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  Published in
Strange Stories of a Detective; or, Curiosities of Crime. New York: Dick and Fitzgerald, 1863. 141-7.
 
The Confidential Clerk

by A Retired Member of the Detective Police

[William Russell]

  laces, furs, and other articles, amounting to several hundred dollars; and, although we have for some time kept a strict watch upon those we employ, we have been unable to attach suspicion to any one upon a good foundation. All our young men have been in our employ for some years, and are very steady and respectable. I said all, but should except two, who have only been with us a couple of months or so.”
 
“Is there any peculiarity in the goods you have lost, gentlemen?” I asked. “Could you identify them if you were shown them again?”
 
“We could only identify them by our own private marks upon them. If these were removed they would be just the same in appearance as other parcels, manufactured by the same houses.—There is one piece of Lyons satin, however, of a new pattern, which we could identify, as it is the only pattern yet taken from the loom. It is sent to us on approval, and we have ordered several hundred pieces of it; but this sample piece has been missing . . .

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No.— Broadway,
March 15, 185—

“Messrs. Barton Brothers would be glad to see Mr. Barker at his earliest convenience, respecting a matter in which they require the aid of his services.”

The above note was put into my hands while I was hanging about the City Hall one morning, waiting the arrival of some of my shadows, who were out on a little affair that made a considerable noise at that time.
 
I lost no time in proceeding to Broadway, where I had an interview with the principals, at which the confidential clerk was also present.
 
“Good-morning Mr. Barker. You are very prompt. Greatly indebted to you. We have been very much annoyed lately from missing a

large quantity of valuable goods, silks, satins,

   

 

 

 
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