Stories about Ledger
Now for particulars imparted by 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 pre-
caution 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 Ame-
rican authorities as utterly unfit for food; of
his bribing some magnate into consent to the
purchase on condition that he was not to manu-
facture it into bread. He made it into corn-
starch 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 Eng-
lish defaulter had got off to Mexico with large
booty. Detective is sent after him by the suf-