National Affairs: In Room 349

Dapper gentlemen with quick eyes and imperturbable faces frequent, or used to frequent, a little restaurant at 50th Street and Broadway, Manhattan. They are gentlemen with varied interests—dog and horse racing, realty, baseball, politics, lady friends, perhaps a side line now and then in narcotics or stolen securities. They are, or were, interested in almost anything involving money in sums of ten to a hundred "grand" (thousand dollars), and some stimulating element of risk.

What takes them, or took them, to the little restaurant to see each other was a consuming desire to...

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