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Symon, York. York Symon was created by Edgar Wallace (Viola Beech, Brigand, Wireless Bryce, Felix Carfew, Dixon, Elegant Edward, Inspector Elk, Educated Evans, Four Square Jane, Dixon Hawke, Heine, Felix Jenks, Just Men, King Kong (I), Larry Loman, Superintendent Minter, Policy Sleuth, Oliver Rater, John G. Reeder, The Ringer, Sanders, Tam o’the Scoots, Inspector Wade, Kate Westhanger) and appeared in nine stories in The Novel Magazine in 1919 and 1920, beginning with “The Duchess” (The Novel Magazine, July 1919); the stories were collected in The Reporter (1929).

York Symon was by common consent the perfect police reporter. If he had a fault it was one which he shared in common with others who were brought into intimate association with law-breakers, namely, a certain sneaking sympathy with the criminal classes. And his acquaintance was a fairly large one. He knew forgers, bank robbers, burglars, petty larcenists of all kinds. He knew, and was known, to every detective in town, from the chief in his padded chair to the cold-footed “watchers,” and he had spent week-ends with the public executioner.

Symon is known as “Wyse Symon,” both to other journalists and criminals, and “was responsible for every scoop that the Telephone-Herald had published in the past five years.” He specializes in con-men and “high-class tricksters.”

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