Larger context for LACK in Corpus USbrown_UKbncw/US_brown.txt
I managed to do this by the time the great A.B. returned to the place where he last had seen the fierce nihilist.
He stood there staring with disbelief at the vacant desk.
Then he wrinkled his huge brow and went slowly out of the room.
He had a somewhat goggle-eyed expression.
He had been "seeing things".
The Hetman's "ideas" for news stories or editorial campaigns were by no means always fruitless or lacking in merit.
He campaigned successfully for the riddance of "Death Avenue" and also brought about the ending of pollution of metropolitan beaches by sewage.
He exposed the bucket-shop racket with the able assistance of two excellent reporters, Nat Ferber and Carl Helm.
In the conduct of these and many other campaigns, the Hetman proved to be a much abler journalist than his critics allowed.
It seems to me now, in a long backward glance, that many of the Hetman's conceits and odd actions- together with his grim posture when brandishing the hatchet in the name of Mr Hearst- were keyed with the tragedy which was to close over him one day.
Alone, rejected on every hand, divorced, and in financial trouble, he leaped from an eleventh-floor window of the Abbey Hotel in 1937.
One finds it difficult to pass censure on the lonely figure who waited for days for a saving word from his zealously served idol, W.R.