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Body in the River

At the little dock below the Michigan Avenue bridge, a drowned man lay floating face down in the river. Two divers struggled to slide him onto a tray suspended just above the water by several straps held by a group of fire fighters. Reporters, photographers, and police clustered around them on the walkway just above […]

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Mall Duty

The short bundled man in snow-spattered galoshes briskly shovels the snow beneath the marquee of the Chicago Theatre while arriving crowds wrapped in furs and overcoats stream past. Noisy groups gather and eddy beneath the merry glow of the tiny bulbs, and when they enter the theater. Johnny, seized with a sudden idea, enters, too. […]

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Silly Willie

A man wearing a dark plaid shirt and a black, peaked stevedore’s cap sticks his head out the little window of the hot dog stand and shouts across the street to a construction worker, “Hey, buddy! How about knocking off for lunch? How about a bowl of chili?” The construction worker shrugs and keeps walking. […]