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though I do not suppose he thought I was any more
than idly curious.
I. decided it might pay me to station myself in some
vantage point and spend a night or two watching the
various bunco men who steered their expensive four
wheeled get-aways up to the exclusive headquarters.
Acting on the tip I went to St. Augustine the next
day. I soon located the garage. The bridge was close
by and the general topography exactly as he had described
it. Directly opposite the garage and jutting the roadway
was a dilapidated, weather-beaten, corrugated iron,
cold-drink stand. The colorful posters of cooling liquids
clung in torn ribbons to its rusted sides. It was shedlike
and tottering with age. It looked as if the slightest
breath of wind would send it to the ground. Its fluted
canopy was still intact in places, and would conceal me
within the deep shadows it cast behind the wobbly
Back there in the darkness I could watch the midnight
revue in the spotlight of the street lamp that
sputtered in the heavy moist air. Here I could watch
with safety from inquiring eyes.
All through the night I waited. Wrapped in the
cloak of darkness, I watched. An endless procession of
cars passed over the little bridge and up under the shelter
of the trees that nooded slightly in the gentle warm
breeze . . . nodded like one who is very wise to what
is going on.
One after another, they swept past the little stand
that had cooled many a parched throat. Cars of all
sizes, colors, makes, and occupants . . . men and women,
young men, middle-aged men and men upon whom
Father Time was resting a heavy hand. In the searching
rays of the arc light the faces of the women came
into momentary relief . . . young women, middle-aged
women an(l women upon whom Father Time was resting
his other hand. MIost of the faces were painted. But
paint will not cover the spirit within.
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/m1/85/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .