STORY NUMBER ONE

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Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

Capone had a lawyer nicknamed “Easy Eddie.” He was his lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.
To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well and not only was the money big, but also, Eddie got special dividends. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.

Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him. Eddie did have one soft spot, however, he had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld , price was no object and despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong.

Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was, yet with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn’t give his son; he couldn’t pass on a good name or a good example.

Good and evil
One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision , Easy Eddie wanted to rectify the wrongs he had done and so he decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al “Scarface” Capone. In this manner, he would clean up his tarnished name and offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against the Mob and he knew the cost would be great.

So he testified and within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street , but in his eyes he had given his son the greatest gift he could offer, but at the greatest price he could ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine. The poem read:

The clock of life is wound but once,

And no man has the power

To tell just when the hands will stop

At late or early hour.

Now is the only time you own.

Live, love, toil with a will.

Place no faith in time.

For the clock may soon be still.


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