Monday, November 25, 2013

tales of the hotel st crispian, chapter 132: "triple play"

by horace p sternwall

illustrated by konrad kraus

editorial consultant: Prof. Dan Leo

jewel thief, 2 other desperadoes nabbed in "triple play" by rookie detective

by florence flanagan, exclusive to the new york federal-democrat

escaped international jewel thief stanley slade did not end up breathing the sweet air of liberty for even forty-eight hours as his flight to freedom was abruptly cancelled early this morning by a sharp eyed rookie detective from the downtown 243rd precinct.

detective daniel dooley, only five days removed from his promotion to detective, was in the right place at the right time when he dropped off "an unidentified informant" at the all night automat on bedford st near washington square.

on entering the automat dooley was alerted to the presence of slade by another customer at the automat, elizabeth bronson. miss bronson , known as "bowery betty", a familiar figure in the neighborhood with her cat , gave her address as the hotel central on chrystie st.

miss bronson was quite emphatic in declaring to this reporter that she would aggressively pursue her claims to the various reward moneys offered for slade's capture.

"i've been pushed around and stepped on all my life," she asserted. "now my time has come. my light is going to shine or i will know the reason why, as the good lord is my witness."

police officials were noncommittal. "her claims will be assessed by those who offered the rewards. we have no other statement at this time," according to a statement released after slade was booked.

dooley admitted to this reporter that he might not have spotted slade, who had dyed his blonde hair black and otherwise altered his appearance, without miss bronson's identification. asked whether she should get the reward, he replied, "that is not for me to decide. i just work here."

but all this is only the beginning of the story. if dooley had help in spotting slade, he can take full credit for spotting the woman seated with slade in the automat as a fugitive from justice wanted by police "just about everywhere."

booked as "angela jones" because that is the name she was wanted on by the new york police for a burglary on park avenue in 1947, miss jones is also wanted under more than two dozen other names, such as "angelique st auberge" and "abby devereaux", on numerous fraud and theft charges. police identified her as a former protege of albert gordon, who is currently serving a forty year sentence in sing sing for the park avenue burglary and other crimes.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

tales of the hotel st crispian, chapter 131: the long night stretches

by horace p sternwall and manfred skyline

illustrated by roy dismas and rhoda penmarq

editorial consultant: Prof. Dan Leo

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Friday, November 15, 2013

professor zender's experiment - 5. schon

by coraline o'connell

illustrated by eddie el greco and roy dismas

editorial consultant: Prof. Dan Leo

zender had always been vaguely aware that his colleagues in the modern history department regarded him as a pompous ass.

he had never let this bother him.

he was also aware that his field of study - anticipatory history, which he had done so much to promote and make respectable, but which was now widely considered to be totally discredited as a result of the recent worldwide upheavals - was no longer one calculated to win him fame, or a position beyond the one he now held as department chairman.

if, indeed, he could hold on to his position as department chairman.

he wondered what had happened to schon, his most determined adversary within the department, and if schon would be back.

no doubt schon, if he returned - had zender seen him at all on the few occasions he had visited the offices during the hostilities? - would have some cutting remarks about "anticipatory history", but would he actively mount a campaign against zender?

schon's specialty was the minute chronicling of the births and marriages of the prussian and bavarian aristocracies since the formation of the second empire, and he passionately believed - and defended the belief - that "history is documentation". he invariably concluded his briefs by striking the table and exclaiming - "no more and no less."

zender suddenly realized - why had he not realized it before? - no doubt because he had not thought about it - that he did not care if schon mounted a new offensive against him - might in fact, welcome it, if it did not involve any serious financial consequences.

financial consequences! why had he allowed such a poisonous thought to seep into his curiously and pleasantly lassitudinous brain?

for is there not always a strange - though often unacknowledged - for various reasons of courtesy and proprietary - exaltation at finding one in a new situation - or leaving an old one behind forever?

is there not a universal music in looking back and seeing something - no matter how previously cherished - grow smaller and smaller and finally disappearing on a receding horizon?

but now the music, pleasant enough as it had been, stopped.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

tales of the hotel st crispian, chapter 130: "every question has a hundred answers"

by horace p sternwall and manfred skyline

illustrated by danny delacroix and eddie el greco

editorial consultant: Prof. Dan Leo

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Friday, November 1, 2013

l'amour, part 47

by gabrielle-jeanette perfidy

illustrated by rhoda penmarq

part forty-seven of seventy-eight

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karl marx and friedrch angels looked down disinterestedly at leonie

as she followed jean-louis into the parlor.

"please make yourself comfortable, mademoiselle. would you like something - a cup of tea, perhaps?"

"if you are having one yourself, monsieur," leonie answered.

part 48