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"So he e-volves the following
original little idea:
"He has a date with the dame
the next night. He's to be there
at 9 o'clock, an' he intends to stay
as long as the law an' papa allow.
"About 10 o'clock, I am to
sneak up to the house, and enter
the lady's boudoir with malice
aforethought an' felonious intent,
by a window that's always open,
"I am to scoop up a handful of
the lady's jewelry, an' then to
make a noise, which is to give my
friend the office, that it's his turn.
"Therr he rushes into the bed
room, cops me after a desperate
struggle, and does the hero act
over my body, as it were.
"There were points about this
little evolution that didn't appeal
to me from the first.
" 'How about the finale?' I asks
him. 'You duty'll be to hand me
over to the bulls, an' that'll mean
about seven years for little Wil
lie " 'But you forget that I have a
soft heart,' says he. 'You don't
even know how soft my heart is.
After I've got you down on the
floor with my manly knees
planted in your consumptive
chest, you've got to make a noise
like a squealer.
" 'Tell me an' the lady that you
were starvin'; that you always
had been honest until the trusts
and John D. Rockefeller took the
bread from the mouths of your
wife an' little kiddies. Tell us
anything that's sobby enough.
" 'Then I'll say think you
have an honest face which you
have not an' I'll draw Amanda's
attention to the same, an' then:
we'll both agree to let you go, an'
I'll give you a five spot.
" 'Thus the lady will see that
I fear nothing, but am at the
same time gentle as a lamb to the
"Well, it didn't make a great
hit with me, but I didn't see how
anything could go wrong with
the deck fixed like that, an' I
needed the money.
"So me an' Bennett went out
that night to the skirt's house, an'
he showed me the window I was
to get in by, an' repeated all his
instructions until I knew them'
"He left me an' I proceeded to
ward my humble little home, hap
py as a lark, an' nursing the ten
spot that Bennett had shoved in
to my hand when I wasn't lookin',
when I got the office straight
from a pal o' mine on the force
that the Central Bureau was just
hungering to have a few words
with me on account of a little ex
pedition of mine the week before.
"I beat it by the high an' dark
spots to Soapy Hon's place,
where I took up a commandin'
but unassumin' position in the
rear room. An' I stayed there
until 9 o'clock the next night,
which is what caused all the trou
ble. "When I got out to Amanda's
house, it was lit up like a Lorimer
torchlight procession, just like
my friend said it would be. An'
Amanda's window was open, an'
inviting as a fire on a cold day.
"I climbed in, an' annexed a
few trifles for the sake of the