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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 18, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 18

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IN THE OLD HOUSE
Clarence Ridge
"(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
Tom Linton had served four and a
quarter years when he was released
from the( penitentiary with a new suit
and $14' in his pocket, and he had
one idea in mind, to find Molly, his
sweetheart, and marry her and start
a decent life in some place where
he was unknown.
For 18 months Molly had come to
see him, or written. Then she had
dropped out of his life. Linton did
not feel bitter about this. He knew
few women would be true for a five
year term;' but he knew he could win
her back if here was the thought
that terrified him If she had not
married another.
Both Molly and Tom came of de
cent folk. Molly had never known
until Tom was arrested that he had
lived by crime; and Tom, with $900
salted away, had meant to marry her
and quit the life. But he had tried
once more burglary. He had been
caught red-handed and he had lost
everything, including his money,
which his lawyer had taken.
He could not find Molly. Nobody
knew anything about her, and $14
does not last very long in a big city.
Tom soon, turned his thoughts to
ward the old career.
In one way his opportunities were
excellent. Tom was not a regular
criminal He had taken to crime, but
he had not been born to it. He had
never worked with a man in his lif e.
He was the solitary criminal whom
the police fear more than any other
sort.
Now, in burglary, the advantages
of partnership are obvious. There is
a good deal of spade work to be done
first, getting acquainted with maids,
fining entrance to the grounds, and
-C- "l. The hit-or-miss burglar
may get anything or nothing. He is
much "more liable to get caught.
Tom Lad seen an. old house which
stood in an unfrequented road. It had
taken his fancy. There must be
wealth in that, he thought silver
plate, possibly jewelry. He had seen
the old man who came limping out
to enter liis automobile, and had no
ticed that he had no butler only a
female servant. He had looked
through the windows at night and
seen the old master seated alone in
his chair, reading. There was a mas-
Tom Could Not Say a Word.
sive library. . Tom Linton resolved to
make another bid for capital
He was fascinated by the life, but
he felt that the world was against
him. And, with Molly lost, somehow
he cared very little about anything:
He laid his plans well, discovered
the policeman's beat allowed him ten
minutes' grace, and, soon after 1 in
the morning, he climbed through the
window on the side and made his
way along the corridor In the dark
ness. Tom had acquired the "feel"
of a house. He knew that there
would be a room at a certain place
on the right, and another opposite;

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