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collar, and started
John by the
him up the
"You a policeman?" demanded
"I'm a plain clothes man," said
Alcock, with much dignity.
"I don't believe it' said John.
"You look like goo' fellow.
Prove it. Show shtar."
Alcock obliging showed his
' "A' right," said John sadly,
"I'm shorry. Fut shince ish true,
I. gotta kill you. Monkey said I
was to kill you."
The next ten minutes were
very involved. It was difficult to
tell which was Alcock and which
In,the end Alqock triumphed,
and sat upon the chest of John.
Alcock- inquired if John had
"Quite enough," said John.
"Shtill wanta kill policeman, but
not you. "Wanta kill policeman
shjnaller than you." '
In court this morning" Judge
Gdihg asked John to explain"him
self. "It was all along o' that Sloan's
. liniment, your honor," said John.
"Leastways, the Sloan's, liniment
and,the monkey. If it 'adn't been
for the monkey, I wouldn't 'ave
wanted to kill a policenjan. An'
if it 'adn't been for the Sloan's
liniment, Lwouldn't 'ave 'ad no
monkey." t r
"Whafdid you want to drink
Sloan's liniment for?" asked the
John regarded the court with a
sad and solemn eye for a few
"'As your honor ever wanted a
drink real bad an'r not 'ad the
price of a blighted peanut?" he in
quired. "No," said Going.
"Then there ain't no use talking
abaht it, your honor, 'cos you ud
never understand in a hundred
"Do you think that $25 would
keep you in the Bridewell long
enough to get that Sloan's lini
ment out of your system?" asked
"'Oo wants to get the bloomin'
stuff out of 'is system? Did I say
anything about getting it out o'
my system?" demanded John,
"No," said Going, "but I did.
$25 and costs.",
John considered for a moment,
and then turned a baleful eye on
"You said as ,'ow you never 'ad
wanted a drink real bad and tfot
rad the price, didn't you?", he
"I.djd," said Going.
L"Then all I 'as to say is that I
'opes that the dayris soon coming
when you will, arf so 'elp me
Gawd 1 never thought as 'ow I
would wish any man so much
fevil," said "John. "I 'ope as 'ow
you get so you're burnin' up for a
drink. I 'ope as 'ow you suffer
like.a movin' picture of 'ell which
I once saw. I 'opes as 'ow" "
At this moment, the hand of a
large and,healthy bailiff wrapped
itself around John's mouth, and
he and his '"opes" were bundled
toward the Bridewell