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JusT MY GUN AND ME.
I was the only diner in the cheerful little eating
house. My eyes closed and I was indulging in a momentary
drowse when the harsh, rude voice of a crabbing
male broke in upon my reverie.
Said the voice: "What's the idea you can't get a
hustle on when you see you've got customers?"
I looked in the direction of the tirade. It came
from one of three men who were seating themselves at
a table in line with the door. The largest of the three,
a big burly, blonde brute, was doing the shouting.
The little waitress hurried nervously to their table
and stood with order book and pencil poised for instructions.
While the men were going through the category of
stewed fruits and breakfast dishes, I was busy connecting
this disagreeable voice with something Mrs.
Bockerman had told me. She had described the overbearing,
ugly, blonde real estate agent.
HIe was, she said, more than six feet tall, blonde,
with a Vandyke. Iis chin was massive, and he had a
way of sticking it out when he talked, like a plow that
shoves aside all in its path. I took stock of the other
Mrs. Bockerman had given me a description of one
of the other two who had assisted in the bank. This
was of the owner of the property. He was a rather
slender fellow with an appearance of strength. His
complexion was dark and though close shaven, his beard
showed through the olive skin and his red cheeks gave his
face a brilliant coloring.
Undoubtedly this description coincided with that
of one of the other two eaters. The third man I could
not match with anything I had seen or heard.
By the time I had catalogued the trio and made up
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/m1/87/: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .