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American Detective Fiction    April 1841-July 1891

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  Published in
United States Democratic Review, August 1845
 

 

“The Innocent Convict,” continued from p. 12

“To avoid the notoriety and disgrace which accident had conferred upon me, and also that I might be free, in case I should ever be accused of another crime, of the prejudicial effect of a bad name. I live in daily fear of arrest, and

whenever a murder or a theft is committed, Itremble lest I be taken for the perpetrator. The sale of my mother’s little property, which had greatly increased in value during my imprisonment, has given me sufficient means to live without business, and I am therefore less liable to accident than I was before; but I have no hope of dying in my bed; or spending the remainder of my days in freedom.”

“Why do you not go to Europe?” I asked.

“Ah! If I must be a victim to law, I prefer the law of my own country. I shall be safer here. Besides, am striving now to establish a character, which may stand me in good stead in case of need.”
         
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