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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 18, 1912, Image 9

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THE HIGH1 ROMANCE OF JIMMY, THE WOP, THIEF
' OF THE MEANER SORT
t . -J t- :
In Which Jimmy Gives Twenty-five Years of His Life To Save i
a. Woman Aristocrat of Thiefdom From the Wiles of
An Amorous Fly-Cop. J
By Donald MacGregor.
rJimmyrthe Wop satin Sliver
Antone's saloon with gloomy
eyes, and thought bitterly.
' Jimmy the Wop was a- thief by'
choice and a stool pigeon by force
of circumstances and Martin For-
,syTthe, plain clothes man.
Timmy is not to be looked down
Wypn because he was a sjrool pig-i
ion. He could not help himself.
?$rears ago he had been caught
'half in and half out the pantry
window of a certain millionaire's
house.
It wasn't even Jimmy's own'
Job. Jimmy was a fdip' not a
burglar. But the only practical
window in the, millionaire's house
had been too small for Big Al
cazan, and Alcazan hd called on
Jimmy or help, and threatened
to break him m two it he did n,ot
give it.
And Jimmy hd been caught,
and Big Alcazan had made his
getaway, and the judge who sen
tenced Jimmy, and who had been
raised to the bench, by the very
millionaire in whose pantry wip--dow
Jnnmy had been trappe'd,
had said that men of Jimmy's
class "Were the shame and disgrace
of the city, and had made it ten
years. Jimmy had served only seven
because of his good behavior.
a.
But they were seven such years
as he never could forget. He
dreamed about them sometimes
and woke up, sweating and shak
ing with fear and horror.
He had meant to be straight
when he left Joliet But he had
not been in Chicago half an hour
before a hand fell on his shoul
der, and iMartin Forsythe, the
fly-cop, demanded' to know where'
he was goings x
Jimmy had told Forsythe he
was going to be straight, and
Forsythe had laughed mirthless
ly, and given Jimmy his choice
liberty and being a stool pigeon,
or a swift and certain return to
Joliet. "i
If Jimmy had been a very brave
man, he might have defied For
sythe, and taken his medicine
Or, if he even had been only mod
erately brave, he' might have
agreed at the time; and then left
ChicagO'for pastures new at-the
first opportunity.
But Jimmy, stunted product o
Chicago slums, never Had been
very brave, and those seven years
in Joliet had turned his liver
white as well as his hair gray, and
had made his liberty more precv
ious to him than his thief's honor..
'So he had become "Fotsythe's
stool pigeon, and brought that
gentleman honor on the force.

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