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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 124, March 28, 1860

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Identifier: DX02915663

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 124, March 28, 1860

Description: Regarding detective Arthur Ledger putting Frank Cahill on a case.



[Arthur] Ledger humbugging [Frank] Cahill

Cahill’s occasional conferences with Ledger, his coming home very tired, &c., and knowing that but little of his time is spent in [Jesse] Haney’s office, as heretofore, had little doubt as to what he was is engaged in. So, on chaffing him a little, this morning, he made a three-quarters’ confession. Ledger is trying his capacities as a Detective, has put him on the scent of somebody, perhaps as Cahill suspects, on a bogus case, the individual he has to hunt up being also a Detective. Cahill hardly likes his new avocation. First, it is very fatiguing work, he having to go hither and thither, to rise early, to be on time and the moment in everything, though with long intervals of waiting, perhaps of hours together. (Ledger deals in no whole confidences but simply tells Cahill what to do, from day to day, or at briefer periods.) Then it involves the exercise of every unscrupulous art within the limits of the law, simulation of character, of knowledge, of friendship for the victim, lying and the like. But Cahill is poor, has no present career open to him and, if found equal to his extraordinary trade, will be well paid, will get £300 a year. Ledger says he has written to headquarters in England mentioning him — maybe to discover his

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-03-28

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Detectives


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