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Author Charles Dickens
Genres Prose: Leading Article i
Prose: Report i
Subjects Crime; Criminals; Punishment; Capital Punishment; Prisons; Penal Transportation; Penal Colonies
Police; Detectives; Mystery and Detective Stories; Mystery; Mystery Fiction; Forensic Sciences
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The Detective Branch of the Police was established in 1842 with two detectives attached to each division of the force and two inspectors and six sergeants at headquarters in Scotland Yard. Their role was primarily to prevent crime happening rather than to detect criminals after the event, and their necessary contacts with the criminal world made them initially the object of much public suspicion. A series of successful cases of tracking down perpetrators of crime, culminating in the celebrated Manning murder case referred to here by Dickens (a case in which nearly all the officers he is entertaining were directly involved), led to a change in the public's attitude and this is reflected in the intensely admiring series of articles Dickens published in HW. The first of these, by Wills, entitled 'The Modern Science of Thief-taking', appeared on 13 July and compared the detective to a connoisseur of paintings – he 'at once pounces upon the authors of the work of art under consideration, by the style of performance'. Wills also asserts that detectives are 'so thoroughly well acquainted' with the kind of criminals known as 'swell mobsmen' (clever confidence tricksters, superior pickpockets, etc.) that 'they frequently tell what they have been about by the expression of their eyes and their general manner' (HW, Vol. 1, pp. 369, 371). 

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Author Frederick Knight Hunt
Genre Prose: Report i
Subjects Great Britain—Armed Forces; Militias
Science; Science—History; Technology; Technological innovations; Discoveries in Science
Ships; Boats; Shipwrecks; Salvage; Merchant Marine; Sailors; Sailing; Submarines (Ships)
Transportation; Horse-Drawn Vehicles; Cab and Omnibus Service; Ballooning
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Author Samuel Sidney
Genre Prose: Travel-writing i
Subject Australia—Description and Travel; New Zealand—Description and Travel
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Author Henry Morley
Genre Poetry: Lyric i
Subjects Nature; Nature (Aesthetics); Nature in Literature; Landscapes
Religion; Religion and Culture
Religion—Christianity—General
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Authors Julia Kavanagh
W[illiam] H[enry] Wills
Genre Prose: Short Fiction i
Subjects Ethics; Morals; Moral Development; Moral Education; Philosophy; Values
Europe—Commerce
Health; Diseases; Personal Injuries; Hygiene; Cleanliness—Fiction
Money; Finance; Banking; Investments; Taxation; Insurance; Debt; Inheritance and Succession
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Author W[illiam] H[enry] Wills
Genres Cross-genre i
Prose: Digest; Review i
Prose: Report i
Subjects Literature; Writing; Authorship; Reading; Books; Poetry; Storytelling; Letter Writing
Money; Finance; Banking; Investments; Taxation; Insurance; Debt; Inheritance and Succession
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Authors Richard H. Horne
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Genre Prose: Short Fiction i
Subjects Crime; Criminals; Punishment; Capital Punishment; Prisons; Penal Transportation; Penal Colonies
Great Britain—Social Conditions—Nineteenth Century
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