100 Years Ago Today

He bit his tongue and died. Really.On this day, 100 years ago, Allan Pinkerton, founder of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency (“We Never Sleep”), had been under this tombstone for over 24 years. Before that, he had kept busy protecting presidents, solving crimes, and writing detective fiction, making him twice-over the forerunner of Pinkerton detective and crime novelist  Dashiell Hammett.

One of his many detective novels was the 1880 page-turner, Bucholz and the Detectives, which you can download free from the Gutenberg Project if you want to, but you do not want to.

Look, here is an original illustration from that book. SPOILER ALERT! We witness a moment of triumph as a trio of PInkertons unearth the evidence which will doom the murderer and thief, Bucholz.

Then, with a joyful cry, he withdrew a large wallet, and held it up exultingly before his excited companions.

Then, with a joyful cry, he withdrew a large wallet,
and held it up exultingly before his excited companions.

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