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a tooth-pick apiece, and walked out down the street in
the same direction the Chief had taken.
I could not help wondering if they too had an engagement
on the corner that they could not afford to
A sudden fit of weariness seized me. Up to the
present I had not felt the reaction of the night vigil in
the drink stand. Now I seemed very tired. A knowledge
of the world, the thieving, conniving, and dishonesty
of it; my ignorance of the administration of law and
order, began slowly to break through my preconceived
The shrines of truth, loyalty and honor began to
sway in my mind. Would they be set firm again or
would they topple over and crash about my feet?
I tried to feel that this was just an unfortunate experience,
quite out of the ordinary. Still there was ihat
toad in the Sheriff's office at St. Petersburg! But then
these were only instances. ... I must be wrong, it could
not be the usual thing.
I thought about my own affairs for a while. It
would be a good plan to see Sheriff Boyce while here,
and learn if he had any report of activities on the part
of Furey or Spencer. He might have some news of
I went to his office. He lived in the prison grounds
some distance beyond the historic gates of St. Augustine
and seldom put in an appearance until much later in the
morning, so a deputy informed me. I waited. Finally
he came in.
I went to the bat with him and told him the story
of my near capture of the Bockerman holdups. I made
no mention of the pressing engagement of the Police
Chief, not wanting to start any trouble.
Boyce appeared interested in the case and at once
set into motion executive machinery to bring the outlaws
within the grasp of the law.
I showed him my deputy sheriff's credentials from
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/m1/90/: accessed April 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .