I'm reserving the
finish for the fifth round, and if you want to win some money you can
take the hunch!"
"Do you mean it?" asked Cassidy.
"Sure," said Billy. "You might make more by laying that I'd make him
take the count in the first minute of the round--you can place a hundred
of mine on that, if you will, please."
Cassidy took the hunch, and a moment later as the two men faced each
other he regretted his act, for to his surprise the "white hope" came up
for the fifth round smiling and confident once more.
"Someone's been handin' him an earful," grumbled Cassidy, "an' it might
be all he needed to take 'im through the first minute of the round, and
maybe the whole round--I've seen that did lots o' times."
As the two men met the "white hope" was the aggressor. He rushed in
to close quarters aiming a stinging blow at Billy's face, and then to
Cassidy's chagrin and the crowd's wonder, the mucker lowered his guard
and took the wallop full on the jaw. The blow seemed never to jar him
the least. The "hope" swung again, and there stood Billy Byrne, like
a huge bronze statue taking blow after blow that would have put an
ordinary man down for the count.
The fans saw and appreciated the spectacular bravado of the act, and
they went wild. Cheer on cheer rose, hoarse and deafening, to the
rafters. The "white hope" lost his self-control and what little remained
of his short temper, and deliberately struck Billy a foul blow, but
before the referee could interfere the mucker swung another just such
blow as he had missed and fallen with in the second round; but this time
he did not miss--his mighty fist caught the "coming champion" on the
point of the chin, lifted him off his feet and landed him halfway
through the ropes. There he lay while the referee tolled off the count
of ten, and as the official took Billy's hand in his and raised it
aloft in signal that he had won the fight the fickle crowd cheered and
screamed in a delirium of joy.
Cassidy crawled through the ropes and threw his arms around Billy.
"I knew youse could do it, kid!" he screamed. "You're as good as made
now, an' you're de next champ, or I never seen one."
The following morning the sporting sheets hailed "Sailor" Byrne as the
greatest "white hope" of them all. Flashlights of him filled a quarter
of a page. There were interviews with him. Interviews with the man he
" "Hell!" muttered Jimmy feelingly.Page 11
"I'll tell youse sumpin', bo, dat dey don't none o' dem big stiffs on de department know.Page 14
There were only two concerns advertising for general managers in the issue which Jimmy scanned; one ad called for an experienced executive to assume the general management of an old established sash, door and blind factory; the other insisted upon a man with mail-order experience to take charge of the mail-order department of a large department store.Page 19
"It would be too bad to ruin it.Page 20
It might have been any one of a dozen little different things, or an accumulation of them all, that had brought back a sudden flood of the old self-confidence and optimism.Page 28
" "Yes," said Harriet, "his suit was shabby, but his linen was clean and his coat well brushed.Page 34
It was two o'clock in the morning before Bince disgustedly threw his cards upon the table and rose.Page 36
"Are the police on your trail?" "No," replied the Lizard, grinning.Page 37
Occasionally one might start something at Feinheimer's, but no one was ever known to finish what he started.Page 42
" Steve Murray laughed uproariously.Page 48
For some time past there had been insidiously working its way into his mind a vast contempt for the pugilistic prowess of Young Brophy.Page 54
"You never came to the house as I asked you to," said Miss Holden reproachfully.Page 60
"It is getting late, Harold," he said, "and this is pay-day.Page 63
As soon as the door had closed behind Mr.Page 72
Just because the system is mine or yours we must not think that no better system can be devised.Page 75
" "Return nothin'," growled Krovac.Page 85
"For the love of Mike," she exclaimed.Page 87
" To Jimmy's surprise, Bince agreed with him.Page 95
And then he placed his ear close against the man's breast, in order to see if he could detect the beating of the heart.Page 103
The Lizard grunted and entered his own cab.