Indianapolis, IN: World Publishing, 1907.
Softcover. Very good. Single issue of this scarce periodical, which billed itself as "America's Only Detective-Police Newspaper." 13.5 x 10.25 inches, 16 pp. Light soiling, a few chips; very good. The front page bears the headline "Clever Criminals Identified by their Finger Prints" and describes the new technology that "makes discovery of crooks almost certain." Regular sections include "Captain Webster's Letter Box," which enabled readers to write in for "answers and general advice pertaining to actual cases," "News and Notes from Busy Detectives," "Webster's Detective Agency Official Bulletin of Rewards" (photographs and details of various wanted criminals), and a classified section in which private detectives could advertise their services. The paper was the brainchild of one H.C. Webster, an energetic self-promoter who also offered handcuffs, revolvers, and other police equipment for sale. Whether he was ever "Captain" of anything is unclear. In 1908 he was charged with mail fraud for having solicited applicants to work as detectives, charging them for a packet of related literature, and failing to provide any of the promised employment.