American Detective Fiction    Prior to July 1891

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  Published in
Janesville [WI] Gazette, October 29, 1853
[Concord] New Hampshire Statesman, February 11, 1854

This story was originally published as “Recollections of a Police Officer: The Partner” in Chambers's Edinburgh Journal on September 3, 1853.

From Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal

Recollections of a Police-Officer

The Partner
  pursuit, appears to be withdrawn, or rather is not pressed, I and my family shall not be the less shamed and ruined thereby, unless my perfect innocence be made manifest before the world.  It is with that view we have been advised to seek your assistance; and my father desires me to say that he will hesitate at no expense necessary for the thorough prosecution of the inquiry.”

“Very well, Mr. Webster.  The intimation of the commissioner is, however, of itself all-potent with me, although I hoped to be concerned in no more such investigations.  Have the goodness, therefore, to sit down, and favor me minutely and distinctly with your version of the affair, omitting, if you please, no circumstance, however apparently trivial, in connection with it.  I may tell you,” I added, opening the notebook from which I am now transcribing, and placing it before me in readiness to begin—“I may tell you, by way of some slight encouragement, that the defense you volunteered at the police office was, in my opinion, too improbable to be an invention; . . .


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I had virtually, though not formally, left the force, when a young man of gentlemanly but somewhat dissipated aspect, and looking very pale and agitated, called upon me with a note from one of the commissioners, enjoining me to assist the bearer, Mr. Edmund Webster, to the utmost of my ability, if, upon examination, I saw reason to place reliance upon his statement relative to the painful and extraordinary circumstances in which he was involved.

“Mr. Edmund Webster,” I exclaimed, after glancing at the note.  “You are the person, then, accused of robbing Mr. Hutton, the corn-merchant (the reader will, of course, understand that I make use of fictitious names) and whom that gentleman refuses to prosecute?”

“The same, Mr. Waters.  But although the disgraceful charge, so far as regards legal




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