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American Detective Fiction    Prior to July 1891

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  By John Mildrum,
printed by J. Craft, NY, 1859.
 
Chief Allfudge’s
Instructions
to the
New York Police,
in verse.
by
an Uptown Democrat

                                      III.
With half an eye I can detect
   A rogue at the first sight;
And look through all his black designs
   As stars look through the night!
I am your head if not your tail—
   If I command, you must
Face death itself by night or day,
   Unflinchingly, I trust.

                                    IV.
I am beloved by all my friends—
   A terror to my foes;
To evil doers I am hell
   Where’er I poke my nose;
They fly before my eagle glance
   Like chaff before the wind,
Or birds before a thunderstorm
   And never look behind.

                                    V.
Though green you were on the first day­—
   The star and uniform
You blazoned, yet you looked like men
   Whom nothing could alarm.
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                                        I.
YE CHOSEN guardians of New York,
   Bred ’mongst rural shades,
Innured to cutting wood and hay
   And handling hoes and spades,
And bolting luscious pork and beans­—
   Corn, squash and loaves of rye,
With appetites as sharp and keen.
   As grunters in the stye.

                                    II.                   
I am “Great Allfudge,” you must know—
   A most courageous man
As e’er cracked nuts or human skulls,
   Since this great world began!
I am “Great Allfudge” you well know,
   Appointed by the State
To purge New York of filth and crime—
   All nuisances abate.      

   

 

 


 

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