Law: What May Be

In Manhattan, statistics have long been circulated showing a high percentage of criminals among cabmen. To the city's executive department, reports have come in concerning thugs, dips, flim-flams, louies, yeggs and fiddle-faced murderers who have posed as honest metre-men only to procure material upon which to indulge their vicious predilections.

Determined to remedy this state of affairs, Richard E. Enright, New York City Police Commissioner, caused a card to be printed which he ordered every taximan to display in a prominent place in his cab. On it appear the photograph, thumb print...

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