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was duly carried out in my case and that my money
was split six ways over the dinner table in the grill
room of the St. Anthony Hotel.
To hear that my life savings had been so informally
apportioned among tliese vultures made my head swim
and my stomach turn over like a Ford engine. It was
one of the times when their windpipes between my hands
would have been balm to itching palms.
A little edge was ground off the transaction by the
information that following the brotherly distribution a
poker game was held in which Reno Hamlin lost all of
lhis "earnings." He got up disgustedly, according to
\Vard, went out and returned masked to the eyes with
a handkerchief and guiding two eager looking six shooters
in the direction of the bankers. He annexed enough
table money to buy the White House and backed out
behind his little guns.
I couldn't help laughing, and Ward himself eased
out a sickly grin.
"Why did you let the dirty cur get away with it?"
"\V hat did we let him get away with it for?" Ward
echoed in wonder at my ignorance. "If a man has no
honor. how the hell could we help it?"
\When I returned to my hotel that night I found a
letter forwarded to me from Hale Center. It was from
my train acquaintance, Mrs. \V. G. Ward, the elderly
woman from Georgia. As far as I know this Mrs.
Ward was in no way related to either E. J. Ward or his
probable kin. Perrv Garst. It was merely a coincidence.
However the letter told me that a man answering
in every particular the description I had given her of
Spencer boarded the train at Houston.
She said as soon as she saw him, she moved into
a seat close behind him and listened to his conversation
with another man sitting beside him. Spencer was telling
the man, who apparently knew him well, that business
in Fort Worth and Dallas was as easy as running
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/70/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .