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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 21, 1912, Image 13

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A SMUGGLER'SXUCK.
Diamonds that paid no duty
had been coming in through, Pa
cific coast ports long enough to
make the lucky smuggler a mag
nate. Then the revenue depart
ment was suddenly jolted, several
inspectors resigned and Herring
ton and Thomas were detailed to
meet the nextfrsteamship into San
Francisco from the Orient. It was
Herrington and"Thomas who had
trapped Jim Jackson after his
smooth work on the Atlantic.
Jackson's journey westward
. after finishing his term had heen
officially chartered as far as San
Francjscq Thereafter illicit dia
mond importation fiad developed
arid thrived.
Naturally, ft was principally
Jdcksxin the secret service men
wanted nibst to trieet When they
climbed the high side of 'the Ko
rea from the revenue, launch, just
after the bjgvessel hadjiammered
through, the surf in the'Gate. And
next to the officer at the gangway
'it was Jackson they greeted on
deck, Jackson prosperous and un
worried.' '
"I'm really glad to meet you
again under these circumstances,"
he remarked amiably, "although
it reminds me of times I would
prefer to forget' -
"Just a precaution, Jim," Her
rington explained.
"The olji story," said, the ex
crbpk. "Let a man go wrong once
and you fellows that have trailed
himlown can never be convinced
that he will be straight afterward,
jyVell, I'm' importing silks now
and making money honestly. If'
you can find any reason for sus
picion I'll make you a present of ?
all I have on this ship, and that is
worth $20,000" ,
"Somebody is slipping them in,
Jim, and you can't find fault with
us for remembering you. We
havent charged you with any
thing, but still we'll have to be
shown." v
"AH right. Search me here and
search me ashore. But all thp
trouble you make me for nothing
ought to be worth a good dinner
when you are through."
They agreed that it would be,
andwent through Jackson's state
room. Jackson hospitably ten--,
dered a half-filled hox of Manila
cigars.
Herrington took the box and
emptied it on the bunk. He helpqd
himself from the jumbled pile, a-
though Jackson's invitation was
not repeated.
In the dock office after the ship
had made fast -Sherrington and
Jackson satdown together, while
Thomas superintended a search
of heavier baggage and investi
gated invoices. They had search
ed his ' clothing and everything
else.
"Don't try to get out of my
siehfv' is the way 'Tackson ac
knowledged the courtesy. "I warft
that dinner.
Herrington felt satisfied that
his old adversary was innocent of '
smuggled v diamonds and was
openly glad of it. He looked i
put across the bay. Jackson, in
arising, stooged for a second to a
blot of cigar ashes on the floor.
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