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However, he came to, and said, "Well, let's be
I was thinking how kind fate had been and how
happy the Bockermans would be to get the men. Perhaps
there would be a chance of getting a portion of
the money back.
As we left the office the Chief slipped an automatic
into his pocket. I thought it odd he did not enlist the
help of any of the patrolmen lounging around the office,
but I supposed he hated to break in on their sleep so
early in the morning. Most of them were sitting in
chairs tipped back against the wall, eyes closed and lower
jaws sagging. I flattered myself that he thought the
two of us equal to the roundup.
We walked in silence toward the restaurant. IMy
heart was thumping with excitement and the nearness of
success. When we had almost reached the entrance, I
turned and said:
"Chief, what do you want me to do? Or, if you
don't want to tell me, shall I do just whatever I see is
I rested my hand on my six shooter and waited for
him to instruct me. He stopped short. Then he turned
to me, I thought, to give me final instructions, but instead,
he pulled out his watch and looked at it in the same
way he had adjusted the papers on his desk. Then he
seemed to force a surprised expression and exclaimed:
"Why! I almost forgot! I have a very important
engagement down here on the corner. I have only seven
minutes left. If I wait any longer I will be late. It's
a shame but we'll have to get those fellows some other
With this parting speech he stalked off toward the
I walked the remaining few feet to the door of the
coffee shop and peered through the plate glass window.
The three gentlemen of "big game" were just getting
up from the table. They paid their checks, gathered
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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/m1/89/: accessed June 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .