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An Official Blunder

by James D. M'Cabe, Jr.

I have already in a previous story introduced to the readers of “The Flag” my friend Eugene Laromie of the Paris Detective Police, and have endeavored to convey to them some idea of his skill and good qualities as an official. In accordance with a promise made then, I now proceed to lay before them another of his adventures in the discharge of his duties.

Shortly after the establishment of the Empire of his gracious majesty Napoleon the Third, it became necessary for the government to be on its guard, to thwart the plots which Socialists were organizing against it in every part of the country. Those arch enemies of order and established government worked their affairs well, however, and gave the officials no little trouble. As fast as one plot was detected and foiled, another was organized, and for a while the danger seemed to increase daily.

One morning, Eugene Laromie, who had been told by his chief a few days before to hold himself in readiness to obey a summons from the government, received a message to attend a certain high official without delay. Upon repairing to the presence of that personage he was received politely. “Monsieur Laromie,” said the official, “the Chief of the Secret Police has designated you as the person most deserving the confidence of the government in conducting certain matters of importance. A conspiracy against the state is known to be in existence. You are desired to unravel it, and I am authorized to say that if you do so to the satisfaction of the emperor, you will be handsomely rewarded. At present we know nothing of the parties concerned in it. Our suspicions have been aroused by this paper, which was found in the street in front of the residence of Count —, the Ambassador of —. You must put us in possession of the remaining facts in the case.”

As he spoke he handed the young man a small perfumed… Read More