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hotel register. But then I thought, "I am just as happy
as if I were sane."
At the bottom of the page I saw it! It was there
in the bold figures affected by most hotel clerks. "J.
A wave of satisfaction swept over me. However
a ripple or two of shame mixed in with it. I was certainly
"green" in more ways than one. A rank amateur.
I had absolutely overlooked Harrison's room number
the first time.
"Well," I sighed, "we live and learn, if we live
There was no question now about Harrison being
Stetson, and also the purchaser of the stolen garment.
It had been interesting talking to the little "snitcher"
and satisfying to find that it had so uniquely lined up
with my mission, but I could not see how the discovery
of the stolen coat and its disposal had materially affected
my hunt. It is the little things in life that count, they
say. This incident seemed minute in proportion to my
charges against Stetson, but more than a year later
after heart-breaking searches and thousands of spent
dollars, I found this slender link the strongest in the
long chain that reached from one end of America to
I left San Antonio late that same night, going direct
to Corpus Christi, and made inquiries for Mr. Cathey.
I was informed that he had gone to California on a
prospecting trip. This did not strike me as significant
of anything unusual as he was in the habit of taking
long prospecting trips in different parts of the country.
I knew that following the devastating flood recently
inundating Corpus Christi, it was not unlikely that
Cathey had turned his holdings into cash and gone West
in search of drier investments.
While I could find nothing to support my belief
that in some way Cathey was to be a mark for those
thieves, I could not get the idea out of my mind. The
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Norfleet, J. Frank, 1864-. Norfleet: the actual experiences of a Texas rancher's 30,000-mile transcontinental chase after five confidence men., book, 1924; Ft. Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5864/m1/49/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .