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Many of them were raw recruits still needing elementary drill, and before they could fall out when relieved, they had to mark time in drill formation. If a recruit was out of step, the commanding corporal would keep the entire detail marking time until the blunderer caught on. One afternoon Al, who was then about ten, but looked fourteen, arrived at the gate with several companions. Having observed the routine for weeks, he understood the corporal's strategy. On this occasion there was an exceptionally obtuse guardsman.
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. The festivities were strictly intramural. Exuberant good-fellowship, singing, shouting, raucous joking, and laughter warmed the dining room. When, long after midnight, the last morsel had been devoured and the last drop drunk, Capone pushed back his chair.
By the twenties the Chicago area, which contained the biggest chapter, had 38 lodges and more than 40,000 members. Meanwhile, a cadre of New York hoodlums had begun to infiltrate and pervert the Unione Siciliane. Their leader, a kinsman by marriage of Ciro Terranova, was Ignazio Saietta, known as Lupo the Wolf, a pathological killer. Largely through Saietta's maneuvers, begun in New York and extended to branches in other cities, the asso ciation acquired a dual character: the one side open and respectable, doing good works among needy Sicilians; the other, hidden and malevolent, linked to the Mafia, dealing in white slavery, extortion, kidnaping, industrial and labor racketeering, bank robbery, murder.