The Blackbird

1
London's Limehouse District -
  with its lust, greed, and
  love....a sea of fog; a
  stream of human faces.

2
Dan Tate - -
   THE BLACKBIRD.

3
In the midst of this evil were
 the welcoming lights of a
mission conducted by The
   Blackbird's bother.   

4
The Blackbird's brother --
 for years all Limehouse 
 had loved him and called
 him, "The Bishop."

5
"We're brothers all...
 my friends. Bear no
 ill will....life is what
     we make it."

6
"It's you we 'ave to 
 be thankin', Bishop,
 that she's livin' today."

7
"Sorry, Bishop...but
 we've got to check
 up on your brother
 Dan. There's just 
  been a robbery."

8
"Why is it that man
 and the law are always
 so ready to accuse?"

9
"We're not exactly
  accusing him --"

10
"But my poor, wayward
 brother 'as been asleep
 upstairs for hours. I'll
        get 'im."

11
"The Blackbird's no good,
 'e ain't! Never does
 nothin' but undo the
 good what 'is brother,
   The Bishop, does."

12
"Am I to be blamed
 for everything that
 'appens in Limehouse?"

13
"Gimme me cap!"

14
"Next we 'ave Vera,
 the Nightingale! She
 will sing that immortal
 ballad - - 'The 'Eart
     Bowed Down'!"

15
"Aw, she's an ole blister!"

16
"Nevertheless....she will
 sing 'The 'Eart Bowed 
         Down'."

17
"West End Bertie"....known
   to his fashionable friends
  as Bertram P. Glayde.

18
"Doing a bit of slum-
 ming....would like to
   see your show."

19
"Next we 'ave the triumphant
 'ome-coming of our favorite,
   ....Limehouse Polly!"

20
Years ago Polly had
 been The Blackbird's
      wife.

21
"I wish you'd put your
 feet where they belong!"

22
"If I did, you wouldn't
 sit down for a month!"

23
"Startin' the third week
 of 'er sensational
 engagement, we 'ave...
 Mademosielle Fifi Lorraine!"

24
"You're still our Limehouse 
 Polly....'aven't changed
          a bit."

25
"The Blackbird's fair 
 balmy over you....'e
 sent you a present."

26
"Want me to tell your
 Dad you're with a
      Chink?"

27
"Go 'ome and get that
 paint off your face!"

28
"What did you ever see
   in 'im to love?"

29
"It may be that I sees
 the soul in 'im....that
 'e don't know 'e's got
       'imself."

30
"Bli'me, Polly....you
   still loves 'im!"

31
"What you think, M'sieur.
 For a present The
 Blackbird send me....
      a pistol!"

32
"Just the same, I'd thank
 'im for it. Might keep
 'im from gettin' nasty."

33
"You're so bloomin'
 pretty you needs
 somethin' to protect
 you; a gun.....or
     somebody."

34
"Do you like that?"

35
"I'll get you one just
       like it!"

36
"Pouf! Where you get 
     the money?"

37
"She is charming! Do
 you think she would
 have a glass of wine
      with us?"

38
"I....married?"

39
"I say....we are going
 down Plum Alley to
 see the Chinkies 
     smoking."

40
"I say....shall we go?"

41
"'ello, Dan."

42
"I've been away a long 
 time, Dan....can't you
     say ''ello'?"

43
"Clever, ain't you....
 'avin' your men rob
 your slummin' party...
  an' yourself, too."

44
"Brains!"

45
"You knows you turned
 this in Limehouse....
 so it's me an' me men
 they'll be suspectin'."

46
"I admit you have a
 cause for complaint!"

47
"What do you say to our
  going half-and-half?"

48
"The winner takes the 
 diamond collar....the
 loser gets the pearls."

49
"You're clever, Bertie...
 But no one ever fools 
    The Blackbird."

50
Mademoiselle Fifi
 surely had The
Blackbird "fair balmy".
First a pistol...then
   came violets.

51
"Frenchy, 'e's waitin' in
    the bar for you."

52
"I say....have you
  still that - -?"

53
"I should like to purchase it."

54
"Wilted!"

55
"Wilted!"

56
"I say, Fifi....I should
 like tremendously to
 take you to a night
        club."

57
"No, no! We'll have
 champagne with supper...
        later."

58
Bertie had brains...
  he admitted it.
And suddenly he jolly
well discovered he had 
a heart

59
"No, Dan...you're wrong!
 I ain't chasin' after you."

60
"Don't you understand...
 I'm only trying to save
   you from yourself."

61
"Oh, do you sell rings?"

62
"No....I collect them!"

63
"--and this one--"

64
"Until death do us part!"

65
"Since I promised this
 little lady that I would
 marry you, I 'ave
 learned that you are
  a notorious crook!"

66
"I see! Your brother,
 The Blackbird, has
   been talking!"

67
"Well....I am!"

68
"But what difference 
 does it make? I can
 engage in some other
     profession."

69
"You admit you're a
 crook....an' yet you
 expect this sweet girl
    to marry you."

70
"Why....I never thought
 you would mind it so."

71
"After all, nothing
 matters but you. I 
 was going to chuck
  it all....gladly."

72
"You'll never be sorry,
         dear."

73
"Bishop, we owe The 
 Blackbird our thanks.
 If he hadn't told you,
 Fifi and I wouldn't have 
  this new happiness."

74
"My boy, you must first
 return everything you 
     have stolen."

75
"You have suggested my
 intentions...precisely!"

76
"- when you 'ave done
 this, then come to me.
 I will always be your
         friend."

77
17 Bagby Lane.

78
"Scotland Yard man
 shot....in West End
   Bertie's flat."

79
"I came to get Bertie
 for that robbery. He
 escaped through the
        window."

80
"I didn't shoot him!
 I take an oath....I
  didn't shoot him!"

81
"Someone told the coppers!
 They came to my flat! I
 was escaping....a shot
     was fired - -"

82
"The police accuse
 that my Bertie shoot 
       a man!"

83
"But they do not get
 him! I have hide him
     in my room!"

84
"But I know he is
 innocent, Bishop! He
 send back everything...
 just like he promised!"

85
"I love him so! Please,
   please help us!"

86
"If you can get 'im 'ere
 safely....I 'ave a secret
 room where 'e may
       'ide!"

87
Three nights later - -

88
"You're safe 'ere....
 but if you try gettin'
 away tonight they'll
      get you!"

89
"No, no....you can't
 chance it tonight!
 Limehouse seems
 alive with Scotland
     Yard men!"

90
"I believe someone 'as
 told that you're 'idin'
     in Limehouse!"

91
"Now that you 'ave
 sent back everything...
 that little French girl...
 can you trust 'er?"

92
"Because, since you've
 been 'ere, she an' my
 brother 'ave been....
 but.... you say you
   can trust 'er."

93
"'e intends to leave
 London on a boat
  tonight...alone!"

94
"Don't say I told you...
 but after what you've
 done for 'im, I can't let 
   'im deceive you."

95
"Quick, Bertie! Get your
 things ready! I think
 we can get away on a 
   boat...tonight!"

96
"Someone told the
 coppers that I'm hiding
 in Limehouse! I can't
  chance it tonight!"

97
"Oh, the police? I am so
 sorry! So just tonight 
      they watch?"

98
"I believe I know now
 who told the coppers."

99
"What you care who
 tell? Why this one
 night you afraid to go?"

100
"Look here! You don't
 seem to care if I am 
      caught!"

101
"Where's Fifi?...where
        is she?"

102
"You're chokin' me, Dan...
   you're chokin' me!"

103
"You're tryin' to keep 'er
 from me! She's the only
  woman I ever loved!"

104
"Don't trust 'er, Dan!
 She may love you
 now....but sometime
 she'll tell the coppers
    on you, too!"

105
"Now I know you....you
  dirty coppers' nark!"

106
"You don't believe that 
        of me!"

107
"So....your lover has
 come to protect you!"

108
"It ain't right.....Bertie
 chuckin' you over! I
 wish I 'ad the right to
     protect you!"

109
"Dan shot that Scotland
 Yarder! Some bloke's
   peached on 'im!"

110
"'E's at 'is brother's
 mission....but they'll
 follow me if I go there."

111
"I'm no bloke what
 makes believe 'e's
 good....but when I
 loves a woman, I
  sticks by 'er!"

112
"- and oh, 'ow sweet an'
 clean you've made me!"

113
"You ain't angry at
 me, Fifi....just 'cause
    I loves you?"

114
"What you after again,
 Polly....more money?"

115
"No, Dan....I did come
 to see you, but I guess
 now I 'ad better tell
    your brother!"

116
"No you don't! You an'
 that hypocrite brother
 of mine ain't goin' to
 turn me against Fifi!"

117
"I 'opes the coppers
 gets you for shootin'
 that Scotland Yard
        man!"

118
"Get away, Dan! They're
     breakin' in!"

119
"Don't Dan! You're
   killin' me!"

120
"My back! My back
    is broken!"

121
"Get a doctor!"

122
"No doctor - no doctor!"

123
"Did Dan do this?"

124
"We'll get him for this!
 He'll never harm you
    again, Bishop!"

125
"Don't let the doctor
 come 'ere! I can't 'ave
      a doctor!"

126
"God...I can't stand it!
 The pain! The pain!!"

127
"Shut the door....don't
  let anyone see me!"

128
"Those clothes....in the
 cupboard! Get 'em....
    and burn 'em!"

129
"Dan!"

130
"I played it once too
 often! The fall...it
 got me! Now I am
     a cripple!"

131
"You see, Polly...that's
 why I can't 'ave a
 doctor! They'll find
 out I ain't never been
 crippled before! They'll
   know who I am!"

132
"Oh, God...the pain!
     The pain!!"

133
"But I'll fool 'em! I can't
 let 'em get me....I'll
       fool 'em!"

134
"They shan't take you!
   I won't let 'em!"

135
"If you can only stand
 the pain, Dan! Act
 like you're asleep!"

136
"I'm foolin' 'em....I'm
 foolin' 'em....I'm foolin' 
       'em - -"

137
"That's it, Dan....quiet."

138
"'E's all right, doctor...
     'e's asleep!"

139
"We'll miss you, Bishop...
 you'll never know 'ow
    we'll miss you."

140
"God will be good to
 you, Bishop....'cause
 you were good to us."

The End


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