It all happened because Hiram had an adventurous disposition, and because he was in love with Susie Smithers, the daughter of the village storekeeper. When old man Smithers laughed at his suit, Hiram's soul was filled with a wild desire to prove the native mettle which he felt sure was in him. An attractive advertisement in a newspaper, wherein the Eagle Eye Detective Agency agreed to forward a complete detective outfit on receipt of the modest sum of four dollars, decided Hiram. One bit of advice in the textbook sent with the outfit seemed to Hiram peculiarly valuable. It was to the effect that the budding aspirant for detective glory should follow a great detective about and carefully watch the way he worked. A dark, mysterious stranger who had been lurking about the village store, admitted that he himself was a great detective and was at that time on the trail of a notorious ex-convict, "Gink the Eel," for whose apprehension a liberal reward was offered. Hiram, overjoyed, ...
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