1、 There was a time when theowners of shops and businesses in Chicagohad to pay large sums of money to gangsters in returnfor ‘protection’.
2、 If the money was not paid promptly,the gangsters would quickly put a man out of business bydestroying his shop.
3、 As long agoas the fourteenth century, an Englishman, Sir JohnHawkwood, made the remarkable discovery that people would rather paylarge sums of money than have their life work destroyed by gangsters.
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4、 He soon madea name for himself and came to be known to the Italiansas Giovanni Acuto.
5、 …, wouldoffer to go away if protection money was paid to them.