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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 142, April 7, 1860

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Identifier: DX02929421

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 142, April 7, 1860

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

Transcription:

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More sham-Detectivism.

£400 of his ill-gotten gains. [Arthur] Ledger was very savage about an item relative to the arrest (of some other man getting into the daily papers. He swore for half an hour about it, says [Frank] Cahill. He has told Cahill that, as “business is business,” he shall expect a heavy commission on Cahill’s salary, which Bob Gun, also consented to pay. An acquisitive, long-headed dodger. Not an intellectual, far-reaching man, but punctual, persistent, pertinacious. He has tried Cahill when drunk and compliments him on his not letting out things “when in liquor; thinks there is no danger, except when he’s sober. There are tremendous opportunities for pillage in this very questionable trade. Some man or firm, having been robbed extensively, representation is made to Scotland Yard. Then comes the enquiry; What are you willing to pay to get the money or such of it as is obtainable, back? If a small sum is offered, a small man (in a detective sense) is put on: if large, the employees expenses are inflated according to his conscience, or want of conscience — as how can anybody know what money he may have had to spend in obtaining his object, in seduction, bribery, drunkenness, kidnapping — the devil knows what? A very

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-04-07

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Detectives
Diaries

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