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7. The Gang Leader
With the arrest of Dopey Jack, it seemed as if all the forces of the gang world were
solidified for the final battle.
Carton had been engaged in a struggle with the System so long that he knew just how to
get action, the magistrates he could depend on, the various pitfalls that surrounded the
snaring of one high in gangland, the judges who would fix bail that was prohibitively
As he had anticipated and prepared for, every wire was pulled to secure the release of
Rubano. But Carton was fortunate in having under him a group of young and alert
assistants. It took the combined energies of his office, however, to carry the thing through
and Kennedy and I did not see Carton again for some time.
Meanwhile we were busy gathering as much information as we could about those who
were likely to figure in the case. It was remarkable, but we found that the influence of
Dorgan and Murtha was felt in the most unexpected quarters. People who would have
talked to us on almost any other subject, absolutely refused to become mixed up in this
affair. It was as though the System practised terrorism on a large scale.
Late in the afternoon we met in Carton's office, to compare notes on the progress made
during the day.
The District Attorney greeted us enthusiastically.
"Well," he exclaimed as he dropped into his big office chair, "this has been a hard day for
me--but I've succeeded."
"How?" queried Kennedy.
"Of course the newspapers haven't got it yet," pursued Carton, "but it happened that there
was a Grand Jury sitting and considering election cases. It went hard, but I made them
consider this case of Dopey Jack. I don't know how it happened, but I seem to have
succeeded in forcing action in record time. They have found an indictment on the election
charges, and if that falls through, we shall have time to set up other charges against him.
In fact we are 'going to the mat,' so to speak, with this case."
The office telephone rang and after a few sentences of congratulation, Carton turned to
us, his spirits even higher than before. "That was one of my assistants," he explained,
"one of the cleverest. The trial will be before Judge Pomeroy in General Sessions and it
will be an early trial. Pomeroy is one of the best of them, too--about to retire, and wants
to leave a good record on the bench behind him. Things are shaping up as well as we
could wish for."