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time you been around this joint as many time as I have,
you'll begin to get wised up."
I certainly felt inferior in knowledge of the functioning
of the police department, but hoped for enlightenment.
I was not disappointed.
"Perhaps if you returned what you took it would
help some," I continued.
"Return it!" she snapped, as if amazed at my ignorance
of the way things are conducted in the shoplifters'
profession. "That's the reason I'll get the limit this
time. The job they're hollerin' so loud about is the one
I done. I can't return it!"
"Well, what did you do with it after you got it?"
I asked in my best extracting tone.
"You dumb-bell, whadda you suppose I done with
it, put it back on the seal? I sold it-sold it-sold it to
a big stiff layin' off at the St. Anthony Hotel!"
The story was getting warm. The description warmer.
I took a long breath.
"What was the-the-stiff's name?"
"That's just it. I ain't got his name. The only
line I got on him is his room number. But that won't
do me no good. He's checked out! The bird's gone
and the coat with him an' it's sure good night for me."
"Perhaps I can find him for you," I offered.
"Well, if you're so smart in the head that you can
spot a guy by his room number, I sure wish you luck!
It was number 113. Go to it, old dear, you're just as
happy as if you was sane."
Her attention was claimed by a uniformed escort
and our interview closed.
"Room 113-room 113," I kept repeating to myself
lest I forget it. If I was observed on my return trip
to the hotel, those who saw me must have remarked,
"There goes what ought to be locked up," for I am sure
I kept calling the number out loud. I know I nearly
knocked several pedestrians down in my rush for the
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Norfleet, J. Frank, 1864-. Norfleet: the actual experiences of a Texas rancher's 30,000-mile transcontinental chase after five confidence men., book, 1924; Ft. Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5864/m1/48/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .