NEW YORK: End of Summer

In the cool nights that promised autumn after the long heat, city boys searched for new excitements.

In Brooklyn, Kelly Payton, 14, walked out of his tenement home, told his mother he was going to get food for his pet pigeons. On the way, he met friends with a better diversion. By lowering a hook from the roof through the skylight of Benny's Live Poultry Market, they had just stolen four live rabbits, sold them for $2 to a man they met on the street. Kelly and four of his friends, aged eleven to 15, returned to the scene.

Shortly, three...

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