCE IN MACHINE BETTING. Even with the mechanical substitute for the lwok-niakcr it is possible for mistakes to occur, and a curious blunder of the totalizer is beted in South Australia. At Hie Cheltenham meeting of t lie Port Adelaide Racing lull theft, is a special electrical totalizer in use which displays on a record lag board the sum placed on each horse, so that at a glance backers are afforded an opportunity of seeing what price thej are receiving hbpdt the various candidates. One d«y recently, however, one of the tubes got dogged aad after the race had been run the sum at $."17 J bad to be adiled to Ihe winner. Hotspur. It appears that a naU fell into the groove and held up lag marbles, each representing a live-shilling ticket on Hotspur, and these were not discovered until a check was made.