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Mississippi Outlaws and the Detectives

Allan Pinkerton

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. . .ired that these reports should be investigated, much valuable time was thus wasted. These men were not only employed without my advice, but they were retained long after I had urgently requested the discharge of the whole party, and I had great difficulty in obtaining their discharge, even after I was positively sure that the robbers had crossed the Mississippi and escaped into Missouri.

William spent one day in Nashville, and then went to Gillem Station, where he learned that Mrs. Farrington, to whom Russell had sent eight hundred dollars from Cairo, lived on an old, worn-out farm, and passed for a rich widow. She had three sons—Hillary, Levi, and Peter, the latter being quite young. Hillary and Levi Farrington bore a very bad reputation, having been mixed up in all kinds of fights and quarrels for a number of years. They were suspected of horse-stealing and counterfeiting; but most people were[Pg 55] afraid of them, and they had never been arrested . . . Read More

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More vintage tales from legendary detective Allan Pinkerton. The first case prominently features Pinkerton's oldest son William, hunting desperadoes who have robbed a train. The second case is an intriguing tale of a South American swindler selling non-existent diamond mines. The third case takes pl