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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 20, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 12',
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measurements are in every police
headquarters. And the stake is your
"Take, for illustration, my last
game. I had to make a get-away.
Secret service men knew I was here,
and I knew they-knew. Operatives
were at every dock, atTthe interurban
depots, the railroad stations.
"I had planned to. make a last kill
ing before leaving. But the 'fall guy'
refused to .fall. I had shipped my
' Harry C. Hammond.
money to Chicago and all I had was
"Now this was what I had to do
with my $6: I had in tow a family
named Loring, Loring himself was
my victim. He thought I was going
to get him a lucrative but mysterious
government job. I had to get out of
Seattle quick. I had to take the Lor
ings with me, so they couldn't testi
fy against me and they must not
know the real purpose of our journey.
"I took them to the station. A
secret service operative was there
looking for me.
"I had made no plans. I waited for
inspiration. Ah! I had it! I would
be a secret service man myself.
"I told the ticket man I was taking ;
prisoners to Omaha, Neb. What j
would be the fare for eight persons, I
including myself?. He told me, and
I wrote a check for more than the
amount about $400.
"My heart was in my mouth. It
was one of the finest moments in my
"Without a word, he handed me
the tickets and $60 in money. Au
"We traveled in standard Pullmans
and dined in the dining car at $6 a
throw. En route, the conductor
showed me a telegram: '.Are Ham
mond, Loring and party on board?'
"I could have left the train, but
the game was too good.
"A railroad detective boarded the
train at Omaha.
" 'You'd better not touch Ham
mond,' I heard theconductor tell him.
'He's a federal man
"I stood nearr openly listening. I
thought thus to divert suspicion. But,
as luck would have it, the detective
turned to me, and said: 'And what's
"I might have said Smith or Jones.
But I said 'Hammond.' "
"Why?" I demanded. ''Why didn't
"Perhaps you wouldn't understand,
even if I could explain," said the gam
bler in crime, simply. "But that isn't
my idea of playing the game."
So they brought him back to Seat
tle. "You say you generally lose when
you play the 'state game'?" I asked.
"Yes. Queer, isn't it?
"Yet it wauldn't be fun if you
couldn't lose. That's why I'm a bet
ter sportsman than the business man
who cheats within the law. The
business man who cheats within the
law and all men cheat takes no
rjsks. He is a surevthing gambler
and beneath contempt."
Since closing the restricted district
in St Louis, it is reported that many
houses in the best residential section
only lack the red lamp on the door.
Just like New York, after Parkhurst
chopped out the "tenderloin"?