1864 · Chicago
The case has particular interest because it illuminates the detection methods of the famed Pinkerton Agency. "Early in the summer of 1863, the President of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, being satisfied that the Company were being defrauded by some of their Conductors, determined to have the honesty of this class of their employees tested, and engaged the services of Allan Pinkerton for this purpose." Pinkerton found that many conductors "were in the habit of returning only a portion of the money they received in the payment of fares, appropriating the remainder to their own use." Hill, the only one who "asserted his entire innocence," was arrested and charged; found guilty, he was sentenced to a year in jail.
The pamphlet presents the testimony of witnesses, the Charge to the Jury, and the Opinion of the Court overruling Hill's motion for a new trial.
FIRST EDITION. Ante-Fire Imprints 824 . II Harv. Law Cat. 1102. (Inventory #: 32543)