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A Detective’s Success: An Indiana Story

Written for the Terre Haute Express


A story is told of the detection of a youth, formerly of this city, who almost succeeded in robbing his employers of thirteen thousand dollars, and the clue that led to his identification was so slight that it seemed that the thought of setting upon it was little short of inspiration.  The young man whose name we shall write as Larry Walch, was a nephew of the senior partner of the firm of Brough & Co.  He was of a strange disposition, always fretting about his lot in life and wishing he was in Australia, South America, China, or any where else than in the counting room of his uncle’s establishment.  In time it grew to be understood that as soon as he could leave, he was going to try his fortune in the most distant lands or the sea.  No suspicion at any time was had as to his honesty; but his uncle frequently spoke to him in regard to his chimerical ideas, yet the conversations never seemed to result in any good or in any change whatever.

In the early summer of 18— it was noticed that the bank accounts seemed to be small proportionately, and while the house appeared to be doing a good business, yet there was a painful lack of ready means, and the apparent deficit was not traceable to any real cause, or the blame to any individual, still the matter was deemed of sufficient moment to warrant an investigation; accordingly Allan Pinkerton, of Chicago, was written to, to send an expert to assist in unraveling the affair, if there really was anything the matter.  A Mr. Bligh, a middle aged man, accordingly presented himself, bearing a letter from Mr. Pinkerton, endorsing him in every sense, and the matter was put into his hands.  He explained his presence by saying he wished to purchase the interest of a silent partner of the firm, and a day or two was quietly spent in an ostensible examinations of the… Read More