Josiah Flynt's "The World of Graft"

Josiah Flynt's "The World of Graft"

Author: 
Josiah Flynt

The World of Graft deals primarily with the criminal underworld in the cities of New York, Boston and Chicago. Like his book The Powers That Prey, Flynt also turns his critical eye toward corrupt government and its relationship to the city's criminals.

Book Excerpt: 
"Chi"—an Honest City THROUGHOUT the Under World Chicago is known by its nickname, "Chi." The word is used more by tramps than by thieves, but it is a familiar term to both. Other cities have similar nicknames. New York is called "York "; Philadelphia, "Phillie"; Cincinnati, "Cincie "; Boston, "Bean-Town"; Detroit, "Slow-Town"; Baltimore, "Balt," and Kansas City, "Kay See." The Under World wants names of its own manufacture for the Upper World cities, and when successful equivalents are found they are incorporated in its language. The opinions of Chicago as a city of graftdom are many and varied, according to the individual experience of the man who happens to be expressing himself. There are both known and unknown thieves who run down the city and say that they never want to see it again. They have come to grief in some of their undertakings, the "tumble" hurt, and true to their grafter nature they condemn the place for all time. There are also those who claim that it is a profitable field of activity only at certain times; "when a big strike is on," I heard one man say. They have happened to visit the city when there was considerable "doing," and they liked it.
Year of Publication: 
Tue, 1901-01-01
Rights Information: 
McClure, Phillips & Co
City of Publication: 
New York
Book Publisher: 
MClure, Phillips & Co.