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American Detective Fiction    April 1841-July 1891

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Fond du Lac [WI], September 12, 1850
Wisconsin Argus, October 22, 1850

This story was originally published as “Recollections of a Police-Officer: The Pursuit” in Chambers' Edinbugh Journal on July 13, 1850.

This story was later published in the collection Recollections of a Police-Officer by William Russell, under the pseudonym Thomas Waters (London: J.& C. Brown & Co., 1856).

Prior to the British publication of this volume, a pirated collection of the stories--also titled Recollections of a Police-Officer--was published in America (New York: Cornish and Lamport, 1852).

 
From Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal

Recollections of a Police-Officer

The Pursuit
  thrown out by his confederates, with the view to favor his escape, I at last fairly ran him to earth in Plymouth, though in what precise spot of it he burrowed, I could not for the moment ascertain. Neither was I well acquainted with his features, but in the description of his person furnished me, there were certain indelible marks which, upon strict examination, could not fail to establish his identity. He purposed, I ascertained, to attempt to leave England in a barque bound for New York, which was to sail from Plymouth on the day after I arrived there. Of this I was fully satisfied, and I determined to capture him on board. Accordingly, about half an hour before the ship was to sail, and after all the passengers had embarked, two of the local officers and I got into a boat which I had sometime previously engaged to be in readiness and put off to the vessel. The wind was decidedly fair for the emigrant ship; and so swiftly did it blow from the northeast, that four hands, I was informed, were required, not indeed to convey us swiftly out, but to pull the boat back against the wind and strong tide, which would be rushing outside the breakwater. The sea dashed

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The reader need scarcely be told that albeit police officers, like other men, delight, chiefly, to recount their successful exploits, they do nevertheless, experience numerous and vexatious failures and disappointments. One especially, I remember, the recollections of which did not pass away for several weeks. I had been for some time in pursuit of a rather eminent rascal, though one young in years, and by marriage respectably connected, who by an infamous abuse of the trust reposed in him by the highly respectable firm who employed him, had contrived to possess himself of a large sum of money, with which, or at least with the portion of it falling to his share—for we discovered that he had for some time been connected with a gang of first-rate swindlers—he hoped to escape to America. The chase was hot after him, and spite of his double turnings, and the false scents adroitly

   

 

 


 


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