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A Detective's Story.

There is a story told of a lady and gentleman travelling together on an English railroad. They were strangers to each other. Suddenly the gentleman said :—“ Madame, I will trouble you to look but of the window for a few minutes, as I am going to make some changes in my wearing apparel.” Gertajply sir,” she replied, with great politeness, rising and turning her back upon him. In a short time he added : “ Now, madame, my change is corppleted and you may resume your seat,” When the lady turned she beheld, her male companion transformed into a dashing lady, with a heavy veil over her face. “ Now, sir or madame, whichever you are,” said the lady, “ I must trouble you to look out of the window, for I also have some changes to make in my apparel.” “ Certainly, madame,” and the gentleman in ladies’ attire immediately complied. “Now, sir, you may resume your seat.” To his great surprise on resuming his seat, the gentleman in female attire found his lady companion transformed into a man. He laughed and said, “It appears we are both anxious to escape recognition. What have you done ? I have robbed a bank.” “ And I,” said the whilom lady, as he dexterously fettered his companion’s wrists with a pair of handcuffs, “ I am Detective J , of Scotland Yard, and in female apparel have shadowed you for two days, Now,” —drawing a revolver —■“ keep still.”

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A Detective's Story. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 219, 17 December 1880

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