The Racket

1   
"Hello, Mac."

2
"Hello, Nick."

3
"Take a tip, Mac --
 change your racket."

4
"I like my racket --"

5
"-- and I haven't 
    shot yet."

6
"Scarsi's sending a load
 of beer through Eighth
     and Grand."

7
"There'll be hell popping!...
    That's below Spike
  Corcoran's dead-line."

8
"Scarsi's coming in 
  tonight, Spike."

9
"Hit Eighth and Grand 
     after dark."

10
"If Spike tries to stop 
         you --"

11
"What about McQuigg?"

12
"Leave that copper 
      to me."

13
"There may be a little 
 trouble tonight at Eighth
 and Grand - - let the
 boys settle it themselves."

14
"I'll be there."

15
"I'm giving my kid brother
 a little birthday party
 tonight at Weiberg's--"

16
"Drop in."

17
"Don't forget, Mac."

18
"Forget what?"

19
"The party."

20
"Scarsi's got Spike's gang 
 buffaloed .... There's not
   one of 'em in sight."

21
"Scarsi's coming in, 
       Spike!"

22
"I warned you Scarsi 
 rats to keep out of
       here!"

23
 "Let's see Scarsi get 
you out of this, Chick."

24
"Pratt!"

25
"Big killing -- Eighth
     and Grand!"

26
"Miller!"

27
"Wake up!"

28
"Horses."

29
"Happy birthday, Joe."

30
"Gee, that's a swell 
       flash."

31
"Nix on the slang kid ....
 You're a college man."

32
"Are there going to 
  be any women at 
    the party?"

33
"No women! Women
 are poison to me."

34
"....And McQuigg took
  Chick to the can."

35
"The Old Man'll fix
        that."

36
"McQuigg's got Chick....
   Get him out!"

37
"What's he in for?"

38
"What's the difference?"

39
"I just called to remind 
   you of the party."

40
"I'll be there."

41
"Lock him up."

42
"There's Nick Scarsi."

43
"What's the big idea 
 of cutting the dance, 
       Helen?"

44
"I'm going to sing for 
    Nick's party."

45
"You can get away with 
 murder, but you can't 
 pull that stuff on me!"

46
"Lay off this kid, you
 dirty little gold digger!
 He's not in the racket
 -- and he's not going 
        to be!"

47
"He called me a gold
 digger. Well, I'll dig -
    and dig deep!"

48
"You know the boys."

49
"Chick won't be here 
      tonight."

50
"All right, Nick .... That's
      a horse on me."

51
"Beat it!"

52
"This time - it's a horse
         on you."

53
"Maybe."

54
"Habeas corpus - - for
 the release of Mr. Nicholas
 Scarsi - - signed by
      the judge."

55
"This is the last murder
 you'll ever get away 
 with in my district!"

56
"I'm going to drive 
     you out!"

57
"I've given you lots of 
 chances - but you're 
  just a dumb harp."

58
"So you're going out!"

59
"Gee, Captain! - Where
 is this Twenty-eighth
       Precinct?"

60
"In the country - -
 out to hell-an-gone."

61
"You'd better cut that 
        booze."

62
"It's cut plenty before 
       I get it."

63
"Let's go - McQuigg
 probably won't talk 
 about his transfer 
       anyway."

64
"This is a fine thing to
 come sailing out of a
 police station in this
 God-forsaken Zone of
        Quiet."

65
"Captain, you've got to
 talk - we need a story."

66
"Start another anti-smoke
       campaign."

67
"I'm Ames - of the Monitor -
 Tell the Captain I'm here!"

68
"New in the game, 
  aren't you?"

69
"Oh, no!....I was on 
 the Omaha Bee for 
      a month."

70
"Fancy that!"

71
"Hurry up! The Captain's 
   waiting for you."

72
"Well, Captain, I'm ready 
 to listen to your story."

73
"We've got some girls
 downstairs ... Listen to 
          them."

74
"You can get rid of 
 us, if you'll give us 
     the story."

75
"What's the matter -
 afraid of Scarsi?"

76
"I'm here because Nick's 
      afraid of me!"

77
"Find him - -"

78
"- tell him -"

79
"- tell him I told you!"

80
"That ought to bring him 
 out here to start some-
 thing. If it does - you'll 
    have your story."

81
"Mr. Scarsi is attending
 Mr. Spike Corcoran's
       funeral."

82
"First he plugs 'em,
 then he plants 'em."

83
"Stop 'em! They ought 
 to show a little respect
    for the dead."

84
"Why was McQuigg
  transferred?"

85
"I don't know...Why was 
 McQuigg transferred?"

86
"Because, they say, Nick
 Scarsi's afraid of him."

87
"I'm not afraid of 
     anybody!"

88
"I'm laying off McQuigg -
 only until after election!"

89
"So if you see that copper,
      tell him that!"

90
"- so if you don't get 
 Scarsi before Tuesday,
 the Organization wins
 the election - and Nick
    stays in power."

91
"Then what becomes of you?"

92
"Those reporters were 
  sent by McQuigg."

93
"Tell the boys to leave 
 him my calling card."

94
"You'll be stopping next
 - telling me you're out 
        of gas."

95
"That little glow-worm
 on your engagement 
 finger ought to prove
    I'm serious."

96
"No, Joe - you can't beat
   the wedding bells."

97
"Making you walk, eh?....
 I'll fix the yellow puppy!"

98
"Where's the nearest 
  police station?"

99
"I got a hit and run
      driver -"

100
"Don't bother me -
 you know what to
  do with him."

101
"What's your name?"

102
"Wait'll I tell you, you
 big balloon, you'll burst!"

103
"What'd he do?"

104
"My name's Johnson ....
 Write that in .... My
  mother'll like it."

105
"How's your farm, 
    McQuigg?"

106
"Scarsi's answer to 
    your visit."

107
"We can't get this 
   bird's name."

108
"Bring him in -
  he'll talk."

109
"Come on, Francis!"

110
"Oh! - hello!"

111
"Didn't your mother tell
  you not to speak to
   strange ladies?"

112
"Don't think I'm fresh,
 but I feel I know you."

113
"I heard you sing."

114
"If that's Joe in there,
   Scarsi will - -"

115
"Is he one of Scarsi's 
        men?"

116
"Just his baby brother, 
     that's all!"

117
"His name is Joe
 Camino...Book him!"

118
"Shut up, you little 
        fool!"

119
"That fellow is Nick
  Scarsi's brother."

120
"That's the dame he
 walked...She saw the 
     accident."

121
"How did it happen?"

122
"Sorry, Policeman, but
  I'm tongue-tied."

123
"Put her downstairs with
 the other ladies....She'll
          talk!"

124
"I'll phone for you, 
    Miss Hayes."

125
"No wonder Nick says 
 women are poison to 
        him."

126
"This one may be 
   dynamite!"

127
"Hold everyone here."

128
"If this gets out, I couldn't
     hold him an hour."

129
"Good work, Sullivan."

130
"Is Captain McQuigg in?
 I'm District Attorney 
        Welch."

131
"Mac, the Old Man wants 
 you to release young
        Scarsi."

132
"Nick will have you 
 thrown off the force 
     for this."

133
"I'll mix with Nick
 to a finish now."

134
"Tell that to the 
     Old Man!"

135
"Tell it to Nick -"

136
"- tell him I have the 
 case set for next
 Wednesday - - not 
    next year -"

137
"- and tell him the 
judge's name is Blake!"

138
"Nick will start something 
           now."

139
"I'm starting something 
 myself .... I'm ripe to
         fight!"

140
"It's the country air."

141
"Sam Meyer, from Riley,
 Platka and Cohen ..."

142
"...Bail for Joe Scarsi."

143
"Scarsi's raving! You'd
 better get Joe out
     of this!"

144
"Are you going to leave 
 me here with these - ?"

145
"Maybe they'll teach you 
 not to be so touchy
     next time."

146
"Tell Nick you're
     engaged."

147
"You keep your mouth 
 shut, or Nick'll take 
     care of you!"

148
"Gee, I'm glad you're 
     still here."

149
"Alice in Wonderland!"

150
"I've brought you some
 things you may need."

151
"I wonder what'll happen
 if you ever have a
 baby, and no one's tipped
 you off about storks."

152
"Left flat! - - And you
 thought Joe was going 
    to marry you."

153
"And you're afraid 
     to talk."

154
"Yellow - for fear
 of a couple of
 bragging punks!"

155
"You're a liar!"

156
"Miss Hayes has agreed
 to testify against Joe
 Scarsi....Phone that to
      your paper!"

157
"Take Miss Hayes out 
 to dinner - - and bring 
      her back."

158
"Are you coming back?"

159
"Will you be here?"

160
"I'll be back."

161
"The editor won't listen 
 to me .... I'll give the 
 story to Miller and 
 Pratt ... They're at the 
      Dutchman's."

162
"You stay in."

163
"You're a witness against 
 Scarsi .... If you're out 
 tonight, you'll be on a 
    slab by morning."

164
"It looks like I'm yellow,
     hiding in here!"

165
"Who's the cop that
 picked up Joe Scarsi?"

166
"I am."

167
"I came to see a witness 
 you got - - girl named 
        Hayes."

168
"See the Sergeant."

169
"I might as well see 
      you, too."

170
"I'm a friend of that 
   Scarsi kid's."

171
"That's nothing to 
    brag about."

172
"We don't want any 
 trouble with you ....
 You did your duty."

173
"Duty, my eye! - I do
 my job because I like
 it - and because I don't
    like crooks ...."

174
"....And I don't like crooks
 for the same reasons I
 don't like a lot of other
        people ...."

175
".... and because they 
 banged my old man ..."

176
".... and because, generally
 speaking, I'm a better 
  man than they are!"

177
"Do you know Nick?"

178
"A newspaper bad man! -
 Everybody knows him,
 but nobody ever meets 
    the yellow -"

179
"I thought Nick had 
   lots of guts."

180
"He'll have a chance to 
 prove it when I shove
 his kid brother over the
          road."

181
"Tell Nick to go to ____!"

182
"Who did it?"

183
"Got one of 'em, 
    Captain."

184
"The other hopped a 
 freight...Ross is after
        him."

185
"Did you fan him?"

186
"If he had a rod, he
  threw it away."

187
"Hello, Nick."

188
"You like it out here?"

189
"I'm beginning to."

190
"I sent my driver in here
 to see that Hayes girl....
 Did he do something 
       wrong?"

191
"I thought he was in 
 the pen for some 
     bank job."

192
"He must've got
   paroled."

193
"Yeh....A lot do, since
 they equipped that
 penitentiary with
 revolving doors."

194
"What do you want 
    him for?"

195
"I don't want him."

196
"Well, if he didn't do 
      anything -"

197
"Somebody did ...."

198
"... and I've got you!"

199
"Are you trying to 
    frame me?"

200
"In purple satin, 
  under glass."

201
"That's the man!"

202
"Now, Nick, how'll
  you alibi this?"

203
"Lock him up."

204
"What's the charge?"

205
"Same old thing for 
   you - murder."

206
"All right - I'll use 
     the phone."

207
"Habeas corpus - - 
 for the release of 
 Mr. Nicholas Scarsi."

208
"You got to recognize 
 a writ... That's the law!" 

209
"I'm sick of the law!"

210
"We'll fight this out 
        here!"

211
"Go phone that to the 
        judge!"

212
"Pickin' a fight, uh?"

213
"Drunk, uh?"

214
"Put him in the 
   bull pen."

215
"Sweet of you."

216
"I'll give you a story 
 after I talk to Welch."

217
"Plenty of time before 
   we go to press."

218
"It was nice of him
 to pull it so early."

219
"If you give this to 
    the papers -"

220
"Bring Scarsi in."

221
"Nick's put your whole 
 organization in a trap 
    with this job."

222
"If you spring him with 
 what I've got on him,
 the opposition and
 their papers - -"

223
"- - you won't have 
 a chance in Tuesday's
    Election!"

224
"So this time I'll force
 your own Organization
 to bring him to trial."

225
"Get me out of here!"

226
"Are you going to make 
 this boy testify against 
        Scarsi?"

227
"You know what Nick 
  will do to him."

228
"I'll take him through 
         this."

229
"Can't you think of 
anyone but yourselves?"

230
"You and Scarsi both....
 So cocky you kill a
 policeman trying to get
 at each other's throats."

231
"I'll identify him, Captain ....
      I'll testify."

232
"Good boy! - Come down-
 stairs and bring her with
          you."

233
"I told you not to look 
 after me .... Why did
      you do it?"

234
"Because -"

235
"- because you affect
  me like a mammy 
       song."

236
"Make your identification
     to Mr. Welch."

237
"So you're Scarsi, the
 Awful - - afraid of
 women, but death on 
        kids!"

238
"Nobody ought to be 
 afraid of you...."

239
"....Not when you had
 to slug this baby!"

240
"What'd he get in my 
      way for?"

241
"There's your confession!"

242
"All of which proves that
 women are still poison 
        to you."

243
"Mr. Scarsi swaggered 
 in here a half hour
       ago - -"

244
"- - And Miss Hayes
 just tricked him into 
 admitting the killing."

245
"Women and children
       first."

246
"Get that release 
      order!"

247
"As long as your Wards
 are set for them for
 Tuesday's Election, what
 do they care about you?"

248
"It's not Tuesday yet ...
 My Wards can still be
  set the other way."

249
"You don't win this 
 Election unless I get
    out tonight!"

250
"Speed it up ... I've got a
     supper party on."

251
"The wash room, please ...
 I must get ready to leave."

252
"The homicide squad's 
 on the way out to 
   take Scarsi!"

253
"Scarsi's gun."

254
"If it's the Old Man's
 orders, it's O.K. with
          me."

255
"Not until I give you 
     the signal."

256
"The Old Man can't carry
 you and the Election both ...
 You've got to take the 
 rap until after Tuesday."

257
"Now I'll get the papers
 in here! I'll give 'em a
 story with names and
 dates and figures that'll
 rip this town wide open!"

258
"So you want to 
   talk, eh?"

259
"I'll call the press ....
 That'll get the two
 of you out of my
      system."

260
"I'll show you what it 
 means to fool around 
      with me!"

261
"Who'd believe you?"

262
"I've got everything on 
 paper - - ready for a 
 double-cross by you!"

263
"How you made that high
 hat grand jury fold up
   last month ...."

264
"... How the Old Man had
 that kid in the Treasurer's
 Office accidentally killed
       by a train!"

265
"Who do you suppose I 
 pay for the breweries 
        I own?"

266
"Who do you suppose I 
 pay for the alcohol 
       I get?"

267
"I'll talk your whole 
 rotten Organization
   into suicide!"

268
"The window .... It's fixed,
       for a getaway."

269
"I thought you'd crawl
   when I spoke that
        piece."

270
"Give me a gun!"

271
"What's going on 
      here?"

272
"Tell him!"

273
"Did you imagine I'd let any
 lousy politicians, who'd 
 knock their own mothers
 over the head for a vote,
   tell me what to do?"

274
"I'm off you worms! I'm
 going to deliver my
 Wards to the reform
  gang for a laugh!"

275
"To lick you, we'll have
 an election for a change
     that's square!"

276
"Give me that gun!"

277
"In the belly if you 
    make a move!"

278
"Out."

279
"Your party will probably 
 run you for Mayor for
         this."

280
"Scarsi tried a getaway ....
 Turck, of the District
 Attorney's office got him."

281
"What a break for the 
   Sunday papers!"

282
"But why shoot him?"

283
"So that government of
 the professionals, by the 
 professionals, and for
 the professionals, shall
   not perish from the
         earth."

284
"What were the events 
 leading up to the 
      tragedy?"

285
"That'll do."

286
"You kids can run along 
          now."

287
"Are you going, 
    Helen?"

288
"No, kid, I'm not going 
        your way."

289
"So it's dog eat dog
 to the last ditch, eh,
       Captain?"

290
"You can't teach an old 
    dog new tricks."

291
"You and me both,
    Policeman."

292
"What now, Captain?"

293
"I'd like a little sleep ....
 But by the time I get
 through with the
 Coroner and the rest of
 the public servants ...."

294
"....it'll be time to 
     go to Mass."

THE END


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