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The lad has had some experience besides automobile
repairing, said I to myself.
"What do you mean?" I asked him.
"Well there's a lot of funny things goes on these
days," he drawled. "It sure seems the crookeder you
are, the more jack you gets!"
I took a long chance: "You mean perhaps such
crookedness as the robbing of the Bockermans?" I
counted on his having read the report in the paper.
"Yes," he laughed in a superior, sarcastic way. "But
they'll be safe from the police, that's one thing. Believe
me, if I was ever on the force I'd know where to
catch them high-flyin' purse snatchers or any other of
that gang of crooks. Believe me, I ain't worked in St.
Augustine for nothin'."
I fell into a long conversation with him. He confided
to me that he knew the haunts of many of the
members of the bunco ring. He told me, among other
things, that lots of them stopped at the St. Augustine
garage for gas, oil and air.
I asked him how he knew these patrons were outlaws
and he said because their tires were punctured with
bullets instead of glass and nails.
He explained the garage was located on the west
side of the river close to a little bridge which all motorists
must cross to reach the country club that nestled
cautiously among a cloistered forest of tropical growth,
a short distance from the bridge and just off the main
Every car making this secluded spot passed over
the bridge, he said. He also had been told that the
virtuous looking club house was headquarters for a gang
of internationally known confidence men and wire tappers.
He added that many persons were supposed to
have gone across the bridge and never returned.
Evidently then this was a place worth watching. I
got from him full directions as how best to get there,
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/m1/84/: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .