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	      More Sham-Detectivism.
service particulars.       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 im-
plicit 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 
be ordered off here, there,
for a thousand miles at a moments warning.  
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.
Cahill was out on the Harlem road yesterday,
spreeing it, dining and wining expensively.   He
is cautioned by Ledger not to be surprised at
at seeing Bob Gun returned from Cuba at any time,
not to tell him of his (Cahill s) employment,
thought Gun is on the same lay.     Another cu-
rious item: Ledger s  revolving eye  as Cahill
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and twenty-nine
Description:Regarding Arthur Ledger's work as a detective.
Date:1860-03-30
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Detectives; Gun, Robert; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ledger, Arthur
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of the New York literary Bohemians, visits to the Edwards family, the activities of London detective Arthur Ledger who is staying in his boarding house, Thomas Nast's courtship of Sally Edwards, two masked balls at his boarding house, a visit to Lotty Granville at Fordham, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, and a visit to the ''Phalanx'' in New Jersey with George Boweryem.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Detectives; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Fordham, New York; New Jersey
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.