Pinkertons


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Pinkertons

famous detective agency; founded in 1850. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 392]
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If a Pinkerton man is deep in this business, we are all destroyed."
Pinkerton has taken hold under their orders, and his best man, Birdy Edwards, is operating.
Now I'll get down to the lodge, and we'll soon make old man Pinkerton sorry for himself."
It may have been his guilty conscience, it may have been the reputation of the Pinkerton organization, it may have been the knowledge that great, rich corporations had set themselves the task of clearing out the Scowrers; but, whatever his reason, his actions were those of a man who is preparing for the worst.
"Well, a Pinkerton. But, sure, you wouldn't know what that is, acushla, nor what it may mean to the likes of me.
In the present instance Miss Pinkerton's "billet" was to the following effect:--
Madam, Your most obliged humble servant, BARBARA PINKERTON
This letter completed, Miss Pinkerton proceeded to write her own name, and Miss Sedley's, in the fly-leaf of a Johnson's Dictionary-- the interesting work which she invariably presented to her scholars, on their departure from the Mall.
When Miss Pinkerton had finished the inscription in the first, Jemima, with rather a dubious and timid air, handed her the second.
"For whom is this, Miss Jemima?" said Miss Pinkerton, with awful coldness.
"MISS JEMIMA!" exclaimed Miss Pinkerton, in the largest capitals.
"Send Miss Sedley instantly to me," said Miss Pinkerton. And so venturing not to say another word, poor Jemima trotted off, exceedingly flurried and nervous.