We're looking at a classic Crimebuster comic today and for the next couple of weeks. Like all of them it has no given title, but it's packed with action! If you would like to know what it's about, just read the angry caption on page one but remember to come back to this page for the latest!
Virginia and Billy the inveterate gambling high school boy are dancing at the Jervis Boys Club Gramercy Dance. Live music. Dance contest. A waltz is playing. Holding her hip, Billy asks "Having fun, Ginnie?"
Virginia answers "Pretty much - only I've a hunch we'll be eliminated very soon! Most of the other contestants take their dancing more seriously than we do!"
They get eliminated. Billy guides her over to the podium and says "Well, we did pretty well at that - we were sixth on the floor! Oops, the judge just eliminated Joe and Louise! Now it's a cinch that Della and Mack will win!" Virginia glumly concurs, saying "Yes, it looks that way to me."
Tony Woggawogga, the night's Em Cee, announces "The winners of the contest - Della Martin and Mack Donovan!" Mack's got a look like "Yeah, that's right." But he says nothing.
Mack comes over to Billy, says "Pay up, bright boy! I told you Della and I were going to win - At last, my pal, Bet-a-Buck Bates, is the loser! Six bucks, please!" Billy's leaning against a column, smirking. "You don't hear me griping, do you?" he says, "Here's your six bucks, and congratulations!"
Billy's still smirking as another dude comes over to him and hands him money. "Here's your two bucks, wise guy! Anyhow, I got one satisfaction - you didn't win." Says the dude.
Billy's still smirking as another chump comes over and hands him money. "Here's your two bucks, Billy! I should know better than to bet against you!" says the chump. The chump's date is quiet, her hands folded.
Billy's still smirking as another loser comes over and hands him money. "Anyhow, Louise and I stayed on the floor longer than you an' Ginnie!" Billy replies "So you did! So you did!"
Virginia's instantly suspicious, like a wife. She says "Billy - why were all the boys giving you money?"
Billy replies "Just a little bet I made with 'em! I said they wouldn't win!" But Virginia says "But we didn't win, either!"
Billy spreads his hands out in mock supplication to his girl Virginia and says "I know, but that wasn't the bet! I bet they wouldn't win! It was a sure thing - I lost six bucks to Mack, but I won two bucks apiece from the other six guys - making a clear profit of six bucks!"
Virginia's steamed. She says "Billy Bates! You're dreadful! You can't even take me to a dance, without betting on some fool thing! I hate it!"
It's later. Day, outside. Near a park. They're dressed warmly in fall weather. Virginia says "Seriously Billy, this betting habit of yours gets worse all the time! Why, I've heard you're getting the nickname of 'Bet-a-Buck' Bates!" She thinks for a moment, frowns and says "That's an awful reputation to have!"
"I don't see why!" says Billy, "I get a kick out of it! Heck, I win, don't I?" The question lingers in the nippy air.