Chapter 46

           "Say,Joe,"washisgreetingtohisold-timeworking-matenextmorning,"there’saFrenchmanoutonTwenty-eighthStreet. He’smadeapotofmoney,andhe’sgoingbacktoFrance.It’sadandy,well-appointed,smallsteamlaundry. There’sastartforyouifyouwanttosettledown. Here,takethis; buysomeclotheswithitandbeatthisman’sofficebyteno’clock. Helookedupthelaundryforme,andhe’lltakeyououtandshowyouaround. Ifyoulikeit,andthinkitisworththepricetwelvethousandletmeknowanditisyours. Nowrunalong. I’mbusy. I’llseeyoulater." 

           "Nowlookhere,Mart,"theothersaidslowly,withkindlinganger,"Icomeherethismornin’toseeyou. Savve? Ididn’tcomeheretogetnolaundry. Icomeahereforatalkforoldfriends’sake,andyoushovealaundryatme. Itellyou,whatyoucando.Youcantakethatlaundryan’gotohell." 

           HewasoutoftheroomwhenMartincaughthimandwhirledhimaround. 

           "Nowlookhere,Joe,"hesaid; "ifyouactthatway,I’llpunchyourhead. Anforoldfriends’sakeI’llpunchithard. Savve? youwill,willyou?" 

           Joehadclinchedandattemptedtothrowhim,andhewastwistingandwrithingoutoftheadvantageoftheother’shold. Theyreeledabouttheroom,lockedineachother’sarms,andcamedownwithacrashacrossthesplinteredwreckageofawickerchair. Joewasunderneath,witharmsspreadoutandheldandwithMartin’skneeonhischest. HewaspantingandgaspingforbreathwhenMartinreleasedhim. 

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