Josiah Flynt's and France Walton's "The Powers that Prey"

Josiah Flynt's and France Walton's "The Powers that Prey"

Author: 
Josiah Flynt
Francis Walton

This book is a collection of stories illustrating the interaction and symbiotic relationship between New York's rich and powerful and its criminal underclass. It was co-authored by tramping expert Josiah Flynt and reform activist Alfred Hodder (under his pen-name Francis Walton), both of whom had extensive experience interacting with the city's poorest.

Some of the stories originally appeared in McClure's Magazine.

Book Excerpt: 
There were two James Disons, one of eminent respectability in a small city of the Empire State; the other " one of the boys " in the naughty city of New York. These two gentlemen never met, though they possessed a metaphysical identity with each other and an alternate existence. When James Dison of the little city went to the metropolis to purchase goods, James Dison of the naughty city received his letters and answered them; in particular, letters from Mrs. James Dison of the little city, in reply to which he insisted, very properly, on his eagerness to return to the delights of her society, and added certain instructions demonstrating that even during his absence his thoughts were of the moral welfare of that community. In return for these courtesies in the metropolis, when James Dison of the small city revisited his accustomed office it was his practice to sign and forward to the naughty city certain checks in payment of bills which his metaphysical double had contracted; some of them for ponderable goods to be delivered at home, some of them for imponderable goods such as the naughty city notoriously affords.
Year of Publication: 
Mon, 1900-01-01
Rights Information: 
public domain
City of Publication: 
New York
Book Publisher: 
McClure, Phillips & Co.