I am announcing with this publication the opening of my brand new private inspector services to any and all who are stalked by crime and need my help to bring criminals to justice! And to all who care to acquire my business, I am also writing to inform that I am looking for certain equipment that would serve me in my business ventures. I would be most grateful to find these items served locally at a reasonable price. While many are general, some are particular and would require a shop of particularity.
First, a simple magnifying glass – any metal used for lens would suffice.
Second, an optical microscope – preferably with filament image and at least 10x magnification.
Third, a solution of solvent and alcohol that could be used for chemical separations.
Fourth, a good tub of black ink – which, I am stunned, is hard to find in a tub.
Fifth, a recent volume on toxicology, with information from heavy metals to the poisons of the most exotic animals of the orient.
Finally, a good revolver for the sake of protection against brutes.
In the meantime, however, do not underestimate the ability of an experienced and inquisitive mind; for there is no tool greater for the detective than that of the mind’s logical powers of deduction!
P.S. In addition, I am seeking a good local apothecary from whom I can obtain good pipe tobacco from the Colonies and a seven per-cent solution of cocaine – even morphine, if it should be available.