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COMBING FLORIDA FOR FUREY.
I decided to go at once to Florida. I always felt
that wherever I found Furey I would also get Spencer,
and vice versa.
The next night I left for the warmer clime of the
eastern coast. I stopped over a few hours in New Orleans,
which is quite a town for the sporting element.
I went to see the Police Chief and there met Captain
Glenn, Chief of the Finger Print Bureau.
We went over the records of his office, but found
nothing. In the rogues' gallery we did find a most
amusing picture of Furey, all gotten up in a cowboy
outfit, looking as if he were roping steers instead of
In Jacksonville I introduced myself and explained
my mission to the head deputy in the Sheriff's office.
I had become hardened to seeing a lot of wise looks
passed around whenever I mentioned I expected to
catch any one of the three "buncos," but in this case
they were very considerate of my childish efforts to
play detective and assured me of their co-operation.
At the Police Department I met the Chief and the
head of the City Detective Force, Cahoon, who in turn
passed me on to the Chief Special Agent of the Florida
East Coast Railway. This man was very nice and gave
me the names of several prominent men throughout the
state that he thought might be of use to me.
Had I been a human microscope I could not have
searched Jacksonville more thoroughly for Spencer and
the others, but if they were there I could not train my
discovering lenses on them.
I left for St. Augustine, then worked all the principal
towns as far as Tampa. In these gay winter resorts
with their flood of grown up children playing madly
at the game of forgetting, I thought I might see
Here’s what’s next.
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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/m1/72/: accessed April 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .