Up and down in front of Reuben's restaurant on Upper Broadway, Manhattan, struts a big black man in a longtail coat. He is John Lester Johnson, sparring partner of many fighters, who once was drubbed by Jack Dempsey. Now his life is free and easy; he looks the white folks over as they pass through the door, keeps out the trashy ones, lets in the hungry ones, bows to the haughty ones, spreads his smile. Last week, while he stood displaying his buttons, a taxicab snarled down...

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