The Gem Collector was revised and republished in 1910 as The Intrusion of Jimmy, also known as A Gentleman of Leisure.
rt and learning?--die, but leave us still our old nobility. I'm a big man now, Spike, I can tell you."
"My position has also the advantage of carrying a good deal of money with it."
"You have grasped it. Plunks. Dollars. Doubloons. I line up with the thickwads now, Spike. I don't have to work to turn a dishonest penny any longer."
The horrid truth sank slowly into the other's mind.
"Say! What, Mr. Chames? Youse don't need to go on de old lay no more? You're cutting it out for fair?"
"That's the idea."
Spike gasped. His world was falling about his ears. Now that he had met Mr. Chames again he had looked forward to a long and prosperous partnership in crime, with always the master mind behind him to direct his movements and check him if he went wrong. He had looked out upon the richness of London, and he had said with Blücher: "What a city to loot!"
And here was his leader shattering his visions with a word.
"Have another drink, Spike," said the lost leader sympath
Not by any means "Classic" Wodehouse but enjoyable and easy to read.