The Mucker

The Mucker

Edgar Rice Burroughs

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CHAPTER I. BILLY BYRNE

BILLY BYRNE was a product of the streets and alleys of Chicago's great West Side. From Halsted to Robey, and from Grand Avenue to Lake Street there was scarce a bartender whom Billy knew not by his first name. And, in proportion to their number which was considerably less, he knew the patrolmen and plain clothes men equally as well, but not so pleasantly.
His kindergarten education had commenced in an alley back of a feed-store. Here a gang of older boys and men were wont to congregate at such times as they had naught else to occupy their time, and as the bridewell was the only place in which they ever held a job for more than a day or two, they had considerable time to devote to congregating.
They were pickpockets and second-story men, made and in the making, and all were muckers, ready to insult the first woman who passed, or pick a quarrel with any stranger who did not appear too burly. By night they plied their real vocations. By day they sat in the alley behind the feedstore and drank beer from a battered tin pail.
The question of labor involved in transporting the pail, empty, to the saloon across the street, and returning it, full, to the alley back of the feed-store was solved by the presence of admiring and envious little boys of the neighborhood who hung, wide-eyed and thrilled, about these heroes of their childish lives.
Billy Byrne, at six, was rushing the can for this noble band, and incidentally picking up his knowledge of life and the rudiments of his education. He gloried in the fact that he was personally acquainted with "Eddie" Welch, and that with his own ears he had heard "Eddie" tell the gang how he stuck up a guy on West Lake Street within fifty yards of the Twenty-eighth Precinct Police Station.
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  • Edgar Rice Burroughs Cover

    (Chicago 1875 - Encino, California, 1950) scrittore statunitense. Dopo anni di vagabondaggio, durante i quali fu soldato, cow boy, cercatore d’oro, imprenditore senza fortuna, acquistò grandissima popolarità con la pubblicazione di Tarzan delle scimmie (Tarzan of the apes, 1914), primo di una serie di romanzi che furono tradotti in cinquantasei lingue e ripresi dal cinema e dai fumetti. Il personaggio di Tarzan - aristocratico di origine e «selvaggio» per educazione, dominatore dei codici del mondo animale - ha conquistato l’immaginazione di milioni di lettori, creandosi uno spazio nella mitologia contemporanea. Un altro, meno noto, ciclo di romanzi di B. è quello fantascientifico, con storie ambientate su Marte e su Venere. Approfondisci
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