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American Detective Fiction    April 1841-July 1891

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  Published in
Harper’s Weekly, October 16, 1858
 
The Odd Glove,
Or
Tricks Upon Travelers
by Jeremiah Gyngoo
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  named Merton. The other, a gaily dressed, dashing little fellow, who introduced himself as Frank Cherrate, of St. Louis. I took a dislike to this young man when I first saw him. It may have been his blue dress coat with brass buttons that prejudiced me against him. This article of dress I have always abominated, for it gives the wearer (to my eye) the appearance of a gambler; and of all animals in the world, I think the professional gambler is the most despicable.— But Cherrate’s lively conversation and agreeable manners partially dispelled my prejudices, and we four speedily became close travelling companions. I was pleased to observe that young Cherrate carefully avoided the card tables in the forward part of the boat, and spent his time principally by the stove, with us, in the after part of the cabin. Bt this might have been done [I privately argued] with the view of playing a deeper game than that of poker. He had heard Mr. Merton casually mention that he had ten thousand dollars in his trunk, and it might be that he . . .

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    Late in the Fall of ’54, business took me down to New Orleans, in company with Thomas Bigbee, an old friend and former schoolmate, who was now on his way to his home in Mobile. The weather was extremely cold, but the comfortable cabin of the palatial steamer Montezuma, with the luxuries afforded by the attentive officers on the boat furnished us with the means of enjoying ourselves as well as travelers can enjoy themselves away from their own firesides. Men who voluntarily coop themselves up together for a week’s imprisonment are very apt to seek amusement from each other, and it was not long before a disposition to become social began to manifest itself among the passengers. Tom and I occupied a stateroom near the ladie’s cabin, and it was with the occupants of the neighboring rooms that we first struck up an acquaintance. One of them was a middle-aged gentleman,    

 

 


 

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