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Burket & O’Neill. Burket & O’Neill were created by H. Bedford-Jones (John Bradford, James Bronson, Denis Burke (I), Denis Burke (II), Peter J. Clancy, Dick Clews, Cosgrave & Lundgren, Crawford, Riley Dillon, Colin Haig, Pinky Jenkins, Jungle Girl, Tertius March, Say-and-See Smith, John Solomon, Strato-Shooters, Hugh Tyrone) and appeared in four stories in Short Stories in 1932 and 1933, beginning with “The Devil’s Hat-Rack” (Short Stories, May 10, 1932).

Burket and O’Neill are a pair of American adventurers in China, trying to make their fortune by hiring out to Chinese generals, fighting local warlords, searching for buried Mongol treasure, and other China Hand exploits. Burket is a languid Texan, ordinarily cheery but “brutal but efficient” when crossed. O’Neill’s father was a merchant in western China, and O’Neill grew up there and knows the language and people.

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