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Pop Haydn
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In my private collection of books and pamphlets from around 1900 I have this interesting little pamphlet which has survived here into the 21st Century.

It is Clifton R. Woolridge's Tricks and Traps.

It contains "over 100 varieties of confidence games, fakir's snares and swindles worked on the unwary" from the notebooks of "America's Sherlock Holmes."

The stories are fascinating, and I learned a lot of valuable information from this book which has been very helpful along the way.

It is out of copyright, so naturally I decided to scan it and sell it to my friends and fellow travelers...

This little stapled pamphlet went for only two bits when I bought it.

I can't see charging more for just a digital copy. I hope you enjoy it!

~ Pop

http://www.popsmagic.com/store/p34/Tricks_and_Traps.html
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The name Clifton Wooldridge means little to people today, but to Chicagoans and Chicago criminals, he was notorious.

Wooldridge, a former police officer was described at the time as "the incorruptible Sherlock Holmes of America," and he was on a mission to save Chicago from itself.

He considered Chicago the "wickedest city in the world." It certainly had the right ingredients. Chicago was seen as the land of opportunity, or at least the gateway to it. People passed through on their way to homesteading further west, the railroad brought folks to the city, in the hopes they would find one of the many possible jobs in this burgeoning city. It became a hotbed for vice and corruption.

As a police officer on the beat, Wooldridge saw what was happening. He battled everything: quack doctors, prostitution, gambling, investment swindles, insurance scams, fake banks, clairvoyants and marriage agencies. He associated with the down and out and the richest of the rich. Apparently he would stop at little to learn the ways of the criminal. Wooldridge was adept at disguising himself, and would dress for the part, whether it meant posing as a rube in from the country or even donning black face.

In 1906, after 20 years on the police force, he proudly proclaimed a record of 19,500 arrests, with 3,200 criminals locked up, 6,000 people paid fines, 100 girls rescued from prostitution, $100,000 worth of property recovered, and 100 marriage bureaus closed.

His wrote numerous books detailing crimes he'd witnessed in the sincere hope of preventing further victims. Titles included: Hands Up! In the World of Crime," and "The Devil and The Grafter and How They Work Together to Deceive, Swindle and Destroy Mankind."

Wooldridge was a man on a mission, intent on stopping further people from falling prey to thieves. He wrote a list of tips called "Detective Clifton R. Wooldridge's 'Never-Fail' System for Detecting and Outwitting All Classes of Grafters and Swindlers."

~ http://www.pbs.org/.../history.../feature/chicago-detective/
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Just downloaded my copy, this looks great. Thanks, Pop!
LeoH
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Thanks for the history lesson! Many of these scams are still in the toolbox of today's criminal.
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Got it! Thanks Pop!
george1953
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Can't order it, when I try it says order must be 50cents minimum. But there is nowhere to enter an amount, maybe its because I am in Spain :-(
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Are you using PayPal or the direct Credit Card purchase?
If you send me you email, I will send the file to you.
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I was using the credit card, didn't see a PayPal option.
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Thanks Pop for sorting it all out for me, you are a gentleman.
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It is a problem with our card service. Paypal accepts payments of $.25, but our direct card service provider has a minimum of $.50. We have had to raise the price to $.50 in order for everything to work properly. It is still a bargain.
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It most certainly is.
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So many things to read; so little time! I just added another one...
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