Going Straight

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       Nature, the Wonder Worker!
 Nature will make a booby of a wise man's
son, she will sew a bird's nest into a loco-
motive stack, or plant a primrose on a blizzard-
swept peak, where it will defy the worst
storm Nature herself can raise; so in her
humanity department where the human element
is of the vilest, the conditions the most sordid,
there grows a girl-lily, beautiful and lovable,
amidst her filthy surroundings.

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The wife and mother, whose present
     happiness is unclouded.

GRACE   .   .   .   NORMA TALMADGE

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       Her husband.

REMINGTON  .  .  RALPH LEWIS

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In the underworld of the
       same city.

BRIGGS . . EUGENE PALLETTE

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The helpless little waif, whom Briggs
    uses in his petty thievery.

JIMMY   .   .   .   .   GEORGE STONE

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Bed-time.

7
 The Remingtons' buried past which
is thus unexpectedly recalled by the 
clipping.
           ______

 Remington was then known as
John Higgins, and was the leader 
of a gang of criminals, - with Briggs
as his pal.

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 It was this waywardness on the 
part of Nature, which brought Higgins
up against it; no one else was to 
blame.

 Higgins himself was an excellent
young man, a locksmith by trade,
who fell in love with the sister of 
the crookedest thief that ever was a 
brother.

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Higgins' wife was the inside
    worker of the gang.

10
 At the house which they planned
to rob; and where she was employed
as maid.

11
At last they were tracked
  to their hiding-place.

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"The bulls are after us!"

13
The "pinch."

14
Briggs' yellow streak.

15
Higgins' wife was saved from 
arrest, because nobody squealed.

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    The news that made
John Higgins "go straight."

17
"That's all past now, -
   dead and buried."

18
 A client of Remington's engages
him to buy a warehouse site on the 
East Side.

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At Shaughnessey's, the site
   they want to purchase.

20
"Higgins!"

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"If you'd gone straight, you wouldn't
        be down and out now."

22
"Buck up! This will give 
      you a start."

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 The money soon gone, Briggs
boldly demands more, certain of
his hold over Remington.

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Grace's friend from the adjacent 
     suburb of Hillsboro.

MRS. VAN DYKE   .   KATE TONCRAY

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 "Yes, that was Briggs, but it's
all right, there's nothing to worry
about."

26
 Confident that Remington dare
not refuse, Briggs makes another
demand.

27
"It's Briggs again."

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"What are you going to do?"

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"There is no answer."

30
Remington's message
     delivered.

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"I'll make him answer!"

32
Briggs plays his trump card.

33
 "Nix on the coin. You're the only
guy can crack this crib and you're
goin' to do it."

34
"I've served my time. You
 can't do anything to me."

35
 "Well, your wife ain't served
hers. Pull this job for me, or I'll
send her up."

36
 "You can't make my husband
return to that life. I'll go up
first."

37
 "Think it over, Higgins. Turn
that trick with me tomorrow, or
I'll squeal."

38
The hour when Remington
 must make his decision.

39
"......sentence you to five
         years......"

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"It's no use, Grace. He's got
      the goods on us."

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Back to the old life, for
      just one job.

42
 That evening, Grace accepts an
unexpected invitation to Mrs.
Van Dyke's card-party, glad of the
chance to distract her thoughts.

43
"You and the children must stay over
     night. We planned for it."

44
 Meantime the Van Dyke and
Remington children have a pantry-
party

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         At midnight.
            _____

The house Briggs picked for the job.

46
Scouting for cream-puffs.

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"Hello, Jimmy! Have some 
       cream-puffs!"

48
"Beat it! I hear yer mudder
          comin'!"

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"While you're crackin' that, I'll go
 upstairs an' cop some jewelry."

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"I'm scared, mamma, and
 I want to sleep with you."

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"So this is the job
     you meant!"

52
 "What? Lay off dis job? Don't
kid me! Put me wise to where the
sparklers are."

53
"You dassn't scream. He's down
  stairs an' they'll get him!"

54
 "I thought perhaps Grace was
waiting for me to bring her home, and
when I got here I saw this fellow
climbing in the window."

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Remington's injured child at
       death's door.
          _______

He watches with the bitterness
      of self-reproach.

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Jimmy's daily tribute

57
Briggs bent on revenge.

58
"You double-crossed me once.
     You won't again."

59
"Your child has passed the
  crisis, and will live."


THE END


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