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DOUBLE-CROSSED HIS OWN GANG THE RESULT
I New York, Sept. 4. Tony Za
caro, gunman, Apache and stick
up man, made a greatjnistake.
1 Tony tried to double-cross bis
own gang, und he paid the penal-
fy with his life last night. Also,
the man who backed Tony in his
cheating is dying in a Harlem
- Tony's' trouble started in a
quarrel over the division of gang
' plunder, and Tony, whose skill
-with cards was well known, sug-
. gested arbitration by cards, the
low cut to win the biggest share
Tony cut the four of hearts,
which was low, and it was rumor
ed afterwards that the deck had
been a cold one, and that Tony
v had boasted that he "had skinned
Tony protested his innocence
when the gang questioned' him,
but the gang knew of Tony's skjll
with the cards and how Tie made
a practice of skinning conje-ons in
the dingy Degli coffee hcmse at
336 E. 109th st., which was run
by Tony's friend and partner,
The next day Tony received a
four of hearts through the mails.
Written across the card was a
message that he would get his.
The little gunman hid for" a
week, but last night he needed
money, and so ventured back to
As he entered the coffee house,
three men got up from a rear
table, and left. Tony sat down at I
the4able. bguare m the middle
of the table lay a four of heajts,
and smeared across it was a
splotch, of crimson wine.
Tony backed away from the
table, and lookeck,wiIdly about the
room. He saw his frien'd JackO
sitting at another table, and went
"Beat it," hissed Jacko, "it's a
Tony ventured through the
swinging doofs. It was pouring
fain. There was a little group of
men under an awning. There
were lurking figures in the shadows.
Tony vent back inta the Degli.
If he must die,v at 4eas,t he -preferred
tp die irr the light and the
Tony sat down "with Jacko, and
suggested a game of cold hands.
Jacko Was too frightened and
too busy keeping hi& eyes on the
front and side doors,
Members of the gang slouched
carelessly-in. They paid no at
tention: to Tony atfd Jacko; not
at least until their leader, Coney;
Island the Wop, sauntereji in.
Then little piece of paste
board fluttered through the air
and iell lace up on Tony and
Jacko's table. It was the four of
As Tony and Jacko looked at if,
there was a crash of overturned
chairs, a volley of curses, and an
other of revolver shots.
Tony fell across the table, two
bullet holes through his head.
Jackd fell by his side. Tony was
dead before the police arrived;
Jacko was fajtally wounded, -