and—" He paused to think and conjecture, looking at 
Mr. Martinson the while. The latter understood his 
peculiar state of mind. He had seen many such cases. 
" Let me say right here, to begin with, Mr.—" 
"Scanlon," interpolated Butler, easily; "that's as good 
a name as any if you want to use one. I'm keepin' me 
own to meself for the present." 
"Scanlon," continued Martinson, easily. " I really 
don't care whether this is your right name or not. I 
was just going to say that it might not be necessary to 
have your right name under any circumstance—it all 
depends upon what you want to know. But, so far 
as your private affairs are concerned, they are as safe 
with us, this agency, as if you had never told them to 
any one. Our business is built upon confidence, and we 
never betray it. We wouldn't dare. We have men and 
women who have been in our employ for over thirty 
years, and we never retire any one except for cause, and 
we don't pick people who are likely to need to be retired 
for cause. Mr. Pinkerton is a good judge of men. There 
are others here who consider that they are. We handle 
over ten thoitsarid separate cases in all parts of the United 
States every year. We work on a case only so long as we 
are wanted. We seek to find out only such things as our 
customers want. We do not pry unnecessarily into any- 
body's affairs. When we think we have found out what 
you want, or decide that we cannot find out for you, we 
are the first to say so. Many cases are rejected right here 
in this office before we ever begin. Yours might be such 
a one. We don't want cases merely for the sake of 
having them, and we are frank to say so. Some matters 
that involve public policy, or some form of small per- 
secution, we don't touch at all—we won't be a party to 
them. You can see how that is. You look to me to be 
a man of the world. I hope I am one. Does it strike 
you that an organization that has attained to the stand- 
ing that we have would be in the business of betraying