had pieced together all the information that could be gleaned without being actually at the scene of the trouble, he called his three assistants together in consultation with him. For he had determined to make use of all of them in this case. Indeed, that was the only method by which he believed that he could entirely succeed at it.
To them he related the circumstance of his connection with the case, after which he told them all he had been able to learn about it; and in conclusion he said:
"Now, lads, there is only one way by which we can hope to succeed in this undertaking, and that is, we must become hoboes ourselves."
The three nodded almost in unison.
"If we decide to do that," continued the detective, "we must do it thoroughly. We must do as General Grant did when he decided, against the wishes of his generals, to invest Vicksburg--be cut off from his base of supplies; and that is what we must do."
"I don't think I understand exactly what you mean," said Patsy, who was