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Webb wasted so much timeJn the
auto bandit love flat that he was
trapped by Detective Hart and
killed Hart to make his escape.
It was to a girl that Webb sent
a postcard from Mobile, Ala.,
after he had made his escape from
Chicago after the killing. And it
was that postcard that gave the
police there first line on hiswhere
abouts. It was to see a girl that Webb
finally came back to Chicago and
dared the gauntlet of police that
was watching for him on the
And, finally, it was indirectly
through a girl that he was be
trayed to the police. For George
Larsen, the stool pigeon, was
moved to the betrayal only
In his cell today Webb cheer
fully admitted that women had
been the cause of most of his
"There's something funny
about women," he said. "They've
always sort of got my goat.
"Did you ever notice that in all
my record there is not one in
stance of my holding up a
"I never would hold up a
woman. I couldn't do it, just
couldn't. There was something
inside of me that kept me from
doing that. And when the other
fellows wanted to hold up some
woman I always kicked.
"I never quite understood just
why it was that I felt that way
about women, but I did all right."
An officer standing near
"So you're the chivalrous
Webb, are you?" he asked.
' Webb stared up at the roof of
the cell for a moment, and then
"I wonder what Mabel would
say to that?" he said.
He sat silent for a moment,
musing and smiling to himself.
"No," he said at last, "I don't
think it was chivalry. I wasn't
trying to pull any of that Dick
Turpin, the gallant highwayman,
stuff. It was just something in
side of me that I couldn't help.
"I've even felt sore at myself
about it sometimes. I've called
myself chicken-hearted and all
sorts of stuff about it. But it
never made any difference.
"Women were always getting
me into trouble. I'd get mad, and
say that the next time I'd take
care I wasn't so soft with them.
I'd decide I'd be a real tough.
"And then the next time would
come along, and I'd fall for the
old soft stuff, and the woman
would twist' me around her little
finger, and make a darned fool
"Mr. Hoyne says that if I had
wanted to put up an insanity
defense at the trial oh, you
needn't look shocked, he didn't
tell me that, but I heard it all the
same that it probably would get
"Well, I don't think I'd ever
put up that defense. There's a
lot of places I'd rather be than in
the criminal insane asylum at
"But maybe I am crazy after
all about women. Maybe that