Knots Untied: Or, Ways and By-Ways in the Hidden Life of American Detectives; A Narrative of Marvellous Experiences Among All Classes of Society, Criminals in High Life, Swindlers, Bank Robbers, Thieves, Lottery Agents, Gamblers, Necromancers, Counterfeit

Excerpt from Knots Untied Or, Ways and by Ways in the Hidden Life of American Detectives A Narrative of Marvellous Experiences Among All Classes of Society, Criminals in High Life, Swindlers, Bank Robbers, Thieves, Lottery Agents, Gamblers, Necromancers, Counterfeiters, Burglar I am aware that the preface of a book is usually the last portion of it which is read if reaExcerpt from Knots Untied Or, Ways and by Ways in the Hidden Life of American Detectives A Narrative of Marvellous Experiences Among All Classes of Society, Criminals in High Life, Swindlers, Bank Robbers, Thieves, Lottery Agents, Gamblers, Necromancers, Counterfeiters, Burglar I am aware that the preface of a book is usually the last portion of it which is read if read it is and, therefore, of little import and I hare, consequently, deliberated somewhat whether I would encumber the following tales with a prefix or not, but perhaps it is duo to the reader to say what, however, is apparent enough in some of the tales themselves that the experiences and observations therein narrated, are not all personally mine that some of th in have, at different times, been detailed to me by old and tried personal friends, of deep knowledge of the world, and of extreme sagacity, and that I have presented them here, together with my own, in special instances, as being equally illustrative with mine of subtle human nature What is specifically my own in these tales, and what little I am in lebted for to my good friends, I leave to such as may be curious, to determine for themselves It must now suffice them for in the experiment of book making I have nearly lost my best patience amidst its multiplicity of perplexities its proof reading, the awful blunders of the printers, the bungling of the mails, the calls for copy at inopportune moments, etc etc it must suffice them, I repeat, simply to know, that whatever experiences here recited are not my own, are equally authentic with mine, and, in my judgment, add to the merits of Knots Untied if merits it has rather than detraet therefrom So, since it cannot be that the reader will peruse my book for my sake, but for the book s sake and for bis own, let him thank me for whatever clearer light I have accepted from others for his benefit It was only at the instance I might properly say by the repeated importunity of certain partial friends of mine, that I was first induced to put into readable form some of the notes of my experiences and observations, particularly those running through a period of a dozen years of official life, preceded by a dozen of a quasi official character I would remark here, that no chronological order has been observed in the collation of the tales composing Knots Untied.
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  • Title: Knots Untied: Or, Ways and By-Ways in the Hidden Life of American Detectives; A Narrative of Marvellous Experiences Among All Classes of Society, Criminals in High Life, Swindlers, Bank Robbers, Thieves, Lottery Agents, Gamblers, Necromancers, Counterfeit
  • Author: George S. McWatters
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Hardcover
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