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Big Jim 38 4. ". . . the best and dearest of husbands" 52 5. No Christian Burial 68 6. From Death Corner to Dead Man's Tree 76 7. "A. Capone, Antique Dealer" 101 8. Cicero 109 9. "Tell them Sicilians to go to hell" 124 10. Garlic and Gangrene 134 11. The Fall of the House of Genna 156 12. "I paid him plenty and I got what I was paying for" 171 13. War 184 14. Big Bill Rides Again 196 15. ". . . the sunny Italy of the new world" 213 16. "I've got a heart in me" 227 17. Against the Wall 240 18.
Seldom had the three guests of honor sat down to a feast so lavish. Their dark Sicilian faces were flushed as they gorged on the rich, pungent food, washing it down with liters of red wine. At the head of the table Capone, his big white teeth flashing in an ear-to-ear smile, oozing affability, proposed toast after toast to the trio. Saluto, Scalise! Saluto, Anselmi! Saluto, Giunta! On this night the Hawthorne Inn, which to all practical purposes Capone owned, as he owned the surrounding town of Cicero, had been closed to all outsiders, the doors locked and bolted, the window curtains drawn.
But the criminal few reinforced the prejudices that immigrants from other countries had brought with them. They saw the "dago," the "ginzo," as not only criminal by nature, but physically unclean and of low mentality. The effect of such vilification was to draw its victims still closer together. They formed proud, tight enclaves which no outsider could penetrate. They were further divided among themselves along traditional lines of class and regional origin just as their forebears had been in the mother country, where the urban artigiano looked down on the contadino and the educated galantuomo derided them both.
Capone: The Life and World of Al Capone by John Kobler