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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 129, March 30, 1860

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Identifier: DX02919481

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 129, March 30, 1860

Description: Regarding Arthur Ledger's work as a detective.



More Sham-Detectivism.

service particulars. [Arthur] Ledger has but one superior officer, in England, has been four and a half years in the service. On the completion of seven years, these men have the option of retiring, on full pensions. Some, of course, prove babblers and get discharged, others, for some large temptation, let a criminal escape. The grand requisite for the office is intelligence, capacity, combined with implicit obedience; for the lower order of men, though ordinarily faithful are opinionative, wanting to work up cases in their own way. The higher are liable to be bought, as aforesaid, by the men they are set to trap. They are all liable to hold themselves free to be ordered off here t here, there, for a thousand miles at a moments warning. M Money, is all cases, is used freely enough, if threatened, to hire bravos to counter-threat, kidnapping, too, is sometimes done, with or without the connivance of the authorities. I fancy they sail very near to the windward of the law, sometimes. [Frank] Cahill was out on the Harlem road yesterday, spreeing it, dining and wining expensively. He is cautioned by Ledger not to be surprised at seeing Bob Gun returned from Cuba at any time, not to tell him of his (Cahill’s) employment, though Gun is on the same lay. Another curious item: Ledger’s “revolving eye” as Cahill

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-03-30

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Detectives


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