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Bank... "Sneak" ...Thieves. Paper Read By William A. Pinkerton At The Annual Convention International Association Chiefs Of Police, Hot Springs, Ark., April 11th, 1906 by William A. Pinkerton

Bank... "Sneak" ...Thieves. Paper Read By William A. Pinkerton At The Annual Convention International Association Chiefs Of Police, Hot Springs, Ark., April 11th, 1906

by William A. Pinkerton

Publication: Privately printed, 1906, Hot Springs

First edition. 6 3/4" x 5 1/4" stiff, stapled, gray printed wrappers, ruled in black, [6], 9 - 52 [2] pp., illustrated, portraits, advertisements. Illustrated with 27 portraits from photographs and a drawing; Twin brothers William and Robert Pinkerton (1848 - 1907) joined their father, famous Scottish-American detective Allan Pinkerton, and his Pinkerton National Detective Agency in the 1860s and became its co-directors after Allan's death in 1894. The address, presented by William, focused on bank robbers and described in detail "the sneak" - a professional criminal of "active, alert and noiseless" stature, who depended on several presentable, articulate associates to distract the tellers and managers, while he used ingenious methods to enter the vault/the employee's cage/etc. and appropriate the money and valuables. The gallery of portraits highlighted a veritable smorgasbord of the most infamous "sneak" characters, identified by name, alias - "Bill the Brute," "Little Fritzie" - and sometimes an amusing description - "One of the greatest of his time. Now old and penniless," "Had a rule to steal the price of his breakfast before he ate it." Near fine copy.

Inventory Number: 41604

$600.00