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HOW TO BE 20TH CENTURY DETECTIVE W. J. BURNS
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By Harry L. Burton.
New York, Oct. 21. "Be hon
William J. Burns shot -out these
words, and banged his two fists
down hard on the table.
It was "Burns the detective"
speakingBurns whom the world
is beginning to call "the greatest
sleuth of all time."
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Burns at his desk in his Nw. York office.
"There isn't a single red-blooded
boy in America," I said to him,
"who wouldn't rather be what
you are than to be president of the
United States'. Now will you tell
how they ought to got about
reaching to a place like yours?"
He had h'esitated a minute, ty
ing his forehead in a thousand lit-
knots. Then his steely eyes
blazed forth, and he shouted:
"BE HONEST just honest
and that's about all there is to
this 'whole game,"
Burns waited full two minutes -to
let it sink in.
"Any boy at all who is honest,
REALLY honest by nature, can
become a successful detective,"
he added, "if he possesses average
keenness of intellect and a
trained mind. But with every
other quality, if honesty be lack
ing, he will fail fail utterly and
"A man who is not honest with,
others who is a 'crook' by na
ture :camiq$ be'honest with, him-