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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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