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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 44, February 4, 1860

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Identifier: DX02854907

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 44, February 4, 1860

Description: Describes tales about Arthur Ledger heard from Frank Cahill.

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Stories about [Arthur] Ledger

Now for particulars imparted by [Frank] Cahill. In illustration of Ledger’s unscrupulousness, he tells of his having talked of extracting certain favors from women under promise of marriage. Of his purchasing a rotten condemned, un-seaworthy ship, during the year of the Californian gold discovery, and chartering her for a voyage to San Francisco, the captain knowing the vessel’s condition, but risking the venture, with the precaution of always keeping a prepared boat for his own and perhaps two or three others’ escape; being determined to secure it to themselves by the use of pistols, if necessary. The ship was loaded with passengers but reached port in safety, and then sank at her moorings! Another instance: Ledger told of his buying a large quantity of worse than bad flour, which had been condemned by some South American authorities as utterly unfit for food; of his bribing some magnate into consent to the purchase on condition that he was not to manufacture it into bread. He made it into cornstarch and then sold it, at great profit. Here’s a detective story, told by Ledger, of which he may have been the hero. Some extensive English defaulter had got off to Mexico with large booty. Detective is sent after him by the suf-

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
California

Dates: 1860-02-04

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Detectives
Diaries
Gold discoveries

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