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	 More sham-Detectivism.
 400 of his ill-gotten gains.       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 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 acqui-
sitive, 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 dan-
ger, except when he s sober.     There are tre-
mendous 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 expen-
ses are inflated according to his conscience,
or want of conscience   as how can anybody know
what money he may have had to spend in obtain-
ing his object, in seduction, bribery, drunkenness,
kidnapping   the devil knows what?        A very
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twelve: page one hundred and forty-two
Description:Regarding Arthur Ledger's work as a detective.
Date:1860-04-07
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.