A Short Story by Ernie Whitenack
Copyright © Ernest N. Whitenack 2018
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The next morning, just about the same time Ryan’s boys were boarding
the Northeastern Airlines shuttle to Boston, Scott Wadsworth was retrieving
his Colt 1911 from the box on the shelf in his closet. He hardly looked
at it since the war ended and it felt strange in his hand. He checked
the mechanism and placed a drop of oil on the slide and worked it in.
The 1911 fit well in the belt clip holster hanging just at the back of
his right hip. Scott grabbed two empty clips from the box before placing
it back in the closet. For safety, since his boys came along, he stores
the ammunition at his office. It saddens him to have to wear the hand
gun. Since being forced to kill the young SS lieutenant spy before the
recent war, the incident often plays out in his
In the first war he had seen action as an Intelligence Officer and pulled the 1911 on many occasions. When he had to use it, back then, he never thought about the results again. Perhaps it was that we weren’t at war yet in 1934 and the shooting, in front of Scott’s own home, hardly seemed necessary; and that his opponent was very young most certainly contributed to his feelings.
The phone rang just as Scott placed his hand on the front door latch.
Scott stopped just outside his front gate to light his first pipe of the day. In the process he decided to walk to the office for a chance to have some solitary thinking time. He opened the large envelope immediately upon entering his office. The information was very telling and brought home the point of Ryan being in questionable businesses to need the kind of employees those two thugs represent. After returning the material to the envelope, he called the private FBI line for Malison and told him of the material the Chief gave him. He suggested Malison request the same from BPD and get it distributed to his agents on this case. Then, asked for a car to take him to Cambridge. On the way to Cambridge, Scott chatted with the driver and filled all three clips for his 1911from the pocket full of rounds he placed there back at his office, placing one clip in the weapon and engaging the safety.
Abby hung up without a reply but thought to himself what a phony Smyth
is. He further thought Smyth and Ryan should get together – they
are equally slick and dishonest.
Back in Boston:
Malison immediately called the Albany office and asked the director to get a warrant permitting bugs in all study rooms at the Washington Avenue branch library, and the men to monitor them. The director complained about it taking too many resources to monitor all the study rooms. However, Malison reminded him most could leave once they determined which room Smyth and Abby are in, and the Albany director reluctantly agreed.
They left Mitchell’s room and headed for the back stairwell. Upon reaching the ground floor it was fifty or so feet to the rear exit where, by prior arrangement, the FBI car was waiting. Suddenly the door opened and two men walked in, silhouetted against the morning sky. Mitchell walked very close to and hidden behind one guard. The second guard followed while Scott took the lead. At the same time Scott recognized the men, and they spotted Mitchell.
With that it got very confusing as the guard grabbed the thug’s hand and bent it backward while twisting his arm behind him and bringing him to the floor. At this, the other hood pulled a revolver from his pocket but never quite made it before Scott had his 1911 pressed firmly against his ear. The other guard rushed forward and remover the revolver from the thud and pushed him against the wall and applied handcuffs
When the car from FBI headquarters arrived, Mitchell’s guards explained the situation and told the agents to take the two to headquarters for interrogation. As soon as the car carrying Ryan’s thugs pulled away, Scott told his driver to radio the director and then hand him the microphone.
Scott instructed the driver to take them to his office where he checked for important mail and his phone calls. After making a couple of return calls, he and Mitchell walked to Jake Wirth’s for lunch. Approaching the favorite booth Scott spotted Abe Muller and Dick Taranto there and just ordering. Mitchell stiffened almost imperceptibly when Scott introduced Dick as the Chief of Police.
Back in New York, Ryan was beside himself over the arrest of his best two men. He picked up the phone and told his secretary to get Sal Concetta up here, and quickly.
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