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Out and about London


Out and about London

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    Thomas Burke (Author)
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 Excerpt: ... don't commend Artie. Indeed, I have as little regard for him as I have for those poisonous weeds that float on the Thames near Greenwich at flood. He is a thoroughly disagreeable person, with none of the acid qualities of the really bad man or the firelight glow of commonplace sinners like ourselves. He is incapable of following any other calling. He has been, from boyhood, mixed up with criminal gangs, but he has not the backbone necessary for following them on their enterprises. Always he has wanted to feel safe: so he cringes at the feet of officialism. He is hated by all--by the boys whose games he springs and by the unscrupulous police who employ him. His rewards are small: a few pence now and then, an occasional drink, and a tolerant eye towards his own little misbehavings. Often the police are puzzled as to how Artie gets his information. If you were to ask him, he would become Orientally impassive. 'Ah, you'd like to know, wouldn't yer?' But the truth is that he does not himself know. In a poor district--Walworth, Hoxton, or Notting Dale--everybody talks: and it is in these districts that Artie works. He is useless in big criminal affairs: he can only gather and report information on the petty doings of his associates. The moment any small burglary is planned, two or three people know about it, for the small burglar is always maladroit and ill-instructed in his methods, and is bound to confide in some one. Artie is always about like a pedatory bird to snatch up crumbs of other people's business. Are you married, and were you married at a Registry Office? If so, it's certain that you've met my dear old friend, Stepney Syd, the Congratulator, one of our most earnest war-workers: as 'unwearied' as Lady Dardy Dinkum. Congratulations...
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  • PDF | 40 pages
  • Thomas Burke (Author)
  • (8 May 2012)
  • English
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