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THE SUBWAY GIRL
A Neat Trick Turned in a
We has a look at the diamond,
then Bill he puts it in a cigaret
case and tucks it in an' inside
pocket. After that we eases out
of the room and strolls for the
Two weeks before we nabs a
bunch of silver and happens
across the diamond. Then the
papers comes out with the news
that it was Elsniere jewel,"one 6f
the three most valuable diamonds
in the world. -
Havin' laid low since the job,
we knows the bops has had time
go back to sleep, so we bids for a
dine at the Dutchman's.
As we went into the - subway,
me fiishin' out two nickels, I sees
a girl standin' over by thei ticket
window, rummagin' embarrassed-like
in a silver pocketbook. ,. I
understands in a minute how it is,"
and I fishes out -another nickel
and says to the fellow at the win
dow: "Gimme three."
"Allow me," f says .to her, and
just hands her the ticket,. And
she smiles and takes the ticket
and says", "Thank you." And
that was all there was to it.'
She weht through the gate
ahead of us and we got on the
same car. Bill got on in front of
me, and what I see, after squeez
in' past an old lady with a big.
bundle, was Bill settin' down by
the girl. That Had been the only
.vacant seat and he'd beat me to it.
"Course me havin' bought her
ticket oughter had the seat,-and
Biirgrinned up Eke it was a good
When the conductor bawled
out our street, I left the car first,
with Bill followin' ; and we climbs
up to "fight and air. When we
reaches the surface I looks back
and sees the girl has got offtoo,
and is right behind us. Our cafe
is at the corner. As we goes in I
turns round and lifts ray hat and
Bill tells the waiter to bring
some wine and we'd wet our whis
tles while we decided on our or
der. He sends him away and
pours but the wine himself. Rais
in' his glass and lookm' signifi
cant at me, he says : "Here's to
At the same time he puts his
hand in his inside pocket. He has
the glass to his lips. All of a sud
den he drops it and it shatters on
"Good God!" he says. Grabbin'
his hat he starts for the door.
I catches him by the arm
"What's the matter?" I says to
He catches my hand and mash
es it till the bones crack. "Gone,"
he whispers. "The diamond."
You could have knocked me ov
er with a feather.
"I had it when we got on the
car," Bill gulps. "I felt it." Sud
denly he bangs one hand against
the other. "She got it, by God!"
We was standin' then in the en
trance. Somethin' caused me to
look up the s'treet. As I'm a Kvin