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NEW YORK LETTER
New York, Nov. 6. "Certain
ly I got the man's $30,000. He
was trying to swindle me, and I
beat him to it. A partner has a
right to withdraw from the bank
and appropriate all the partner
ship funds. I did it. I was with
in the law. You can't touch me."
"My dear girl, the last time you
'tried to separate an old gentle
raan from his roll, you got into
jail. Nqw just leave this to me,
and we will get $10,000 from Gen
eral Hastings by a perfectly legal
process, without the least danger
of any trouble."
"Certainly he shot the man,
But a man who breaks into a
house at night becomes by his
act a burglar, and the man who
lives in the house has a right to
Lines from about as interesting
a play to Little Old New York as
has come along in a month of
Sundays "Within the Law." A
most ingenious (and melodra
matic) exposition by Bayard
Veiller of how one may be a crook
without being a criminal, if one
has- proper legal advice.
.-Mary Turner, who works in a
department store, is arrested for
stealing goods. She didn't steal
jthem. Another girl did, and hid
them in Mary's locker. But
Mary can't prove that. The crool
guy who owns the department
stor'e asks the judge to please
hand her something the rest of
the thieves in his store will no
tice. The judge, being. a friend
of his, does it. He gives Mary
Mary exits out of Act I, telling
the judge she will get square
when -her time is up. In Act II
her timers up. It has been up
for some little time. Mary is an
honest, hard-working crook, with
a good lawyer, and she is living in '
a swell apartment, with a couple
of assistant crooks. They are (
robbing people of huge sums of
money, and doing it just as legal
ly as the Standard Oil Co. or the
The lines of Mary's given
above are a fair line of samples,
but they by no means indicate the '
extent of Mary's activities. She
pulls a very fine siren effect ori
the son of the prosperous gent
who sent her to jail, and marries
said son, without letting him
know that she has done time for
robbing his pa's emporium, When
pa learns about this he is very
cross. " '
Mary makes boobs of the po
lice, puts it all over her pop-in- '
law, and finally surprises herself
by falling in love with her hus- '
But her big hit is swindling 3 .
people legally. People would like '
the show here, even if it wasn't a
good show. But it is.
. "We hav.e been married for
twelve years now," said a devoted '
wife, "and on each anniversary I
have baked you a cake. Do you
remember them, dearest?" "In-'
deed I do," replied the husband.
"They have been the milestones
of my life " t