A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
2/15/1919 Five Thousand Dollar Reward
February 15, 1919. The Saturday Evening Post issue with this cover date featured the short story "Five Thousand Dollar Reward," by Melville Davisson Post. Post (the author, not the magazine) was very popular a hundred years ago, especially for his stories about backwoods sleuth, Uncle Abner. This story, which was picked for the O. Henry collection of the best tales of the year, is about Walker of the Secret Service and his encounter with a hobo who he claimed was the best detective he ever met. You can read the whole story hereLink fixed.