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Book of Danger

Book of Danger

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Danger! A True History of a Great City'sWiles and Temptations, by William Howe and Abraham HummelThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and withalmost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away orre-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License includedwith this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.orgTitle: Danger! A True History of a Great City's Wiles and TemptationsThe Veil Lifted, and Light Thrown on Crime and its Causes,and Criminals and their Haunts. Facts and Disclosures.Author: William HoweAbraham HummelRelease Date: February 29, 2008 [EBook #24717]Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: PDF*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK DANGER! ***
 
DANGER!
 
 A TRUE HISTORY OF A GREAT CITY'S
 WILES and TEMPTATIONS
 
THE VEIL LIFTED, AND LIGHT THROWN ON 
 CRIME AND ITS CAUSES,
 AND
 CRIMINALS AND THEIR HAUNTS.
 FACTS AND DISCLOSURES
 
BYHOWE & HUMMEL.BUFFALO:THE COURIER COMPANY, PRINTERS.1886
 
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PREFACE.
 It may not be amiss to remark, in explanation of the startling and sensational title chosen for thisproduction, that logic has not yet succeeded in framing a title-page which shall clearly indicatethe nature of a book. The greatest adepts have frequently taken refuge in some fortuitous word,which has served their purpose better than the best results of their analysis. So it was in thepresent case. "Danger!" is a thrilling and warning word, suggestive of the locomotive headlight,and especially applicable to the subject matter of the following pages, in which the crimes of agreat city are dissected and exposed from the arcanum or confessional of what we may bepardoned for designating the best-known criminal law offices in America.So much for the title. A few words as to the
motif 
of the publication. Despite the efficiency of our police and the activity of our many admirable reforming and reclaiming systems, crime stillabounds, while the great tide of social impurity continues to roll on with unabated velocity.Optimists and philanthropic dreamers in every age have pictured in glowing colors the gradualbut sure approach of the millennium, yet we are, apparently, still as far from that elysium of purity and unselfishness as ever. Whenever the wolf and the lamb lie down together, theinnocent bleater is invariably inside the other's ravenous maw. There may be
 — 
and we havereason to know that there is
 — 
a marked diminution in certain forms of crime, but there are othersin which surprising fertility of resource and ingenuity of method but too plainly evince that thelatest developments of science and skill are being successfully pressed into the service of themodern criminal. Increase of education and scientific skill not only confers superior facilities forthe successful perpetration of crime, but also for its concealment. The revelations of thenewspapers, from week to week, but too plainly indicate an undercurrent of vice and iniquity,whose depth and foulness defy all computation.We are not in accord with those pessimists who speak of New York as a boiling caldron of crime, without any redeeming features or hopeful elements. But our practice in the courts andour association with criminals of every kind, and the knowledge consequently gained of theirhistory and antecedents, have demonstrated that, in a great city like New York, the germs of evilin human life are developed into the rankest maturity. As the eloquent Dr. Guthrie, in his greatwork, "The City, its Sins and its Sorrows," remarks: "Great cities many have found to be greatcurses. It had been well for many an honest lad and unsuspecting country girl that hopes of higher wages and opportunities of fortune, that the gay attire and gilded story of someacquaintance, had never turned their steps cityward, nor turned them from the simplicity andsafety of their country home. Many a foot that once lightly pressed the heather or brushed the

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