Books: Tumultuous Tarradiddle

THE KING LIVETH — Jeffery Farnol — Doubleday, Doran ($2.50).

One pitch-black night in the early 19003 a visiting Briton went sight-seeing along Manhattan's slummy Hudson River, stumbled on an authentic bit of Americana — a wounded gangster. The Briton was Jeffery Farnol, future romantic novelist, then in his 20s. To his "dingy, rat-haunted studio" in Hell's Kitchen, Farnol lugged the bleeding man, who soon recovered. Grateful mobsters, who included Gyp the Blood, Lefty Louie, Whitey Lewis and Dago Frank, gave young Farnol money, initiated him into the profitable practice of repeating for Tammany...

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