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American Detective Fiction    April 1841-July 1891

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Published in
Chicago Daily Tribune February 15, 1886

Chicago Daily Tribune credited
H .B. S. in Rambler

    “A Detective Story” by H. B. S., continued from p. 1
   
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McNab, of course, apologized; then, going to the street,
The Bishop – middle-aged – he chanced by accident to meet.
“Those eyes!” cried he, and straightway for the portly Bishop ran,
And brought him into court in chains; but he was not the man.

He shadowed next an infant who had optics Prussian blue
And was as middle aged as one could find a child of two.
With circumstantial evidence convincing he began –
The infant proved an alibi; so it was not the man.

“Aha!” said he, “I know a maid with eyes ultra marine;
Such striking middle-age, methinks, I ne’er before have seen.”
He drove the spinster through the streets within the prison van;
She proved her eyes were gray, and so she could not be the man.

At last one day while gazing in the mirror he observed
His own blue eyes and middle age, and he became unnerved.
He said: “Such damning evidence ‘twere useless to dispute
And I must be the man, or, maybe I should say, ‘the brute.’”

And then he put the handcuffs on his unaccustomed wrists,
And on the law’s severest kind of penalty insists.
His reputation thus he saved; his conscience, too, was eased;
They hanged him, as he wished them to, and Justice then was appeased.

 

 

 

 


 

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