Excerpt: ...and a half hour later started on his way, riding one of
the horses. The lock purchased, Jimmy, in an unfrequented part of
town, was just preparing to mount for his homeward journey, when a
rude hand was suddenly laid on his shoulder. Jimmy turned about
quickly and looked into the smiling face of Jones. "You listen to
me, son," said Jones. "We haven't been able to get together so far,
but I still think I can make it worth your while to do what I ask."
"I don't want anything to do with you," replied Jimmy. 127 "Come,
now," said Jones, "don't be stubborn. Come with me to where we can
talk without fear of being overheard." Jimmy hesitated. "Perhaps I
can learn something," he told himself. Aloud he said: "All right."
Jones smiled and led the way down the street. He turned in the door
of what appeared to be a small hotel, and walked up the steps,
Jimmy following. Jones went into a little room, and drew two chairs
up to the table that stood in the center. "Now we can get down to
business," he said. Jimmy sat down, and at that moment the door
opened again and a newcomer appeared upon the scene. He was young,
but large and apparently very strong. He took a seat at the table
without a word. Then Jimmy noticed for the first time that his hand
was tightly bandaged. "This, Dick," said Jones to the newcomer and
indicating Jimmy, "is the youngster who put the bullet through your
hand." Dick jumped up. "Is that so," he cried. "Then I have a score
to settle with him." He advanced toward Jimmy, but Jones stopped
him. "Not now," he said; "at any rate, not if he will do my
bidding." 128 Dick sat down again. "Now," said Jones to Jimmy, "I
am going to give you one last chance to do as I have asked. I am
willing yet to pay the stipulated amount. However, in case you
refuse, I might as well tell you that I shall use other means.
Gabriel must not win the Derby. In offering you the chance I have,
I am simply...
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Carolyn Judson Burnett
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