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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 22, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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BURR LANDRY'S "SCOOP"
By Rachel Morton Prince
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Burr Landry was .caught red
handed in crime, proved" guilty and
sentenced to one year in the house
of correction. But for the fact that
he was scarcely 21 and looked even
younger the stern judge would have
made the term an indeterminate im
prisonment in the penitentiary, for
the crime was a serious one bur
glary. Burr looked grave when the sen
tence was passed. Then, in his airy,
free-and-easy way, he soliloquized:
"Let 'er go! If I tell the facts in
the case it may involve Rolfe Mer
rill and his newspaper. And, say,"
Burr continued to felicitate himself,
"It's all 'experience.' Why, I will he
able to write a whole volume on
crime and criminals when I come
out"
To explain: Burr was a "cub re
porter," a scout for the liveliest
space-writer on the Evening Spec
tator. He had always felt a keen
desire "to make his mark in litera
ture," as he termed it Rolfe Mer
rill had encouraged him and given
him tips and points. Burr had
brought in one or two stories that
had passed muster. He had been paid
for them and told to try again.
Which he did, and in a far more
pretentious and important way than
perviously. It seemed that Merrill
had been working on a big "scoop."
There had been an investigation of
the payrolls of a certain department
at the city hall. The exposure de
pended on a verification of stuffed
payrolls. When the cases supposed
to contain the tally books and pa
pers were brought into court they
were found empty.
Merrill had started the investiga
tion. It was a bad failure of his
hopes and efforts. The papers had
been stolen. He was nettled at the
way a shrewd lawyer named Marcus,
working for the gang, had outwitted
him. He told Burr about it and the
latter set to work. He conceived the
reckless idea of entering the office
of a certain Lawyer Marcus at night
to ransack his desk in the hope of
finding some clue to the missing pa
pers. The janitor of the building
discovered him, called the police and
he was taken into court, charged
with burglary.
Burr asked only one favor when
they took away his ordinary clothes
and substituted the dead gray uni
form of the reformatory. Qf course,
Forced a Window
he managed to get word to Merrill
about his mishap, asking him not to
interfere, as he longed for the new
experience offered. Burr also made
the same explanation to a Miss Rose
Newman, who would mis's him. The
favor he asked of the prison author
ities was that they would allow him
to retain his pad of reporting paper
and pencils.
This was granted, and Burr tried
really to believe that he was serving
1 time on a regular news-gathering as-i
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