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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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