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Ma. What’s a “date with a blond”? Just a product of your father’s imagination. And that’s all I know about it. Now are you interested in the story? Comos was one of the biggest bootleggers during prohibition. The government has looked for him for years on an income tax evasion charge. Now he turns up bumped off in a numbers-racket war .. And dies exclusively for The Chronicle. Am I interested? You can call the Cops now. See you later. Oh, don’t worry, Pop. We’ll find a way out yet. The best thing about your exclusive story, Higgins. Is it will make people forget our abrupt ending to the paving graft exposée. Then you’re willing to go out after the numbers racketeers? Every weapon at our command. That’s not enough. You pulled your horns in on the paving graft as you didn’t have positive proof. Well, I can’t get positive proof on anything without official co-operation. Can’t we get official co-operation? After the names you’ve been calling the District Attorney? Ah. What’s your suggestion? You’ve got plenty of pull with the governor. Have him appoint a special prosecutor. Some fellah who’s not afraid .. And willing to give all his time to the job just for the glory of it. But what if the Governor refuses? He won’t refuse. He’ll be glad to get rid of the whole mess and dump it in our laps. He’s got an election coming on. Alright, from now on you’re assigned to the story. Thank you. Oh. Another thing, Mr Witherspoon. We wouldn’t have had an exclusive on the Comos murder .. If it hadn’t have been for a Miss Ann Devlin. If the paper can afford it I’d kinda like to .. Well .. Pardon me, Miss. But could you measure me for an operation? Tonsillectomy or appendectomy? Which is cheapest? Well if its bargains you’re looking for, you’d better go next door. They’re having a fire sale. Did you read the morning edition of my sheet? Uhuh. Well then, read that. Well, what’s this? That’s a check for a smackers. Yes, I know. But what for? My publisher wrote that for you because he has a kind heart. And because I threatened to quit if I didn’t.