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A Memorable Enterprise: The AYPE and the City of Seattle

Police: Free from Crooks

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The Chief of Police requested that the additional police force be retained for at least two months after the end of the Exposition because "we will need them to clean the town of disorderly people; particularly on account of the fall migration of the yegg or hobo element which will flood the city at that time."

He wrote again on December 2, 1909, to thank the chairman of the Finance Committee for approving his request for additional detectives during the Exposition. He stated that the city was thus kept "free from crooks during the duration of the Fair; and Seattle has set a mark, that has been freely and extensively commented on in police circles all over the country, for the almost entire absence of crime." He provided a statement of expenditures which listed payments to the detectives, their names, and from where they were detailed. Several were from Pinkerton's, while others were from Denver, San Francisco, Kansas City, and St. Paul.

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