The Chair Cheater
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The Chair Cheater By PAUL ERNST Etext from pulpgen.com The Phantom Detective, January 1937 Round by Round, Check Gavey Outpointed the Law, but Fate Was a Different Kind of Opponent THE C Deck steward from the S.S. Moravia was a scrawny little man. His front teeth were too large and too prominent for his thin face. His mouse-colored hair stuck up in a cowlick behind and hung down wispily over his left eye in front. He was very much afraid of Check Gavey, but his fear was overcome to some extent by the knowledge that he was indispensable to the sinister-looking gangster. Gavey, dressed in blue serge much different from the loud checks he usually affected, stared at the steward with eyes like black basalt. He moved slowly in his easy-chair, like a snake shifting its coils. Beside Gavey, his underworld pal, Slim Pujo, stood with slouched shoulders and smoked a butt. The gangster said coldly: “You're getting three grand now, and...